Mathisi Initiative is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to introducing innovative and recognized educational programs in Greece in an open and affordable way. It is supported by foundations and private donors. For the summer 2019, it has collaborated with the MIT Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) to establish an MIT-supported STEM Camp for the first time in Greece (and in Europe) at the Moraitis School in Athens.
Our aim is to provide pre-high school students (12- to 14/15 -year old children) with local and affordable access to programs of internationally recognized excellence and relevance, to foster independent and curious learners, critical and creative thinkers, and problem-solving young adults engaged in the world.
MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is a private university in the United States that is consistently ranked among the top universities in that country and, indeed, world-wide. The MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) works with member organizations to promote excellence and transformation. It engages educators, technologists, policymakers, societal leaders, employers, and employees through online and in-person collaborations, workshops, research, and information-sharing events.
The Moraitis School, a well-known private school of exceptional academic standards, is acting as local advisor to Mathisi and is graciously providing its science facilities and operational support to Mathisi.
For the 2019 summer camp, students will be taught in “the MIT way”, with hands-on, immersive learning. They will have the opportunity to advance their knowledge in the STEM areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and then use this knowledge to develop solutions to real problems. Students will work together to design and build innovative projects that they can share with their communities and families. Both MIT educators and Greek educators will facilitate the camp, using resources and materials developed by MIT and adapted for the STEM Camp in Greece. Members of the Mathisi Initiative received support from J-WEL to design the camp and select local educators, who will assist in the delivery of the program. All instruction will take place on the Moraitis campus in Athens, with classes taught in state-of-the-art science and technology labs. The Camp will be run for two weeks, from 9:00 am to 15:00, in the English language.
The Camp’s first week is dedicated to learning a combination of the six science-based modules described in the boxes below and three skill-development activities (Scratch programming, electronics construction models and various tool training). The Camp’s second week is dedicated to prototyping and building a project on the basis of the knowledge and skills acquired or developed the first week. The last day of the camp, the students will present their project to their peers and family.
The six science-based modules are offered through 2 tracks to which students will be assigned in function of a combination of age, declared preference (if any) and availability in chronological order of receipt. The two tracks offered are:
- Track 1: Wind Turbine and Design Thinking, The Internet of Things for Healthy Plants, and Exploring the Aquatic Microbiome
- Track 2: Wind Turbine and Design Thinking, Waterkinesis: EEG-driven Boats, Ocean Acidification and Food as Fuel
Mathisi is a non-profit organization relying on charitable donations and sponsorship for the program development, camp operation and scholarships.