SCICHALLENGE: Next Generation Science Challenges Using Participatory Techniques and Digital Media

The SCICHALLENGE project focuses on developing novel concepts to actively integrate young people in science education using a contest-based approach to self-produced digital education materials from young people for young people. Driven by inspirational topic sheets, guides and toolkits created through this project and distributed by partner schools, teachers, and other youth-oriented institutions, contestants between the ages of 10 to 20 will generate creative digital materials (videos, slides, or infographics). The initiative will broadcast and distribute content over various social media channels and aggregated on a modern SCICHALLENGE Web Platform (www.scichallenge.eu) to generate wide reaching awareness and promotion. Intelligent cross-sectoral positioning of various awareness modules on the SCICHALLENGE Open Information Hub will increase awareness on science careers and open opportunities for youngsters on internships or taster days in STEM through the strong involvement of related organisations and industries. Additionally aggregated information on science events (slams, nights, festivals etc.) is shared.

Publications:

[2018a] Achilleas Achilleos, Christos Mettouris, Alexandros Yeratziotis, George A. Papadopoulos, Sabri Pllana, Florian Huber, Bernhard Jäger, Peter Leitner, Zsófia Ocsovszky, András Dinnyés, "SciChallenge: A Social Media Aware Platform for Contest-Based STEM Education and Motivation of Young Students", IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, IEEE TLT, 2018 (accepted).

People:

Achilleas Achilleos, BSc, MSc, PhD - Lead Researcher