• Cyprus Science and Research Centre

    Cyprus Science and Research Centre

    A centre of excellence for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) education research, science communication and innovation will be established in Cyprus.
  • Our aim is to create the first interactive science centre in Cyprus

    Our aim is to create the first interactive science centre in Cyprus

    Providing education and research resources to the people of Cyprus and Eastern Mediterranean region.
  • Funded by the European Union

    Funded by the European Union

    The project (Phase I) has been funded by the European Union under the Horizon2020 “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation-Teaming”
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Member Organizations of the Consortium

UCLAN

 Cyprus

Overview

UCLan Cyprus is a private university in Cyprus. It is a licensed, autonomous higher education institution, while at the same time it is an overseas campus of the University of Central Lancashire, UK. UCLan was founded in 1828 and has been recognised as a world class institution through its inclusion in the QS World Rankings and its global partnership network, which extends to 125 countries. UCLan Cyprus, given its legacy as an Enterprising British University on the island, it is committed to academic excellence, aiming to be a leading institution in research, innovation and education. To accomplish this the University is striving to ensure that Research, Innovation and Enterprise, as well as teaching and learning activities, are recognised as being of exceptional quality while in parallel have a significant impact to the scientific and industry communities and benefit society at a national, regional and global scale. UCLan Cyprus is the winner of the 2013 InAVation Award for the most innovative education facility, in terms of its technological infrastructure, in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (http://www.inavationawardsonthenet.net/winners.aspx).

 

The UCLan Cyprus School of Sciences, which is involved in this project proposal, encompasses expertise in a wide range of research areas within a diverse spectrum of disciplines such as Computing, Psychology, Mathematics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Sports and Exercise Science. All academics in the School are research active and are continuously pursuing new knowledge and innovative ways to apply it through research and industrial projects. In addition to the academics' individual and personal research activities, the School adopts an interdisciplinary approach in its research activities, with an effort to integrate expertise from the various disciplines for the development of collaborative projects with high social, environmental and economic impact locally, nationally and globally. The academics who will participate in the project have long-term experience in National, European and International Research Projects in areas such as RRI, ICT, Science Education, Educational Technologies, and Cognitive Development. The expertise of the faculty will contribute substantially in the implementation of the CSER’s objectives. For example, the academics who will participate in the project have experience in developing learning environments to support scientific thinking which will contribute in the first objective of the project, namely to promote innovative ways of STEM teaching and learning in formal, non-formal and informal ways. They also have expertise in designing and developing electronic interactive and multimodal tools for STEM education at the K-12 level as well as at the University level, and in the use of technology in the classroom and beyond to aid STEM learning. Additionally, they have expertise in the design and development of educational exhibits, interactive activities and material related to STEM subjects and the organisation of science related events for young audiences.

 

 Project Team

  • Prof. Irene Polycarpou
  • Josephina Antoniou
  • Kalypso Iordanou
  • Panayiotis Andreou
 

Relevant Publications

Iordanou, K. & Constantinou. C. P. (2015). Supporting use of evidence in argumentation through practice in argumentation and reflection in the context of SOCRATES learning environment. Science Education. 99, 282–311.
Vrioni, A., (2015). Empower Learning in Multi-Modal and Simulated Learning Environment with student assisted Design Inquiry. Paper presented at the Inquiry Based Learning and Creativity in Science Education. October 9-10, 2015, Athens, Greece.
Polycarpou, I. (2014). “Decimal to Binary Number Conversion can be Fun.” In the Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering, pp.381-386.
Polycarpou, I., (2012). “Practicing K-12 Mathematics Through a Collaborative Electronic Game.” In the Proceedings of the 23rd Annual International SITE (Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education) conference, pp. 2596-2603.
Polycarpou, I. (2011). “Using Technology to Enhance K-12 Outreach in Materials Science.” In the Materials Research Society (MRS) Bulletin, April 2011 Special Issue on K-12 Outreach, 36 (4), pp.290-297.

 

 

 

 

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