'Tinkering EU' is coordinated by the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci and involves six more institutions from the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, Austria and Greece:

  • Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci - Italy
  • University of Cambridge - UK
  • NEMO Science Centre - The Netherlands
  • Science Gallery Dublin - Ireland
  • CosmoCaixa - Spain
  • ScienceCenter-Network - Austria
  • NOESIS - Greece

Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci

MUST was founded in 1953 and is the largest science museum in Italy. It puts together into one institution a collection-based museum and an interactive science centre.
It has a collection of 15.000 historical objects the majority of which are displayed in permanent exhibitions organised in five grand themes: Communication, Materials, Energy, Transport, Leonardo da Vinci.
In addition, it has 13 educational “Interactive Labs”, spaces inviting visitors to experiment science and technology directly through experiments, interactive exhibits, hands-on activities.
The i.labs are dedicated to topics such as robotics, biotechnologies, genetics, energy, chemistry, nutrition, etc.
In 2009, MUST launched CREI, the Centre for Research in Informal Education, as part of the Education Department which does methodological research aiming to identity and integrate innovative learning methods into the Museum work in order to promote STEM learning and visitors’ meaningful experience. Every year the Museum it welcomes more than 400.000 visitors.

UCAM – University of Cambridge – Faculty of Education

The University of Cambridge is one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres. It comprises 31 Colleges and over 150 departments, faculties, schools and other institutions. It excels both in teaching and research. The Faculty of Education is the oldest and one of the most prestigious Education departments in the UK. Its undergraduate and postgraduate courses have all received the highest national ratings, and its world class research focuses on school development, leadership and improvement; education in languages, arts and humanities; inequalities in education; psychology and neuroscience; history of education; language and literacy; teacher development at primary and secondary levels; educational uses of ICT; and maths and science education.
The Faculty of Education runs Bachelors level degree courses in education. It also offers Masters level initial teacher education courses (Postgraduate certificate in education) for pre-service teachers in a range of subjects, including science. In-service teacher education courses are also offered for qualified teachers at all levels, including Masters and PhD. All academics undertake evaluation and research work.

NEMO – Stichting Nationaal Centrum voor Wetenschap en Technologie

The National Center of Science and Technology (NCWT) is the umbrella organisation of NEMO science museum in Amsterdam, the largest science center in the Netherlands with more than 665.000 visitors yearly. The mission of NEMO is to bring science and technology closer to the public in an interactive and accessible way, in the museum, at schools at nationwide events and online. The Science Learning Center of NEMO is a center of expertise with regard to informal science learning. This center of expertise has a lot of experience and expertise in teacher training, development of teaching materials and in developing lesson materials for schools both primary and secondairy. NEMO has its own Teachers’ Club with over 2.000 members. The Science Learning Center has a close collaboration with the Department of Psychology of the University of Amsterdam. Together we do research on science learning in informal settings. For this purpose NEMO opened a research lab in the science center, NEMO Research & Development, where science center visitors are asked to participate in research and prototype activities. NEMO has a dedicated Maker Lab that opened on December 2013. It is a 60 square metres space where visitors can explore together in meaningful ways that revolve around their own ideas and questions. Currently this Maker Lab is dedicated to Tinkering.


Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin is an award-winning cutting-edge public engagement platform that uses a transdisciplinary approach that unites STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Arts and Mathematics) with a mission to ignite creativity and discovery where art and science collide. Creative collisions happen through three free unique exhibitions per year, with complementary events, workshops, education programmes and performances. Since opening, over three million people have engaged with over 42 exhibitions, thousands of events and workshops co-created with more than 2,000 collaborators from diverse disciplines such as arts, science, design, humanities, health, engineering and social science. Science Gallery Dublin produces educational programmes that are focused on the future — giving young adults and educators the experience and skills needed to meet and master the challenges of the 21st century. Through a programme that combines science, art and design, linked with their exhibition themes, Science Gallery Dublin aims to inspire the next generation of learners to pursue new or previously unseen paths in a future that is constantly shifting. Since 2008, over 30,000 students have taken part in these educational activities such as the Art+Science Lab, and youth programmes like the Transition Year mentoring programme, workshops, events and the mediator programme. Science Gallery Dublin has a substantial track record in delivering unique educational initiatives and is internationally recognised as a pioneer in the STEAM educational sphere. MAKESHOP is Science Gallery Dublin's dedicated space for exploring and experimenting with design, science, art and technology through hands-on activities. MAKESHOP teaches basic electronics, workshops combining crafts and technology, evening courses in electronics prototyping and app development, and provides an open access workshop space for all.


The mission of “la Caixa” Foundation is to contribute to the advancement of people and society. “La Caixa” Foundation works in the areas of social welfare projects, education, science, environment, research and the dissemination of culture, mostly through the Science Museum CosmoCaixa. When opened in 2004, CosmoCaixa Barcelona was the first interactive Science Museum in Spain. In 2006, it received the Best Museum of the Year Award from the European Museum Forum, under the auspices of the Council of Europe. It runs an extensive ‘Science in Society’ program that reaches around 3 million people every year through the activities organized in the museum and in collaboration with other museums and institutions. The ‘Science in Society’ program aims at fostering scientific culture among the public, to promote scientific vocations and to show the importance of science as a tool. For more than 15 years, CosmoCaixa Museum has an intense education activity consisting of on-line materials, classroom resources, educational kits, portable planetariums, activities delivered in the Museum and in collaboration with the CaixaForums (Art and Cultural Centers) reaching more than 3 million users, at all educational levels. It promotes innovative pedagogies and student-centred approaches such as Inquiry. “KitCaixa CURIOSITY”is an Educational Science Kit based on Inquiry, offered, free of charge, to primary schools. La Caixa Foundation participates to the “ingenious” project , the European Coordinating Body in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education launched by European Schoolnet and the European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT). It aims to reinforce young European's interest in science education and careers and address future skill gaps within the European Union. Through a strategic partnership between major industries and Ministries of Education, inGenious has the objective of increasing the links between science education and careers, by involving up to 1,000 classrooms throughout Europe.


The Association ScienceCenter-Netzwerk is a non-profit association based in Vienna, Austria founded in 2005. Science engagement through hands-on and dialogue activities is at the core of its mission. The organisation initiates and manages innovative projects, using science center activities to excite and empower people from various backgrounds. A strong focus on inclusion has been established during the last years, e.g. with the pop-up mini science centers called “Knowledge°rooms”. The association initiated a nation-wide consortium of organisations and persons, who as network-partners strive for the same goal: to contribute to better comprehension of sciences and technology and to societal engagement in important science topics. The network currently consists of more than 160 partners from various fields, among them research organizations, science communicators, museums, teacher and educational institutions. With a small team of 8 permanent staff members the Association implements its projects, coordinates the network, performs public relations, acts as an information hub and provides training opportunities. ScienceCenter-Netzwerk has been involved in several trans-national, European projects and is an active member of ECSITE and EUSEA. It thus also serves as a hub connecting Austrian science communicators and educators with the international community.


NOESIS – Thessaloniki Science Center and Technology Museum was founded in 2004. It is a non-profit cultural and educational foundation that promotes the public understanding of Science and Technology, in a way that is both educational and recreational. The main objective of the Center is the popularization of current scientific and technological knowledge and its dissemination to the public through permanent and temporary exhibitions, movies, educational programs, seminars and lectures.
In the last 12 years, we (co)-designed and produced over 15 small or medium scale temporary exhibitions about hands-on exhibits, astrophotography, computer history, art and science, ancient Greek technology, etc. The educational programs target both school groups and individuals and are either linked to the science Greek curriculum or related to current scientific issues.
The Center aims to become a leading attraction in the field of Science Culture and Technology in the South-Eastern Europe. Each year approximately 250.000 visitors, including 4.000 school groups of compulsory education, visit NOESIS.

Schools involved

MUST Milano

ICS Armando Diaz - Meda (MB)
Scuola Secondaria di I grado

ICS Viale Liguria - Rozzano (MI)
Scuola Secondaria di I grado

ICS A. Manzoni - Bovisio Masciago (MB)
Scuola Primaria

ICS A.Schweitzer - Segrate (MI)
Scuola Primaria

ICS E. Toti - Lentate sul Seveso (MB)
Scuola Primaria

NEMO Amsterdam

Obs De Bogen – Public Elementary School De Bogen - Harderwijk (Netherlands)
Primary School/Scuola primaria

Pieter Jelles Troelstraschool - Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Junior High School/Scuola secondaria I grado
Teacher: MARK IJDO


Moyle Park College - Clondalkin, Dublin
Junior High School/Scuola secondaria I grado

Santa Sabina Dominican College - Sutton, Dublin
Junior High School/Scuola secondaria I grado


Escola Projecte - Barcelona
Junior High School/Scuola secondaria I grado

Institut Quatre Cantons - Barcelona
Primary School/ Scuola primaria


NMS Anton Sattler Gasse – Wien
Junior High School / Scuola Secondaria I grado

Lernwerkstatt Donaustadt Schule - Wien
Junior High School / Scuola Secondaria I grado

NOESIS Thessaloniki

6th Junior High School, Thessaloniki (Greece)
Junior High School / Scuola Secondaria I grado

Junior High School Echinou, Xanthi, Greece
Junior High School / Scuola Secondaria I grado