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Wednesday, January 3 • 11:20am - 12:15pm
Girls into Global STEM (GIGS) I09

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A hands on session where you can find out how an EU funded project involving the UK, Cyprus, Poland and Sweden is inspiring more girls to consider STEM careers. Each country is represented by a university or NGO working with a partner secondary school. In addition in the UK a major partner is Practical Action. So far each country has trialled one or more 'Global STEM Challenges'. These fit into curriculum areas across Europe not only in science but also in geography and citizenship. Each one is drawn from a Sustainable Development Goal:
Zero Hunger
Clean and affordable energy
Sustainable cities and communities
Climate Action
The 'challenge' is for older students (15-16) to develop activities for a younger cohort (12-14) using materials generated by Practical Action. These activities bring together science, global issues and mobile technologies and current thinking is that they will inspire pupils to think how science and technology can provide practical, often low-cost answers to important global issues. We have devised surveys for our school students both before and after the practical work and will look carefully at the results for both boys and girls in the coming weeks. Part of our session will feature students from De Ferrers Academy demonstrating one of their Global STEM Challenges.   You will find out more about all this work and about Years 2 and 3 of the project  at our session!


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Kevin Burden

Professor of Educational Technology, University of Hull
I am currently leading several international projects exploring the use of mobile technologies in teaching and learning, with particular emphasis on teacher education. These include the Mobilising and Transforming Teacher Education Pedagogies project (www.mttep.eu).
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Bren Hellier

Education Officer, Practical Action
Bren works within the education team at Practical Action, an international development organisation. Her role includes running CPD courses for trainee and qualified teachers and writing STEM education resources. She is particularly interested in the importance of embedding global... Read More →

Greg Hughes

The de Ferrers Academy
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Ray Kirtley

Project Co-ordinator, University of Hull
I am the project coordinator working with Prof Burden and with our 8 partner organisations. I am also involved in two other University of Hull projects with university partners in Thailand and Vietnam. Outside of the university I chair the Global Learning Association which is responsible... Read More →


Julie Brown

Practical Action
Practical Action is an innovative international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems – made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent... Read More →

Wednesday January 3, 2018 11:20am - 12:15pm GMT
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