ENGINEER: Breaking New Ground in the Science Education Realm
ENGINEER supports Europe-wide uptake of innovative methods in science teaching and provides extensive teacher training on inquiry-based science education.
The project is based on the programme ‘Engineering is Elementary' (EiE) developed by Boston Museum of Science (BMOS) in 2003-04, which is now widely used in primary schools in the USA.
Using EiE's Engineering Design Plan model, ENGINEER aims to develop ten engineering design challenge units suitable for European educational settings. Each unit will focus on one engineering field and will use inexpensive materials for student-led design problem-solving.
Science museums will lead the outreach effort, targeting science teachers, students groups and the general public. It is expected that the ENGINEER training will be provided to around 1,000 teachers; school and museum activities should reach over 25,000 students.
Country: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom, Other
Coordinator: Bloomfield Science Museum, Israel, http://www.mada.org.il
- Techmania Science Center, Czech republic
- 21st Elementary School Plzen, Czech republic,
- CHAPTAL Elementary School, Paris, France
- Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers – Musée des arts et métiers, France
- Experimentarium, Denmark
- Maglegårdsskole – Gentofte Kommune, Denmark
- The Deutsches Museum Bonn, Germany
- KGS Donatusschule – City Of Bonn, Germany
- Eugenides Foundation, Greece
- The Moraitis School, Greece
- Modiin Macabim Reut (Netiv Zvulun School), Israel/
- ARTTIC, Israel
- Fondazione Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, Italy
- Istituto Comprensivo Copernico, Italy
- NEMO – Stichting Nationaal Centrum voor Wetenschap en Technologie, Netherlands
- Daltonschool Neptunus, Netherlands
- TH – Stiftelsen Teknikens Hus, Sweden
- Gränsskolan School – Haparanda Kommun, Sweden
- Science Oxford, UK
- Pegasus Primary School, UK
- Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
- Bristol Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning and Education, UK
- Boston's Museum of Science, USA
- European Network of Science Centres and Museums (Ecsite), Belgium
- International Council of Associations for Science Education
Target groups: education authorities, parents, primary school students, researchers, teachers, trainee teachers
Topic: Applied sciences, Engineering, Education
Start year: 2011
End year: 2014
Contact person: Maya Halevy, Bloomfield Science Museum, mayah (at) mada.org.il
ENGINEER is relevant to multiple targets, including primary school science teachers, school administrators, science centres and museums, primary school students, their parents, science education networks and associations, the science education research community, relevant local, national and EU authorities, and the general public.
An advocacy programme is specifically aimed at influencing education policy makers throughout Europe. The major goal is to ensure wider uptake of ENGINEER tools and methods in European education.
The EiE evaluation has shown that adding engineering to science lessons, using inquiry-based pedagogic methods, results in raising students' motivation and interest in science and engineering subjects.
All the teaching materials developed by the project will be available on the ENGINEER website: http://www.engineer-project.eu/