CSRC – Centre for STEAM Education Research, Science Communication and Innovation-TEAMING HORIZON 2020

This is the first time that the island’s universities are joining forces to create a Center of Excellence and Innovation in Cyprus, in cooperation with Cypriot companies.

They include the University of Cyprus (UCy), the University of Technology (Tepak), the Open University Cyprus, University of Nicosia, European University Cyprus, UCLan Cyprus, Neapolis University Paphos and Frederick University of Technology.

The €400,000 in funding will enable the project to develop a business plan for the creation of the Cyprus Science and Research Centre, which would benefit Cyprus and the broader region.

CSRC will focus on the promotion of science communication, teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, through interactive tools. It aspires to become a Center of Excellence in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean, for improving research, innovation and entrepreneurial culture in the areas of technology, especially the technology for teaching and learning in science and the innovative communication of scientific achievements.

Big Step: Learning through Gamification – Integration of the vulnerable groups” –ERASMUS+

Project “BIG STEP: Learning through Gamification – Integration of the vulnerable groups” will use the Gamification methodology which is the application of typical elements of game playing (e.g. point scoring, competition with others, etc.) to other areas of activity, such as teaching, to encourage engagement, learning flow, evaluation etc. of participants. “BIG STEP” will develop a novel educational 2-D serious video game which will help refugees engage in learning their host country’s language by playing and interacting digitally, while combining local cultural aspects (e.g. what time do they have lunch in Belgium?). The game will be tailored to the respective needs and educational level of our target groups, who will be reached through the official structures in place by the member states, and will enhance their media and literacy skills to a great extent, competences that are going to be very useful when looking for a job eventually.

Link: http://www.bigstepproject.eu/

Target Groups: Refugees, Immigrants, Third Country Nationals

Partnership: Applicant: University College Limburg, Belgium

  • OECON Group, Greece
  • University Rehabilitation Institute, Slovenia
  • Komunikujeme o.p.s., Czech Republic
  • Institute of Psychosocial Development, Greece
  • Neapolis University Pafos, Cyprus
Duration: 01/09/2016 – 31/08/2018