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Next Generation Science Challenges Using Digital and Social Media to Make Science Education and Careers Attractive for Young People

Objective

Science education is tremendous in shaping the present and future of modern societies. Thus, the EU needs all its talents to increase creativity and competitiveness. Especially young boys and girls have to be engaged to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). However, statistics still show that enrolment rates in STEM-based degree programs are low and will lead to a workforce problem in industries, especially in many of the new member countries.
The SciChallenge project focuses on developing novel concepts to actively integrate young boys and girls 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 (individuals or groups) 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. Winning submissions will receive prizes funded by science-oriented industry and stakeholders.
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.
With this multi-level approach, SciChallenge will boost the attractiveness of science education and careers among young girls and boys leading to more public engagement in science, economic prosperity and global competitiveness on a pan-European level.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/mathematics
  • /social sciences/educational sciences/pedagogy/teaching

Call for proposal

H2020-SEAC-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

SYNYO GmbH
Address
Otto-bauer-gasse 5/14
1060 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 378 000,25

Participants (8)

VYSOKA SKOLA CHEMICKO-TECHNOLOGICKA V PRAZE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 106 500
Address
Technicka 5
166 28 Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LINNEUNIVERSITETET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 163 781,25
Address
Linnaeus University
35195 Vaxjo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 191 750
Address
Kallipoleos Street 75
1678 Nicosia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 156 625
Address
Jamova 39
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
BIOTALENTUM TUDASFEJLESZTO KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 92 250
Address
Aulich Lajos Utca 26
2100 Goedoello
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KINDERBURO UNIVERSITAT WIEN GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 146 250
Address
Dr Karl Lueger Ring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Other
EUROPEAN STUDENTS'UNION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 71 250
Address
Rue De L'industrie 10
1000 Brussels
Activity type
Other
TEACHER SCIENTIST NETWORK LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 36 437,50
Address
John Innes Centre Norwich Research Park Colney Lane
NR4 7UH Norwich
Activity type
Other