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STEM HLE19: Dr Anne-Gret Iturriaga Abarzua - I.N.SCHOOL I.N.SCIENCE


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Dr Anne-Gret Iturriaga Abarzua is the Head of Communications for INEOS in Cologne. Next to her communication and anthropology studies in Vienna, she worked as a freelance journalist for Austrian and German media as well as for PR and marketing agencies. As consultant in a PR agency in Vienna she helped clients of the plastics and wood industry shaping their reputation. Before arriving to INEOS in Cologne, she was the Communications Manager for EVC (now INOVYN) in Germany. Anne-Gret won several international awards for communications and public relations. She is an IPRA Board member and active in two EPCA councils. Anne-Gret lives in Germany with her family, enjoys an active lifestyle and Austrian cuisine.

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STEM HLE19: Dr Anne-Gret Iturriaga Abarzua - I.N.SCHOOL I.N.SCIENCE

  1. 1. The fabulous TuWaS! program A successful STEM education initiative Dr Anne-Gret Iturriaga Abarzua, INEOS in Köln #STEMHLE19, Malta, 21 March 2019 IN.SCHOOL IN.SCIENCE
  2. 2. • Inquiry based science education program • Get 6-12 years old kids interested in STEM • Up to four units/term for 16 double-hours • Teachers trained on each unit • Units delivered, collected and refilled • Similar programs: Chile, Luxembourg, Mexico, Sweden, USA • Smithsonian Science Education Center = founder • Carolina Science = distributor TuWaS! what?
  3. 3. 8 primary schools: life cycle of a butterfly, weather, solids & liquids, compare & measure, changes, electric circuits, movement & construction, chemical tests 3 secondary schools: magnets & motors, micro worlds, nutrition chemistry TuWaS! units
  4. 4. 10 years TuWaS!
  5. 5. Our STEM videos
  6. 6. • Cologne Chamber of Commerce did a survey on challenges • Member companies identified decreasing interest in STEM • #DYK: The Rhineland is Europe‘s biggest chemical cluster • “Boost the kid‘s interest for STEM!“ • TuWaS! was adopted • Funded by industry and foundations • 2,000 Euros per school and year Why TuWaS!?
  7. 7. The TuWaS! supporters
  8. 8. • Every child is involved • Girls become STEM confident • Kids collaborate and experience basic scientific skills • Make assumptions and work on solutions (no ex-cathedra) • Boosts of kids‘ vocabulary • Precise, prudent, structured, innovative The beauty of TuWaS!
  9. 9. 4 schools TuWaS! 2008
  10. 10. 135 schools TuWaS! 2019
  11. 11. 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 0 5.000 10.000 15.000 20.000 25.000 3,500 teachers trained and 122,000 kids worked with TuWaS! TuWaS! in numbers
  12. 12. Essential elements based on 135 schools Costs in Euros Project coordination and administration FTEs, office and storage facilities, marketing, PR 90,000 per year 520 boxes full equipped for 15,600 kids 416,000 (one-off) Maintenance, logistics, license fees 140,000 per year Teachers’ training by external professors 38,000 per year What else is needed? - Institutions like Freie Universität Berlin and Cologne Chamber of Commerce - Support by authorities and politics - Enthusiastic kids, teachers, companies, parents, foundations TuWaS! in Euros
  13. 13. • INEOS in Köln: 2,200 employees • We invest in people in the long term • Largest TuWaS! supporter • Girls‘ days, ChEM Camp, ChEM Open • European Schoolnet, PGB2S, Scientix • Networking and learning from each other • Employees are school‘s “godparents“ • We love sports #beactive TuWaS! and more
  14. 14. • STEM subjects are hugely important • INEOS supports STEM education locally around its sites • It’s important encouraging more women in STEM • We want to bring new and diverse talent into the industry • 1851Trust’s STEM materials are great example of bringing STEM theories to life in an engaging and relevant way Why STEM?
  15. 15. Dr Anne-Gret Iturriaga Abarzua Head of Communications, INEOS in Köln, Germany @anne_iturriaga @INEOS LinkedIn EPCA YETT Member EPCA TDIC Vice Chair IPRA Board Member TuWaS! Community Board Member Are you IN?