The “Aerospace in Class” Project is about integrating STEM resources from the Airbus Foundation Discovery Space in classes for 8-to-12-year-old students. The project is coordinated by European Schoolnet, funded by the Airbus Foundation.
The project is funded by the Airbus Foundation, which is committed to bringing together the products and people of the global aerospace company Airbus to help address the challenges of today's society. Youth development is one of the pillars on which the Airbus Foundation is built, empowering young people for the challenges of tomorrow.
The Airbus Foundation Discovery Space is a digital space where young people throughout the world can understand science through aerospace. It is also a place for teachers and parents to find tools that help them engage students with STEM topics in a safe and trusted virtual environment.
European Schoolnet (www.eun.org) is coordinating this project. EUN is the network of 34 European Ministries of Education, based in Brussels, which aims to bring innovation in teaching and learning to its key stakeholders: Ministries of Education, schools, teachers, researchers and industry partners.
The “Aerospace in Class” Project consists of the following three phases:
- Co-construction of 11 Learning Scenarios to support the integration of Airbus Foundation Discovery Space resources in classes for 8-to-12-year-old students
- Validation of the Learning Scenarios in schools in several European countries
- Capacity building with the development of a Massive Open Online Course
Eleven Lead Teachers from across Europe have joined the “Aerospace in Class” Project and are developing Learning Scenarios that integrate Airbus Foundation Discovery Space resources in the classroom. The Lead Teachers are taking on the following tasks:
- Participate in two face-to-face workshops in the Future Classroom Lab in Brussels, one that took place on 21-22 February 2020 and the other to take place in September 2020 (exact dates to be confirmed)
- Test and validate their own Learning Scenario as well as another Lead Teacher’s Learning Scenario by implementing them in their classroom
- Act as experts during the preparation of a Massive Open Online Course and support EUN in developing part of the material
Country: Belgium, France, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Serbia, Sweden, Turkey
Coordinator: European Schoolnet, http://www.eun.org/home
Target groups: general public, parents, primary school students, secondary school students, teachers
Topic: Aeronautics, Astronautics, Astronomy, Applied sciences, Biology, Computer science, Earth science, Ecology, Energy, Engineering, Environmental sciences, Meteorology, Physics, Technology
Start year: 2020
End year: 2021
Contact person: Björn Bachmann; Agueda Gras, bjorn.bachmann (at) eun.org, agueda.gras (at) eun.org
The eleven learning scenarios developed will be validated firstly in the school of the authoring lead teacher, and secondly by a lead teacher from a different country. The exercise will serve to validate the educational value of the materials created and to refine them further, following feedback collected from the implementations.
Teachers will test in their classrooms the learning scenarios developed and reflect on the implementation. There are two main dimensions to the validation pilot:
- Testing the learning scenarios in schools;
- Improving the content of the learning scenarios, following post-implementation reflection
The validation methodology is a variation of an approach that has been successfully applied in recent EUN pilots and teacher professional development programmes.
- Two research questionnaires will be produced and applied to teachers engaged in the validation process: one, at the beginning of the project, to capture baseline knowledge and attitudes of participants; and a second one after the ending of the validation pilot, to measure the effectiveness of the intervention.
- Qualitative feedback will be collected from pilot teachers through post-implementation reflection sheets which will be collected by EUN
- A debriefing webinar, in the form of a structured interview, will be organised with the lead teachers to collect in-depth information on their experiences implementing the learning scenarios.
- An evaluation report, summarising the results from the research questionnaires and teachers’ qualitative feedback will be produced by EUN