inGenious brings STEM education into the spotlight at BETT 2012
From 11 to 14 January, inGenious discussed the importance of supporting STEM education at the 2012 BETT show through partner stands, the Education World Forum and a number of panel discussions.
This year’s BETT show attracted more than 600 educational exhibitors and 30,000 visitors. For inGenious, it was an important opportunity to speak to industry, teachers, researchers and representatives of ministries of education about young people’s declining interest in STEM education and careers.
Industry partners, such as Microsoft and Smart, presented inGenious to the public through their various seminars on partners in learning, innovation, inspiration and change in the field of STEM education. Intel spoke about inGenious while presenting its latest results in STEM education and technology in the classroom while Shell and Philips debated about STEM education during the Educational World Forum - the largest global gathering of education ministers and the internationally recognised ministerial forum for debating future practice in education.
Other inGenious partners such as FutureLab, My Science, BMUKK and European Schoolnet took part in a special panel discussion on how to get students excited to study STEM, why it is so important that young people study these subjects, what are the most important areas to improve in STEM teaching, and how to transfer best practice from one country to the next.
InGenious is the platform of the European Coordinating Body in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. It is a joint initiative launched by European Schoolnet (http://www.europeanschoolnet.org) and the European Roundtable of Industrialists (http://www.ert.eu) aiming to reinforce young European's interest in science education and careers and thus address the future skills gap. It is financed under the European Commission's 7th Framework Research Programme.
About European Schoolnet
European Schoolnet (www.europeanschoolnet.org) is a network of 30 Ministries of Education from across the European member states, leading educational innovation at European level. As a major international think tank, European Schoolnet operates key European services in education on behalf of the European Commission, member Ministries.