STEMpowering Youth, the educational STEM program of SciCo that has benefited 12,400 students since 2017, with the support of Vodafone Foundation and the academic contribution of Ellinogermaniki Agogi, has now evolved to Generation Next, the digital platform offering free access to skill development.
For three consecutive years and five successful educational cycles, SciCo has reached every corner in Greece, familiarizing young students with exploratory thinking, encouraging their active participation in scientific and modern applications and promoting all necessary for professional development skills. Aiming at empowering young people and enhancing science and technology teaching in remote areas of Greece while being based on a two-pillar approach, the program provides either extracurricular STEM workshops for 12-17 year olds and teacher education, or specially designed STEM packages for high schools that facilitate experimental teaching in Physics and Informatics. During this time, STEMpowering Youth supported 47 sites, set up 62 workshops, provided 43 STEM packages, trained 52 teachers, and most importantly, embraced 12,400 students from Thrace to Crete and from the Ionian sea to Northeast Aegean, inspiring them to build 180 projects solving a local problem and contest for an educational trip to CERN.
After having been approved for its educational content by the Open Schools for Open Societies - OSOS program and having proudly received the Mariano Gago award at ECSITE 2019, STEMpowering Youth has now evolved with the support of the Vodafone Foundation, into the educational platform Generation Next. Through Generation Next, students will be able to equip themselves with basic STEM skills, attend DIY (Do It Yourself) activities, create their own projects solving everyday problems and contesting for an exciting an exciting educational trip to Silicon Valley!
The platform offers introductory and inspirational lessons that will help students acquire the necessary STEM knowledge to implement their own projects. Lessons such as Astronomy, Arduino, GPS and exponential technologies being at the forefront of Digital Science and Information Technology such as Augmented Reality and Digital Application Development (apps) are just a few indicative tools with which students can implement projects that improve our lives and our world and contest in groups of 2 to 4 students and their instructor for an exciting trip to Silicon Valley!
Remaining in the approach of "project-based learning", the program seeks to enhance students' critical and exploratory thinking, emphasizes on the experiential and constructive part through combining theory and practice, encourages young people to identify and solve real-life problems of society and motivates them to provide innovative solutions using technological tools.
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