STEAMing through Dark Skies and Biodiversity

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Technical Requirements

All our courses require broadband Internet access and participants need to be familiar with using the internet, downloading and installing software.

Course Objectives

Highlight how Dark Skies can be used as a theme to engage pupils in developing STEM skills.

Promote STEM Education which is a key priority in Primary education as highlighted in the STEM Education Policy Statement.

Enhance teacher confidence in teaching STEM through inquiry through the use of the DSPM/ESERO Framework for Inquiry.

Introduce teachers to creative ways of developing STEM skills such as collaboration, skilled communication, problem solving, knowledge construction and use of ICT for learning. Highlight the importance of whole school planning for STEM through the SSE process and how the Discover Science and Maths Awards can facilitate a school wide approach to STEM.

Expected Outcomes

Provide teachers with an approach to engage pupils in exploring the night sky, identify planets and stars, understand the moon, light pollution and climate problems that directly affect their community and identify possible solutions.

Promote pupil centred inquiry learning within SESE curriculum areas. Inquiry learning requires students to be actively involved in making observations, collecting and analyzing information, synthesizing information, and drawing conclusions.

Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills in science, technology, engineering and maths through the lens of dark skies

Course Duration

Delivered online, this course can be taken anytime between July 1st and August 20th, 2021. Participants are required to engage meaningfully with online content for approximately 20 hours. Whilst participation and engagement with the course content will be primarily judged on the quality of their contributions, an attendance roll will be kept and a log of their time spent working online.

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