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GLOBAL excursion

Project reference: 283686
Funded under

GLOBAL excursion - Extended Curriculum for Science Infrastructure Online

From 2011-09-01 to 2014-02-28

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 912 695

EU contribution:

EUR 800 000

Coordinated in:

Austria

DON'T WALK ALONE, JOIN THE GLOBAL SCIENCE EXCURSION!

Scientists Meet Teachers

It is the vision of the GLOBAL excursion project that students and teachers can explore science in innovative, virtual excursions to science labs where they interact with scientific infrastructure, material and data as well as the scientists themselves.  But “real” science activities and science teaching in school are like two different worlds and, if those are to be bridged successfully, a better understanding and common grounds to build the collaborative activities on will be necessary .  To make these virtual excursions an exciting and realistic learning experience the scientists need a better knowledge on educational practice in schools, and teachers need a better comprehension of available science content and options for interaction.

A Participatory Design Workshop

Thus, one of the first steps in the project was for ZSI to organise a participatory workshop, where five teachers from across Europe met a group of scientists who want to open their labs for schools and offer students new and exciting ways to experience science.

This first encounter of scientists and teachers was a great learning experience for all, where pedagogical requirements, technological boundaries and motivational barriers were elaborated in a very interactive way.  At the end of the second day, the meeting room was full of posters, flip charts and post-its — representing the common knowledge elaborated during the two days.  The participants were exhausted, but all very content with the results and the process of collaborative approximation.  

The successfully established contact between scientists and teachers will continue during the next two years and, we hope, will result in exciting and innovative science teaching. 

 

Objective

GLOBAL excursion will introduce e infrastructures to educators and pupils. It provides scientists, policy makers, pupils and their teachers a package of activities, materials and tools for enabling the integration of e infrastructures into school curricula. Main access point is the GLOBAL Virtual Science Hub – "ViSH". It contains a selection of e Infrastructures, and a social network where scientists, teachers and pupils will be able to exchange and establish collaborations, and a virtual excursion room, where pupils will be able to experience real e-science applications in areas of high relevance for the future, such as nano- and biotechnologies.The technological basis of the Virtual Science Hub is the VCC, a communication platform developed in the GLOBAL project, which has already proven to successfully link distant researchers and to integrate remote regions.To allow for closer links between stakeholder communities, the hub will include a pedagogical framework that tailors science content to the needs of schools preconditions. With this aim, teachers and scientists will be involved in a user-centred design process and collaboratively elaborate generic tools and methods, offering joyful formats attractive to young people. With the ViSH portal as a hub, virtual excursions are possible through existing e-infrastructures and together with pedagogical concepts, a more efficient use of e infrastructures will be ensured. Teachers will have access to guided and compact materials, easy to implement and adapt in their teaching activities.<br/>Together with end-users, GLOBAL excursion will develop a common understanding, teaching use cases, as well as pedagogical and technical artefacts. The aim of this project proposal is to provide young citizens and their educators (teachers, parents, etc.) across Europe with a range of e-Infrastructures and access to expert knowledge on its usage for a joyful exploration of e-Science through e-Infrastructure. Based on the experience from previous projects, we intend to target pupils between 14-18 years of age (upper stage school). Participating schools and science communicators will elaborate communication and teaching activities. The driving themes will be nano- and biotechnologies, as well as volunteer computing and life sciences with an interdisciplinary focus especially including ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA).<br/>The main purpose of the GLOBAL excursion project is to enable students and teachers access to the experimental laboratories and resources of selected e-Infrastructures in order to improve science curricula by enriching school's existing teaching and learning materials. By connecting e Infrastructures, resources and tools with schools, pupils can experience challenging and authentic learning scenarios. Thus, students gain insights in scientific real work and relive interest in natural science education.

Related information

Coordinator contact

Barbara KIESLINGER, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +43 1 495 04 42
Fax: +43 1 495 04 42 40
E-mail
Barbara KIESLINGER, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +43 1 495 04 42
Fax: +43 1 495 04 42 40
E-mail

Coordinator

ZENTRUM FUER SOZIALE INNOVATION
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 214 732


LINKE WIENZEILE 246
1150 WIEN
Austria
Administrative contact: Barbara Kieslinger
Tel.: +43 1 495 04 42 31
Fax: +43 1 495 04 42 40
E-mail

Participants

EUN PARTNERSHIP AISBL
Belgium

EU contribution: EUR 161 666


Rue de Treves 61
1040 Brussels
Belgium
Administrative contact: Marc Durando
Tel.: +32 2 790 75 75
Fax: +32 2 790 75 85
E-mail
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 93 732


CALLE RAMIRO DE MAEZTU 7 EDIFICIO RECTORADO
28040 MADRID
Spain
Administrative contact: Gonzalo León
Tel.: +34 91 336 6048
Fax: +34 91 336 5974
E-mail
UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 110 160


CALLE PEDRO CERBUNA 12
50009 ZARAGOZA
Spain
Administrative contact: Oscar Lopez Lorente
Tel.: +34 976 761 000
Fax: +34 976 761 048
E-mail
AGORA SYSTEMS, S.A.
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 66 486


CALLE VELASQUEZ 46-6-D
28001 MADRID
Spain
Administrative contact: Enrique Barra Arias
Tel.: +34 659 781 599
E-mail
MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA SZAMITASTECHNIKAI ES AUTOMATIZALASI KUTATOINTEZET
Hungary

EU contribution: EUR 63 344


KENDE UTCA 13-17
1111 BUDAPEST
Hungary
Administrative contact: Robert Lovas
Tel.: +36 1 329 7864
Fax: +36 1 329 7864
E-mail
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 89 880


The Old Schools, Trinity Lane
CB2 1TN CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Renata Schaeffer
Tel.: +44 1223 333543
Fax: +44 1223 332988
E-mail
Record Number: 100728 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01