STEM Education Hub

Our Videos

You will find here the videos made by the STEM Education Hub and its partners in the UK and in Brazil.

Inclusion in STEM education and informal spaces:

reflections on science capital

There is a growing concern in the current global scenario about the declining interest of young people in pursuing scientific careers. This includes individuals with disabilities who, not only lack representation in STEM fields, but also confront physical, attitudinal, methodological, and other obstacles that prevent them from identifying science as something “for me”.

In this video, Heather King, from King’s College London (UK), and Jessica Norberto-Rocha, from FioCruz (Brazil), joined by PhD student Gabriela Heck, explore the potential and obstacles of inclusivity for individuals with disabilities across the STEM field, and discuss challenges in building and enhancing their science capital.

The online event was recorded on 16th May 2023. You can find the original version in English and the translated version in Portuguese through the links provided on the left.

Science Education in Schools: connections between Brazil and the United Kingdom

The Webinar “Scientific Education in Schools: connections between Brazil and the United Kingdom” was held on May 19, 2022 as part of the activities of the STEM Education Hub, an initiative of the British Council (BC) and King’s College London (KCL).

The opening of the event was led by Arthur Galamba (KCL) and Alessandra Moura (BC). The panellists included Jussara Almeida Bezerra (UFABC), Diana Ribas Roque (UFABC), Janice Ansine (Open University), Ronaldo Christofoletti (UNIFESP), Ana Carolina de Souza Gonzalez (Fio Cruz) and Anita Benite (UFG).

The Webinar marked the launch of the e-pub “Science Education in Schools” which brings together the extract of lectures held within the scope of the STEM Education Hub programming, dealing with topics such as citizen science, critical pedagogies, decoloniality, racism, scientific capital and communication.

Environmental education: How to teach for a sustainable future?

The seminar “Environmental education: How to teach for a sustainable future?” was held on the 16th and 17th February 2022 as part of the activities of the STEM Education Hub, an initiative of the British Council and King’s College London.

The panels on the 16th were led by Elizabeth Rushton (KCL), Lynda Dunlop (University of York), Alessandra Bizerra (USP), Fernando Fernandes (University of Dundee), Sufyan el Droubi (University of Dundee), and Sandra Unbehaum (Fundação Carlos Chagas). The panels on the 17th were led by Danilo Seithi Kato (UFTM), Jennifer Rudd (Swansea University), Karen Davis (Science Museum Group) and Héliton Barros (Museu da Vida, Fiocruz).

Challenges to Implementing Critical Pedagogies in STEM Education

The seminar “Challenges to Implementing Critical Pedagogies in STEM Education” was held on the 10th and 11th June 2021 as part of the activities of the STEM Education Hub, an initiative of the British Council and King’s College London.

The panels were led by Isabel Martins (UFRJ), Anna Canavarro Benite (UFG), Bruno Monteiro (UFRJ), Samuel Penteado Urban (UERN), Haira Gandolfi (University of Cambridge), Ralph Levinson (UCL), Betzabe Torres-Olave ( University of Bristol), Gonzalo Guerrero (UCL), Lindsay Hetherington (University of Exeter), Cristina Myers (Edtech hub) and Spela Godec (UCL).

Citizen science and basic education: how to develop a project with schools’ engagement in scientific research?

The webinar “Citizen science and basic education: how to develop a project with schools’ engagement in scientific research?” was held on August 11, 2021 as part of the activities of the STEM Education Hub, an initiative of the British Council and King’s College London.

The roundtable explores the concept of citizen science, as well as practical ways to implement research/evidence-based pedagogies. Specialists and participants debate on projects for school participation in scientific research carried out in collaboration with universities and non-formal educational spaces.

Participation by Rodrigo Arantes Reis, Natalia Pirani Ghilardi-Lopes, Jussara Almeida Bezerra, Diana Ribas R. Roque and Janice Ansine.

Science Capital and the role of informal learning spaces in the promotion of engagement in science

The webinar “Science capital and informal learning spaces in promoting engagement with science” was held on May 25, 2021 as part of the activities of the STEM Education Hub, an initiative of the British Council and King’s College London.

The roundtable provides practical insights particularly for teachers and educators in Brazil and the UK. It will begin by discussing the informal learning space versus school context and how rapprochement between schools and museums, research institutions and science centres provide a more complete way of teaching and learning science. The UK and Brazilian contexts are explored and the way in which the pandemic has affected this relationship examined. This is followed by a conceptual exploration of science capital and how can this concept be incorporated into learning spaces such as schools, museums and science centres.

Participation by experts from the Francis Crick Institute, Museu da Vida and the Open University.

Connecting STEM Research, Teaching and Education in the UK and Brazil, Lara Piccolo and Trevor Collins, The Open University and Cecília Baranaukas, Unicamp (in English)

This session of the STEM Education Hub’s official launch includes three presentations introducing approaches for facilitating collaborative research and scholarship in formal and informal learning. Investigating technology design to promote social changes both in Brazil and in the UK, Dr Lara Piccolo presents some of her research on energy and information literacy, contrasting both contexts. Professor Cecília Baranaukas introduces some interdisciplinary research projects in the context of e-inclusion and e-citizenship applying participatory and socially responsible approaches to design technology in Brazil. Dr Trevor Collins gives an overview of The Open University’s Centre for STEM Pedagogy, including some examples of the practitioner-led scholarship that underpin the STEM faculty’s innovations in distance learning.

Introducing the Stem Education Hub, Isabela Milanezzi, British Council Brazil and Arthur Galamba, King’s College London (in Portuguese)

The first event from our official launch introduces the STEM education hub, a new and exciting collaboration between the King’s Brazil Institute and British Council Brazil. Dr Arthur Galamba and Isabela Milanezzi talk about the objectives and future of the STEM Education Hub, which aims to stand at the forefront of collaboration and co-operation between researchers and educators in STEM education in the UK and Brazil.

Connecting Brazil and the UK and its legacy with Ronaldo Christofoletti, Maré de Ciência (in Portuguese)

In the final session of the STEM Education Hub launch, Ronaldo Christofolleti discusses his experiences with academic collaboration between Brazil and the UK, from project conception to implementation. Ronaldo also shares the results and impact generated by these partnerships, using the example of Maré de Ciência, a project in Brazil that aims to strengthen connections between university, schools and society, through a “Citizen Science” perspective.

Talk on the STEM Education Hub for ABCMC: Bringing Brazil and the UK together (in Portuguese)

Luis Serrão, British Council Brazil and Arthur Galamba, King’s College London, from our team introduce the STEM Education hub to the Brazilian Association of Science Centres and Museums (ABCMC). They discuss their plans and objectives for the hub which aims to bring together Brazil and the UK in promoting science teaching and the popularisation of the sciences.

School Talks: Inspiring Women – from school to the world (in Portuguese)

School Talks: Inspiring Women – from school to the world addresses paths towards revolutionary practices with relation to gender in schools, based in stories of inspiring women. This webinar had as guiding questions the importance of identifying the contribution of women to science and society throughout history, the impact of this in the short and long time, in incentivising girls and women to get involved in sciences and how science teaching can take a transformational lens by focussing on gender, as a motor for wider sociocultural changes. Daniela Bahia and Camila Oliveira are the panellists on this event.

School Talks: Transformational practices in Science Teaching (in Portuguese)

The right to quality education is a central issue in the discussions and actions taken by British Council. Incentivising innovative practices, with a focus on diversity, has become an important path for schools and education spaces. Considering the directions of the Base Nacional Comum curriculum reform and the challenges of a post-Covid 19 world, educators will have to explore the possibilities of how to teach science in an innovative and diverse way. During this webinar, the guiding questions were the potential of using interdisciplinary practices, the incentive of dialogues between basic education and academia, and the working conditions of students. The pannelists of this webinar are Tatiana Mazzo (Institute of the Sea – UNIFESP), André Oliveira (Winner of the Shell Prize for Scientific Education in 2017) and Davi Bonela (Museu do Amanhã)

School Talks: Paths towards taking back presential classes (in Portuguese)

This webinar addresses the ways we can take back presential classes, discussing national and international approaches, protocols and practices which could be used in the return to schooling activities in Brazil. This webinar builds on points and issues discussed in previous British Council virtual seminars that can offer insight and act as tools for Brazilian school leaders who are re-opening their schools in the near future. Panellists include José Couto Junior, Raquel Silva de Oliveira and Graziela Bianca Visentin. It is mediated by Alessandra Moura.

School Talks: the Role of Headteachers in facing Covid-19 in Schools (in Portuguese)

The first webinar of the School Talks series. The role of headteachers in facing the Covid-19 crisis in schools, addresses the possible paths to be followed in facing the challenges caused by the pandemic and by the role of director. The panellists include Wellington Pereira da Silva, Director of the Municipal School Mauro Sérgio da Cunha in Angra dos Reis (Rio de Janeiro) and winner of the Shell Scientific Education Prize in 2018, Adriana da Costa Pereira Aguiar, Co-ordinator of the Headteacher Prize in 2020 at CONSED and Maria de Fátima Lima, specialist on headteaching.

Future Talks – Social Entrepreneurship in Education (in Portuguese)

How do we make schools a place that promotes and practices entrepreneurship for social change? Ensuring the protagonist role of young people and ensuring that school is connected with the social challenges of our times, are the starting point of “Social Entrepreneurship in Education Special”, a digital guide created by Oi Futuro, British Counci and Porvir. Centres on educators and managers of teaching networks, this Special Edition brings concepts, strategies and case studies from Brazil and the UK. The launch will take place in the next ‘Future Talks’ event with special guest, Anna Penido, education specialist; João Souza, Director of Innovation at FA.VELA, and Luiza Iolanda Cortez, teacher and manager in the State Secretary of Paraíba. This event is mediated by Tatiana Klix, Director of Porvir.

Education Exchange: The Challenges of Remote Learning and Pupil Assessment (in English)

Remote learning has meant teachers everywhere have had to rapidly adapt their way of working. Formal exams for 2020 have been cancelled in many countries, replaced with teacher assessments or predicted grades. How can teachers know what learning has been achieved, whether pupils are retaining knowledge and skills, and whether they will be able to apply it later?

Education Exchange: The Challenges of Remote Learning and Safeguarding (in English)

For some children, school can be the safest environment in their lives. A place where children at risk of abuse may be noticed and sources of support provided. With the experience of previous pandemics, the risks of abuse are known to be higher. This webinar will focus on how we continue to ensure children have optimal learning experiences whilst managing the challenges of remote learning and safeguarding. How are teachers and other support workers continuing to support the children who need it most? What types of support and guidance are being created to help keep children safe?

Education Exchange: The Challenge of Remote Learning Through Online Classrooms and Resource Hubs (in English)

With many school buildings closed, remote learning could mean website, app, text, phone, radio or TV broadcast. How are teachers responding to this challenge in different contexts? This was a panel event, with speakers from around the world, followed by questions from the audience.

Education Exchange: The Challenges of Remote Learning and Teacher Resilience (in English)

Teachers are experiencing some of the most dramatic change in their careers and are under pressure to find new ways to support and reach their students. 70 per cent of school children are not attending school in buildings due to closures and rapid moves to remote learning. What is the impact of this change on teacher resilience and wellbeing? How are teachers and schools responding in different contexts?