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International Projects

The Museum is involved in many regional, national and international projects as coordinator, promoter and partner. In this perspective it collaborates with other museums, science centres, training institutions, teachers and students. The aim is not only to broaden geographically the action of the Museum, but also to improve the relationship with the different partners, to exchange experiences and competences, and to contribute actively to science and technology education.


Engineer aims at the widespread adoption in Europe of innovative methods of science teaching in primary schools providing extensive teacher training on inquiry-based method. The project is based on Engineering is Elementary (EiE), the proven program developed by Boston‘s Museum of Science (BMOS) widely used in primary schools throughout the U.S. more


Nanosciences Live in Science Centres and Museums.
The Projects has been funded by the Science in Society programme. It aims to communicate effectively research in the field of nanotechnology. Non specialised visitors will be involved in activities and debate through the direct contact with young researchers in action. more


Professionalisation for Learning in Science and Technology.
The Project has been funded in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme. It aims to contribute substantially to the training of science centre and museum explainers. The Project partners will develop training courses and materials to help explainers in their everyday interaction with adult visitors, involving them actively in debates on science and governance. more


Science Education as Tool for Active Citizenship.
The Project has been funded in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme. It aims to contribute actively to the development of science teaching as a tool for building an active citizenship in this knowledge-society. more


The Project has been funded in the framework of the Seventh Framework Programme under the strand “Supporting and coordinating actions on innovative methods in science education: teacher training on inquiry based teaching methods on a large scale in Europe”. The project aims to support an effective widespread use of inquiry and problem based science teaching techniques in primary and secondary schools in Europe and beyond. more

Open Sciences Resources

The Project has been funded by the eContentplus programme. The objective is to study and work towards a pan-European digital educational content standard. more
Open Sciences Resources

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Sedec - Science Education for the Development of European Citizenship

The Museum is one of the partner involved in the SEDEC project. The project is led by IRRE Lombardia and has many Italian and European partners. The main objective is to build European citizenship awareness through science.

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Hands-on & Brains-on

The Museum participates to the Hands-on & Brains-on project, led by Heureka Science Centre and funded by the VI EU Framework Program. The Hands-On & Brains-On project integrates the processes of teaching cognitive facts at school and learning how to make observations in science centres and museums. It thus reinforces the use of museums and science centres as innovative resources for teaching and learning that can offer specialist support and experience in science.
Hands-on & Brains-on

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European In-service training course for teachers and museum educators

The SMEC working group offers a training course for primary school teachers and museum educators. The course aims to contribute to teachers' and museum educators' development of competences relating to the teaching of sciences through the use of museums as educational resources.
Activities and courses

the SMEC web site is designed, created and maintained by the Museum’s Internet and Interactive Media Staff

Smec - School-Museum European Cooperation for Improving the Teaching and Learning of Sciences

The National Museum of Science and Technology "Leonardo da Vinci" coordinated, between 2001 and 2005, the SMEC project funded by the Socrates programme of the European Union. The project addressed science education and teacher training at European level. What emerged from the work in SMEC has convinced the Museum of the necessity for further work, research and contribution in the field, and for dissemination at wide level.