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ESTI — Result In Brief

Project ID: 511180
Funded under: FP6-SOCIETY
Country: France

Rekindling students' interest in science

Two science festivals, a new science journal and a partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) have made science more interesting for students and provided novel educational tools for teachers.
Rekindling students' interest in science
Even as the European economy heads towards a more scientific age, student interest in science is waning, prompting the EU to initiate projects that make the field more interactive and interesting. The EU-funded project 'Eiroforum European science teachers initiative' (ESTI) aimed to establish innovative educational resources that bring students closer to science. It represented an array of events, training sessions and support mechanisms to upgrade science teaching in European schools and foster links between research organisations and educational ones.

The project organised two successful 'Science on stage' festivals, involving local and global activities across some 30 countries, and published a quarterly science education journal called 'Science in school'. In addition to captivating students, these two initiatives stimulated teachers' interest in science and offered them novel teaching tools in line with international cutting-edge practices. The initiatives enabled educators to acquire improved teaching skills and revealed the latest trends such as statistics on scientific literacy and science career choices in times of crisis.

In parallel, ESTI embarked on the Volvox project, in partnership with the ESA, to develop more interesting educational resources related to modern biology. Volvox upgraded biology education in schools to make it more interactive and lively, encouraging students to engage in science and potentially pursue science careers in the future. It identified barriers to improving bioscience education while helping teachers and scientists to develop better teaching material.

Last but not least, ESTI helped researchers contribute to educational programmes and expanded relevant networks of scientists, teachers, academic experts and others through a new science journal. By establishing communication platforms such as networks, events and journals, the project has helped revamp science teaching, bringing it closer to the needs of students and the European reality.

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