KA1 COURSE

THE SCIENCE CENTERS IN EDUCATIONAL CONTEXT

 

Course summary

 

 

How can Europe capitalize the increasing investment in science and technology?

What are the challenges that schools face nowadays to respond to the need of improving digital and scientific skills?

 

Science Centers are privileged places for learning. In these places, 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 of our school 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), Natural Park of the North Coast of Esposende and the protected area of Bertiandos, will show us, in loco, how to explore the activities that those institutions (experimental activities, field trips, nature paths…) provide. The apps (android and apple/iOS) will be used as a fundamental teaching and learning resource, helping us to develop creativity, teamwork and autonomy in 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 those interactive centers as teaching and learning resource and a prime location to develop a European dimension of education.

 

Course objectives

 

  • To increase value of experimental teaching in sciences

  • To explore the cultural dynamics of each curriculum through experimental and scientific experties, using the resources that interactive centers have to offer;

  • To explore apps and mobile devices in educational contexts

  • To raise awareness for natural heritage preservation by creating science Interpretative centers.

  • Use of interactive and participative working methods in order to achieve better teaching

  • Enhance communicative competence in English

  • The final objective is to identify and share good practices that can be implemented at local level

 

Course-ending expectations:

 

  • Use those interactive sciences centers as teaching and learning resources

  • Integrate experimental activities, field classes, nature trails, among others, in the teacher’s curriculum (regarding scientific experience)

  • Use apps for mobile devices in educational contexts

  • Protect the assets of the European natural heritage through the creation of interactive science centers

 

 

Location and Dates

 

In Porto – Portugal

  • 19-Jul 2020 to 24 Jul 2020

  • 18-Jul 2021 to 23 Jul 2021

 

 

 

Course Duration and Costs

All costs of our courses can be supported with a grant under KA1 of the Erasmus+ programme.

Learning Together charges for a 6 days course 570 euros per participant (A+B)

A - Course fee and Duration:

For our 6 days course, the price fee is 420 euro for tuition and materials (6 day course x 70,00 Euros per day). This is covered with the course fee that you get with your KA1 grant: 70 euro per day.

B - Organizational Support: Payment of 150 EUR per participant (total amount).

Each educational organization also receives 350 Euros per participant for organizational support.  Learning Together will only charge you 150 Euros for administration and organization costs (Local organization, pedagogic support activities, learning validation, certification and Europass Mobility validation). This fee also includes the social program below.

 

Social Program

  • Cultural Heritage day: Guide visit to the city of Porto;

  • Visit to” Ribeira” and Boat Trip;

  • Visit to Port Wine Cellars.

 

 

To be paid by yourself from the KA1 grant


 

  • Your grant covers travel costs. The amount is calculated based on the distance that you need to travel from your home place to the course.

 

  • Your accommodation and meals will be assured through "Individual Support".                                                              The amount that you receive to cover the costs of your stay depends on the country that you choose. The range for Portugal is between 60-120 Euros per day and participant. This amount covers your stay at hotel and your meals. Learning Together doesn´t book your stay at the hotel, but we can give you tips and advice for your booking. Plenty of restaurants are available on the city for your daily meals. This option allows you to explore more freely our city, hotels, restaurants and course travels.