Matters Of Matter: Future Materials in Science Education

MOM (2014-2017) is an Erasmus+ KA2 schools to schools partnership. The partner schools are from Italy, Ireland, Portugal and Germany. The focus of the project is how to use the new and innovative materials that are just now being developed around the world to innovate and enhance science teaching at high school level, through Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) and Problem Based Learning approach.

Students researched new and innovative materials, from nano and smart materials to sustainable ones. They designed experimental protocols to link and embed within the Physics and Science curricula. They also implemented science experiments within school labs and boosted their creativity deploying their potential as innovators in devising new possible applications of such materials.

The students worked in international teams both at distance, through ICT tools, and live during four short mobilities. The results have been disseminated locally, within the surrounding schools, the general public, industries and community, as well as internationally, among the EU science teachers community.

At the end of the project, August 2017, a Summer School for teachers’ professional development, open to science teachers from all over the EU will take place in Italy to provide further dissemination in a teachers to teachers approach.

All the didactical materials produced (protocols, teacher’s guides, students’ sheets, videos, etc.) will be available under Creative Commons as OER (Open Educational Resources) at the project website www.mattersofmatter.eu and in Scientix repository.