The MARS MISSION course is organized in the context of the PLATON and the Space Awareness projects. Its main objective is to introduce to teachers learning methods that have demonstrably engaged young children in science in the long term and inspire them towards science and space related career paths. More specifically the summer school aims to:
- Introduce to teachers the inquiry teaching approach as a whole but, most importantly, also as a set stand-alone inquiry components which they can make use of progressively as a series of small adaptations.
- Promote the interdisciplinary teaching of the natural sciences by presenting and making use of the "Big Ideas of Science" organization scheme for concepts and principles that goes beyond traditional curriculum organization and allows students to identify the connections between what they learn in different disciplines as well as to everyday life.
- Promote collaboration between teachers of the same school unit through a coherent and well structured framework.
- Provide participants with training on teaching strategies that will allow them to manage diverse classrooms and promote gender balance.
- Present to teachers ICT tools apt for use in the science classroom.
- Facilitate teachers in introducing to their students space related careers and facilitate them developing the key skills involved through playful and engaging activities tailored to the school curricula.
- Acquaint participants with activities on contemporary space related subjects and showcase how they can be used in the science classroom.
The course will also strengthen its social cohesive and pan-European dimension by inviting participants to be part of a community of practice that will allow them to exchange and share ideas, experiences, concerns and educational resources with fellow teachers across Europe and introduce them to on-line learning repositories, portals and educational metadata.
The repertoire of resources and tools and activities that will be presented in combination with the hands-on and minds-on activities will facilitate the participants in learning how to deploy and integrate them in their school environment and everyday science teaching practice and also how to contribute their own work into educational repositories and share it within a European community of practice.
Participation in this course can be funded by the Erasmus+ Programme (Key Action 1, Mobility project for school education staff).