Robots at school | guest

Will robots take the place of humans? The question is increasingly apparent, as we are overwhelmed by what is called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is estimated that by 2022, 75 million workers worldwide will be replaced by creative processes. But it is not enough. According to the World Economic Forum, the phenomenon will generate 133 million new jobs and activities that do not exist today. We must therefore be prepared for the future.

 

What are robots and where are they?

The term robot indicates a machine that can perform tasks autonomously. Its three main parts correspond to…

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Why are connections to the world of work important and relevant in STEM education? | guest

An opinion piece by Dr. Katja Maaß

 

STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education can include connections to the world of work, by discussing fascinating questions like the following in class: How can we make the transshipment of containers from ships as efficient as possible? How can we design a pipe clamp? How can we determine the water quality so that swimming without risk is possible? Critics might rightfully ask however, why these topics should be discussed in classes, when the time table for STEM-education is overcrowded anyway and students need to be prepared…

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Why Science Education is Important in Early Childhood | Guest

Young children are naturally inquisitive, full of questions about the world around them and the drive to investigate how things work. It follows, therefore, that we should take advantage of this innate curiosity and start channelling their enthusiasm for scientific discovery as early on as possible. In this article we’ll explore some of the reasons why science education is so important in early childhood, and how you can support this in your childcare setting.
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The Benefits of Early Years Science Education

Providing opportunities for scientific discovery in early…

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10 Preschool Number Recognition Activities | Guest

Number recognition is a key skill to learn during the early years, and there are many ways in which you can encourage this in your preschool setting. We’ve already explored activities to support the development of numeracy skills in general; in this article we’ll concentrate specifically on helping children to learn their numbers.

When planning number recognition activities, there are a few points to keep in mind:
Make sure you have plenty of relevant resources available (e.g. number beads, blocks, stickers, cutters, stamps etc.), as well as visual cues (e.g. posters on the walls).
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Collecting plastic on an “apparently clean” beach in Cyprus | guest

Did you ever think there is plastic on a clean beach? Read on to find out how to build a sustainable world free from plastic!

On a sunny Tuesday morning in Faro Beach in Paphos Cyprus, a group of people with white caps are searching for something in the sand, what could they be looking for? Why do they not just enjoy sun and sea?

On 23th of October we were involved in this strange activity, but we are not crazy, we are trying to figure out if an “apparently” clean beach in Cyprus is really clean, and in particular if there is any plastic in the sand.

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