Learning with Light Competition to celebrate IYL 2015

The Inspiring Science Education Project is organizing a competition for science teachers. The contest will reward and recognize inspirational science teaching practice. It is aimed at teachers who are planning to run an experiment in their science class between now and March 31, 2015 to coincide with the International Year of Light.

Inspiring Science Education Worshop. Credits: Inspiring Science Education
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Inspiring Science Education Worshop. Credits: Inspiring Science Education

The Inspiring Science Education Project is looking for projects that:

  • use some of the exciting resources and tools made available in the Inspiring Science Education portal,

  • are linked to one of the Big Ideas in Science Education,

  • are based on inquiry and which are innovative, creative and engaging.

Taking part:

Teachers are invited to first register your project on the Inspiring Science Education portal where you will find links to resources and materials that you can use in your project as well as the judging criteria. Here you will also find more information about the Big Ideas in Science and the competition worksheet which you can use in designing your experiment. You can also join the Competition Community on the ISE portal and find other schools taking part and share your plans and experiences.

Prizes:

Judging will take place in April 2015 when the finalists will be notified. Finalists will be invited to take part in the Science on Stage Festival taking place in London on 19 June 2015 and have the opportunity to visit several other science exhibitions.

The overall winner will be announced at the Festival. The winner and runners-up will receive prizes which include a trip to London to take part in the Science on Stage Festival as well as equipment and software from Vernier, providers of distinguished interfaces, sensors, software, and curriculum to transform how educators teach science and how students collect, analyze, and interpret scientific data.

Competition deadline: March 31, 2015

For more information about the competition: http://www.inspiringscience.eu/competition

About the Inspiring Science Education Project

The Inspiring Science Education project is all about providing the tools to make science education more challenging, more playful and above all more imaginative and inspiring for today’s students, the citizens of tomorrow’s world. Bringing together partners in 15 countries, the main objective of the project is to provide digital resources and opportunities for teachers to help them make science education more attractive and relevant to students’ lives. Through the Inspiring Science Education website and the activities organised by the partners, teachers can help students make their own scientific discoveries, witness and understand natural and scientific phenomena and access the latest, interactive tools and digital resources from within their classrooms. By the end of the project in 2016, pilot activities will have taken place in 5000 primary and secondary schools in Europe. During these pilots, teachers are accessing interactive simulations, educational games and eScience applications and integrating them with extra-curricular activities, such as field trips to science centres and discovery parks, and virtual visits to research centres.

The Inspiring Science Education project has received funding from the European Union’s ICT Policy Support Programme as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme.

For more information about the project:  http://www.inspiringscience.eu

About IYL 2015

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations (A/RES/68/221) to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health.  With UNESCO as lead agency, IYL 2015 programs will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015—from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today.  The IYL Global Secretariat is located at the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

The Founding Partners of IYL 2015 are the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), the European Physical Society (EPS), the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), the Institute of Physics (IOP), Light: Science and Applications, the lightsources.org International Network, 1001 Inventions, The Optical Society (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).  

Patron Sponsors include Bosca, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Royal Philips Lighting, Thorlabs and UL.

Contacts

Angelos Lazoudis
Ellinogermaniki Agogi
angelos@ea.gr

John Dudley
Steering Committee Chair
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015
president@eps.org

Joe Niemela
Global Coordinator (IYL Secretariat)
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015
light2015@ictp.it