SkypeRead-EuropaImage: NASA/JPL/Ted Stryk

SkypeRead:Europa is a study on cross-border communication and teamwork within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

With the support of Start Motion Pictures, the study is bringing scientists and engineers from different countries together in Skype group calls to do read-throughs of the movie “Europa Report”.

The aims of the project are to improve (a) non-native English-speakers’ communication skills, and (b) cross-border teamwork.

The results of the study will be presented at the Association for Science Education Annual Conference (7-10 January 2015, University of Reading, UK).

I will be also be talking about SkypeRead:Europa at the ATEM Nishi-Nihon Conference (8 November 2014, Hyogo University of Teacher Education, Japan).


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    What is a read-through? And how does it help improve teamwork and communication skills?

“Europa Report” and STEM

STEM is an area where cross-border collaboration is becoming increasingly important, as this Royal Society report highlights. But there are barriers: this UK government report found that STEM graduates lacked “broader behavioural skills” such as “teamworking” and “communication”.

“Europa Report” is the story of a manned mission to search for life on Europa, one of the Galilean moons of Jupiter. called it “one of the most thrilling and realistic depictions of deep-space exploration since ‘Moon’ or ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’.”

There are three elements that make “Europa Report” an ideal read-through for STEM practitioners: (i) highly realistic science and engineering, (ii) highly realistic language, and (iii) it’s a wonderful, multinational ‘team movie’.