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Project Summary

Europe’s future economy and social coherence is depending on young generation with interests, skills and capacity far beyond what is offered in the traditional educational system.

Europe needs young people deeply engaged in science, research and innovation – and based on positive and engaging experiences of what science, research and innovation is at a very early age and in early schooling.

Young people are increasingly disengaged from science learning in schools and this is causing great concern in the European Commission and other global players.

We call this the Commission’s SCIENCE LEARNING INNOVATION AGENDA, described and documented across numerous Commission documents, research papers and guidelines.

The core message is that science learning in schools needs dramatic change and fundamental re-thinking to appeal to the young generations.

We thus conclude that science aspirations sit in an uneasy tension with femininity and must be continually carefully negotiated and defended against challenges from wider popular discourses which align science with masculinity.  The root of continued gender inequalities in girls’/women’s participation in, and experiences of. Science is, therefore, complex, multiple, and highly resistant to change –and is especially problematic for girls who are not middle class and who do not occupy “clever” learner identities.

“Balancing Acts”: Elementary School Girls’ Negotiations of Femininity, Achievement, and Science, 2012 (archer et al).


Project Mission

The project will engage the girls’ teams in 3 major challenges and the projects work programme is based on and follows these 3 challenges:


HOW we FEEL SCIENCE:

Create a more authentic understanding of science and gender in early schooling through engaging teenage girls as co-creators of this understanding, through telling the personal and collective and gender-sensitive stories education and about the image of science in society.


SCIENCE in REAL LIFE:

Engage the participating girls and their support teachers in real-life and real-time science and research experience in collaboration with the local community, including interacting with female role-models in science and research.


VISIONS of EARLY SCIENCE ENGAGEMENT:

Invite the girls to co-create scenarios of new ways of science learning in school that will appear attractive and relevant to teenage girls and their emerging gender identities.


Furness Academies Trust

Furness Academy is a secondary school at the heart of the community in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. In September 2013 we opened our new £22 million building. This is a fantastic environment for students to learn in, offering them state of the art equipment and facilities to enhance their education.

At Furness Academy, learning is at the heart of what we do. We are confident Furness Academy provides a welcoming and safe environment for all children. Our core values of respect, responsibility and relationships underpin all our efforts to ensure that all students have the greatest opportunity to achieve their best. These core values are shown each day in the way we communicate with one another, how we teach our students and importantly, how we encourage our students in their learning. We want our students to leave Furness Academy as confident learners with the skills, knowledge and qualifications that they need to succeed in the 21st century and contribute to their community and be active global citizens. At Furness Academy, we are proud of our place at the heart of the Barrow Community. Our main aim is to aspire together, work together and achieve together so that our children can accomplish all of their goals. We believe that by working together we give our students the best opportunity to become the best they can be.

Furness Academy also has the privilege of being located just 20 minutes south of the Lake District. Our town and local area is surrounded by beautiful scenery from high mountains to sandy beaches. Our community and charity links are incredible strong and we are proudly expanding our links across Europe as we begin our work with our European project partners.

University "Ştefan cel Mare" of Suceava

Ștefan cel Mare University of Suceava (USV) is one of the fastest rising universities in the Eastern European region providing higher education of high quality standards at a relatively low cost. It is one of the very few universities in this region with a comprehensive curriculum including more than 100 programs at undergraduate, master, doctoral and post-doctoral level from all five faculty areas (Arts & Humanities,Engineering & IT, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences). A unique educational outpost that goes back nearly half a century, USV’s transnational platform is aimed at discovering, preserving and disseminating knowledge while promoting basic European principles, such as unity through diversity, in an area where the credibility and identity of the European Union needs to be strengthened and further increased. Located in the beautiful and multicultural land of Bukovina, USV is surrounded by the greatest density of UNESCO monuments from this part of Europe, precious art monuments, great spiritual life and rich folklore traditions offering its students great opportunities for extra-curriculum activities. What also stands out is USV’s ability to sustain regional development at national level within the North-Eastern area, as well as at transnational level through Ukraine and Republic of Moldova close partnerships. USV is a Romanian institution of higher education situated at the confluence of important European cultures and civilizations. Its mission is to preserve and foster cultural diversity, to strengthen the relations with the Romanians across the border by encouraging new bilateral agreements and partnerships with universities from the European Union, as well as with non-EU institutions of higher education from Eastern Europe.

Polytechnic University of Catalonia

When presenting our organisation, three different levels are to be taken into account: 1. The main institution of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC); 2. The EXPLORATORI of natural resources; 3. The Guillem de Berguedà Secondary School: 1. The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) is a public institution dedicated to higher education and research, specialized in the fields of engineering, architecture and science (31.224 students, 21 Schools). The activity that goes on at UPC campuses and schools has made the University a benchmark institution. The University harnesses the potential of basic and applied research, and transfers technology and knowledge to society. These actions make the UPC—in partnership with the productive fabric—an agent and driver of economic and social change. Today, the UPC is characterized by a purposefully open stance towards international students, a wide selection of master’s degree programs in English, with more than 2.000 foreign students from all over the world enrolling each year. 2. The “EXPLORATORI” is a project from the UPC. The main objective of the project is to bring science closer to secondary school students, their teachers and the society in general. To achieve this goal, the “EXPLORATORI” organizes activities related to scientific and technological topics in line with the STEAM education model (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/All and Mathematics). 3. The Guillem de Berguedà is a Secondary School founded in 1975. Nowadays there are 600 students and a staff of 60 teachers who teach Compulsory Secondary Education, A-Level, Vocational Training, Adult Education and Languages. It is located in Berga, a little town near the Pyrenees situated 50 km from Manresa and 100 km from Barcelona. Our Science Girls are 14 years old and they are in the 3rd Level of Compulsory Secondary Education.

PLATON M.E.P.E.

ELAZIG MESLEKI ve TEKNIK ANADOLU LISESI

In 1941, our school had been desired to Educate as "Male After day Art School", and has been built in 1945.In 1945-46 semester it was re-names as “Male Technical Art School” It involved carpentery and Leveling sections.Now it is called as Elazig Technical and Industry Vocational High School. Each of the department applies different programmes. Now in our school carries on the education with these fields :

-  Technology of wooden Field.

-  Computer multimedia technology Field

-  Electric and Electronics technology Field

-  Metal Technology Field.

-  Motorized vehicle Technology Filed

-  Machine Technology Field

We have 129 staff.1250 students are continuing to their education, 180 students are graduated every year.The students are between 14-19 age. After graduation, they also have a chance if they want to go on studying as university students. Modular training system is being implemented in our school 10 years.

The school also provides night vocational education for adult and young people. At the same time also organizes vocational courses in different fields.(19 age and over ).

Furniture and metal sections works for Revolvig fund. At nights and weekends our wooden and metal tecnology areas product materials like desks, tables, teacher desks that come from Turkish National Education Ministry.

%15 of our students and teachers have relatives still living in European countries. Our school is preparing the EU project since 2006.

Istituto Comprensivo Panicale Tavernelle

Istituto Comprensivo Panicale-Tavernelle-Paciano is in Umbria, a region in central Italy. Umbria is regarded as the green heart of Italy for its green landscapes and hills and it’s well known for its historic towns.

Our Istituto Comprensivo includes seven schools located in three small towns: Panicale, Tavernelle and Paciano. They are not far away from Perugia, the regional capital of Umbria, and from Lake Trasimeno, which is one of the largest lakes in Italy.

We have three Nursery Schools (3 years, pupils aged 3 to 6) , two Primary Schools (5 years, pupils aged 6 to 11) and two Secondary Schools (3 years , students aged 11 to 14) .

We work together to ensure that our students acquire the key competences which all individuals need for personal fulfilment and development, active citizenship, social inclusion and employment.

Solski Center Kranj

Pasvalio Levens pagrindine mokykla

Pasvalys Lėvens basic school is situated in the beautiful place by the river Levuo not far from the centre of the town Pasvalys which is in the North of Lithuania. Children from the town and district attend the school. There are 13 class groups of pupils aged 7-15- 302 students altogether. There are 40 teachers working full time. Our teachers are educated to work as pedagogues and educators. Pupils of our school are of different origins, backgrounds and statuses. Some of the pupils come from broken or single-parent families. We have also integrated some pupils with special needs (low intellect, hyperactive) which makes our work challenging and obliges to search for the ways to make their life better. In our school we have been working under the special educational plan which is integrated to be suitable for all kinds of pupils to satisfy their needs. We are the school of healthy living ideas and good traditions. We think the more children are busy after school with extracurricular activities, the less time they will spend with bad companies. We offer our pupils a great variety of clubs and circles to choose from after school. Our pupils have been taking part in various competitions and events concerning sports, singing, healthy living and education. Our pupils have won many National and local awards: medals, cups, prizes, diplomas. Though we have done much and achieved many good results, we still think we need more experience in using modern methods to give best to our children. For us it is very important to take part in European school projects as they initiate the search for other approaches, we can learn from other partners‘ experience and their methods of work and education.

Working with Europe

Working with Europe is a non-profit association established by a group of professionals from different countries. Our mission is to help partner organisations create innovative ideas, develop very qualified and competitive applications and to help manage the project if granted and support the quality of the work processes and outcomes.

We primarily work in such programs as Erasmus+, Horizon and EaSI.

WwEU works in collaborative projects addressing very different forms of innovation, but the core capacity and expertise of the association and its professionals is to design and implement quality programs in projects.

Alongside the collaborative European activities, the association delivers capacity building training to organisations that wish to be able to act independently on the European scene - creating applications, implementing projects and participating actively in European innovation.

Meet the teams

Pictured below are the student team from all partner countries:



The UK Team


The Lithuania Team


The Greek Teams


The Italy Team


The Catalonia Team


The Turkey Team


The Slovenia Team