The third webinar for the "STEM Professionals Go Back to School" scheme series with the title "Engaging young people in STEM careers: be the role model for tomorrow" took place on Friday, the 10th of November 2017 from 12:30 to 13:30 (CET).
The purpose of this webinar for companies was to help professionals to engage students in STEM subjects. Showcasing a specific career path, companies can inspire students' creativity and help develop professionally, and at the same time, improve their employability skills giving them a wider understanding of STEM-related careers.
Programme of the webinar
Participants of the webinar got all the information about how to organize a visit in a local school and how to concretely get in touch with teachers throughout the unique STEM Professionals Back To School Tool.
The webinar was introduced by Maïté Debry, who provided the participants with a preliminary explanation of the STEM Alliance project and then with a more specific insight about the aims and benefits of the "STEM Professionals Go Back To School" scheme.
Silvia Giacon dealt with the concrete guidelines of the "STEM Professionals Go Back To School" tool and with a step by step walk-through on how to register to the tool and how to get in touch with schools and teachers.
The pedagogical dimension of the scheme was addressed by Tommi Raivio, who presented tips and tricks explaining how to better organize in practice the visit in the class from the professional perspective with the use of the "STEM Professionals Go Back To School" booklet.
The communication perspective of the "STEM Professionals Go Back To School" scheme was finally taken into account by Giacomo Galardini, who gave tips and advice on how to engage the audience on social media and how to increase the outreach of the scheme through the communication material.
Additionally, the two experts – Anne-Gret Iturriaga Abarzua, STEM Professional from Germany and Svetlana Dotsenko, ICT Manager at the Lasnamae Gymnasium Tallinn in Estonia provided participants with excellent practice examples on their activity, sharing useful tips and advices related to the pedagogical aspects of the visit. Below you can find more info for invited experts.
Svetlana Dotsenko is an ICT Manager in a big school (1300 students, 100 teachers) in Tallinn. She has been teaching computer science for 18 years and she is a trainer for teachers in ICT. In the past, she worked for many years as programmer, software specialist, HelpDesk in companies like Estonian Academy of Science, Eesti Telefon and others. In other words, she is a professional who returned to school...
Anne-Gret Iturriaga Abarzua works as Head of Communications for INEOS in Köln. She previously worked as freelance journalist and author for Austrian and German media as well as PR in media agencies. She worked as PR Consultant in an agency in Vienna for clients like PlasticsEurope, ECVM and API. She was Manager for Communications for ECV (now INOVYN) before arriving to INEOS in Cologne. She won several awards like International Corporate Media Award of Excellence, 2013 or IPRA Golden World Award, 2017. She lives in Germany with her husband and two kids.
The webinar followed by Questions and Answers session where participants had a chance to ask their questions to the STEM Alliance representatives and invited experts.