Professor Harold Ramkissoon's talk - Abstract
“Science Education in the Caribbean – a Recent Event”
Science Education in our Primary Schools in the Caribbean has not received the attention it deserves. Its appearance on the Curriculum has been minimal. In some cases it’s taught but not tested. At the recent CARICOM Second High Level Regional Science and Technology Meeting a decision was taken to transform, with a sense of urgency, the science education landscape in the region. This lecture focuses on our intended approach.
Dr Agueda Gras-Velazquez - Abstract
European teachers open their classroom doors to collaboration
Abstract: Teachers struggle with lack of time, excess of curricula and often, isolation. Three European initiatives have helped change this through mainly professional development and collaboration. “Scientix” and the “STEM Alliance” cater mainly to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) teachers, while “eTwinning” to teachers from all disciplines. “Scientix” has become the Community for Science Education in Europe, collecting information and exchanging knowledge from over 400 public funded projects after more than 6 years of work. The “STEM alliance”, and its predecessor “inGenious”, represent the world of private funded STEM education projects. “eTwinning” is all about projects between teachers across borders. All three together, represent the collaboration between Ministries of Education, Industry, the European Commission, and schools. And all ensure that no teacher works alone. More motivated teachers and therefore more interested kids is the net result.
Dr. Meghan Groome - Abstract
Building Connections Between Universities and Schools
In this session you will learn best practices in building partnerships between universities and K12 learning environments. The talk will apply Tuckman’s “Forming Storming Norming Performing” model to local and international partnerships.
Dr. Adrian Gras-Velázquez - Abstract
Learning Second Languages Through Projects
Presentation Description: Second-language acquisition at a university level can be a daunting experience. The project-based learning model I employ helps students not only learn a new language in a relaxed environment but also to interact and collaborate in their globalized college community, recognizing the multiplicity of factors that influence who people are and how they communicate.
Ms. Stina Vrang - Elias - Abstract
Denmark has invested large amounts in education for the past 15-20 years, which has contributed to a positive development with a better educated population. Still there is reason to ask if Denmark has released the full potential of these investments when it comes to enhancing social mobility, developing entrepreneurial competences or boosting innovation etc. In this talk Stina Vrang Elias will focus on these potentials as well as what it takes to unleash them.
Dr. Steve Acquah's talk - Abstract
A Legacy of Research and Outreach
Sir Harold Kroto was a prominent figure in science with many achievements, culminating in the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of Fullerenes, but his passion for learning extended towards science outreach with the creation of the Vega Science Trust and the Global Educational Outreach for Science Engineering and Technology (GEOSET) initiatives.
GEOSET Studios provides an academic service for the entire university community at Florida State University. Our main objective is to expand on our collection of focused educational concepts created by our global community of researchers, undergraduate and post-graduate students. We are also developing new ways of engaging students through extended science laboratory internships for high school students, giving them the opportunity to be inspired by working with university researchers in Kroto’s former research group.
We actively seek out partnerships to expand our commitment to serving the global community through research and outreach activities as a lasting legacy to Sir Harold W. Kroto.