Science and science fiction in education


"I received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was not enough. My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I got out of the public library. For an impoverished child whose family could not afford to buy books, the library was the open door to wonder and achievement, and I can never be sufficiently grateful that I had the wit to charge through that door and make the most of it.”
Isaac Asimov, I. Asimov

In this Community of Practice, we will discuss the importance of Science Fiction, both in its literary and cinematographic versions to improve science and technology education in the classroom. Between the 22nd of June and the 5th of July 2015 learn about the topic and join the discussion by accessing:


Francisco Gascó is a palaeontologist, specialist in paleobiology of saurischian dinosaurs, lately focused in paleohistology of sauropod dinosaurs. Currently finishing his PhD at the Autonomous University of Madrid. Author of his own palaeontology blog for all kinds of public since 10 years ago. With almost a decade of experience in public communication though lectures and ludic activities in primary and secondary schools. Also a Science-fiction fan since childhood, he usually uses it to teach palaeontology, using mainly the Jurassic Park saga to talk about dinosaurs

Erwin Ten Meer earned his master’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Groningen, specializing in Environmental Sciences and Cross-Cultural knowledge transfer. He also holds master’s degree in educational sciences and a  minor in psychology. He currently works at the International School of Groningen as a chemistry teacher and educational leader for concept-based learning. In addition to his work as an educator and as Scientix Ambassador for the Netherlands, Erwin spends his time developing ways to bridge the divide between the classroom and the everyday experience of students. He is setting up a project to study the effect of educational games on students’ learning and he is researching  ways to optimize the use of smart phones in the lessons. A big fan of science fiction since childhood, he has participated in interdisciplinary projects with language and arts teachers to analyze works of the likes of Jules Verne and Isaac Asimov from both literature and science perspective and continually experiments with integrating story based teaching his lessons.


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The Scientix Communities of Practice (CoP) entail a moderated online forum, leaded by a designated expert, where STEM teachers will be able to discuss on science and technology subjects.

In this space you will find a basic presentation on the topic, paired with a series of useful resources as topic guidelines. Participants will find an array of open questions to inquire and discuss about.

The objective of the CoP is to let the participants engage and discuss with each other on those questions they are more interested in, to end up formulating a series of final ideas or conclusions.