- International School Award
- International STEAM Coordinator Award
- Study Tour Grant to NASA,USA/CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
- Long Term Association Incentive
- Honorary Advisor in International Principal Leadership (IPL) Magazine
- Access to Global Competitions Online
- Access to Online Courses run by International Universities/Associations
ISSA –International School STEAM Award™
ISSA is a multidisciplinary programme that facilitates understanding of international scientific practices and fosters scientific linking between nations especially in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM). The experience of this incredible journey has already prompted us to go beyond our known level of innovation and experimentation in the field of education and groom our teachers and students into global mentors and award winning ‘young innovators’.
Becoming an ISSA certified school
ISSA gives context to practice new skills in Maths, Science, Biotechnology and Information & Communications Technology (ICT) in a structured manner. Participating in workshops, mentor camp and the award ceremony brings together a large number of schools across the country, fostering rich exchange of ideas in STEAM and creating a vibrant community of education professionals.
Eligibility to Apply
- Any recognised school offering any curriculum, state, national or international is eligible to apply for ISSA.
- The schools that benefit the most are the ones that are proactively seeking ways of improving classroom transaction and would like to see some transformational change from traditional methods to more innovative methods such as exploring integration of Arts with Maths & Science.
- Your school is ready to participate if it is primed for the ‘Go Global’ attitude with the zeal to make a mark in scientific project based learning (PBL) competitions worldwide.
Registration fee and services
There is no registration fees for the year 2015-16.However nominal fees will be required from 2016-17 onwards. Registration will be valid for 1 year and will be reviewed on a regular basis.
What do accredited members get?
A school that completes the ISSA journey meeting the minimum required standards is entitled to the following privileges as part of the Award:
- ISSA trophy for the school.
- Certificates for School, Principal, ISSA Coordinators
- Use of the coveted ISSA logo on all official stationery and promotional materials.
- Invitation to attend the annual EHF School Awards Ceremony and associated seminars.
- Nomination for International School STEAM Award :
- For Principal: Award of Rs 15,000 and travel expense reimbursement.
- For Teacher/Coordinator: Award of Rs 8,000, Momento and travel expense reimbursement.
- Benefits of being an ISSA accredited school
- Building your brand
- Special invites to seminar / programmes which is graced by dignitaries from across the world.
- Gain recognition for your school’s efforts for bringing internationalism in curriculum.
- Access to short online FOC* courses in global education, scientific process understanding and ICT for ISSA coordinators – these courses offer opportunity to teachers to undertake professional development at their own pace from the best of the university/Institutions worldwide. e.g. FLOW Education: Facilitative learningthrough outdoor watershed education by National Geographic society, The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model for 21st century schools by Johns Hopkins University,USA.
- Access to global competitions having high stakes e.g Capture Corruption Global Photography competition by Transparency international or the Microsoft office specialist world championship or plural+ youth video festival by U.N.alliance.
- Discussion forums for peer-to-peer support and sharing of best scientific practices.
- Prepares students with skills for life and work in a global economy, opening their eyes to new opportunities, especially in STEAM(Science-Technology;Engg.;Art, Maths)
- Gives your school a fresh and attractive identity, and a new globally conscious scientific ethos.
- Key takeaways:
- ISSA is a leadership challenge and fosters teambuilding, innovation, scientific temperament and project management.
- Working on the scientific project encourages collaboration and scientific thinking. The staff is motivated to improve teaching standards in Science, Maths and Computers in their respective schools.
- Pupils are taught using a methodology that embeds global STEAM themes in the curriculum such as Robotics Programming, Design Technology etc.
- ISSA gives context to practice new skills in Maths, Science, Biotechnology and Information & Communications Technology (ICT) and pedagogy in a scientific and structured manner.
- After registering for ISSA, you can attend workshops; join online community that gives a platform to all to exchange ideas.
- Once the school/principal receives the award, the ISSA coordinators receives certificates that acknowledge their outstanding contribution as educational professionals.
- Nomination for International School STEAM Award comprising of Cash award, Momento and travel reimbursement.
The International School STEAM Award requires that every school applying for the Award has ISSA Coordinators.Maths, Science, Computers, Bio or Arts teachers are eligible to apply for the ISSA coordinator. There can be more than one ISSA coordinator in a school, subject wise. However the award will be equally distributed amongst all the coordinators. The success of the school often hinges on the capability and commitment of the Coordinators to efficiently plan the scientific activity and effectively monitor the experiment including lab work ,keep records and disseminate information in the desired format.
The role of the International STEAM Coordinator:
- To have overall responsibility for successfully applying for the International School Award.
- To be responsible for outlining the schools action plan for developing the scientific project.
- To contribute towards a school policy statement on the International Dimension.
- To develop an International dimension throughout the school by helping students develop multi disciplinary scientific projects.
- To regularly evaluate the impact of scientific activities.
- To develop and maintain resources to promote the International Dimension.
- To develop, monitor and support global school links and exchanges.
- To liase with and support visitors from other countries.
- Encourage students to sit for EHF level-1 Olympiads in Maths , Science, Cyber Art & Biotech.
- Help students prepare for EHF level 2 online exam, leading to their selection for level-3 mentoring camp.
- Coordinate with EHF and assist students to prepare for Project Based Learning Competitions like Google Science Fair /INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair/Others.
- Participate in EHF sponsored /conducted seminars.
Annual award ceremony
The Awards Ceremony is the culmination of the ISSA journey and a recognization of the efforts put in. It is a time to enjoy before the D-day(before submission of the scientific projects) It is also a time to network with like minded schools across country and exchange new scientific ideas and best practices. The Awards Ceremony is usually held in the month of April.
Typically, the Awards Ceremony is held in the day time and includes a lunch hosted by the EHF.
‘Go Global’ Workshop
The key to winning in Global PBL competitions is a good project and that is why it is necessary to invest time and thought in project planning. The project may be either in Maths,Science , Cyber, Biotech or its combo(Multi-disciplinary). EHF will invite you to a Workshop where you will receive inputs on how to plan your scientific project to required global standards. The project undergoing scrutiny at international level needs to be unique and well researched.Success in Project Based Learning (PBL) activities is a year long effort and hence the need to start early.
What is covered in the Workshop?
The Workshop includes the following sessions:
- An understanding of the ISSA process.
- Familiarisation with the scientific processes involved and guidance notes.
- Understanding the ’global project based learning competition’ judgment criteria and requirements.
- Embedding a global dimension in the curriculum by introducing topics like:
- Robotics Programming
- Design Technology
- Familiarisation with resources and support available.
- Look out for other global competitions with ‘high’ stakes.
- An introduction to FOC courses in STEAM, school education etc conducted by best of the universities/Institutions globally E.g.:-
- FLOW Education: Facilitative learning through outdoor watershed education – by National Geographic society
- The Brain- Targeted Teaching Model for 21st century schools by Johns Hopkins University,USA.
- Connecting dots with Arts. How historically Arts has given a competitive edge to Maths & Science students.
The Workshop is designed to be participatory and interactive, and is delivered by EHF staff or renowned scientists / professors from IIT.An ISSA Coordinator of an accredited school will be invited to share first-hand experience.
Assessment of the Scientific Project-Mentoring Camp
Eduheal Foundation, educational partner of Google Science Fair, has taken the responsibility of selecting and training its awardees for participation in the competition. EHF will provide a comprehensive program for its students participating in the Google Science fair in order to explore the possibility of having an Indian Student as winner of GSF.In 2013 it conducted the camp for 50+ students at National Science Centre, New Delhi .In 2014 it was conducted online.
In 2015 bringing laurels to the country, Panipat teenager, who had participated in the Eduheal foundation olympiads [EHF], Arsh Shah Dilbagi has got the Google Science Fair Award 2014. He was honoured with the ‘Google Voters Choice Award’ through online voting in San Francisco for developing a machine “TALK” for helping people with developmental disabilities communicate using only their breath.
Arsh , who was in the top 3 finalists emerged as our maiden story for his project on helping people with developmental disabilities such as locked in syndrome,Parkinson’s or ALS communicate using only their breath. Arsh was awarded with the cash prize of $10,000 a Google Chrome notebook, lego mindstorms EV3 kit, Google goody bag, Google tracksuit and a Google wristwatch.
Continuing the journey with EHF
1. Study tour grant- to NASA,USA/CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
Panel of judges which includes serving and retired school principals, EHF trustees and former teacher awardees will assess projects based on a minimum set of criterions. It may also be sent for assessment to a global assessment panel for moderation and to ensure that the standard of the award is maintained globally. Decision of managing trustee, EHF will be final with respect to all issues concerning ISSA.
2. Long Term Association incentive scheme as detailed below:
1st year of Association : Study tour grant of USD 1000 (See Point 1)
2nd year of Association : As above + Additional grant of USD 100
3rd year of Association : As above + Additional grant of USD 150
4th year of Association : As above + Additional grant of USD 200
5th Year of Association : As above + Additional grant of USD 250……….and so on.
3. Access to Global Competitions Online
We bring you new activities /global competitions with high stakes to participate in.
4. Access to short term online courses conducted by leading universities / institutions across the world in Science, Maths, Computers, Biology, Biotech, Education, Teacher Professional development , Arts and many more
5. Invite for being the honorary advisor and publication of name/articles/school information in the proposed IPL (International Principal Leadership) magazine,
The ISSA accreditation is for one year only. Schools will need to re-apply for accreditation. The reaccreditation process is similar to the process followed to get the accreditation for the first time. Reaccreditation gives a chance for new teachers that has joined the school to understand the programme to participate and learn innovative ways of adding global dimension to their classroom. It will also give you the opportunity to renew your old networks and re-connect with peers and like-minded schools updating your professional skills in the process. ISSA is an evolving programme and each year more supporting resources are being added to the offer to make it a richer experience for schools and to keep the programme fresh and updated. If you are working towards re-accreditation you are advised to be in touch with EHF to ensure that you are abreast with new changes in process and success criteria.
If you want to be the STEAM coordinator please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also call EHF National coordinator (Ms. Anjana, 9599429957) to get more details