UPDATE stands for Understanding and Providing a Developmental Approach to Technology Education – Aim of the programme is to improve science and technology teaching in Europe in order to appeal young people to technology, especially girls. The UPDATE-Website offers a constantly growing knowledge portal in form of a “Wiki“ on technology education, managed by experts. It presents research results, examples of good practice, new learning material, and events focussing on three age-groups mainly: early childhood, elementary school (age 6 to 12) and general education (age 13-18). read more
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 UPDATE for Technology Education
Innovative European Research Project started: 16 Partners in eleven countries support the research programme UPDATE, aiming to improve science and technology teaching in Europe. UPDATE provides best practises and new learning material to attract more young people, especially girls, to technology. read more
 UPDATE Publications
During the three-year project runtime, the UPDATE partners published various papers on technology education and teaching. An overview of these papers may be viewed on this page.
 Final UPDATE Conference in Madrid
(plus photo gallery)
From November 23rd until November 24th 2009, the final outcomes of the UPDATE project were presented on the UPDATE conference in Madrid, Spain. During the conference, a variety of different UPDATE members and guest speakers enriched the programm with their presentations on technology and science education and other topics related to this field. Information on the conference (e.g. topics and procedure of registration) is available in the UPDATE Wiki.
 Best Practice
Motivating girls with videos
In the Ada-Lovelace-Mentoring Association, videos about female engineering students were created in collaboration with the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences. The film project is supported by UPDATE and the Federation of German Employer's Associations in the Metal and Electrical Engineering Industries (GESAMTMETALL). Presenting a detailed insight into engineering laboratories, the videos aim at inspiring girls to engineering studies. The actors Izabella Vasileva, Student of Electrical Engineering and Sandra Stahlberg, scientific assistant at the laboratory for Electrical Building Automation System and Machines, illustrate a positive female image. The video clip "Reducing Noise by Application of Passive Resonators – Female Students on Search for a calmer Environment" is available at www.ada-mentoring.de.
Training DVD for Children
In the framework of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, a new training dvd for pre-school children will be relaunched in autumn. The goal of the dvd is to support practitioners to correspond to the principles of the new curriculum and to develop children’s strengths.
Online forum on STEM role models
The project STEM ambassadors relaunched an online forum where interested readers may communicate their views concerning STEM role models and careers and STEM skills. The online forum aims at attracting pupils and students to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Science on Stage
On November 13th 2009, a special teacher training will be organised in Berlin/Germany. The topic will be “Science on Stage-European Didactic Concepts for Natural Sciences” and addresses teachers in Berlin in Brandenburg. A multidisciplinary approach shall be promoted. Registration ends on October 30th 2009.
The Austrian initiative FIT – Women in Technology offers the Generation Innovation Internship Exachange for school students from 10th grade on who are interested in summer internships in the field of science and technology.
ICT in Natural Science 2009
The Information & Communication Technology in Science and Technology Education Conference 2009 will take place from 26 – 29 November 2009 and is organised by the Natural Science Education Research Centre/Šiauliai University. Goals of the conference are to disseminate ideas of natural science education and to share experience among educators.
7th international Hands On! Europe Conference in Paris
The 7th International Hands On! Europe Conference is organised from 3 - 6 November 2009 in Paris in partnership with Hands On! Europe. The event addresses all those working at management level in children’s museums, educational administrators and science museums. The subject of “High Tech! High Touch!” will be at the centre of debates.
European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN)
The “Open Classroom Conference” organised by the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) will be organised in Porto from 15-17 October 2009. This year the objective of the conference will be school networking and innovation.
SciTech Europe 09 in Brussel
On 12th November 2009 the SciTech Europe 09 conference discusses current challenges in the fields of science, engineering and technology research across Europe and how excellent European science innovations and technologies can be promoted.
Conference "Women in ICT: The Way Forward", 8-9 March 2010, Cyprus
The Gender Perspective of Young People’s Images of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET)
From 10th -12th December 2009, the conference Promoting positive images of SET in young people under gender perspective is taking place at the University of Wuppertal/Germany. The organisation MOTIVATION communicates individual and societal factors, which influence the image of science, engineering and technology (SET) and it’s consequences for gendered study and occupational choices.
La Fete de la Science
La Fête de la Science will be organised from 16 – 22 November 2009 all over France in enterprises and education facilities. This year the topic is “The Origins of Life and the Universe: What Evolutions, What Revolutions?“ . The project addresses the public, especially pupils.
Month of Science in Netherlands
The month-long event brings science and technology closer to the public. The “Month of Science” will be organised in universities, research centres and companies from 1-31 October 2009 under the motto´'Reis naar het onbekende' (Travel to the unknown). Educational material will be available online.
Science and Technology Week in Czech Republic
The largest science event in the Czech Republic - the Science and Technology Week - presents scientific topics and up-to-date research to the public. Especially open days at science institutes and hands-on activities provide a suitable program for pupils and students. The Czech Science Week will be organised from 2-8 November 2009 throughout the Czech Republic.
Science Festival in Latvia
The 4th Daugavpils Science Festival aims at promoting science. As other European science festivals it will present lectures, hands-on activities, workshops and exhibitions. The festival is hosted by the Daugavpils University and will be organised from 9-13 November 2009. It is open for all interested parties, especially for young people.
Science Festival in Luxembourg
The Science Festival in Luxembourg is organised by the National Museum of Natural History and the National Research Fund (FNR) of Luxembourg. It will take place in Neumünster Abbey and Luxembourg-Grund from 12-15 November 2009 and invites families to discover sciences.
Science Week in Spain
In Madrid the Spanish Science Week will be organised from 9-22 November 2009. As other European science festivals it offers workshops other interesting activities related to science. Over 250 institutions will participate in the Spanish science week.
Advanced Training for Teachers
The TSB Technology Foundation Berlin and Science on Stage Germany e.V. invite biology, chemistry and physics teachers to participate in an advanced training called „Science on Stage – European Teaching Concepts for Natural Sciences” on November 13th 2009 in Berlin. The topics will be interdisciplinary teaching and new teaching concepts.