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    STEM Education for a Sustainable World – Sharing Inspiration 2021

    Posted 05/10/2021 by Ian Galloway

    April 22 was Earth Day and was also the second quarterly Sharing Inspiration conference 2021. Aptly, the theme was "STEM Education for a Sustainable World." More than 100 people logged in to listen to a keynote speech from European Commissioner Vladimir Garkov and STEM stories from the classroom.

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  • You go girl! The experiences of women in STEM

    Posted 04/12/2021 by Sónia Reis

    What can we do to empower girls in secondary school to opt for a STEM focus in their education and career? In a world where scientific and technological solutions are desperately needed, we cannot exclude half the world’s talents. We need girls and women! Our T3 teacher network understands the importance of motivating girls to pursue STEM. Four T3 instructors and two students from Europe share their experiences with gender issues, classroom methods and STEM education.

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  • A safe TI-Rover touchdown on earth

    Posted 04/05/2021 by Hans-Martin Hilbig, Ian Galloway

    On February 18, 2021 billions of people from all over the world held their breath when NASA’s Perseverance Rover landed safely on Mars. This event inspired Hans-Martin Hilbig, a retired engineer and T³ instructor to stage a TI-Rover landing on Earth, using his DIY drone.

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  • Happy birthday to us! T³ Europe - 25 years old and still young

    Posted 03/18/2021 by Stephan Griebel

    In 2021 we are celebrating the 25th birthday of the teachers' network T³ - Teachers Teaching with Technology. At the end of the 1980s, the first graphing calculators appeared on the market. Two professors for math education, Bert Waits and Frank Demana, realized that the real potential of graphing calculators lay in the educational opportunities. Within a decade the developing new didactic possibilities excited many teachers and the T³ network was founded.

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  • Applying Research in STEM Classrooms Concretely - Sharing Inspiration 2021

    Posted 02/05/2021 by Ian Galloway

    In 2021, our biennial conference Sharing Inspiration will go virtual. For the first time Sharing Inspiration also offers year-round activities for teachers, such as quarterly conferences and monthly webinars. On January 21, the first of these quarterly conferences was held. Read a report on this conference which focused on ‘Applying Research in STEM Classrooms Concretely.’

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  • Portuguese students win trip to NASA with wheelchair project

    Posted 07/17/2020 by Sónia Reis

    A final school year project to develop a wheelchair controlled by head movements won five Portuguese high school students the trip of a lifetime to NASA earlier this year. The ‘Telepathy Physics’ project used motion sensors connected to the robotic vehicle Rover and took first prize in a national science competition initiated by the University of Lisbon. “The students were so motivated to help their fellow pupils with disabilities,” says teacher Alexandre Gomes. “At the same time, this real-world problem also helped deepen their interest in maths.”

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  • Talking to machines – my thoughts on sustainability, technology, and Python

    Posted 07/07/2020 by Ian Galloway

    How should we ‘talk’ to machines? What language do they speak? Can they speak our language? Whatever means of communication is chosen it is now clear that for the first time in history we have the capability of ‘talking to machines’. That is to say that machines are no longer something we simply use but something we control. Herein lies the danger. If humans forget how the machine functions the machine itself will no longer be able to sustain itself in the event of breakdown.

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  • My new school project: controlling a fighter jet with a handheld

    Posted 07/06/2020 by Ludovic Duchenne, Maths and computer sciences teacher Lycée Touchard Washington, Le Mans

    Wouldn’t it be a cool school project to write code to control a plane? And would it not be even cooler to do this for a military fighter jet like the French Rafale? I thought of developing this activity – while reliving the movie Top Gun in my head – as early as 2018. The coronavirus lockdown was a good opportunity for me to finally start working on the project. I was keen to get back to school after lockdown to surprise my computer science and technology students with a very different end of the year activity!

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  • Education is key for a sustainable future; join in developing content!

    Posted 07/02/2020 by Stephan Griebel

    STEM education can play an important role in creating a sustainable future. Understanding issues relevant to sustainable development requires mathematics, including statistics and programming. To help facilitate this, an ambitious new project has been set up by T3 Europe involving content co-creation. We want to design classroom activities and content with STEM and sustainability in mind. That’s why we are calling on teachers to develop activities for this T3 Europe STEM sustainable development project.

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  • Programming the TI-Innovator Rover inspires Finnish and Portuguese exchange students

    Posted 06/24/2020 by Carlos Coelho

    Coding and TI technology were at the heart of a successful exchange trip by several Finnish students to the Ermesinde High School in Portugal. The Portuguese and Finnish students worked side by side programming their own TI-Nspire handhelds. They were able to instruct the robotic vehicle Rover to follow a course and avoid obstacles using its distance sensor.

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