The University of British Columbia is hosting the 3rd International STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education Conference on its Vancouver campus in July 2014. The Call for Papers is posted below and the submission deadline is December 9, 2013.
We hope those of you engaged in STEM Education will submit a proposal to present: detailed information on the submission process is on the STEM 2014 website. Your assistance in sharing the Call for Papers with colleagues and networks would be greatly appreciated.
CALL FOR PAPERS
STEM 2014 Conference | July 12-15
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver, Canada
STEM Education and Our Planet:
Making Connections Across Contexts
The International Conference of STEM in Education is an opportunity for educators and researchers from schools, universities, colleges, businesses, industries and other private and public agencies to share and discuss their innovative practices and research initiatives that may advance STEM education.
The conference will create opportunities for sharing:
- information and knowledge through keynote addresses from world leaders in STEM education, papers, poster presentations, panels, workshops, symposia, and innovative showcases;
- effective STEM pedagogical practices and strategies in and across a variety of education settings;
- the most contemporary STEM research initiatives and their outcomes;
- professional development approaches for STEM educators in a range of educational contexts;
- experiences and networking between participants from across the globe.
Join us in the summer of 2014 at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. Submit your proposal to present at the STEM 2014 Conference at stem2014.ubc.ca. Call for Papers closes December 9, 2013.
We invite proposals from educators, academics, education officers, industry partners, graduate and undergraduate students for papers, poster presentations, panels, workshops, symposia, and innovative showcases. Proposals will be peer reviewed, and are invited in any area related to the overall focus of the conference, including:
- Innovation in STEM Research
- Innovative Resources for STEM Education
- Transformation in Educational Practices through STEM
- Sustainability Education and STEM
- Interdisciplinary Approaches to Popular Science Education
- Life-long learning in STEM
- STEM learning in and across formal and informal contexts
- Curriculum Theory and Development in STEM
- Educational Philosophy and Theory about STEM
- Educational Policy, Leadership and Management for STEM
- Rural Education and STEM
- Special Education and STEM
- Educational Technology in STEM
- Teacher Education and Professional Development in STEM
- Design and Technology Education
- Science Fiction and STEM Education
- Disasters and STEM Education
- Other related STEM topics will also be considered
Presenters whose papers are accepted for the Conference will be invited to submit their full papers to be published in the peer-reviewed online STEM 2014 Conference Proceedings. Author guidelines are available on the conference website.
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The robot being developed by the German Aerospace Centre
The race to create more human-like robots stepped up a gear this week as scientists in Spain set about building an artificial cerebellum. The end-game of the two-year project is to implant the man-made cerebellum in a robot to make movements and interaction with humans more natural. The cerebellum is the part of the brain that controls motor functions. Researchers hope that the work might also yield clues to treat cognitive diseases such as Parkinson’s. The research, being undertaken at the Department of Architecture and Computing Technology at the University of Granada, is part of a wider European project dubbed Sensopac. Sensopac brings together electronic engineers, physicists and neuroscientists from a range of universities including Edinburgh, Israel and Paris with groups such as the German Aerospace Centre. It has 6.5m euros of funding from the European Commission. Its target is to incorporate the cerebellum into a robot designed by the German Aerospace Centre in two year’s time. The work at the University of Granada is concentrating on the design of microchips that incorporate a full neuronal system, emulating the way the cerebellum interacts with the human nervous system. Implanting the man-made cerebellum in a robot would allow it to manipulate and interact with other objects with far greater subtlety than industrial robots can currently manage, said researcher Professor Eduardo Ros Vidal, who is co-ordinating work at the University of Granada. “Although robots are increasingly more important to our society and have more advanced technology, they cannot yet do certain tasks like those carried out by mammals,” he said. “We have been talking about humanoids for years but we do not yet see them on the street or use the unlimited possibilities they offer us,” he added. One use of such robots would be as home-helps for disabled people.
The aim is robots with a subtle touch
The next stage of the Sensopac project is to develop an artificial skin for robots, making them look more human-like as well as being information-sensitive in the same way as human skin is. This system is being developed by the German Aerospace Centre in collaboration with other research groups. The ambitious project is just one of many attempts to create more human-like robots. Another European research project – dubbed Feelix Growing – has been given 2.3m euros to develop robots that can learn from humans and respond socially and emotionally. The medical community is making huge strides in the use of man-made parts for failures in the human brain. Last year US scientists implanted a sensor in a paralysed man’s brain that has enabled him to control objects by using his thoughts alone. The fast pace of current robotics research has prompted deeper questions about how androids would be integrated into human society. Some have called for a code of ethics for robots while others question how humans will cope in the face of machine intelligence.
From MAKE magazine this morning, a Google video of ASIMO falling down the stairs.