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EduACT is a volunteer group of young entrepreneurs, scientists, IT experts and pedagogues ready to ACT. The idea is to enhance the high professional values that exist across the entire European continent in the education area and get involved in any kind of educational projects. A current age the concept of the omniscient person is no longer valid and organisations need more skills and expertise to win challenging educational co operations, to ensure a steady economic growth to help investment and improvement of education in schools and out of the box.

Synergies are therefore essential; however it is difficult to find the right people in the right moment for the right position. That’s why joining a network of enlightened volunteers with professional attitude has become crucial not only to find a wide range of expertise but also to foster lateral thinking, which is the best way to find innovative solutions.

Making The Most Out Of Talent.

People are unique and perform at their best when they do what they are naturally good at in support of clear goals. Organizations reach prime performance when they recognize, value, develop and use the unique talents of their people in the delivery of their objectives.

The main goal of our projects and edulabs is about exploring who each individual student is, recognizing their talents, working out how they add value and what can be done to develop and use them more effectively.

 

 

Taking the leader out of young entrepreneurs.

To increase youth impact in the world, we believe that society needs leaders who are entrepreneurial, culturally sensitive, socially responsible and take an active part in their own learning. To gain a holistic experience eduact offers you the opportunity to take on a leadership role before or after your internship.

Learn how to lead a team, manage large projects and run a local or national project along with people all over the world! One of the best ways to develop what it takes to be a leader is to take up one of the leadership roles involved in eduact, at local, regional, national and global scale, as well as trainings in soft skills and functional areas in projects, researches, conferences and volunteering activities each year.

Connecting Individuals.

Most of our staff is drawn to Thessaloniki from the length and breadth of Greece and smaller number comes from all around the world. Diversity is one of our fundamentals and the range of nations, cultures languages and ideas is considerable.

The big idea lies behind the words, cooperation and networks. The power of the future and the answer to world economic downturn is connectivity.

The trip to knowledge is a feature of life and students are given the space and freedom to develop themselves.

 

Learning to learn, with a reason.

Teachers often assume that, because they are “teaching,” students must be learning. Students assume that, because they have read their text and memorized facts, they have learned something. What should we expect to learn from a national education?

What are the roles of students and teachers in the learning process? Are certain kinds of learning and thinking more valuable than others? What does sophisticated thinking look like and what are the developmental stages for getting there? What kinds of skills and knowledge do employers desire in their perspective employees? How do grades reflect a student’s thinking and learning? What role does higher education play in modern society?

 

INTERACTION

 

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
Plutarch

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“If you fight you might lose, if you don’t you have already lost.”
Bertolt Brecht

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“To the ideals of the worlds which collapse, I bring the ideals of the worlds that are born, every time I AM the future.”
Kostas Varnalis

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“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”
Malcom X

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We are here to enable you:

 

• Develop links between schools, teachers and students throughout Europe or even further.

• Enter networks and share contacts.

• Design, organise, accomplish and present your projects.

• State all the projects you intent to run and share ideas and experiences.

• Work together to bring changes and contribute to the development of a better and more sustainable education.

• Organise an in-service training for your teachers.

• Organise a local or international seminar and invite key speakers.

• Make an advisory club for your students.

• Organise your youth camp, train your staff and provide you with the best of our staff.

• Train your volunteers.

• Organise any kind of volunteer events.

• Work with kids in the risk of social marginalisation.


History

Organisation's Key Moments

step 1.

Inspired by the Co ordinator of European programmes for Elementary schools in western Thessaloniki , Mr. Kosta Vasileiou, a small group of pedagogues from UK, Norway, Finland and Sweden set about establishing a network of partner schools with the aim of researching the key elements to ensure effective successful learning in schools for the future. The partnership of schools grew initially from the goal of establishing links with schools to enable High/Post High school students to undertake a series of active research projects to identify, test and trial and evaluate key aspects of future learning and teaching in schools in the above mentioned European countries. To date this partnership of schools has evolved serendipitously, via personal contacts and from the interest of individual teachers.

 

step 2.

In order to meet the needs of the first project with the code name FUTURE SCHOOLS a group of young pedagogues, scientists and academics decided to act and their action to aim education, so they created eduACT, an organization for Future Education.

 

step 3.

On November 2012 the founder of the organization was introduced to a program by an inspired Norwegian pedagogue, Mr. John Rullestand. With the purpose to create new forms of learning, stimulate and challenge children and young people to think like scientists and engineers, the LEGO Group develops games and robotic products designed to develop creativity. The Lego Group in partnership with the American Organization For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), whose mission is to inspire young people to become leaders in science and technology, built a global movement by creating the FIRST LEGO League program.

The FLL is a continuous build process that contributes to the career and life, through the development of skills and concepts that assist in the learning of science and technology through innovative projects and robotics competitions. The program is based on challenges presented annually, with specific themes, and youth participants are evaluated based on the following criteria: research project, robot challenge, and programming and core values. About 60 countries participate in the challenges, with more than 210,000 young people and 90,000 mentors, coaches and volunteers.
The first contact with FIRST was made by mail on the 27th and the 29th of November with Jodi Kravitz, International Project Manager who introduced eduACT to Carina Ottesen, LEGO Education, International Project Manager

From that point and on the progress is tremendous and eduACT is the official operational partner in Greece . eduACT established a pilot program training session on nxt 2.0, Green City Sets and generally the tournament organization with LEGO Group. This session was based mainly on the discovery of the knowledge and had amazing results. The use of internet information, the youtube video lessons and conferences with experienced FLL members lead to great outcomes.

 

 

Future Schools Major Moments

In the last semester of 2012 and the year 2013 eduACT collaborated with the Anatolia High School, the Roma Shelter in Dedropotamos and The state schools that belong to the Municipality of Pylaia Chortiatis . The first theme of the project is ‘’ The positivity of failure’’.
Two international seminars, 100 kids participating in a volunteering base, great outcomes and the biggest hit. Participating and presenting the results of the first year in the international seminar organised by the University Of Macedonia, Reimagining Schools.

 

FLL MAJOR MOMENTS

In the first semester of 2013, eduACT was invited by LEGO Education to visit the OEC, held in Paderborn. The aim was to better know the international partners (FIRST and LEGO Group), as well as the experience of the FLL tournaments. At the event apart from the potential contact person of operational partner, 6 members of eduACT where present as volunteers for the very first time ever. After the event those volunteers became mentors to the rest and circulated the knowledge and experience. Our procedure of discovering knowledge and using a hands- on attitude to almost everything concerning the FLL tournament organization was stated as unique and worth to share by beginners in the following years.

The next official event that we attended was the official partners conference in Amsterdam. The founder and the Director of the organization were present and after the event a very extensive promotional FLL plan took in Greece. From June till late August more than 5.000 kids experienced the FLL in a nutshell experience as we called it. Aiming kids at the risk of social marginalization we visited summer camps and made all the kids enthusiastic about FLL.
Between the 5th and the 10th of August of 2013, the promotional events were honored by the presence of Lee Magpili ( Lego Education Designer), Kenny Meesters ( Head Judge in OEC) and Vasilis Chrysanthakopoulos ( Lego Designer). During that period we implemented an unofficial short FLL Tournament, which was organized by the visitors and the eduACT members in order to act as an exercise and prepilot event. The event brought together 8 teams from 11 different municipalities of North Greece, who presented innovative solutions to improve the lives of their mates at the Summer Camps.
There was also a great repercussion in the national media. The tournament has been released on various large circulation media such as newspapers / online news portal and on the TV news primetime.

This action contributes to the strengthening of the Greek education. Academic competitions allow students to learn technological issues, as well as develop various skills for personal and professional life: communicate effectively, be creative and approach the work with more confidence and commitment.

Future Schools

Tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it

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The IDEA

The goal of Future Schools is to contribute to the improvement of learning and teaching in and between the participating schools. The focus will be to innovate through a partnership of students, teachers and the wider community, who will be researching on key aspects of learning.

Future Schools promotes effective learning based on recognizing the curiosity, creativity and importance of the personal and diverse nature of all learners. The goal is to promote effective learning by preparing young people for tomorrow. As an African proverb says: ” Tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it”.

 

AIMS

Future Schools aims:

  • To be Learning Schools. The learners will be at the heart of learning
  • To promote Learning Teams, Teachers and students working cooperatively and collaboratively to generate learning as equal learners.
  • To nurture Motivation by placing students central to the generation and delivery and evaluation of all learning programmes.
  • To form a local, national and international network of schools to share as many aspects of learning as possible.
  • To support research and reflection of all aspects of learning

 

OBJECTIVES

  • Learners and coordinators:
  • Learn how to learn and how to think critically.
  • Learn to learn cooperatively and collaboratively.
  • Promote adaptable, creative, problem solving students.
  • Learn within a borderless network of schools sharing ad collecting ideas insights and experiences.
  • Acquire academic, practical and vocational capacities equally.
  • Promote best teaching and learning practices to the school and community.

 

Our society needs active, critical and collaborative learners and that is the ultimate gain for the participants of the project. We believe in learning and we welcome everybody who wants to build the future!

Future Schools

First Lego League

Robotics competition for kids between 9 and 16 years

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Our non-profit organisation runs FIRST LEGO League (FLL) – a robot competition for children aged 10 to 16. Within, FLL students can experience the fun and excitement of science and technology.

FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) is a program that supports children and youngsters in order to introduce them to science and technology in a sporty atmosphere. The objective is to:

:: make children and youngsters enthusiastic about science and technology
:: to equip the participants with the idea of team spirit
:: to encourage children and youngsters to solve complex tasks in a creative way

The basis of FLL is a robotics tournament in a cheerful atmosphere, where kids and youngsters need to solve a tricky “mission” with the help of a robot. The kids are researching a given topic within a team, they are planning programming and testing an autonomous robot to solve the mission.

The FLL Teams take the opportunity to experience all steps of a real product development process: solving a problem under time pressure with insufficient resources and unknown competitors. FLL is a small microcosmos of real business life in all its respects.

 

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This project aims to contribute national change of attitude concerning the teaching of science, mathematics andtechnology in and out of  the school environment (elementary, gymnasium and lyceum, unconventional education providers.), through game like academic competition that promotes students’ interest to the study, the ability of innovation,creativity and logical reasoning, besides inspires children and young people to think like scientists and engineers.

 

For the 2013/2014 season, EDUACT will be responsible for the operation of 1 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT, which willhave until 24 teams participating from all over the country ( mainly from the North part of Greece but with no restrictions for teams from any other place since no regional are planed).

More about this program you are able to learn on the official page.

Camp

Something new is happening in the summer camp for the very first time…

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We are having fun, we are enjoying the summer and robots are our hobby!!! Τhe first “Robotic Camp” is a reality in Greece for children all around the world. Group of kids from every part of the world will have the chance to enjoy the summer here in Greece. We are going to learn a lot, to play with the robots, to share our experiences with children all over the world and mostly we are going to have fun.

CONSTRUCTION

By using Lego Mindstorms children are going to create their robots with their team and co operate with other children in order to construct something. Famous robot designers, from all over the world, are going to be there. They will inspire the young constructors and trigger their creativity.

SHARING EXPERIENCES

FLL teams, not only from Greece but also from the rest of the world, that participated in FLL tournaments are going to be there for this experience! They are going to share their stories, get prepared for the next FLL season and make new friends!!!

SUMMER JOY

Swimming pool, sports and activities, art, water sports and Robotics are going to be our summer memories.

CAMP CHALLENGE

Hercules challenge

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The clock strikes midnight. However the ten-year-old Helen can still not sleep, as she is studying late for her next day’s mythology class.  She is fascinated by the story of Hercules and his twelve labors. Under the covers, carrying a flashlight in her hand she is reading her lesson that starts like this: “Hercules was an ancient mythical hero, regarded as the greatest among the Greek heroes. Born in Thebes, he was the son of the father of gods Zeus and a woman named Alcmene. His greatest achievements are the twelve labors of hercules. In Greek mythology the twelve labors of Hercules were in reality twelve missions that he had to accomplish, in order to purify himself for the crime that goddess Hera made him commit, the murder of his wife and children. So after visiting Delphi he got the oracle, which said that he had to serve his uncle, king Eurystheus, for twelve years. His first feat was to kill the terrible Neamean lion, the beast that was attacking and terrifyingthe whole state…”

Helen closed her book. She could not finish her reading because she was confused by the figure of Hercules. She already knew that mythology was not based on true events, and it was in reality stories that were created by people. In the old times whenever people could not explain something with logic, they turned to supernatural or divine powers. But what if Hercules was a real person in modern life? How would he bring his labors out?He would not be a superman like he was described in the books, but a man who would be smart enough to accomplish his missions.

Nowadays, people use the modern technology in order to solve their daily problems. Our life strongly depends on several robot-machines which are programmed to execute the instructions that a human has given to them. Some characteristic examples are the computer, the TV, the washing machine, the automatic pilots in cars and airplanes, the machinery in automated production plants and the artificial limbs. As a result a robot is a mechanical device that can replace humans in various tasks. A robot can function under the direct control of a human being or autonomously under the control of a programmed computer. The robot can be used to achieve their missions that are either too difficult or too dangerous to be made directly by a human. So, how could Hercules bring his twelve labors out with a robot?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         For More info visit camp.eduact.org

Robotics

Changing classrooms with robotics

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Our aim is to promote robotics all over Thessaloniki area at first and then engage and help schools all over the world to excite their students about SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & generally about KNOWLEDGE by using the motivational effects of robotics.

Teaching robotics is a blast and even better if you’ve got some great activities organized that will challenge children and make them think more about what kind of role robotics plays in the modern world.

We share the vision of a society were ALL students are technologically literate, mathematically competent and confident about the FUTURE.

 

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Our Goals:
 To develop a mathematically competent and technological literate workforce
 To influence children to become interested in robotics and related technologies as an area of study and future employment
 To grow future entrepreneurs and employees for the region and nation
 To catch kids having fun experimenting with science and technology

 

If you want to learn more about the lessons and you want to participate, just visit act’s website : robotics.eduact.org

Robotics for All

Code Education

Teaching kids how to write computer programs

Children interested in computers and learning more about what goes into the creation of video games, websites, and other cool programs are invited to come out and experience how much fun programming can be!

Why is this important?

In a world in which our daily lives increasingly revolve around the use of technology, more people are becoming interested in learning what goes on behind the screens of their devices and what goes into making their favourite apps and games.

Programming knowledge is fast becoming an important life skill and one we want to foster and share with children in particular. This act will give us the chance to share the magic of coding with the next generation.

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Our aim is to promote code all over Thessaloniki area at first and then engage and help schools all over the world to excite their students about the use of code and the different languages.

We share the vision of a society were ALL students are able to use their language and at least one computer language. This will lead to interdependent people confident about the FUTURE.

“I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.”
— STEVE JOBS, THE LOST INTERVIEW

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contact info

  • Address: Dimokratias & Skoufa, Asvestohori, Thessaloniki Greece
  • Telephone: +30.6984.332342
  • Email: info(at)eduact.org

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