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by Jörg Hüttenhoff - Monday, 19 May 2014, 11:50 PM


The MASS Project is being implemented in 8 GLOBE countries with the aim to support sharing of good practices in science education and enhance the expertise that is disseminated through GLOBE.

GLOBE Regional Help Desk Office in the Czech Republic is the main coordinator of the project working together with partners from Estonia, Cyprus, Greece, Latvia, Netherlands, Germany and Poland. The project will be funded from EU Comenius Programme for three years since October 2013.

The overall aim of the project is to identify and disseminate examples of attractive and effective tools and methods of teaching science at the classroom level. We want to increase the number of educators who will be confident and successful in teaching science topics in the sense that they will make them more relevant and accessible to students.

We identified three major challenges which will stimulate the progress in teaching science attractively and effectively. These shape areas for the work of three working groups which will collect, analyze and transfer the best practices throughout the project.

1) Science through digital learning

Majority of today´s generation of learners use digital devices, internet applications or social media on daily basis, mostly for communication and entertainment. The project will share experience on how using such tools and media can link students to science and make science education more meaningful.

2) Early Inquiry

Inquiry-based science education (IBSE) has proven to be an effective method to attract children to science and increase their learning, especially in young age. We will analyze barriers of using inquiry-based methods at schools and show successful incorporation of these methods to the science classroom practice, with the special focus on primary schools learners.

3) Low Achievers in Science

Science is a setting where we learn important lessons about real world; that is why it must be delivered to every child. We will collect, pilot, adapt and share practices that deal with attracting low achievers to science and help them develop some of the key competences that are basic-life skills at the same time.

The project outcomes will comprise of studies, best practices, training modules and hands-on lessons which will be developed in all three of the above mentioned areas and broadly distributed and shared through conferences, media and networking both on international level and on national level in all of the participating countries.

You can join and benefit from the following MASS Project activities:

· Share a good practice from your country and inspire others by what you do in GLOBE

· Attend an Open Conference for educators and teachers that promotes expertise in the three project topics (Digital Learners, Early Inquiry, Low Achievers in Science)

· Pilot of the project products in schools in your country (hands on lessons, teacher training modules)

· Disseminate project ideas and products in your national GLOBE network

Homework for Cyprus

1) Bring good practice from your country

Collect 2-3 good practices from GLOBE that fall within one of the MASS project topics (see above) and that highly motivate students to science. Bring them to the meeting. These can be a classroom/outdoor practice, method/tool/approach teacher use, project that is going on etc. It is sufficient to write 1-2 paragraphs for each case, add a photo if you have one, and add a link where we can learn more.

2) Make a list of potential collaborators

Think about local or national projects, initiatives and organizations in science and environmental education in your country that you see as inspiration for GLOBE in terms of the three project topics (see above). Insert 1 sentence description and link to each item. Collect 5-10.

Thank you!