Developing “Polymath Minds” with Tinkering, Computational Thinking, and Robotics
Chryso ChristodoulouCEO - Founder
Ms. Chryso Christodoulou is the founder of FUNecole® Research Institute and the co-founder of Digipro Education Ltd. Her academic background is in Computer Science and Education. She is the designer and author of the FUNecole® for Cambridge ICT Starters Initial Steps endorsed by University of Cambridge International Examinations and recognized best practice educational approach by the European Commission. Ms. Christodoulou is an external educational expert for the Institute of Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) on various educational research projects. She is a program committee member for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Computer society. Mrs Christodoulou participates as keynote speaker and panelist at numerous conferences, seminars and workshops around the world. Ms. Christodoulou´s work has been published in scholarly and policy publications, such as IEEE Xplore and the European Parliament Magazine. She is a recognized as an entrepreneurship expert by OECD and is one of 350 European Ambassadors of Entrepreneurship.
The University of Oxford forecasts that in the next 20 years as many as 47 percent of jobs around the globe will become completely automated. Meanwhile, predictions on the number of connected devices that will be in use by 2020 as part of the Internet of Things vary from 20 billion to 75 billion.
Because of this proliferation of Computers, Apps and Robotics, there’s a growing anxiety about the increasing role of artificial intelligence and computers, in particular, whether machines will make workers obsolete. Understanding what computers can and can’t do is fundamental in addressing these anxieties. Schools and teachers from all disciplines need to teach students how to remodel the technological world around them, we can help them become creators rather than just consumers of technology.
Furthermore, today’s students need to learn, invent, teach others, collaborate, and share their knowledge when it best suits their personal needs, interests and style.
Classrooms need to become places of great joy, creativity, and collaboration that lead students to transform from passive consumers to active creators and inventors.
Teachers need to combine multiple disciplines, enhance learning and prepare students for diverse pathways that prepare them for unforeseen career paths.
Schools need to actively involve student participation by offering multidisciplinary learning experiences and create polymaths…
The real world commands that these “Polymath” versatile, flexible, highly innovative creative minds will be ready to change professions at least 3 times during their lifetime. (Think Tank on Global Education Harvard 2016)
As school instruction still separates disciplines, schools need to offer STREAMS (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering Arts, Mathematics and Social Sciences) transdisciplinary experiences. These experiences need to engage and stimulate students in getting actively involved in active learning. During this process, students need to take control of their own learning and take the lead. Only innovative learning experiences inspire students’ imagination and participating and involvement during class instruction.
At the moment, national curricula are advocating that students need to be exposed to computer science, coding, (“Learn to Code Before You Learn to Read”), computational thinking and robotics from kindergarten to 12th grade! The educator community and schools need to simply inspire students to imagine and take control of their own destiny with enthusiasm and confidence.
This seminar is aspirational inspirational and practical as it offers school leaders, educational consultants and curriculum coordinators values, tools and activities that enrich and accelerate the learning process.
SUBSIDY, ATTENDANCE, AND CANCELLATION POLICY
HRDA Subsidy and Seminar Attendance
- A company’s participant is eligible for a subsidy when their Social Insurance and Industrial Training contributions have been settled in full by the time of registration/seminar. In case of ineligibility/disqualification, the company will be invoiced the full amount per participant.
- A company’s participant is eligible for a subsidy if he/she completes an obligatory attendance of 75% or more (both during seminar and company visit). In case of failure to complete the attendance, the company will be invoiced the full amount, per participant.
Cancellation and Substitution Policy
- Cancellations can be accepted up to 5 working days prior to the seminar without penalties. For any cancellations received after the deadline (or no-shows), the company will be invoiced the full amount per participant.
- Substitutions can be accepted any time prior to the seminar without penalties.