STEM4you(th)

www.stem4youth.eu

STEM4you(th) seeks to produce a comprehensive, multidisciplinary series of courses presenting key STEM discipline challenges to support young people, primarily high school students aged 14-19, formal and informal education.
The content will be organized around 7 STEM disciplines: Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Engineering and Medicine. For each discipline 7-9 challenges will be presented largely through their practical applications and their impact on our everyday life and work. Also it will be shown which specific skills and competence STEM education develops and how these skills address the current and future European labor market needs.
In the effect project will provide a helicopter view of STEM disciplines and job characteristics associated with these disciplines to help young people in taking conscious decisions on their future (subject of, field of study and finally career path to pursue).

The scope and tangible results of STEM4you(th) are:

  • A multidisciplinary guide developed for different exploitation channels (more formal: extra-cirricular activities at school and informal: science festivals, university organized lectures and web open accessible self-study materials)
  • Formal and informal methodologies and tools tailored to present the scientific challenges in an attractive way (learning by experiment, gamin, citizen science at schools)
  • Recommendations on STEM learning best practices and formal school curricula (input to the EU education policy)
  • Plans on project result exploitation on a large scale by Scientific Communities (like SCIENTIX), educationalnetworks, teacher associations and partner networking.

STEM4you(th) is a strong consortium with experience in educational methodologies, economy and societal content.

 

STEM4you(th) THE ASTRONOMY COURSE

Research Paths has developed within the context of the STEM4youth project an astronomy course for secondary school students, based on the principles of STEM.

 

OBJECTIVES OF THE ASTRONOMY COURSE

  • To develop 10 lessons of astronomy to 14-15 year old students
  • To raise students’ interest and motivation about astronomy
  • To enhance their scientific skills and their creativity
  • To promote an interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of astronomy
  • To develop their emotional understanding through the use of educational tools such as storytelling

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE ASTRONOMY COURSE

The astronomy course consists of:

  • Three lessons that introduce the students to general astronomical themes such as the history of the theories about the universe and the structure of the solar system (our views about the Cosmos, the Sun, the solar system).
  • Four lessons that deal with questions that about space exploration but also with matters of vital importance to our lives (e.g. How was the construction of spacecrafts and satellites made possible? How do satellites affect our lives? How important is the Greenhouse effect for life on earth to exist?)
  • Three lessons that introduce the students to some of the basic notions of epistemology such as the concept of a scientific law and the notion and the application of the scientific method.

Τhe astronomy course together with all the materials that have been produced in the STEM4You(th) project are uploaded on the digital platform of the project at https://olcms.stem4youth.pl/discipline

 

The lessons are the following:

1. OUR VIEWS ABOUT THE COSMOS

https://olcms.stem4youth.pl/content_item/detail/144

2. THE SOLAR SYSTEM

https://olcms.stem4youth.pl/content_item/detail/146

3. THE SUN, THE ONLY STAR THAT MATTERS IN OUR LIVES

https://olcms.stem4youth.pl/content_item/detail/147

4. THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT AND CLIMATE CHANGE

https://olcms.stem4youth.pl/content_item/detail/150

5. TRAVEL IN SPACE

https://olcms.stem4youth.pl/content_item/detail/80

6. ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES AND THE MODERN PROFESSIONS I

https://olcms.stem4youth.pl/content_item/detail/64

7. ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES AND THE MODERN PROFESSIONS II

https://olcms.stem4youth.pl/content_item/detail/151

8. ASTRONOMY AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD I- GRAVITY

https://olcms.stem4youth.pl/content_item/detail/93

9. ASTRONOMY AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD IΙ – KEPLER’S LAWS

https://olcms.stem4youth.pl/content_item/detail/168

10. ASTRONOMY AND THE APPLICATION OF THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD

https://olcms.stem4youth.pl/content_item/detail/169

 

CONFERENCES – PUBLICATIONS:

The results and conclusions of the project related research were presented in Greek and International Conferences. Indicatively:

  1. Stefanidis, K., Bampasidis, G., Panou, E., Verdis, A., Kasoutas, M., Papaspirou, P. & Kokkotas, S. (2018) “The STEM4youth project: The Astronomy course” in the proceedings of the 5th Panhellenic Conference «Neos Paidagogos», Αpril 28-29, 2018, Athens, Greece.
    Doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1302374
    link: https://zenodo.org/record/1302374#.XBbbGFwzZPY

 

  1. Verdis A., Kokkotas S. & Panou E. “Rasch analysis of a collection of astronomy items”, in the proceedings of the 2nd conference of the Hellenic Society of Educational Evaluation, 11-13 May 2018, Athens Greece.
    Doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1469846
    link: https://zenodo.org/record/1469846#.XBbby1wzZPY

 

  1. Panou E., Stefanidis K., Bampasidis G., Verdis A., Kokkotas S., Papaspirou P., Kasoutas M. & Xenophon Moussas “Astronomy in Greece’s secondary education: The STEM4you(th) project”, in the proceedings of the 10th Jubilee International Conference of the Balkan Physical Union, 26–30 August 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria.
    Doi: https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5099029
    link: https://aip.scitation.org/doi/abs/10.1063/1.5099029

Team Members

Spyros Kokkotas has studied law in Greece (LLB 1994) and holds an LLM in European Law from the University of Southampton (1995) and a PhD from the Faculty of Law of the University of Edinburgh (2006) with a thesis titled “The contradictions of labour and the legal regulation of employment” which dealt with legal philosophy, sociology of law, labour law and industrial relations.
He has participated in the S@TM project and is co-editor of the e-book “Storytelling in science education- experiences and perspectives” which was the outcome of the experiences of that project.
He practices law at the Piraeus Bar Association and specializes in labour, contract and company law.

Konstantinos Stefanidis is a science teachers advisor in Secondary Education. He holds a PhD in the Teaching of Natural Sciences (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology, 1996), a Masters degree in Applied Pedagogy and Teaching Research, having as subject “The Teaching of Physics and Computers in Education” (a two-years program Master’s degree, Free University of Brussels, 1985-1987), and a degree in Physics (University of Ioannina, 1977). He is the author of numerous scientific articles, and has worked at length as an Educational instructor for the training of in-service secondary education teachers.

Dr. George Bampasidis is a teacher at the 20th public High School of Athens, Greece. He received his PhD in Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics in 2012 from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens in conjuction with the Paris Observatory. He has worked extensively with data from the Cassini-Huygens NASA/ESA joint space mission and he still contributes to Planetary Science.
He has been actively involved in two projects of Grundtvig partnership – Lifelong Learning Programme:

AURORA POLARIS – Partnership Opportunity for Learning: Astronomy Resources for Inspiring Seniors (2008-1-GB2-GRU06-00100), from 2008 to 2010.
ESTA – European Storytelling Through Arts (2009-1-GB2-GRU06-01645), from 2009 to 2011.

Evangelia Panou is a physics teacher of Secondary Education.
She has received a master degree in “Environment and Development” at the National and Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 2008 and a master degree in “Nuclear and Particle Physics” at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in 2010.
She recently received a Ph.D. at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA).

Her thesis in focused on accurate time measurements in Greek antiquity with astronomical instruments (ancient Greek philosophers’ texts study and in-situ measurements obtained from ancient Greek marble sundials) and on educational activities proposals for teachers interested in teaching topics related to ancient Greek sundials and other astronomical issues to students of Primary and Secondary Education (K-12 Educational System) based on inquiring based learning with technology-enhanced learning methods. Her work was published in research journals and presented in conferences.

Her interests focus on the scientific research field of History and Philosophy of Sciences, Archeoastronomy, Science Education and Teacher Education.

Athanasios Verdis is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy – Pedagogy – Psychology of the University of Athens. He holds a M.Sc. from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. from London Institute of Education. He specialises on quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and evaluations. He has published on effective schools and departments, shadow education, access to higher education, hierarchical linear modes, and phenomenological and ethnographical methods in educational research.

Michael Kasoutas is a primary school teacher (2008- today). He participated at an International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. Department of (2010). He served as Educational Counselor of the Special Secretary of the Ministry of Education (2012-2013). Starting from 01-09-2017 he was seconded after an open invitation at the Authority for Quality Assurance in Primary and Secondary Education (A.Q.A.P.S.E.) in Greece, as specialized scientific personnel. He holds a Bsc(Hons),  a Master’s Degree in “Applied Pedagogy” and a Ph.D. in the field of “Educational Assessment” under Scholarship from Greek State Scholarships Foundation from the Faculty of Primary Education of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece and a BSc(Hons) Psychology degree from The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. He has completed the Program of Specialization at Counseling and Guidance at the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education (ASPETE), Athens, Greece. He has participated in National and International Conferences in topics concerning science education, teaching using aspects of History of Science & Nature of Science, storytelling and digital storytelling and he has published papers in Greek and International scientific journals. He has participated in the funded by European Union Comenius projects: (a) S@TM (Storytelling @Teaching Method) for which he has co-designed the two distance learning and (b) STEM4youth project. He has also participated successfully at the MOOC: “Addressing Global Citizenship Education through Digital Storytelling” (an “Erasmus+” project). His research interests include: educational evaluation and assessment, in-service teacher training, reflective thinking, critical thinking, constructivism teaching approaches, (digital) storytelling, counselling, History of Science and Science Education, ICT exploitation in teaching and learning.

Panagiotis Papaspirou has graduated from the Department of Physics of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, has elaborated a Master’s Degree in the Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics of the Department of Physics, of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and is currently a PhD candidate in the Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Athens of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
He specializes in the fields of epistemology and of the history of science, having as a subject of his PhD the hellenic influences on the work of Johannes Kepler.
He possesses excellent knowledge in the fields of physics, of mathematics, and of philosophy on a professional level. He speaks and writes English and German fluently.
He has obtained the Diploma of Translation in German from Goethe Institut, and the Diploma of Translation in English from the Hellenic American Union.
He has worked as a supervisor in the courses of the Laboratories of Physics of the Department of Physics, in the course of the Laboratory of the lesson “Introduction to Astrophysics” of the Department of Physics of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and in the course of the Laboratory of Physics for the students of the Department of Biology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
He has contributed as a speaker in numerous conferences and workshops.
He has published articles in foreign and greek scientific journals, and in the proceedings of conferences he attended.