SCIENCE MUSEUM AND SCHOOL: A COOPERATION TO IMPROVE TEACHING, LEARNING AND DISCOVERY
INTERNATIONAL TRAINING COURSE FOR TEACHERS AND MUSEUM EDUCATORS
11th EDITION, 4 - 10 OCTOBER 2015
MUSEO NAZIONALE SCIENZA E TECNOLOGIA LEONARDO DA VINCI, MILANO, ITALY
10 years of experience
The training course is the result of the EU-funded projects SMEC (School-Museum European Cooperation) and SETAC (Science Education as Tool for Active Citizenship). It has been running since 2004, and so far has trained about 250 teachers and museum educators from 29 countries of the European Union and beyond.
After 10 successful editions funded through mobility grants of the EU LLP programme, the course continues in the context of Erasmus+. Moreover, it is open not only to participants from the EU but also to the international community of school teachers and museum educators.
The course aims at fostering the collaboration between teachers and museum educators as facilitators of learning and active engagement in science. It supports the use of museums as educational resources for teaching and learning in science and as tools of scientific citizenship.
The main topics covered by the course are:
- Learning methodologies: Inquiry-based science learning, tinkering and making
- Learning with objects and with interactive activities in museums
- The educational role of museums
- Museum and school cooperation for science education
- 'Science and Society' and scientific citizenship
- New and digital media as learning tools
The course lasts six days and is organized in a series of lectures, museum visits, interactive workshops, discussion games and experimental activities. All these use the spaces and resources of the host museum taking advantage of its experience and expertise in the field to build useful and transferable tools and competences for participants.
All materials used during the course as well as the materials produced by the two European projects SMEC and SETAC are given to the participants at the end of the week.
The course is held in English.
The course is held at the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci, the largest science and technology museum in Italy, with a collection of 15,000 objects, 40.000 square meters dedicated to permanent exhibitions and 13 interactive laboratories. The Museum is located in the centre of Milano, a very vivid city, easy to use and ready to welcome participants for a week.
In particular Milano hosts EXPO2015, the universal exposition, taking place in a different city of the world every 5 years ( www.expo2015.org). A day visit of EXPO2015 will be part of the course programme.
The course is open to the international community of museum educators and school teachers aiming to create a diversified, trans-national group of participants each contributing their experience and expertise.
The National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci and the Deutsches Museum have the scientific and educational responsibility of the course as well as the responsibility of all organizational aspects.
The course is held by an international group of experts from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Hungary and Italy, specializing in a range of fields: pedagogy, museum education, science education, science & society, research and evaluation, professional development, new media and technologies.
The tutors come from institutions with long and active experience in education and training, such as:
How to participate
- National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci, Italy
- Deutsches Museum, Germany
- Hungarian Natural History Museum, Hungary
- University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- University of Leuven, Belgium
Participants are required to register using the online form before 10 July 2015:
All participants will receive an email of confirmation which will count as confirmation of their registration to the course.
The course participation fee is €650. It covers attendance of the course and materials and, for the 2015 edition in Milano, includes the ticket to EXPO 2015.
There is no penalty for cancellation up to 4 weeks before the start of the course. Any cancellation after that date requires charge of the full fee of €650.
The cost of accommodation and lunches is not included in the course fee and they should be organized by the participants.
- For participants who apply for EU mobility grants
Please consult the Erasmus+ programme, KA1 - Learning Mobility of Individuals, for funding of mobility projects:
Please inform us when you insert the SMEC course in your Erasmus+ proposal.
- For participants from non-EU countries
The course is also open to professionals who are not eligible for EU mobility funding. Costs and conditions remain the same.
Education &CREI Department
National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci, Milan, Italy
+39.02.48555.384 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about the SMEC and SETAC projects