The Science Centers in Educational Context

Course summary

Porto, Portugal

6-day Course

Erasmus+ KA1

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 experience a new dimension and perspective, since these centers 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. Learning by exploring!

The visits that we propose to the Environment and Interpretative Center of Viana do Castelo, 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 these institutions (experimental activities, field trips, nature paths…) provide. 

The apps (android and iOS) will be used as a fundamental teaching and learning resource, helping us to 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 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

Upcoming Dates

Course Duration and Costs

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

For a 6-day course, Learning Together charges 580 euros per participant (A+B).

For our 6-day course, the course fee is 480 EUR per participant, for tuition and materials (6-day course x 80,00 EUR per day). This can be covered with the course fee that you receive with your KA1 grant: 80 EUR / day / person.

Notice:

The course fee for our 2022 courses has been adjusted to meet the new KA1 grant budget (Erasmus+ Programme 2021-2027). Before, sending organisations received 70€/day/person for course fees. Now, the new KA1 grant provides 80€/day/person.

Payment of 100 EUR per participant (total amount).

This fee also includes our social program, which you can see below.

Notice:

In the previous Erasmus+ programme, each educational organisation also received 350 EUR per participant for organisational support. Learning Together only charged 150 EUR for administration and organisation costs (local organisation and logistics, pedagogical support activities, learning validation, certification and Europass Mobility validation). With the new programme, the organisational support fees are now a standard 100 EUR per person – however, they can vary according project type (job-sadowing, long-term,…). 

  • Cultural Heritage day: Guided visit to the city of Porto;
  • Hop On & Hop Off Tour Bus;
  • Visit to” Ribeira” and 6 Bridges River Cruise;
  • Visit to the Port Wine Cellars & Wine Tasting Experience.

Course Objetives

  • 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;

  • Enhance communicative competences in English;

  • Identify & share good practices that can be implemented at a local level.

Learning Outcomes

  • Use interactive science centers as teaching & learning resources;

  • Integrate experimental activities, field classes, nature trails, among others, within the curriculum (scientific experiences);

  • Use apps for mobile devices in educational contexts;

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

Upcoming Dates

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