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The second version of the Creativity Skills Competition

After the great success of the first cre@tivity skills challenge beginning of  2017 we would like to offer again the possibility to let the imagination run wild in our second edition of this competition.

The chosen topic “ Living and Working in Space” is very interdisciplinary and can be explored from many different perspectives.

The question is connected to the area of natural sciences, technology and economy involving subjects such as biology, physics, IT, technics, robotics, 3D printing, laser cutting, circular economy, but also creative economy, politics, social aspects and funding. The research work is designed in a result-oriented manner.

The purpose of this contest is

  • To interest young people in current research topics
  • To stimulate team spirit and collaborative work as well as autonomous, self-regulated learning through hands on projects
  • To connect students with professionals from research and the economy (company/industry) to guide a possible career or study choice

Their task is to contribute an innovative solution to a complex, interdisciplinary question, inspired by the theme “Space Mining” and the challenges associated with living and working in space. The research topic combines the themes from the STE(A)M area (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics), but also from areas such as circular economy and many other social and political problem fields. All these issues will be solved by the teams accompanied by mentors coming from research (Uni.lu, CRP’s, well-established companies and innovative start-ups).

Eligible Teams

We want to offer an interdisciplinary creativity competition for schools and other target groups with an open question they can elaborate in teams at their high-school, at the Makerspaces (25 in the country), or in any organization during the 2nd half of the school year 2018.

All kids and youngsters may participate from cycle 1 of the fundamental school up to the final classes of secondary education. A team can be a complete school classes, non-formal groups like in a makerspace or Maison Relais, or any other group of eligible people.

Every project has to provide a valid Luxembourg address and name at least one responsible who can be for instance a teacher, an educator, or a parent. In the "open teams" category, kids take on the role of group leader or project leader themselves.

Target groups in formal education are:

  1. kids from Cycle 1, 2, 3 and 4 of fundamental school,
  2. secondary school students from “cycle inférieur, moyen et superieur”,
  3. students from EDIFF

Target groups in non-formal education are kids from:

  1. Maisons relais, youth houses,
  2. Makerspaces, science clubs,
  3. Youth organisations, i.e., scouts, etc.

Additionally, open teams can join the competition, e.g., friends, families, neighbourhood groups, etc.

Interested institutions might contact the organisation committee for further details about participation.

Topics

The selection of the subject is open to every team and depends on the interests, know-how and local facilities. The so defined subject is also promoted via brainstorming and creative sessions in the kick-off event and – if required – by a list of potential project ideas. The teams are supported by the project-management team during this selection process.

Subjects can focus on a precise topic, e.g., horticulture in space and toilet in space, but can also target a broader topic like the design of a rocket or the social impact of living together on in a tight space.

An interdisciplinary thematically orientation of the subject is desirable. Information and communication technologies should have a cross-thematic importance. The competition is also part of the "girls in IT“ – campaign and should encourage female participations.

Kick-Off Event

An interactive kick-off information event with subsequent "Creative Session" will take place for interested teachers / team leaders, which can also be used by teachers as a training course by the IFEN.

At this event, the project concept is presented and adapted to the respective needs together with the interested parties. Experts from science, research and various companies from the area of space mining will introduce and inspire the participants with short films or exposés. Here the experts will address the scientific and technological challenges that need to be addressed in order to enable life and work in space.

In the subsequent "Creative Session" the teachers’ / team leaders are asked to develop first ideas in brainstorming’s and workshops.

KICK OFF EVENT – Interdisciplinary Cre@tivity Skills Competition – Living and Working in Space

Award Ceremony

Coming soon

Meet the Coordination Committee

Maren Krüger

Coordinator Biology Unit – Scienteens Lab

Lucien André Reuter

Coordinator of the DSJC-L / Project Manager LIDIT

Serge Linckels

professeur-ingénieur - SCRIPT

Nicole Schlichtenhorst

Regional Manager (PRO-SUD)

Charles Joseph MAX

uni.lu

SNJ

Women in Digital Initiatives Luxembourg ASBL