by A. Kameas, A. Iossifides, K. Delistavrou and D. Glaroudis
On Wednesday September 13th, 2017, the UMI-Sci-Ed project was presented to the public of Thessaloniki and Central Macedonia, during the 82nd Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), one of the major economic and cultural events of Northern Greece. The event took place at the presentations area of Pavilion 14 titled “Academia” that hosted the participation stands of universities and research institutes. The UMI-Sci-Ed workshop was hosted as an event of the Hellenic Open University.
The event was widely disseminated by electronic means on social media and through a targeted e-mail campaign. The participants we invited were teachers and educators of STEM subjects, school counselors, representatives of educational authorities from the region of Central Macedonia, Western Macedonia, Eastern Macedonia & Thrace and Thessaly, career advisors, university students, and ICT professionals. Most of them honored us with their presence. In addition, the event attracted the interest of TIF visitors who were passing by and decided to participate. As a result, all the seats were taken and may people were standing at the back of the “room” and the corridor. Overall, more than 50 persons participated in the event, making it one of the most successful of “Academia” pavilion for 2017 82nd TIF.
The event combined a series of short lectures and a short workshop using artefacts constructed during the development of project’s educational scenarios. Prof. Achilles Kameas introduced the UMI-Sci-Ed project in his opening presentation and presented project objectives and achievements. Prof. Athanasios Iossifides presented more details about the technological infrastructure of the project and one of its educational scenarios, namely “My Comfortable Energy Efficient Classroom”. In turn, Mr. Konstantinos Delistavrou presented “My Classroom’s Social Panel”, another educational scenario that has been developed in the project.
The second part of the event was an active workshop in two stages. In one stage, participants had the opportunity to interact with the contents of UDOO kit and UMI artefacts, guided by Mr. Delistavrou and Dr. Dimitrios Glaroudis. In the other stage, they were introduced to the project’s platform by Prof. Iossifides. During the discussions that followed, participants expressed strong interest in the UMI-Sci-Ed project, the utilized technologies, the educational scenarios, and the platform. Many of them inquired about joining the Communities of Practice under development. As a result, the event lasted a lot more than the initially scheduled one hour. Among the positive outcomes are the fruitful exchange of ideas and the extremely high expression of interest by school teachers for participation in the pilot phase of the projects.