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development through

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Open Schooling Projects



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Create your world Tour

The create your world Tour is a workshop programme offered in selected schools and institutions, that brings the contents and ideas of the Ars Electronica platform u19 – create your world into – everyday school life. The aim of the tour is to offer both students and teachers opportunities for alternative learning and teaching and to playfully lay the foundations for new ideas and projects in schools. The tour workshops are usually conducted by artists or creative professionals. Teachers can use the workshops as further training with current content and as an inspiration for new directions in teaching. The methodology of create your world Tour embodies the idea of peer education by inviting prize winners from Ars Electronica’s U19 competition to participate in the workshops and work alongside their peers on similar programmes.


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Monitoring freshwater quality through DYI floating stations

Schools will develop floating stations to monitor the quality of water in rivers and in the lake Lèman. Schools and the Fab Lab Onl’fait will work closely with the association Maison de la Rivière, the engineering school HEPIA, the regional office for water management and other stakeholders to identify the scientific objectives of the mission, build and install the stations, analyse and communicate the results. Thanks to this research-type approach, students will understand the variety of profiles and competences needed to tackle such a broad issue and will understand the importance of science & technology, collaboration and communication.


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Memory of
the landscape

Covid,
the teacher

Breathing together
for cleaner air

Local OSHub Konigsmuhle works with five neighboring villages (their schools and municipalities) to “experience” landscape history and to activate public interest in it and also in the methods applied. During the school-led field work important landscape objects will be located and short video clips about these will be produced and then visualized in the form of an interactive map. Children will be taught how to process videos and how to work with GIS software, they will also present their results to the public. A “land-science/art” festival will be then organized to show and discuss the outputs.

In collaboration with two secondary schools, local OSHub Trebon is preparing several teaching resources about skills important during the epidemic. Firstly, with kids and their parents they discovered what to eat in nature, currently they are focusing on preparing leaven to bake home-made bread. As it is typical for their work, they summarize the obtained knowledge into the form of illustrated panels such as instruction manuals, how to proceed with experiments and what is interesting about them. The panels will then be displayed in schools, distributed within the community and shared with other OSHubs.

The village of Zdikov, where the OSHub operates through the local secondary school, experiences significant problems with air pollution. Almost 90% of the houses are heated by brown coal, mostly through improper combustion in old boilers. In collaboration with Charles University, the OSHub will perform air quality measurements and initiate public discussion about the results and their health consequences within the local community. Potential solutions of problems will be medialized and will serve as an example for villages with similar problems.

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A fresco for our new middle school building

What ecological transition in my neighbourhood?

Teaching resources

With the objective of promoting student's agency in the life of their school, students will produce a collective fresco in their new college, as well as signage (e.g., circulation in the college, identification of the different rooms or classrooms). This project is being developed at Lucie Aubrac college (Middle school).

With the objective of raising awareness of students to societal issues while, at the same time, promoting their active agency, students are researching about potential concrete actions to put in place in the world (documentary named "Demain") and about protagonists of change and transition (ecological, social, economic) in the Grenoble area. The aim is to develop portraits and/or interviews, discover jobs, associations and then show what they found to other students in the college. Ultimately, students will think and take part in individual or collective actions, at school or in the Village Olympique neighborhood. This project is being developed at Village Olympique college (Middle school).

In order to promote teacher’s autonomy and skills, training programs for teachers will be developped to help them create and implement new resources tools. Educational potential of the OSHub Fab Lab will be exploited through this programs. Teachers will experiment methodologies of co-creation and design-thiking and produce resources for the teacher community. We have been developping a training program of a 2 days-immersion in a Fab Lab in partnership with local national education skateholders.

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STEAM for the environment

Hands-on educational approach

Students are working on the creation of an automatic pet feeder for stray animals which will be created mainly by waste (upcycling) and will be programmed with the help of Arduino and specific sensors. Students will work with the University to be informed on Lemnos mushroom species and create a citizen science app to monitor and note mushrooms on the island and provide data to research taking place.

Through the development of projects that are based on science and technology and provide solutions for real-life issues, learning will automatically gain access to the "real world" and the school community will be bridged with the broader local community (university, municipality, enterprises, citizens). As such, we are developing a STEM-based curriculum (with a focus on Arduino, App Inventor, 3D printing), which will follow a train-the-trainer approach. To overcome geographical isolation and COVID restrictions, educators and students in Lemnos and Agios Efstratios will be reached through complimentary digital tools and sessions.

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Open Science TY Programme

Students from three pilot schools took part in a competency building curriculum in the first term of the 2020/21 academic year. They explored topics of identity, community and reflection leading to closed ideation for local challenges followed by an exploration of active global citizenship. Aspects of which include: respect and wellbeing, cultural diversity, bias, trust in science and activism. In the second term students will come together online in a series of multi-stakeholder engagements to develop their initial ideas into fully-realised projects. Initial topics of interest include: design of socially-distanced spaces for young people, tackling local pollution, making a difference on climate change, providing amenities for young people and giving young people ownership of their own social spaces.


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Studenten voor Educatie

The program Studenten voor Educatie, developed in collaboration with the Municipality of The Hague, Stichting Brede Buurtschool and the School Boards in the Hague, aims to support primary schools overcoming their specific needs and challenges, while reducing teacher workload and increasing the educational opportunities for students. For that, we have been developing a professional program for university students parallel to their studies (complemented by training and mentoring support), where university students are matched to primary schools based on their assets and on the school's needs. Like this, we expect students to gain relevant and meaningful social and professional experiences by contributing to our society's educational challenges.


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

Fosterin digital
literacy to overcome physical distance

Work towards healthy rivers through
community-based
research strategies

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.

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.

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.

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