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SCIENCE MUSEUM AND SCHOOL: A COOPERATION TO IMPROVE TEACHING, LEARNING AND DISCOVERY
INTERNATIONAL TRAINING COURSE FOR TEACHERS AND MUSEUM EDUCATORS
13th EDITION, 2 7 OCTOBER 2017
MUSEO NAZIONALE SCIENZA E TECNOLOGIA LEONARDO DA VINCI, MILANO, ITALY

12 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 300 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, since 2015 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.

Objectives
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

Structure
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.

Location
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.


Participants
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.

Tutors
The National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo Da Vinci has 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 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:
  • National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci, Italy
  • Deutsches Museum, Germany
  • Hungarian Natural History Museum, Hungary
  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark

How to participate
Participants are required to register using the online form:
http://tinyurl.com/SMEC-thirteenth-edition
All participants will receive an email of confirmation which will count as confirmation of their registration to the course.

Costs
The course participation fee is 650. It covers attendance of the course and materials. The cost of accommodation and lunches is not included in the course fee and they should be organized by the participants.
The conditions for payment will be sent to the participants upon registration.
  • For participants who apply for EU mobility grants
    You can apply for an Erasmus+ KA1 mobility grant to attend the course.
    Please inform us when you insert the SMEC course in your Erasmus+ proposal.

    Next deadline for mobility of individuals in the field of education and training is February 2, 2017.


  • For participants from non-EU countries The course is also open to professionals who are not eligible for EU mobility funding. Registration, costs and conditions remain the same.

Contact person
Camilla Rossi Linnemann
National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci, Milan, Italy
+39 02 48555 326 | smec@museoscienza.it

Information about the SMEC and SETAC projects
http://www.museoscienza.org/smec/project.html
http://www.museoscienza.org/setac/

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