Science on Saturdays - Sábados de Ciencia

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The University of Burgos, through its Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit, organises “Science on Saturdays”, an activity for children aged 6 to 11 from various primary schools of the province of Burgos, Spain. The aim of this activity is to promote scientific-technological vocations among children and improve the education of those students who are studying for a Bachelor's Degree in Primary Education.

Science on Saturdays is a project developed at the Faculty of Education of the University of Burgos and funded by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECyT).

The main objective of the project is to promote scientific and technological vocations among kids, to develop skills for the implementation of inquiry-based teaching among pre-service teachers and to create a culture for inquiry among schools. One Saturday per month, kids aged 6 to 11 participate in scientific workshops organised as part of the project. The children, separated by ages in small groups, solve interesting problems in the field of science for three hours, in which they use inquiry-based methodologies that can later be expanded to their respective schools. The children make their hypotheses, design and develop simple experiments, analyse the results and propose answers to the original problem based on empirical evidence. Students enrolled for a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education are responsible for the workshops and practise in this way using inquiry-based teaching methodologies.

Basic information

Country: Spain

Coordinator: Unidad de Cultura Científica e Innovación (UCC+i-UBU), http://www.ubu.es/divulgacion-cientifica-ucci-ubu

Programme: National

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Target groups: primary school students, trainee teachers

Topic: Chemistry, Electronics, Energy, Engineering, Geology, Physics, Education

Start year: 2015

Url: http://www.ubu.es/divulgacion-cientifica-ucci-ubu/vocaciones-cientificas/sabados-de-ciencia

Contact person: Ileana M. Greca Dufranc, Email imgreca (at) ubu.es

Reports about the project are compiled for the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECyT).

Inquiry-based teaching units within a framework in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education have been developed as part of the project. They can be found in:

 

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