GARDENStoGROW is a project co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, aimed to provide ECEC teachers with an innovative teaching methodology, tools and materials for fostering inclusive attitudes and key competences acquisition from a very early stage of child development (0-6), through horticulture.
GARDENStoGROW is a project co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. The project aims to encourage the adoption of innovative and inclusive pedagogical practices at pre-school level, based on urban and social horticulture, in 4 European countries (Italy, Spain, the UK, Bulgaria), for the development and acquisition of basic, civic and transversal competences.
GARDENStoGROW gardens will become permanent and living “learning places” for local schools, pupils, children and families, where they can meet and learn from each other.
The project will generate 4 Intellectual Outputs:
- IO1 GARDENStoGROW Inventory;
- IO2 GARDENStoGROW Methodology Guidelines;
- IO3 GARDENStoGROW Educational Materials & Training course;
- IO4 Learning, Affordable, Inclusive and Open Gardens for Innovative ECEC practices.
Moreover, GARDENStoGROW will organise 2 training activities, in Italy and in the UK, 4 multiplier events to disseminate the project results, 4 transnational meetings and 4 management and implementation activities.
Together with Explora, GARDENStoGROW includes 10 European partners – 4 universities and research centres, 1 children’s museum, 1 foundation and 4 schools:
- ALMA MATER STUDIORUM – University of Bologna, Department of Agricultural Sciences;
- UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA – University of Parma, Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Industries;
- the research centre STEPS S.r.l., Bologna;
- the school ISTITUTO COMPRENSIVO CLAUDIO ABBADO, pre-primary school Ermenegildo Pistelli;
- MUZEIKO FOUNDATION, children’s museum of Sofia, Bulgaria;
- Cosmos Kids 1 LTD, a pre-primary school of Sofia, Bulgaria;
- SOUTH WEST COLLEGE, university of Northern Ireland, UK;
- Dungannon Primary School, Northern Ireland, UK;
- FUNDACIÓN TIERRA INTEGRAL of Bullas, Spain;
- pre-primary school ESCUELA DE EDUCACION INFANTIL N1 of Bullas, Spain.
Project duration: 01-09-2017-29-02-2020 (30 months)
GARDENStoGROW is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union (2017-1-IT02-KA201-036449).
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Coding 4 all: out-of-school coding camps for girls and low-income peripheral communities empowers girls and peripheral low–income communities with the use of computer programming through out-of-school camps, where the basics of coding are taught in an innovative and informal way.
The project inspires and provides them with a basic knowledge of coding languages, promoting their interest in CS and encouraging them to choose specific university programmes and carriers in the computing fields.
The project enriches the current out-of-school camps offer from Explora and develops pilot coding camps, with the potential to be transferred to other local/regional schools, as well as to other children’s museums, in Italy and in Europe.
Project duration: January-December 2017, with summer and winter coding camps, both at Explora and in selected peripheral schools of Rome.
Project duration: 01/01/2017 – 31/12/2017
Support was provided by the Google K-12 Education Outreach Fund of Tides Foundation
The summer coding camps is a 5-day programme that includes:
The winter coding camps is a 3-day programme that includes::
Explora offers, as part of its mission, non-formal education programmes: however, how can we measure and assess reliably the impact on learning?
This was the starting point that eventually led Explora to find a university willing to build a research project together. The search for universities interested in applying their research to the museum originated a partnership and a scholarship funded by the Museo dei Bambini SCS onlus on behalf of the Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca, specifically for the Robotics Laboratory for Cognitive and Social Sciences at the University of Milan – Bicocca, “Riccardo Mazza” Department of Human Sciences and Education (DISUF-UNIMIB).
The research project named Robotics Workshops at the Museum: assessing methods and learning processes originated from the desire to systematically assess the impact and the level of effectiveness of the robotics workshops – both recreational and educational – that children attend at Explora. The project is made possible by the work of the Explora team involved in educational activity, design, digital education and relationships with schools and a group of university researchers and scholars from the Bicocca University.
The project’s main goal is to carry out an assessment of the robotics workshops made available at Explora to visiting schools and families, in order to gather information about learning processes and the relationship between educational objectives and how workshops should actually be designed and carried out.
Particularly, the assessment will be carried out on the following:
– 8 Explora resources from the areas of Education, Entertainment, Relationships with schools, Digital, operating on site;
– 4 teachers and children from 4 nursery and primary school classes of the Claudio Abbado Comprehensive School in Rome
– parents and children visiting Explora at a weekend dedicated to robotics.
Data will be gathered through the following methods:
– audio-recorded and semi-structured interviews;
– video recordings.
The project spans over a 12-month period: when the research activity is completed, the University will deliver Explora a final report containing the data that can be used by both organisations in conferences, dissemination articles, science articles appearing on academic magazines related to topics on educational robotics and museum education.
EXPLORA is partner of EuroSTEAM, an Erasmus+ Programme co-funded project which aims to provide accessible STEAM camps throughout Europe which teachers can use in their classrooms to enhance the students experience of the STEAM subjects.
The EuroSTEAM project brings together 7 European partners, each with specific insights and expertise in STEAM education, to produce 3 innovative outputs for schools.
Besides Explora, led by South West College, the partners are Escola de Tecnologias Inovação e Criação, The Instituut het Heilig Graf, Tknika, Thomas More, Istituto Comprensivo mar dei Caraibi.
The main output of the project is the development of a training toolkit for teachers to deliver effective and innovative STEAM education activities which nurture and enhance natural creativity in order to increase student’s interest in scientific education and careers. EuroSTEAM offers school learners as well as their educators’ different perspectives and approaches to find their interests and strengths in STEAM education while providing a better understanding, at the European level, on the impact of innovative teaching practices as a method for addressing underachievement in basic skills of maths, science, art and literacy.
The lasting outcome of the project is to increase the quality of STEAM education ensuring the availability of innovative didactical materials across Europe to increase motivation for both teachers and learners to increase their understanding maths, science, art and literacy education.
In particular, Explora is responsible of the development of STEAM Camps Curricula and Course Material, for the delivery of effective, innovative and multidisciplinary maths, science and literacy education. The STEAM Camps will be tested with 700 aged 11-14 pupils across 5 EU countries (Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom) during the project’s duration. Moreover, Explora hosts a final conference to disseminate the projects intellectual outputs (Multiplier Event).
Project duration: 01/09/2016 – 31/08/2019
EuroSTEAM is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union
Project website: www.eurosteamproject.eu
Download the EuroSTEAM materials:
brochure, newsletter-december2016, newsletter-april2017.