GLOBAL excursion: Extended Curriculum for Science Infrastructure Online

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GLOBAL excursion introduces students and teachers to science e-infrastructures and gives them online access to experimental laboratories and e-science applications.

The project also aims to develop classroom activities, teaching materials and tools to support the use of e-infrastructures in teaching and learning science. The key aspects are virtual excursions where teachers and students can make use of scientific infrastructure, material and data as well as interact with experts, researchers and scientists.

The main access point to the materials and e-science applications is the GLOBAL Virtual Science Hub (ViSH, http://vishub.org/), an online platform containing:

selection of e-infrastructures and STEM learning resources

networking tools for researchers and teachers 

various virtual excursions provided by the e-infrastructure providers including the possibility of live interaction between scientists and schools

The project focuses on four scientific disciplines, including their ethical, legal and social aspects: 

Nanotechnologies

Biotechnologies

Volunteer computing 

Life sciences

Researchers from other fields of study are welcome to join in.

Basic information

Country: Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Spain, United Kingdom

Coordinator: Centre For Social Innovation (ZSI), Vienna, Austria, www.zsi.at

Programme: FP7

Project Acronym:

Target groups: education authorities, policy makers, researchers, secondary school students, teachers, university lecturers

Topic: Biotechnology, Computer science, Information technology, Nanotechnology, Technology

Start year: 2011

End year: 2014

Url: http://www.globalexcursion-project.eu

Contact person: Barbara Kieslinger, Centre For Social Innovation (ZSI), kieslinger (at) zsi.at

The development of the Virtual Science Hub is based on the project's pedagogic framework which includes the analysis of needs and requirements of schools and scientists / science communicators. The framework also includes science content tailored to teachers and students at secondary level. 

Drawing on the experience gained in the development and implementation of the Virtual Science Hub, the project will deliver the following reports:

Report on Integration of e-Infrastructure in education

Pedagogic concept on implementing e-Infrastructure resources in schools

Policy recommendations catalogue for e-Infrastructure stakeholders

Policy Recommendations for educators

The project developed an easy to use application manual for daily activities in the science class to support teachers in using the Virtual Science Hub and its tools. 

The teachers will also have the chance to attend the face-to-face and online training sessions. 

The project collaborates with 25 forerunner schools across Europe in the initial phase. Towards the end of the project (February 2014) the number of schools will significantly increase. The participating teachers and schools will be selected following a call for application.

 

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