by Eleni Kyza & Yiannis Georgiou (Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus)
The European RRI projects Engage (www.engagingscience.eu, University of Nicosia), PARRISE (www.parrise.eu, Cyprus University of Technology), and Ark of Inquiry (www.arkofinquiry.eu, University of Cyprus) co-organized a public event about the integration of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in K-12 science education in Cyprus. The joint event took place on Saturday, March 11th, 2017, from 9:00-13:00 at the University of Nicosia.
The goal of the event was to promote the discussion on how students’ everyday life can be related to science education, how students’ interest in learning science can be enhanced, and to highlight the social aspects of science education.
The event started with a presentation by the Inspector of Primary Science Education in Cyprus, Dr. Marios Charalampous, regarding the Curriculum Reform efforts for primary science education in Cyprus. The coordinators of the European programs Engage, PARRISE, and Ark of Inquiry presented each project and their efforts for integrating RRI in K-12 science education in Cyprus.
The final part of the event consisted of presentations delivered by science teachers who participated in the three RRI projects; these presentations focused on the teachers’ experiences on the development and implementation of RRI-based modules in their science classrooms. The event concluded with a public discussion allowing the audience to interact with the local RRI project coordinators, as well as with the science teachers who had presented their work.