ACS Athens Owlcast

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November 12, 2021 00:22:53
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Owlcast 9 - with Dr. Antonis Karampelas

One of the staple academic subject areas of primary and secondary education is the inquiry, research, and experimentation of Science. Students are introduced and exposed to data literacy and computational thinking and are encouraged to develop creative and critical thinking, problem-solving, and team working. We are living in the age of inescapable if not compulsory technological literacy, where skills and competencies are required material to students, where the future is now. The Technology and Science curriculum, the STEM or STEAM blend of courses, and the frame of mind based on Artificial Intelligence, are the fundamentals of 21st-century education. Dr. Antonis Karampelas is a member of the Science and Technology Faculty of the ACS Athens Academy. He is the Artificial Intelligence Framework Coordinator, working with faculty to holistically integrate AI into the school’s curriculum. Dr. Karampelas is a co-author of more than 60 published articles and research contributions in the fields of education and astrophysics. Today we discuss: Science Fiction and the vagueness of the future Enjoying looking at the stars without a telescope Preparing to conduct science experiments in space Robotics and appeal of STEM to young people Heisenberg and the principle of uncertainty The importance of AI and the 4th industrial revolution The emergence of Superintelligence Getting inspired to become a science teacher ...

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November 05, 2021 00:25:35
Owlcast 8 - with Maria Laiou

Owlcast 8 - with Maria Laiou

Today we have with us Maria Laiou, Guidance Specialist for the ACS Athens Academy, for students grades 9-12. With more than 15 years of service in academia, she has held advising and leadership positions in Career Services, Student Affairs, and Retention in Higher Education through which she has gained a unique viewpoint as she advises students on their way towards high school graduation and their college of choice. With Ms. Laiou, we discuss: The star over the head of each student Destined for greatness What's the difference between a buddy and a friend Being uncommitted or undecided for college Parental concerns or doubts about their children's guidance Dreams that become expectations Living and operating within the golden triangle ...

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October 29, 2021 00:17:03
Owlcast 7 - with Carla Tanas

Owlcast 7 - with Carla Tanas

A few weeks ago, ACS Athens launched the new website of the Institute of ACS Athens. New programs new approach, new visuals, new mentality. The Institute for Innovation and Creativity evolved to the Institute of ACS Athens. It started a few years ago, but now it knocks on our door as it attempts to enter our lives under a new vision. Carla Tanas, ACS Athens Alumna class of 1999, has returned to ACS Athens as the Dean of The Institute. A citizen of the world with deep intercultural understanding and international experience, she has lived in 3 continents, the United States, the Middle East, and Europe. She declares her passion to be innovation and ecosystem building. Carla Tanas is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, a TEDx advocate and organizer, as well as a member of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security - Private Sector Mechanism and Youth Council Advisory. And, now she's innovating through the Institute of ACS Athens. ...

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October 27, 2021 00:20:33
Owlcast 6 - Alumni Edition - with Steve Sinunu

Owlcast 6 - Alumni Edition - with Steve Sinunu

With us today is Steve Sinunu the President and CEO of EnvironX Solutions; an expert on peat fires, Steve has traveled the world to research, train, and fight underground fires. Steve’s global travel has included keynote addresses in South America for the largest Forestry Companies and Asian Fire and Rescue schools. In 2011, when devastating fires ravaged central Texas, he donated thousands of dollars worth of products to the threatened areas, shuttling donated goods from EnvironX North Texas Headquarters and personally assisting in coating threatened homes with the proprietary fire suppressant. Steve is an ACS Athens Alum, who along with his brothers, came through ACS Athens in the late '70s and early '80s. His family's journey brought him to school until he finished 8th grade before he moved back to the US. He stopped by the campus a few days ago to reminisce and trace his path on the memory lane of those years, after leaving Athens in the early '80s. ...

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October 22, 2021 00:30:50
Owlcast 5 - Biopsychological Synapses

Owlcast 5 - Biopsychological Synapses

Today we talk with two Academy teachers, members of the IB faculty, who during the pandemic lockdowns - among other projects - created a virtual club for students interested in the intersection of Biosciences and Psychology. A club that created a virtual escape room which .... well, I better let them explain. The club continues of course this year. Dr. Elina Prodromidis and Ms. Angela Chamosfakidis, one Biology Teacher and one Psychology Teacher, that attempt to create bridges and intersections between their two fields. Today, we discuss: Biopsychological Synapses beyond the classroom (and what that means) Focusing less on Assessment and more on creativity Learning and Research on what we Learn Gaining critical thinking skills to accept knowledge but not taking it as granted Helping students realize why they learn what they learn Being aware of each student's needs Offering the IB diploma as an option and not as a requirement to graduate IB holistic learning on the way to college Theory of Knowledge - Another course or shift to another mentality about learning The i²Flex teaching and learning hybrid model and its impact on the pandemic response The takeaways from two years hooked on technology Unsure about your calling? Biology or Psychology? Join the Club! ...

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October 15, 2021 00:27:44
Owlcast 4 - with Annie Constantinides

Owlcast 4 - with Annie Constantinides

Every so often, but not often enough, there comes an individual in the life of an institution, that through personality, deeds or just aura, gets to be identified with the institution, its spirit and presence in the community. Annie Constantinides, the legendary basketball player and leader of Sporting Athens and the National Women Basketball team in the 80’s and 90’s, is such an individual. Her own teammates from school admit that “Annie was a force to be reckoned with”, and her teammates from her years as a professional athlete remember a natural leader. During her ACS Athens career, even through her occasional hiatus to participate in the organizing of the Olympic Games,  she has served as the Athletics Director and de facto coach of the boys (or girls) varsity basketball teams. She can run a Marathon while speaking on the phone, she analyses strategy on the basketball court from every particular angle, or she can find solutions to issues while restlessly roaming the campus. To some she’s intimidating, to most she’s inspiring. Her story is the story of every student-athlete who follows his or her own dreams without compromises. ...

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