MoM-Matters of Matter: future materials in science education
Using innovative materials, the MoM-Matters of Matter project aims at boosting science teaching.
MoM-Matters of Matter is co-funded by Key Action 2 of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, for three years (2014-2017), involving four secondary schools in Europe. The focus of the project is on innovative materials.
The work of MoM with learners is threefold: students getting to know cutting-edge research; designing and running tests and experiments on material samples; and, finally, unleashing their creativity and innovative potential, envisaging new applications and even creating prototypes.
The project aims at developing Open Educational resources (protocols, teachers’ guides, etc.) on the basis of new materials and applying them in science classes using methods in Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) and Project-Based Learning (PBL).
At the end of the project, a summer school for science teachers who are based in one of the countries of the European Union is organised (August 2017).
Country: Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal
Coordinator: IIS Cavazzi, Pavullo, http://www.cavazzisorbelli.it/
Target groups: general public, secondary school students, teachers
Topic: Applied sciences, Computer science, Chemistry, Electronics, Engineering, Materials science
Start year: 2014
End year: 2017
Contact person: Annamaria Lisotti, Email lisottiannamaria (at) gmail.com
MoM-Matters of Matter delivers the following outputs for researchers:
- Examples of experimental protocols using new material samples.
- Case studies of Project-Based Learning (PBL), Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) and real research at secondary school level.
- Examples of good practice in dissemination and outreach.
MoM is a "teachers serving teachers" project. As such, it offers plenty of resources – ranging from experimental protocols to extended teachers’ guides. These resources are made available for download, free of charge, on the project’s website at the end of the project (summer 2017).
A large section of this website is dedicated to eco-friendly materials, that is to say, materials for a sustainable and resilient society. More topics include light-interacting materials, printed and wearable electronics, etc.
MoM’s main effort is on embedding the project’s protocols within the curricula, thus enhancing it with a new perspective on traditional topics.