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Scientix 8th SPWatFCL Brussels 16-18 October 2015: Teachers like Quantum Spin-Off

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Presentation of the project "Quantum Spin-off" by Adina Nistor, held during the 8th Science Projects Workshop in the Future Classroom Lab, Brussels, 16-18 October 2015

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Scientix 8th SPWatFCL Brussels 16-18 October 2015: Teachers like Quantum Spin-Off

  1. 1. Brussels, 19-06-2015 Quantum Spin-Off working with teachers Adina Nistor 8th Science Projects’ Workshop in the Future Classroom Lab, 16-18 October 2015 Quantum Spin-Off project is funded by the European Commission. This communication reflects the views of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained herein.
  2. 2. ? EU LLP-Comenius project LLP = LIFE LONGLEARNING PROGRAMME Started: 1-12-2013 Finishes: 30-11-2015 2
  3. 3. ? Connecting schools with high-tech research and entrepreneurship 3
  4. 4. ? Target: final 2 years of secondary school general - technical 4
  5. 5. Why ? High-tech research and entrepreneurship strongly present in Europe 5 For teachers: Provide tools and a pedagogy to connect pupils with the ‘lives of real-life’ researchers and for teaching these modern fields
  6. 6. How? Try-out of 1 school year (in each of the 4 countries) • Every class coupled to a researcher • Scientific paper • Quantum physics in the classrooms and experiments • Visit a research lab and a (spinoff) company • Students think socially useful and responsible application or service (‘start’ spinoff) • Basics of entrepreneurship (business model canvas) • Contest: Quantum Spin-Off Prize (National SpinOff day & EU final) 6
  7. 7. FOR teachers & their students: 1. Learning material 2. Teachers guidelines 3. Contact during the Try-out 4. Two National teacher trainings in each of the 4 countries 5. Two Summer schools 7
  8. 8. Teacher trainings in 2014-2015 2 National teacher trainings: 1 per country (20-30 participants per country) 2 Summer schools: (9 and 7 participants respectively from BE, EE, GR, CH) Several participating teachers took part in the try-out 2014-2015 8
  9. 9. - Teachers: five times during the project duration (trainings, try-out and website) - Researchers: once during the project duration Feedback collection
  10. 10. Data collected through: • A set of Questionnaires allowing systematic analysis and comparison of the outcomes of the activities at each step of the project: • Pre-questionnaire – few days before the activities/during the first 10’ of each activity • Post-questionnaire – during the last 10’ of each activity • Teachers’ stories (open-ended questions) How?
  11. 11. Data collected Quantitative data: • Demographic data (country, subjects taught, students age, teaching experience) • Event analysis (teachers’ knowledge, content of the training, event in general Qualitative data: • Recommendations • Teachers’ stories 11
  12. 12. Evaluation results 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Quantum physics Connection between nanoscience and… Connection between nanoscience and… Possible learning lines for quantum physics Educational ways that show the connection… Educational ways that show the connection… e-learning and ICT materials that can be used… % Knowledge Teachers' knowledge before Low High 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Quantum physics Connection between nanoscience and… Connection between nanoscience and… Possible learning lines for quantum physics Educational ways that show the connection… Educational ways that show the connection… e-learning and ICT materials that can be used in… % Knowledge Teachers' knowledge after Low High
  13. 13. Evaluation results 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Numberofanswers Teaching materials - teachers'evaluation clear comprehensive has examples effective good usability language ready to use
  14. 14. Teachers’ feedback Teachers are involved in the improvement of: - Learning Stations - Teacher Guidelines - Teacher trainings - Try-out & related events - Website 14
  15. 15. Evaluation results EE •1 teacher (Physics) with support from a Economics teacher – business model evaluation •Students reacted to the participation call – created the group • Students worked independently and tried out experiments in groups + seminar discussions (focused on essential in the phenomena of the micro and quantum world).+ new ideas from additional materials red by students •Ready to use: No adaptation of Learning mat needed but guidance and explanations; some topics too high level/difficult for 10th grade students therefore not very clear and coincise; Learning mat presented in small coincise portions with concrete actvities: learning process - scientific inquiry •Time constrains: to deepen into nano field; not all materials used •Students feedback/outcome: Students enjoyed the novelty and charm of the process; they learnt that in the world of tiny particles, things are different than in the world that we see around us; however, some phenomena not very logical, had to be explained via a model
  16. 16. Thank you! www.quantumspinoff.eu 16 Quantum Spin-Off project is funded by the European Commission. This communication reflects the views of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained herein.

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