Parallel sessions II

6. Projects I

6.1 Motivating teacher and student science learning (T28), Eleni Kyza

Abstract: As Europe works towards becoming a competent knowledge society, young people’s diminishing motivation to learn science is troubling. Two projects that try to solve this issue are highlighted: CoReflect and PROFILES. The projects share the emphasis of seeking to reform science practices by designing learning materials which are authentic, can motivate students and can help them engage in evidence-based problem-solving of complex, socio-scientific issues, such as genetic modification and climate change.

6.2 Towards a ubiquitous good NST education (T51), Moshe Talesnik

Abstract: The NanoEIS project (Nanotechnology Education for Industry and Society) investigates European training and preparation of current and future work in nanotechnology. The talk will be based on two research papers: The first paper aims to analyse how nanoscience and nanotechnology (NST) can be used in science and technology education in secondary school systems across Europe, specifically in relation to the learning of science and technology; the second paper deals with the current integration of nanotechnology into secondary schools.

6.3 Quantum Spin-Off (T52), Laura Tamassia

Abstract: The Quantum Spin-Off project brings secondary-school science teachers and their pupils into direct contact with research and entrepreneurship in the high-tech nano sector, with the goal of educating a new generation of scientifically literate European citizens and inspiring young people to choose careers in science and technology. Teams of pupils, guided by teachers, are challenged to create a responsible and socially relevant application of a scientific paper in collaboration with actual researchers and entrepreneurs.

6.4 Responsible Research and Innovation, a new paradigm in Horizon 2020 (T63), Rosina Malagrida

Abstract: The presentation will outline the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and will analyse how the different stakeholders can reflect, deliberate and act together to steer science and innovation towards a more socially desirable and sustainable goal. Special attention will be given to reflecting on how science education can contribute to promoting RRI and an example, the RRI TOOLS project, will be outlined.