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School-led community

development through

research and innovation

Open Schooling is...

co-creating meaningful learning experiences between schools and their local communities, by developing projects focused on locally relevant challenges, aligned with the school's needs and context.

We want to impact...

the school community, namely by collaborating with teachers, to embed open schooling and research & innovation practices in their daily-life, stimulating student's active citizenship and school performance.

Our assets are

Citizen-science

Makerspace
(with Precious
Plastic equipment)

STEM
workshops

Co-creation
and stakeholder
participation

Teacher training

Team

Ana Faustino
Ana Faustino

Project Manager

ana.faustino@plataforma.edu.pt
Ana Peso
Ana Peso

Project Manager

ana.peso@plataforma.edu.pt
Paulo Jorge Lourenço
Paulo Jorge Lourenço

Educational Coordinator

paulo@plataforma.edu.pt
Inês Saavedra
Inês Saavedra

Project Manager

ines.saavedra@plataforma.edu.pt
Maria Inês Veríssimo
Maria Inês Veríssimo

Project Manager

ines.verissimo@plataforma.edu.pt

Partner Schools

Local Management Board

The OSHub Management Board consists of a group of representatives from different local stakeholder groups, – schools, families, research institutes, enterprises, industry, civil and wider society - that will be involved in all key processes and decisions of the local OSHubs.

Gabinete de Ambiente

Gabinete de Ambiente
do Município de Figueira
de Castelo Rodrigo

Environment Office - Municipality

Gabinete de Educação

Gabinete de Educação
do Município de Figueira
de Castelo Rodrigo

Education Office - Municipality

Serviços de Psicologia

Serviços de Psicologia
do Agrupamento de Escolas
de Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo

Psychology Office - School

Associação Transumância e Natureza

Associação Transumância
e Natureza

NGO

Universidade de Aveiro

Universidade
de Aveiro

University

Associação de Pais

Associação de Pais de Figueira
de Castelo Rodrigo

Parents' Association

Agrupamento de Escolas

Agrupamento de Escolas
de Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo - AEFCR

School Group

Associação de Estudantes

Associação de
Estudantes de Figueira
de Castelo Rodrigo

Students Association

Challenge and Mission

OSHub-PT is located in a low-density territory in the border between Portugal and Spain, traditionally with low access to science, technology and innovation, low collaboration between entities and reduced citizen participation in community challenges. In addition, the territory's wilderness faces several anthropogenic-driven threats, such as the quality of the Douro river due to tourism pressure. As such, we want to: reduce geographical isolation and increase student's global connectedness by fostering digital literacy skills; increase student's active citizenship while promoting teacher's autonomy on collaborative, participatory-based and research-driven educational approaches; and to involve the school community in improving the freshwater quality of the region.

challenge

Open Schooling Projects

open schooling

Active citizenship through Open Schooling: a teacher continuing training program-based strategy

With the goal of increasing student's active citizenship and promoting teacher's autonomy on Open Schooling practices, we have been co-developing and implementing, in partnership with the school group of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a continuing training program for teachers, and respective manual, based on methodologies that promote co-creation and innovation, such as Design-thinking and Social Business Model Canvas. These resources, which are being implemented in the discipline of Citizenship and Development, provide guidance to students and teachers from the identification of local challenges to the design, implementation and communication of projects in collaboration with the local partners and community.

Fostering digital literacy to overcome physical distance

The remote location of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo potentiates several challenges for youngsters, namely related with the small number of local role models and the reduced student motivation and ambition regarding their learning and professional goals. With this project we want to counteract these trends through digital connectedness, and for that we are creating an academy aimed at fostering student digital literacy. As initial objectives we want to increase student's autonomy in the use of educational digital platforms, and to build digital-based mechanisms to reduce the physical distance between students and researchers / artists / entrepreneurs.

challenge
open schooling

Work towards healthy rivers through community-based research strategies

We want to fight for the quality of our river streams and to understand how it is impacted by human activities. For that, we partnered with the international citizen science project Drinkable Rivers, where schools and local inhabitants are actively involved in assessing the health status of the Douro river, by performing periodic analysis of several parameters, such as pH, phosphates, nitrates and hardness. Additionally, we are also collaborating with STEM teachers towards transforming pre-existing curricular activities into more research-driven experiments with strong links to the surrounding territory, thus providing more meaningful learning experiences.