ERIS - Exploitation of Research Results in School practice
The aim of the project is to increase the interest of students in lower and upper secondary schools in mathematics and science, and promote the choice of a scientific career. Thanks to the development, pilot implementation and dissemination of educational packages and methodological materials, the research results are exploited in the education systems of 3 European countries.
The ERIS project is divided into two parts: 1) a testing and 2) a dissemination phase.
During the testing phase, teaching materials (10 packages) in national languages and in English for students in lower and upper secondary schools are prepared. The packages are tested in selected schools in each partner country (Poland, Romania, France) and adapted to the needs of their expected end-users, namely: teachers and students, according to the results of evaluation surveys.
During the dissemination phase, all participating schools in the partner countries, but also elsewhere in Europe, have the opportunity to participate freely in the project. They may use the packages during their lessons and take part in the webcasts of online lessons conducted by scientists in the project’s national languages and in English. These virtual meetings with scientists offer participants the opportunity to get a close view of scientific work, taking measures and doing research in the field of natural sciences. The meetings are designed to encourage students to explore the world of science independently.
The project contributes to the growth of students’ skills in searching reliable sources of knowledge. Their participation in online lessons and the use of educational resources in English contribute to the improvement of their language skills, in particular expanding their specialised vocabulary in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This is very useful for their future STEM studies, which are crucial for the development of a knowledge-based economy in Europe. The ERIS project also helps to increase understanding of scientific language and messages.
Country: France, Poland, Romania
Coordinator: Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, http://www.igf.edu.pl
Target groups: secondary school students, teachers
Topic: Computer science, Geography, Geophysics, Meteorology, Physics
Start year: 2015
End year: 2018
Contact person: Agata Goździk, Email gozdzik (at) igf.edu.pl
The ERIS project does not provide reports for researchers.
The project offers 30 educational packages for lower and upper secondary schools in 3 national languages (Polish, Romanian, French - 10 packages in each language), which are also translated into English.
These packages include materials for teachers to work with students during classes and/or extracurricular activities (e.g. student interest groups). They contain worksheets for students and hints for teachers (e.g. lesson scenarios). In addition, they include multimedia materials (e.g. movies, animations). Webcasts of online lessons are complementary to each package. One package as a whole or partly can be used in lessons in several different subjects (physics, geography, mathematics, nature and others). The amount of materials and exercises presented in one package is so vast that teachers are able to use only some part of it during one lesson or couple of lessons, including the classes for students with special interests.
15 different topics are covered by researchers (each topic is presented as two separate packages: for lower and upper secondary students). Those topics are:
- Physics of earthquakes
- Ultraviolet radiation
- Meteorological measurements in the Arctic
- Earth’s magnetic field
- Elementary particles and fundamental forces
- Wind and waves
- Sharing data – chasing earthquakes
- Weather – A game between pressure and temperature
- Digital maps and geographical coordinates
- Polar lows.
Apart from the educational packages, ERIS also provides:
- A guide for teachers, on the effective exploitation of research results in school practice, including examples of good practice in this respect;
- Conferences for teachers, which increase the use of the project’s outputs in schools that did not participate originally in the testing phase.