How to encourage curiosity in children towards science? How to improve educational methods and increase teachers transversal skills?
Thanks to the SciLit project – Scientific literacy at the school: improving strategies and building new practices of science teaching in early years education – it is possible to introduce scientific concepts in primary school and develop tools for teachers and educators to support of the primary scientific teaching.
The second meeting between partners has been a wonderful opportunity to share the scientific experiments conducted in the last months in elementary schools and kindergartens of the involved nations. The meeting took place from 25th to 27th June in Centrum Edukacji Nauczycieli, Bydgoszcz (northern Poland). Following the instructions provided by CSIC- Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, the project partners showed through video and technical documents the approach used to develop students scientific skills starting from primary schools.
An atom composed of pupils from a whole class who moved following the composition of protons, neutrons and electrons: these was one of the creative science simulations. The reaction of children to these input was recorded in countries such as Spain, Poland, Estonia and Lithuania.
Through the use of music, video, games and paintings, not only children’s ability to discover, but also teachers’ skills in finding innovative and engaging learning systems has grown. In addition, through excursions and visits to scientific laboratories, it was possible to deepen two aspects of the project: “How is the world made” and “Archeology”, which are the main learning modules selected. While experimenting, looking for information, observing, doing practical tasks, playing games, children themselves are trying to discover the truths of natural science through analysis and conclusions.
In view of the next meeting in Palermo on 6th November, the next tasks are focused on the sustainability of results that SciLit has been set up since the beginning.
The SciLit project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Program, Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnerships for school Education – with the main aim to go one step ahead on the way science is taught in the early stages and to develop necessary tools to facilitate the teaching of science.
The SciLit partnership holds together 8 organisations:
- Agencia estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (Spagna – coordinatore),
- T CPR Gijón-Oriente (Spagna),
- KPrzedszkole nr 34 “Mali odkrywcy” (Polonia)
- Colegio público San Francisco (Spagna)
- Kedainiu lopselis-darzelis ,,Zilvitis” (Lituania)
- Tallinna Asunduse Lasteaed (Estonia)
- Kujawsko-Pomorskie Centrum Edukacji Nauczycieli in Bydgoszcz (Polonia)
- CESIE (Italia).
For more information about the project please contact Ruta Grigaliunaite, firstname.lastname@example.org.