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Outdoor Science Education for a Sustainable Future

Objective

Learning science helps to train students in observation, reasoning and argumentation, which are some of the foundations for all learning. It also helps improve transferable skills, such as logic, critical thinking and organisation. In order to develop an awareness of the complex interactions in contemporary society between science, technology, society, education and the environment, it is important to have an understanding of scientific practices and processes. This understanding also helps students to become active, scientifically literate citizens. With waning interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among young people, OTTER aims to enhance understanding of education outside the classroom (EOC) methods and how they can be utilised to increase interest in STEM subjects among students and improve their acquisition of scientific knowledge and transferable skills. The project will connect EOC experts from Finland, Hungary, Spain and Ireland, strengthening networks within Europe and building a foundation for the development of EOC pilot schemes within the four focus countries. The effects of these pilots on the performance of participating students, including their levels of sophisticated consumption and scientific citizenship, will be analysed to better understand the effects of EOC on EU citizens. The pilots will build on recent momentum in tackling environmental issues and help to promote sophisticated consumption by incorporating a theme of reducing and managing plastic waste. The analysis will seek to identify differences in the effect of the programmes on students from different geographical locations and of different genders, comparing those who participated in the EOC pilot schemes with students who only participated in formal education. OTTER will further aim to improve accreditation of EOC teaching methods within Europe, contributing to the selection of accreditation tools available for use beyond the end of this project.

Call for proposal

H2020-SwafS-2020-2-two-stage
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Coordinator

GEONARDO ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIESLTD
Address
Zahony U 7
1031 Budapest
Hungary
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 208 450

Participants (7)

FONDATION EUROPEENNE DE LA SCIENCE
France
EU contribution
€ 219 087,50
Address
Quai Lezay Marnesia 1
67080 Strasbourg Cedex
Activity type
Other
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 277 361,25
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 274 118,75
Address
National Technological Park, Plassey
- Limerick
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BRIDGE BUDAPEST EGYESULET
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 106 812,50
Address
Szent Istvan Ter 11.
1051 Budapest
Activity type
Other
LEARNING SCOOP - OPPIMISEN OSUUSKUN
Finland
EU contribution
€ 165 993,75
Address
Ruutanantie 53 D 2
36200 Kangasala
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE BIG VAN THEORY
Spain
EU contribution
€ 191 337,50
Address
Carrer Francesc Macia 21 Planta 2 Puerta 4
08755 Castellbisbal
Activity type
Other
CARDET CENTRE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 155 587,50
Address
Lykavitou Avenue 29 1St Floor Engomi
2401 Lefkosia
Activity type
Research Organisations