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How can Europe capitalize on the increasing investment in science and technology? What challenges do schools face nowadays to respond to the need to improve digital and scientific skills?

The Science Centers in Educational Context

Course summary

Porto, Portugal

6 days

Erasmus+ KA1

480€

How can Europe capitalize on the increasing investment in science and technology? What are the challenges that schools face nowadays to respond to the need to improve digital and scientific skills?

Science Centers are privileged places for learning. Here, teachers can get and experience a new dimension and perspective, since they can offer a unique and multisensory experience. So, let’s take science and education to another level and use our Interactive Science Centers, laboratories and institutions as a new classroom through experimental activities, and learning by exploring.

The visits that we propose to the Environment and Interpretative Center of Viana do Castelo, the Aquamuseum of Cerveira (Minho river), the Natural Park of the North Coast of Esposende and The Environmental Monitoring and Interpretation Center (CMIA) of Matosinhos, will show us, in loco, how to explore the activities that those institutions (experimental activities, field trips, nature paths…) provide. Apps (Android and Apple/iOS) will be used as a fundamental teaching and learning resource, helping us develop creativity, teamwork and autonomy when learning.

This training course intends to motivate our participants (school management; teachers & school staff: primary level and secondary level; government & policy makers; recent graduates) to use these interactive centers as teaching and learning resources, and as a prime location to develop a European dimension of education.

The Science Centers in Educational Context

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Pricing Details

Our pricing policy follows the official regulations on transparent costs.

The costs can be supported with a KA grant under the Erasmus+ programme.

Course fee: 480 euros per participant (6-day course).

Includes:

  • Learning Together’s Welcome Kit;
  • A Daily Program designed by our trainers;
  • Welcome Dinner to meet your new colleagues;
  • Daily Coffee Break;
  • Logistic, organizational and administrative support from headquarters;
  • Daily assistance and on-call support throughout the whole week.
  • Daily assistance and suggestions (restaurants, sightseeing, hospitals…) – we also have a section on our website dedicated to Discovering Porto (eating, sleeping, sightseeing suggestions) that we always recommend our participants to check out.

Course Objetives

Learning Outcomes

    • Increase the value of experimental teaching in sciences;
    • Explore the cultural dynamics of each curriculum through experimental & scientific expertise, using the resources that interactive centers have to offer;
    • Explore apps & mobile devices in educational contexts;
    • Raise awareness for natural heritage preservation by creating science interpretative centers;
    • Use interactive working methods for teaching;
    • Use interactive science centers as teaching & learning resources;
    • Integrate experimental activities, field classes, nature trails, among others, within the curriculum (scientific experiences);
    • Protect the assets of the European natural heritage through the creation of interactive science centers;
    • Improve ICT skills;
    • Reinforce self and cultural awareness as a European citizen;
    • Apply and/or adapt different concepts, ideas, and teaching methodologies to the ones practised in participants’ home country;
    • Facilitate experience and cultural exchanges between European participants and Portuguese teaching personnel, which results in a fruitful international experience;
    • Enhance communicative competencies in English and social skills;
    • Learn more about Portugal’s and Porto’s culture, heritage and society;
    • Identify & share good practices that can be implemented at a local level.

Daily Program*

  • Welcome dinner,icebreaking
  • Meet & greet, networking – participants and staff
  • Week briefing & planning
  • Working Tools (APPS)
  • Sparkvideo, Wevideo, Biteable
  • Parque Natural Litoral Norte
  • Team building 
  • Serralves Museum – Gardens / Teaching Farm – New forms of cultural participation, from sharing interests & knowledge, in transversal approaches that span art, architecture & the environment
  • Water Museum – The importance of water for life; its different environments; its various uses and its behavior in different situations, connecting scientific & technological issues within Water Resources to ordinary citizens
  • Center for Living Science – Porto Planetarium -Educational activities. Movie “The Phantom of the Universe” – explore the exciting story of the discovery of dark matter
  • Botanic Museum of Porto University – Guided visit to the awarded and most emblematic spaces of the Botanical Garden, framing historical, botanical & literary, all in one place
  • Monitoring & Environmental Interpretation Center (Viana do Castelo) – Educational services; exhibitions; laboratory activities…
  • Visit to the Habitats of the Natural Park of the North Coast of Esposende
  • Development work
  • Work presentations
  • Course roundup & review
  • Learning outcomes’ validation
  • Certification Ceremony
*This schedule/ program describes likely activities but may differ based on the trainer's discretion and objectives.

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