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Innovation in STEM Education iSTEMed2020

7- 8 of March 2020 at Qatar Academy for Science and Technology (QAST).

iSTEMed2020 Objectives

iSTEMed2020 will convene a community of educators and learners in Qatar for the purpose of defining STEM teaching and learning in our context. It will explore how we can move traditional STEM engagements into purposeful integrated learning designs focused on growth mindset with evidence of engaging for learning.  We will be building an integrated toolkit for STEM education, inspiring a group of students to explore STEM competencies and careers, and connecting a local community of innovation ambassadors.

Keynote Speakers

This two-day conference is enriched by both international and local keynote speakers such as Ollie Bray and Per Havgaard from the Lego Foundation who will share their experience around active learning in the opening plenary. From Qatar, we have Dr. Nayef Alyafei from Texas A & M University Qatar, and Eng. Mohammed Al Janahi from Teach for Qatar who will share their inspirational journey with a focus on mindsets and skills for STEM careers in the closing plenary.

Leaders of STEM Learning

The Education Development Institute is pleased to collaborate with a pool of STEM experts from key organizations who will lead workshops for teachers and students: Lego Foundation, Texas A & M University Qatar, Microsoft Education, ibTECHar, Al Bairaq - Qatar University, and Promethean. Teachers and students from a variety of schools and organizations will also lead STEM learning experiences through Ignite Talks ©, and hands-on workshops.

Learning Experiences at iSTEMed2020

Through participation in highly engaging and interactive workshops offered at iSTEMed2020, you will learn which technology to use, and how to reap its educational benefits: how photography is used to explore the artistic realm of science; learn how to integrate LEGO kits into the curriculum; know more about the pedagogy behind 'tinkering'; experience how to use coding and computational thinking in  cross-curricular projects, and learn how to achieve global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through STEM education.

Microsoft will take you on a learning journey in which you will use Microsoft’s Open-Source tools to explore how you can take your students on virtual tours around the world, and hold online meetings with STEM experts from around the world. You will also learn how to use Microsoft Teams and benefit from its features in education.

You will have a variety of workshops to choose from such as planning for culturally responsive STEM units; learning how to capture student growth with all-inclusive approaches; be immersed into problem-based learning as you plan and carry out projects and plan for assessment; learn more about the kinds of national resources that QNL and Qatar Scientific Club have to support STEM inquiry, and acquire more resources in order to activate a ‘flipping the classroom’ approach with your students.

Fees :
2-Day pass: QAR1650 (USD452)
1-Day pass: QAR900 (USD247)

Speakers for iSTEMed2020

Ollie Bray Per Havgaard Dr. Nayef Alyafei Eng. Mohammed Al Janahi

Ollie Bray is a Global Director of Connecting Play and Education at the LEGO Foundation where he leads on the Foundations work related to education improvement using technology and play. Prior to joining the LEGO Foundation in November 2018, he was Head Teacher of Kingussie High School, Scotland. In 2018, Kingussie High School significantly outperformed its comparator school, the Highland average and National average in all measures. He has over 20 years experience in all aspects of education. As well as his philanthropic, school and systems leadership work, he has also been an award-winning teacher, senior policy advisor to government (digital learning strategy), Scotland's national advisor for emerging technologies in learning and a non-executive director at Inverness College: University of the Highlands & Islands.

Per Havgaard has over 20 years of experience in education and facilitation. As Senior Facilitation Manager in The LEGO Foundation, Per is advocating for a future of education where children learn through play and engagement and where teachers are professionals that are able to unleash the full potential of their students. He has authored books on Inquiry-Based teaching, written on topics like MakerSpaces and Participatory Research, he has been a TV-star in Denmark demonstrating on prime-time-tv how non-conforming students could learn as fast as any other student. Per holds a Bachelor in Education, a Master's Degree in Learning Processes and many certifications in teaching methodologies like Learning styles, Cooperative Learning, and others. He is a sought- after international keynoter and workshop facilitator.

Dr. Nayef M. Alyafei is a faculty member in the Petroleum Engineering program at Texas A&M University in Qatar (TAMUQ). He joined the program as an Assistant Professor in 2015. Dr. Alyafei’s research activities focus on investigations on imaging and modeling of engineering processes.. His interests include teaching STEM related topics to high school and college level students. Dr. Alyafei holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London. Dr. Alyafei also received his Petroleum Engineering degree from Texas A&M University in Qatar. Dr. Alyafei established a research group and the multi-phase flow in  porous media research laboratory at Texas A&M University in Qatar and strives to expand his research and teaching both locally and internationally.

Mohammed Al Janahi graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Qatar University in 2010 and started his career in Maersk Oil Qatar. In 2014 Mohammed Al-Janahi was seconded to work as a Fellow at Teach for Qatar (TFQ) where he worked as a Mathematics Teacher in Al Ahnaf School. He worked towards inspiring and empowering his students to become young leaders by equipping them with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to thrive in tomorrow’s world. Mohammed is currently working as the Head of Outreach at Teach for Qatar, where he delivers training to Teachers from local independent schools through hands-on training sessions on using technology and creating a competitive environment in the classroom through the use of interactive tools. 

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Contact Us

For general inquiries, please contact Mrs. Reem Khalaf at: rkhalaf@qf.org.qa