The consortium include 8 partners and is coordinated by the
National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci (Italy)
The other partners are:
Catholic High School Kempen (Belgium)
National Museum of Playing Cards (Belgium)
Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen, (Denmark)
Deutsches Museum – Masterpieces of Science and Technology (Germany)
Technical University of München (Germany)
Hungarian Natural History Museum (Hungary)
Technical Industrial State Institute "Marie Curie" (Italy)

Museo nazionale della scienza e della tecnologia leonardo da vinci

National Museum of Science and Technology
Leonardo da Vinci

Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia
Leonardo da Vinci
Milan, Italy
Coordinator of the project

MNST was founded in 1953 and is the largest science museum in Italy. It is considered public body since it provides learning opportunities and is controlled by representatives of public bodies. It is traditional museum of science and technology and evolving science centre with 10.000 objects and 16 educational interactive labs with hands-on activities and exhibits. Education programs for teachers, students, families, adults, young people and other audiences offer the opportunity to encounter ‘the real thing’ in our exhibitions, learn about the social and cultural contexts in which science developed, and explore scientific

Museo nazionale della scienza e della tecnologia leonardo da vinci

phenomena in our labs by experimenting and exploring links between science, technology and everyday life.150.000 students visit the collections or labs each year with programmes specifically designed for schools. The Museum also responds to the increasing demand for teacher training with initial and in-service courses on science or education methodology. In the last years, it also develops programmes focusing on active citizenship and awareness of cutting-edge science and technology (for example, on health, stem cell research, climate change etc.).
Sara Calcagnini | | +39 02 48 555322
Maria Xanthoudaki| | +39 02 48 555304

Catholic High School Kempen

Katholieke Hogeschool Kempen
Turnhout, Belgium

Katholieke Hogeschool Kempen is a fusion of all the colleges in the Flemish region Kempen that is, schools of engineering, social sciences, bio-medical sciences, agricultural sciences, informatics, economics, nursing and teaching. The campuses of the KHK are in Geel, Turnhout, Lier and Vorselaar which are all in a radius of 20 km of the main-campus in Geel. KHK represents almost 6.500 students, which makes it the third in size among Flemish colleges. The Department of Lerarenopleiding has a teaching history of almost 350 years and an autonomous status with 650 students who choose between curricula on primary school (6-12), secondary school (13-15), physical education and art. The teaching department of KHK has a long tradition concerning initial and in-service training.
Jef Van Den Bosch |

National Museum of Playing Cards

Nationaal Museum van de Speelkaart
Turnhout, Belgium

The National Museum of Playing Cards hosts collections of playing-cards from 1700-onwards made for worldwide distribution, a unique collection of printing presses and finishing machines (17th-20th C.), a steam-engine (1896), archives and a reference library. It collects, conserves, studies and exhibits objects regarding the history, use and production of playing-cards, mainly printed in Turnhout and the Low Countries (18th C. onwards).
Education programmes focus on printing techniques from Middle Ages to industrial era using the collection of printing and press machines; and on energy using the functioning steam engine as a starting point. Other services: temporary exhibitions, workshops, lectures, publications.
The Museum has specific expertise in museology, theory of collecting and analysis of the role of museums for building citizens’ awareness and active participation in history; and expertise in using original objects as teaching and learning tools – for the history of science but for today’s science as well. Although small institution, it is also sensitive in the use of new technologies and ICT as a new way for enriching science education.
Filip Cremers |

Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen

Institut for Naturfagenes Didaktik, Křbenhavns Universitet
Copenhagen, Denmark

The Department of Science Education of the University of Copenhagen primarily works on topics regarding the didactics of the range of science subjects taught at the Faculty of Science. Its research focus is the didactics of science and mathematics and also didactical questions related to teacher education (in which didactics comprise a special component).
In addition, the Department conducts research into the didactics of high school (second level) science subjects (mathematics, physics, chemistry, geography, biology, computer science, and physical education) and into interdisciplinary teaching of these subjects.
Finally, the important area of research into what is known as "informal science learning environments" is currently under growth. This field of research deals with the communication of science in contexts other than formal education situations, especially the contexts of museums and science centres. The Department thus takes a broad view of science education.
Bob Evans |
Deutsches Museum – Masterpieces of Science and Technology

Deutsches Museum – Masterpieces of Science and Technology

Deutsches Museum von Meisterwerken aus Naturwissenschaft und Technik
Munich, Germany

The Deutsches Museum, founded 1903 by Oskar von Miller, is today one of the biggest museums devoted to technology and natural sciences in the world with 73.000 sqm of exhibition space, 52 departments and about 1.4 million visitors per year. 32% or about 450.000 of these visitors are students who use the museum as a place for informal learning.
The museum shows and explains the evolution of technology and science from the early beginnings to the present. The unique collection of exhibits (historical and modern) on display is supplemented by interactive experiments, dioramas, films and multi-media systems – among those the large exhibition on Energy (from steam to nuclear and to renewable energy).
A large library with about 850.000 volumes, extended archives, a research institute for on science and technology and the Kerschensteiner Kolleg for the advanced training of teachers, students and museum staff also belong to the DM.
The Deutsches Museum develops and offers a variety of activities for the different target groups of visitors, e.g. guided tours, activitiy programms for school classes, public lectures, demonstrations, laboratories. It also offers training courses for teachers and other multipliers of science and technology.
Traudel Weber |

Technische Universitaet Muenchen

Technical University of München
Munchen, Germany

TUM has earned a high international reputation for its research collaborations with more than 140 Universities, its involvement in about 90 FP-6 projects, 420 Projects financed by the German federal Ministry of Science and in 17 special research programs financed by the German Research Association (DFG).
TUM pursues a sustainable strategy of promoting high quality research and supports scientists at each stage of career development. It received the highest prize for “Entrepreneurial University” in the “Excellence Initiative” competition by the German Federal and State Governments. It founded the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in order to support scientific creativity and set up Clusters of Excellence and Graduate Schools in many scientific fields. TUM's.
TUM has a contract with 20 so-called reference secondary grammar schools in Bavaria in order to strengthen the interchange between schools and university. Here, the main focus lies on both the use of informal learning environments such as the TUMScienceLabs and the TUMlab in the Deutsches Museum Munich as well as on the optimization of the teacher education und in-service trainings.
Doris Lewalter |
Museo nazionale della scienza e della tecnologia leonardo da vinci

Hungarian Natural History Museum

Magyar Termeszettudomanyi Muzem
Budapest, Hungary

Founded in 1802 one of the oldest national natural history museums. With 10 million specimens it is a worldwide resource in Mineralogy, Petrology, Palaeontology, Botany, Zoology and Historical Anthropology. 60 curators and a well-structured Education and Exhibition Department serve the scientific world and the public. A new exhibition and public area has been opened 1996 and 2004. Quality performance is indicated by the several awards for architecture, exhibitions, programs, publications and staff members (state, ministry, civic level and European Museum Forum).

Museo nazionale della scienza e della tecnologia leonardo da vinci

Education at MTM means programmes for schools, professional training (own, accredited museum training for educators and museologists), postgraduate teacher education within the framework of the Eötvös Lóránd Science University, PhD teaching and tutoring, teaching and tutorial for theses in 10 universities, (the Department of Zoology serves as Zootaxonomy Department of the Veterinary University).
MTM is active in national (nature conservation, biomonitoring, ecology, education) and European projects (EDIT, Synthesys, e-CASTEX, SMEC).
Judit Holler |

Technical Industrial State Institute "Marie Curie"

Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale "Marie Curie"
Milan, Italy

Institute "Marie Curie" is a high-school of 700 students 14-19 years old who attend lessons taken by about 100 teachers supported by 30 people working in Administration and laboratories. The school is oriented to Science and Technology, with a new Biology branch. Industrial sector involves specialization in Computer science, Chemistry and Food-Technologies. About 30% of lessons is taken in 19 up-to-date laboratories. Students get both practical knowledge to work directly in companies and theoretical preparation to attend University studies. The school provides various extra-curricular projects oriented to Active Citizenship, Health, fight to racism and drugs, theatre, etc. Language support is given to nearly 100 foreign students coming from 40 Countries all over the world. 15 disabled students find 5 specialized teachers devoted to fully integrate their work inside normal school activities. The school has experience in previous Comenius projects.
Giulia Fiorentini |