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Learning science the fun and creative way: coding, making, and play as vehicles for informal science learning in the 21st century

Objective

The CoM’n’Play-Science project aims to help Europe better understand the new ways in which informal science learning is taking place through various coding, making, and play activities that young Europeans are nowadays increasingly engaged with outside school and higher education science classrooms, beyond the formal boundaries of science education. The project investigates a wide range of loci and modes of this kind of informal science learning, including: a) learning occurring in the context of such activities intentionally organized to achieve informal science learning; b) informal science learning that occurs as a by-product of youngsters’ various coding, making, and play activities that are not intentionally meant for science learning, and which may take place either in organized contexts or independently in everyday life. Carefully positioning the research within the context of the overarching contemporary discourses on STEM/STEAM education, RRI, and science capital, the proposed project aims to shed light on the nature and impact of the informal science learning gained through coding, making and play activities. It identifies diverse practices and looks deeper into a sample of them, whereby participants of real-life activities are surveyed, observed, and gamefully engaged in intensive research. The project further explores the impact of this this kind of informal science learning on: a) formal science education and more traditional informal science learning interventions; and b) scientific citizenship, investigating in particular the attitudes, values and dispositions that young people as learners and as citizens may develop through such activities towards science, scientists, and science-related information in everyday life. The project enables the exploitation of its research findings by developing relevant guidance for practitioners and recommendations for policy making and further research, and through an overall extrovert project approach.

Coordinator

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU

Address

Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim

Norway

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 486 665

Participants (10)

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OULUN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 256 250

IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 241 250

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 283 750

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 347 500

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 306 550

UNIVERSITA TA MALTA

Malta

EU Contribution

€ 242 500

DESIGN FOR CHANGE ESPANA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 172 500

OVOS MEDIA GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 242 000

KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 276 250

THE BOARD TRUSTEES OF THE SCIENCE MUSEUM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 242 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 787476

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2018

  • End date

    31 May 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.5.d.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 097 715

  • EU contribution

    € 3 097 715

Coordinated by:

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU

Norway