The achievements of the project SC&CS are clasified as follows:
Outputs and Outcomes
We have elaborated the guidelines to organize a Science club in a school. They consist of the goals, programs to get new members and how to manage the loyalty of the old ones, the clubs structure development as it grows together with its autonomy and mentoring programs. Despite the fact that it had not been one of the suggestions at the beginning of the project, the guidelines should be clear and concise since it it is a Science club with a different philosophy.
Our activity and the course of action of our project have been advertised on boards. These have been taken to the many places where we have made our work known.
The initial project set out an indefinite number of presentations on a free software (ViSH) about the work to be done. After the first satisfaction surveys, in order to get a wider public range, the students came up with tutorial videos?? on Youtube in both languages, where the citizen science project and engineering project could be seen. Therefore, a total of 20 vídeos on Youtube and 20 excursions on the platform VISH have been made by the students. 20 excursiones en la plataforma VISH, elaboradas por los alumnos.
The initial design of the project didn’t include a webpage but links on the school webpages following the publishing on VISH. Once more, the students took the lead and prepared a webpage for the Science club in Spanish (XentD100cia), another for the science club in the United Kingdom (LEARN blog) and a third one about the citizenship science projects (Sci-Challenge) Since the impact of our project has been thinned by the three webpages, we have decided to create only one webpage, compact and coherent. This web page, with one version in English and another in Spanish, presents a main section which shows the most important aspects of the project “Engaging Students: STEM clubs & Citizen Science”, one section about the Science clubs and another section about the citizenship science, in addition to news and events and contact section.
The learning tools considered at the beginning of the project would be presented on the VISH separately in tour-presentation format. Thanks to the platform development and the permanent contact between the project coordinators, Elaine Manton and José Viñas, with the platform creators, a platform innovation has been made possible: the Lesson, a new format which allows for the combination of tour-presentations with text and methodology support, thus providing a coherent structure for the teachers who would like to replicate our experience.
Among the competences included in the initial project were the improvement of the ICT abilities, the digital and STEM competence. The latter has been addressed following the inquiry methodology to carry out citizenship science research and for the achievement of engineering goals or the elaboration of mobile phones apps. The digital competence has been achieved thanks to the variety of devices (computers, tablets, mobile phones) used to develop the tours on the VISH platform, to produce and edit video and to get in touch with their partners.
In the initial project, we considered we needed to improve the linguistic skills of our students, both in their first and foreign language. The mixture of work teams made up of 5 students from the UK and 5 Spanish students to solve a common challenge has brought forward communication among them. The tutorial video production has made the students work on the outline and be careful about the production and edition process. That’s the reason why not only have their oral skills got better, but also their written ones have.
The initial project didn’t contain any learning assessment. However, we evaluate the digital, the scientific-technologic and the linguistic competence in a different way. The presence of a high number of students involved in the school exchange, taking part in final stages of science competitions and national and international science fairs, is an asset for the progress of the scientific-technologic and digital competences based on inquiry methods. The prizes awarded in those fairs, totally 10, even though they are not essential, give an added value to our work. Our presence in international fairs as Exporeçerca or Science on stage, has helped the improvement of the linguistic skills in foreign language. On top of that, a 15% of the Spanish students have successfully taken the B1 and B2 exams during the project.
The project implementation has promoted the exchange of ideas. The long-term experience of the science club at Loretto Grammar School has made easy for the Spanish club to adjust to a new school system routine: recruitment of new partners, most appealing activities, club organization, contact with the staff and administration. On the other hand, the experience of IES David Buján of incorporating citizenship science to our school has provided the English school with methodology, examples of collaboration with citizenship science research, activity assessment, project adaptation and recycling.
Activities during the exchange in UK. We prepared an info-pack to help students and as a site to follow the project activities.Actividades durante el intercambio en Reino Unido.
Sharing their partners’ classes during three hours pictures
Group work (15-3-2016): assembling and building engineering prototypes. Classroom time for two hours.
BigBang Fair, Birmingham. (16-3-2016)Visit to the National Science Fair in UK. It consists of a scientific event which informs schools gathered from all the corners of the country to promote scientific vocations.Pictures
Work group (17,18-3-2016) Citizenship science practice, apps correction and adjustments to the different models of mobile phones.
Classroom time for three hours. Robotics activity in the common hall for all the students in 9th grade.
STEM Workshop. St Vicent s Catholic Primary School (17-3-2016). Science Workshop where English and Spanish students showed, in English, engineering projects adapted to primary school students. Article on webpage of the primary school. Webpage St Vicents PS.
The STEM Club LEARN has shown us the places they attend to when they compete in scientific events like TeenTech, visiting:
Greenwich Park, Museum, Planetary. (19-3-2016) Science Museum, London (20-3-2016) Guíde of activities.
The evening activities have been addressed to wrap up the end of the group project.
made by the students at the end of the exchange with the UK.
We produced an infopack as a guide for the students.
Roman Times Engineering Cambre . The students have found out about the importance of engineering since the Roman times through the visit to the monuments in Cambre.
Visit to the Domus Interactive Museum (11-4-2016) The Science Club students work closely together with this museum by carrying out workshops and participating in competitions and fairs held by this institution. Pictures
Seeing Nano (11-4-2016). ) Our students have tested the collaborative games created Seeing Nano European Project. Staff in charge of the project travelled from Holland to supervise the evolution of the work team made up by English and Spanish students while they worked out the challenges set by its games.. Official Video Seeing Nano of the pilot activity in A Coruña
Visit to the Aquarium in A Coruña. Leisure afternoon in the Aquarium in A Coruña.
Group work (12 y 13-4-2016). We start audio and video recordings to present our works in English and Spanish.
Classroom time with their partners for 6 hours.
Early developments of science and engineering in Galicia (15-4-2016) Santiago constitutes a milestone at implementing early engineering discoveries.
Group work (16-4-2016) Recording of the last works and finishing the presentations in ViSH format.Canal de vídeo del proyecto
Classroom time with their partners for three hours.
Farewell party at the IES David Buján High School, where teachers, families and students got to know how the project worked out closely.
The science club XentD100cia has shown the emblematic places they attend when they compete in scientific events such as Science in Action and Esporecerca, visiting Barcelona
Visita “Cosmo Caixa” The students have shown one of the “must” visits when we travel to Barcelona to take part in any science event.
who are responsible for the managing of Exporecerca Xove. The close contact between our science clubs and this organization is essential, since they have been key to the reassembling of both clubs.
Group work (16,17-4-2016) Finishing our presentations ViSH.
The number of activities developed during the exchange come up to 40. The other 22 activities have taken place in each of the schools during the two years the project has lasted.