STEM across Europe: making it real
Held on Tuesday 15 November at Burlington House at the Geological Society, London, the daytime Conference will bring together educators and institutions to look to the future of education, and address how to make science real for students in school. The day will include discussion sessions on ‘best practices’ both inside and out of the classroom, a panel debate on the future of science education and a chance to interact with experts in education from around the world. A youth panel of students will also be feeding their ideas into the Conference and will present their own ‘Manifesto’.
Full details of the programme will be shared closer to the date, but there will be a keynote address from Professor Louise Archer, Kings College London, of the ASPIRES project. Registration from 09.00hrs, with Conference close at 16.30.
An evening celebratory ‘Edu-Showcase’ event will be taking place on the Tattershall Castle river-boat on the River Thames from 18.00 – 22.00 on the same day, with buffet food and drinks.
Are you a science teacher or someone with an interest in science education?
MARCH (MAke science Real in sCHools) is a network that brings together institutions, NGOs and educational establishments. It consists of nine partners that come from seven European countries, including the UK, Portugal, Greece, Germany, Serbia, Lithuania and Bulgaria.
What’s in it for you?
Throughout the duration of the MARCH project we will be organising several more activities, including webinars in which anyone can participate. If you wish to be involved, please get in touch.
One of the aims of the project is also to collect examples of best practice in Science education, ideas that can perhaps inspire you and your students. Check our website on a regular basis to learn more.
More about MARCH
OUR KEY OBJECTIVES ARE:
- To help young people to actively contribute to the learning process
- To argue in favour of the relevance of science to everyday life
- To promote science as a force that can build up active citizens
- To highlight the relationship between science skills and future employability
We use a collaborative learning environment to share innovative content and best practices in Science Education for secondary schools under the theme of "Sustainable Cities". The nine partners involved in the programme are keenly aware of the need to improve science education as a means of enhancing the employability of young people. In order to achieve our goals, we use new and innovative techniques that make the learning process more appealing and engaging. Our aim is to reach more than 10,000 schools across Europe and attract the interest of thousands of young students.
For more information on the MARCH project please contact Fátima Dias.
READ OUR REPORT
During the first stage of our MARCH project, we collected data through an online survey for teachers and students. Both our survey and qualitative analysis revealed that secondary education in the countries we studied suffers from a few important deficiencies that pose serious challenges to public policies in the short and medium term. You can read the full report online. If you have any questions or comments on the survey, please contact us.
With our partner, Ciência Viva, in March 2015 we organised a local MARCH workshop in Lisbon, which brought together students, teachers, educators and researchers for discussions and other activities.
The second Innovation Swap Workshop, bringing together participants from nine countries to share their views and experience in science education, also took place in Lisbon, organised together with Ciência Viva, in May 2015.
The MARCH (Make science real in schools) project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
PILOT PROJECTS IN SCHOOLS
The next stage of the MARCH project takes place during 2016 and we will have the participating schools developing pilot projects making use of the best practices identified in the preliminary stages of the project in the different countries involved.
In Portugal there are 24 schools involved, covering the mainland from north to south and also the Azores.
At the end of this stage we will be collecting students' opinions about whether these best practices have contributed to their views on science and how science can be taught, making it all more appealing.
MARCH PROJECT – FINAL CONFERENCE
In November 2016 takes we will hold the final conference of the MARCH project, a milestone event in which we intend to bring together students, educators, researchers, policy-makers, all those who were involved in developing the project and who can contribute to its ultimate aim, the improvement of curricula for the teaching of science.
The conference takes place in London and is open to the interested public. More information about it will become available here during 2016.