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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 field trips that we propose 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 and school staff: primary level and secondary level; government and 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

Costs can be supported with a Key Action grant under the Erasmus+ Program. Our pricing policy follows the official regulations on transparent costs. 

Course fee: 520 euros per participant (6-day course).

What is Included?

  • Daily assistance and suggestions (restaurants, sightseeing, hospitals…) – we also have a section on our website dedicated to our cities (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 session, icebreaking.
  • Meet & greet, networking – participants and staff.
  • Week briefing & planning.
  • Working Tools (APPS).
  • Sparkvideo, Wevideo, Biteable.
  • Case Study: 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.
  • Overview of the role of science centers in STEM education.
  • Discussion on pedagogical approaches and learning theories relevant to science centers.
  • Analyze case studies from successful science center programs globally.
  • Group discussion to derive best practices and lessons learned.
  • Focus on inclusivity and engagement strategies for diverse learner groups.
  • 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.
  • Target Audience
    This course is designed for a wide range of educational professionals including teachers, trainers, educational and career counsellors, school psychologists, headmasters, school administrators, and staff across primary, lower-secondary, secondary schools and higher education. It also caters to professionals in training centers, adult education schools, higher education institutions, and NGOs.
  • Certification
    Participants who attend at least 80% of the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
  • Additional Info
    Please note that the course may have participants from various school levels and English proficiency.
    Course Language: English

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