Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What is the STEM Alliance - Dell PolicyHack™ on Education Challenges?

  2. What is a hackathon?

  3. What is an education challenge?

  4. What is ICT?

  5. What is STEM?

  6. What are the "ICT for STEM Education Challenge Themes"?

  7. What is a Statement of Purpose?

  8. What is the deadline to participate?

  9. Do I need to involve other stakeholders?

  10. How will the four finalists be selected?

  11. Where are the Competition Guidelines and the "Terms and Conditions"?

  12. Can a school nominate more than one idea?

  13. What should be the language of entry?

  14. Will the participants get a Certificate of Participation?

  15. What is the Back to School Campaign?

  16. I still have questions. Is there someone that I can contact?

 

ANSWERS

  1. What is the STEM Alliance - Dell PolicyHack™ on Education Challenges?

    The STEM Alliance - Dell PolicyHack™ on Education Challenges is a hackathon, in which the four final teachers from the competition get the opportunity to discuss and design with representatives of Ministries of Education, industry partners, policy makers and other education stakeholders solutions to STEM policy challenges that they face on a local/regional level and pitch their ideas to a panel of expert judges. The expert jury will decide on the final winner of the PolicyHack. You can find more information in the Competition Guidelines.

  2. What is a hackathon?

    A hackathon is an event in which you can cooperate and work in teams towards a shared goal: to solve an issue identified in your community by bringing up creative ideas and designing solutions.

  3. What is an education challenge?

    An education challenge can be any difficulty or open question that you face in your education practices. For this competition, you need to describe how this challenge manifests itself in your particular case (on a local/regional level; in your school/classroom). You can find more information in the Competition Guidelines.

  4. What is ICT?

    ICT stands for "Information and Communication Technologies". This includes, among others, the internet, computers, phones and other devices but also apps, software or audio-visual data.

  5. What is STEM?

    STEM stands for Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology), Technology, Engineering or Mathematics subjects.

  6. What are the "ICT for STEM Education Challenge Themes"?

    There are four ICT for STEM Education Challenge Themes. Each theme focuses on a particular topic:
    1. Diversity: How can technology be leveraged by teachers/policy makers to manage diversity and cultivate inclusion in the classroom?
    2. Learning environment/content: How can teachers effectively shift from traditional, direct instruction to more constructivist approaches, such as inquiry-based science education (IBSE), project/problem-based learning and personalized learning by integrating a whole-school approach?
    3. Skills: How can teachers effectively support the development of inquiry-based learning, interpersonal skills and soft skills required in the wake of emerging technologies using information and communication technologies (ICT)?
    4. Life-long learning: How can schools leverage technology to promote lifelong learning – for teachers as well as for students?

    Since the questions are only indicative, we would encourage you to think of various angles/challenges/issues and base your submission on those. What we would like to see is a well-defined problem statement, solution on how to address it and how innovative, yet practical, the solution is. You can find more information in the Competition Guidelines.
     
  7. What is a Statement of Purpose?

    The Statement of Purpose is the description of education challenges and the recommendations/solutions that you suggest in order to solve these. The Statement of Purpose is not a real document. It is an online form that consists of several text boxes that you need to fill out via the STEM Alliance – Dell PolicyHack™ Competition Submission Form, which you can find in the in the Competition Guidelines.
    You will be asked to describe the following points:
    • Which ICT for STEM Education Challenge Theme would you like to focus on?
    • Describe how this challenge manifests itself in your particular case (on a local/regional level; in your school/classroom)
    • Describe how a policy change can help in addressing this challenge
    • Describe your policy recommendation to the government (at local, regional or state level), the school administration, the civil society or the industry
  8. What is the deadline to participate?

    The deadline to submit your Statement of Purpose is 15 October at 23:59 Central European Summer Time (CEST) . You can submit your Statement of Purpose via the Submission Form, which you will find in the in the Competition Guidelines.

  9. Do I need to involve other stakeholders?

    To come up with viable solutions, it is recommended to involve other stakeholders, such as colleagues, students, parents, industry partners, policy makers and any other education expert and stakeholder. However, given that organising face-to-face events is currently restricted or unadvisable in many countries, we invite you to be creative here. It will not be a strict requirement to involve other stakeholders in the preparation of your Statement of Purpose.

  10. How will the four finalists be selected?

    After the deadline (15 October at 23:59 CEST), one teacher will be selected for each of the four ICT for STEM Education Challenge Themes (resulting in a total of four teachers) based on the following criteria:
    1. Relevance to the ICT for STEM Education Challenge Theme: The Statement of Purpose needs to clearly relate to one of the four ICT for STEM Education Challenge Themes and describe accurately a real-life example. Described challenges and solutions need to be relevant to ICT and STEM.
    2. Relevance of the policy recommendation: Proposed actions need to be relevant to the local/regional situation.
    3. Feasibility of the solution proposed: Suggested policy solutions need to be viable and feasible.
    4. Involvement of stakeholders: The Statement of Purpose needs to clearly describe how effectively relevant stakeholders (e.g. colleagues, students, parents, industry partners, policy makers and any other education expert and stakeholder) were involved in the ideation and discussion process.
    5. Originality: The Statement of Purpose needs to display pertinence, novelty and creativity. All submissions should be creative, interesting, attractive and in any other way original.
    6. Clear communication: The Statement of Purpose needs to have defined goals and objectives. It should present coherent ideas and conclusions, explaining in a comprehensible way and demonstrating a good understanding of the theme. The Statement of Purpose should convey convincing implementation methods, solutions and messages. The motivation to participate should be clear.
    7. Presentation: The visual aspect of supporting material (style, layout, design and good use of technology) will be considered.

  11. Where are the Competition Guidelines and the "Terms and Conditions"?

    The Competition Guidelines are a document that describes how you can participate in the STEM Alliance - Dell PolicyHack™ on Education Challenges. The document includes the Terms and Conditions, which deals with legal matters of the competition.

  12. Can a school nominate more than one idea?

    Absolutely! If you feel you have more than one idea on how ICT can solve your education challenge, you are welcome to fill out the Submission Form several times and submit more than one Statement of Purpose. All Statements of Purpose will be evaluated on their standalone merit and will have equal chance of making it to the top four submissions. However, there is a limit of eight submissions by the same participant. The same person can submit up to two entries per ICT for STEM Education Challenge Theme but can only win in one of them. Please do not submit the same Statement of Purpose more than once.

  13. What should be the language of entry?

    The Statement of Purpose should be submitted in English, as the discussions at the STEM Alliance - Dell PolicyHack™ on Education Challenges will also be held in English.

  14. Will the participants get a Certificate of Participation?

    Yes! All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation. The four finalists, who will be invited to present and discuss their ideas and solutions, will be accorded a Certificate of Recognition.

  15. What is the Back to School Campaign?

    The 2020 Back to School Campaign is a joint international initiative organized by the STEM Alliance that invites projects, organisations, libraries, schools, universities and youth clubs across Europe and around the world, to celebrate careers and studies in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) each fall.

  16. I still have questions. Is there someone that I can contact?

    We would be glad to help you with any query you may have. Please reach out to Björn Bachmann: bjorn.bachmann (at) eun.org.