The FUN@SCIENCE project intends to develop and test a model for science education, working on all school level, based on the valorization of 3D printing technologies and experiences. The implementation of this model will create learning experiences supported by 3D printing activities at schools which can improve students’ interest in scientific careers and in the development of logic and mathematics skills, complementing the other classroom activities or succeeding where the classroom might have failed.
Actually 3D printing is being used in many schools to create interactive, mechanical and technical lessons. This inspires young minds, guiding them to STEM careers and makes learning funnier, also allowing them to develop global citizenship competences.
The project activities will be developed with reference to all school educational levels and will see as main outcome the elaboration of a proposal for building a global education model incorporating informal schooling based on 3D printing activities in school curricula, allowing its accreditation and the evaluation of the reference educational contents.
The project activities will be developed as follows:
- Collection and analysis of interesting practices in at least 5 European Member States about science education in curricular activities with reference to 3D printing activities, for monitoring the effects of informal science education related to 3D printing on students’ interest in scientific careers and on the development of logic and mathematics skills.
- Elaboration of a proposal for building a global education model incorporating informal schooling based 3D printing activities in school curricula, at all educational level, allowing its accreditation and the evaluation of the reference educational contents.
- Design and implementation of peer learning experiences for teachers and trainers so to share and acquire the competences for designing, implementing and validating the model in their school contexts.
- Testing the model at all educational level in at least 4 classes for each participating country, according to a common framework based on a well defined educational project.
- Collection of open educational resources and reporting the results of the experimented educational practices implemented in the project, so to multiply the project effects and results.
The project action will be carried out at European level in 5 countries (Portugal, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic and Greece).