The aim of the project is to increase the interest of students in junior high and high schools in mathematics and science, and the choice of a scientific career. Thanks to the development, pilot implementation and dissemination of educational packages and methodological materials, research results will be exploited in the education systems of 3 European countries. The project will be dedicated to teachers of mathematics and science, as well as students from at least 30 schools: 5 junior high schools and 5 high schools in each partner country: Poland, Romania and France.
The ERIS project will be divided into 2 parts: a testing and a dissemination phase.
- During the testing phase, teaching materials (10 packages) in national languages and in English for students in junior high and high schools will be prepared. The packages will be tested in selected schools in each partner country. Packages will be adapted to the needs of end-users: teachers and students, according to the results of evaluation surveys.
- During the dissemination phase, all participating schools in the partner countries, but also elsewhere in Europe, will have the opportunity to freely participate in the project. They will use the packages during their lessons and take part in the webcasts of online lessons conducted by scientists in the project’s national languages and in English. These virtual meetings with scientists will offer the opportunity to get a close view of scientific work, taking measures and doing research in the field of mathematics and science. The meetings are designed to encourage students to explore the world of science independently.
Apart from the educational packages, ERIS also provides:
- a guide for teachers as to the effective exploitation of research results in school practice, including examples of good practice in this respect;
- conferences for teachers, which will increase the use of project products in schools which do not participate in the testing phase.
The project will contribute to the growth of students’ skills in searching reliable sources of knowledge. Their participation in online lessons and the use of educational resources in English will contribute to the improvement of their language skills, expanding notably their specialized vocabulary in STEM. This is going to be very useful for their future STEM studies, which are crucial for the development of a knowledge-based economy in Europe. The project will also help to increase the understanding of the scientific language and messages.