The aim of the project was to increase the interest of students in lower and upper secondary 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 are being exploited in the education systems of 3 European countries. The project is dedicated to teachers of mathematics and science, as well as their students aged 13-19. The materials created within the project were tested by teachers in 65 schools in Poland, Romania and France.
The ERIS project was 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 lower and upper secondary schools have been prepared. The packages have been tested in selected schools in each partner country. Packages have been then 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, had the opportunity to freely participate in the project. They used the packages during their lessons and took part in the webcasts of online lessons conducted by scientists in the project’s national languages and in English. These virtual meetings with scientists offered the opportunity to get a close view of scientific work, taking measures and doing research in the field of mathematics and science. The meetings were designed to encourage students to explore the world of science independently.
Apart from the educational packages, ERIS also provided:
- a guide for teachers as to the effective exploitation of research results in school practice, including examples of good practice in this respect;
- conferences and workshops for teachers, which increased the use of project products in schools which did not participate in the testing phase. More than 180 people from 151 schools and institutions took part in the dissemination events.
The project contributed 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 contributed to the improvement of their language skills, expanding notably their specialized vocabulary in STEM. This may be very useful for their future STEM studies, which are crucial for the development of a knowledge-based economy in Europe. The project helped also to increase the understanding of the scientific language and messages.
Have a look at ERIS flyer: ERIS_EN