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Virtual Science Hub to launch competition for eExcursions

The aims of GLOBAL excursion are basically twofold: on the one hand the goal is to enrich science teaching in European schools and on the other hand researchers and their institutions are offered a promotion channel towards a school audience. GLOBAL excursion (Extended Curriculum for Science Infrastructure Online) is a support action funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme - FP7 and attributed to DG Connect - Excellence in Science - Digital Science.

Via a central web portal, called the Virtual Science Hub or ViSH, scientists, teachers and their pupils as well as policy makers are provided with a package of activities, materials, and tools for enabling the integration of e-Infrastructures into school curricula. ViSH supports a set of resources that can be uploaded to the platform and be made available for all the users: images, objects (flash objects), videos, live objects: webcams or microscopes provided by the e-Infrastructures.

As the project is heading to its conclusion, the consortium has decided to organise a competition that will contribute to the further dissemination of ViSH to its various stakeholders plus reward a number of teachers and scientists that have been particularly active regarding the creation of eExcursions.

The two best eExcursions will be selected in the following categories:

1. Maths
2. Physics
3. Chemistry
4. Biology
5. Environmental studies
6. Geography
7. Engineering
8. Humanities
9. Natural Science
10. Computer Science

The competition for the best eExcursions is open to any registered ViSH user, independently of his/her country of origin. Especially teachers, scientists and scientific organisations are encouraged to create excursions.

The competition will open on 20 October 2013. From that date until 20 November 2013, all teachers, scientists and scientific organisations are welcome to submit their contributions.

The selection process will last for one month, till 20 December 2013.

Selection results will be announced on Monday 23 December 2013 via e-mail to the winners.

To register for the competition, participants tag their eExcursion with the tag VISHCompetition2013 following with the tag of the category they would like to compete on: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Studies, Geography, Engineering, Humanities, Natural Science, and Computer Science.

An eExcursion can be submitted to more than one category. However, participants can only win in one single category, so if they are initially selected as winner in two categories, participants will be asked to choose the one they prefer.

eExcursions can be submitted in the following languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Hungarian, Romanian, Greek and Italian.

Only full eExcursions that are developed and implemented between 20 October 2013 and 20 November 2013 will be considered eligible for the competition.

More information is available at http://vishub.org/competitions

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