The ‘BLOOM Stories of Implementation’ competition

All over Europe and beyond, teachers are looking for innovative ways of engaging their students with current issues facing today’s societies. In collaboration with the STEM Discovery Campaign 2020, the BLOOM project is inviting primary and secondary school teachers of all subjects to use bioeconomy as a way of engaging pupils in school subjects, and to share their stories of implementation!

How?

The ‘BLOOM Stories of Implementation’ competition will reward the most innovative classroom implementations of bioeconomy using the materials included in the BLOOM School Box, in four different categories of submission:

    [1] Teaching bioeconomy in primary schools (individual work);

    [2] Teaching with bioeconomy in secondary schools' STEM classes (individual work);

    [3] Integrating STEM teaching with bioeconomy (teams of two STEM teachers of different subjects);

    [4] Integrating STEAM teaching with bioeconomy (teams of up to three teachers of different subjects, including at least one STEM teacher and at least one non-STEM teacher)

When?

Teachers can start organising their lessons starting from November 2019 and prepare their stories to be submitted between 1 February and 30 April 2020 at 23:59 Central European Time (CET)!

The winners of each category will be invited to a teacher training workshop in Brussels, with travel, accommodation and meals covered, and the 20 finalist entries will be published on the School Network page of the BLOOM project!

Steps to participate:

    1) Choose which BLOOM School Box resource works well in your classroom from the BLOOM School Box collection

    2) Think of how you will implement bioeconomy in your classroom and if you will work collaboratively with other colleagues or on your own.

    3) Run at least one bioeconomy lesson with your students and think about what evidence you have of your students’ engagement following your lesson(s).

    4) Choose the appropriate submission category, double check the competition’s terms and conditions and fill in the submission form (available since 1 February 2020).

You would like to participate but not sure if you are eligible? Read the competition framework to stack all the odds in your favour!

To participate teachers are asked to submit their “story of implementation” of bioeconomy concepts in their classrooms by filling in a pre-defined template and submitting it in one of the four different categories of the competition:

[1] Teaching bioeconomy in primary schools (individual work);

[2] Teaching with bioeconomy in secondary schools´ STEM classes (individual work);

[3] Integrating STEM teaching with bioeconomy (teams of two STEM teachers of different subjects);

[4] Integrating STEAM teaching with bioeconomy (teams of up to three teachers of different subjects, including at least one STEM teacher and at least one non-STEM teacher)

The entry requirements for each competition category are the following:

[1] Entry requirements for the category: Teaching with bioeconomy in primary schools (individual work) Participants in this category must be primary school teachers who implemented at least one of the BLOOM School Box resources in their classrooms as part of the official school curriculum. The “story of implementation” submitted must be the work of one individual primary school teacher to be eligible for participation in this category.

[2] Entry requirements for the category: Teaching with bioeconomy in secondary schools´ STEM classes (individual work) Participants in this category must be secondary school teachers of one or more STEM subjects who implemented at least one of the BLOOM School Box resources in their Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics lessons as part of the official school curriculum. The “story of implementation” submitted must be the work of one individual secondary school STEM teacher to be eligible for participation in this category.

[3] Entry requirements for the category: Integrating STEM teaching with bioeconomy (collaborative teaching) Participants in this category will be secondary school STEM teachers, applying in teams of two, who have collaborated in the implementation of at least one of the BLOOM School Box resources in their Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics lessons as part of the official school curriculum.

The “story of implementation” submitted must be the work of two secondary school STEM teachers of different subjects to be eligible for participation in this category.

[4] Entry requirements for the category: Integrating STEAM teaching with bioeconomy (collaborative teaching) Participants in this category will be secondary school STEM teachers and teachers of other subjects, applying in teams of up to three, including at least one STEM teacher and at least one non-STEM teacher.. The teams have collaborated in the implementation of at least one of the BLOOM School Box resources in their lessons as part of the official school curriculum.

The “story of implementation” submitted must be the work of up to three secondary school teachers as detailed above to be eligible for participation in this category.

The Competition is open to all primary and secondary school teachers from European Union countries and Horizon 2020 associated countries who implemented a BLOOM School Box learning scenario in their classrooms. Only entries in English, which follow the official competition template and which are submitted during the official submission period will be eligible for this competition. The authors of any of the 11 BLOOM School Box learning scenarios are also eligible as long as their implementation is not based on their own work.

Participation in the competition is subject to the rules and terms and conditions, please read the document for more details.

During the submission period of the competition, teachers can submit their entries by going through the following steps:

Step 1: Prepare their bioeconomy “stories of implementation” according to the competition template.

Step 2: Fill in the online competition submission form (available since 1 February)

Reminders:

• Participants should make sure that all submitted content is available for view and download until at least 30 days after the end of the submission period (more details in the Terms and Conditions document),

• Participants should provide a valid email address in the submission form,

• Submissions will only be accepted between 1 February and 30 April 2020 at 23:59 Central European Time (CET).

The submitted content

The submitted content for the competition shall be an original creation by one (for submission categories [1] and [2]), two (for submission category [3]) or up to three (for submission category [4]) participating teachers and consist of a “story of implementation” of one of the BLOOM School Box learning scenarios in the classroom.

The submitted work should:

    Follow the official "Story of implementation" template,

    Be one standalone document, no attachments will be considered that are not part of the submitted “Story of Implementation” template.

    Be completely original and not contain any third party’s work.

    By participating in the competition, participants agree to present their submitted content under a Creative Commons License of Attribution ShareAlike CC BY-SA.

The entries will be considered at two stages:

1. A first selection of 20 finalist submissions (5 for each category) will be carried out by European Schoolnet.

2. The winner(s) of each category will be selected by an international panel of judges including bioeconomy experts and education specialists from the BLOOM project partner organisations.

In order to evaluate the submissions to the BLOOM Stories of implementation competition, the judges will particularly pay attention to the following criteria:

• Alignment with BLOOM and the chosen School Box resource

• Creativity and innovation – how the resource was incorporated in the classroom

• Impact and evidence– clear presentation of learning outcomes and supporting evidence

• Clarity of ideas and conclusions - explaining in a clear way, demonstrating a good understanding of the theme and conveying convincing implementation methods, solutions and messages

• Presentation of entries: style, layout, design and good use of technology will be considered

• Sharing good practice – clear advice points and learning tips to help other teachers, to take a similar approach in the future. For participants in categories 3 and 4 (collaborative teaching) – clear presentation of aspects related to collaborative work and of the outcomes of the collaboration.

1) Following the judging process, one submission from each category will be selected. The winning teachers will be invited to a teacher training workshop in Brussels.

2) The 20 finalist “stories of implementation” will be published online on the School Network page of the BLOOM project.

3) All participants whose submissions comply with the Terms and Conditions of participation will receive a certificate of participation where the name of a registered participant and country will be specified.

Potential winners will be contacted by the end of May by BLOOM representatives via the contact information provided in the submission form.

Help us promote the competition!

Download the dissemination package here.

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