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Title of Initiative / Project
Hands-on approach to analytical chemistry for vocational schools II
Name of Organiser
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Start and ending date of the Initiative
Was the initiative carried out in the framework of a funded project?
Funding Programme
Transfer of Innovation
Title of the project
Hands-on approach to analytical chemistry for vocational schools II
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Project number
Type of deliverables
Online course, Teaching Methodology, Didactical resource
Thematic area
Chemistry, Science
Language of the deliverable
Polish, Other EU, Spanish
Target Group
Teachers, Students
Description of the initiative
Rapid technological development requires professionals with excellent analytical chemistry skills to monitor technological processes and their impact on the environment, and to control food safety and people’s health. Vocational education in Europe, especially in chemistry-based and chemistry-related disciplines, is undergoing a crisis, reflected in low enrolment rates, under funding causing a lack of adequate analytical instrumentation, changes in structure and the motivation of students.
This project aims at contributing to the better quality and attractiveness of VET in chemistry-related and chemistry-based disciplines by implementing small-scale low-cost spectrometers that can be easily upgraded into other analytical instruments, e.g., gas and liquid chromatographs, into school practice in Poland, Slovenia and the UK, together with hands-on teaching units and several hands-on experiments that can increase the motivation in students and contribute to better learning outcomes.
The outcomes of the project will be innovative, small-scale, low-cost spectrometers and teaching units “A hands-on approach to visible spectrometry” and “A hands-on approach to chromatography” and selected hands-on experiments implemented into VET practices in Poland and Slovenia, and integrated into the outreach activities of the UK partner. In addition to this there will be the trilingual web page with 20 newly developed hands-on experiments and a report on the evaluation of the responses of target groups on the implementation of hands-on approaches into school practice and outreach programmes in terms of the impact on the motivation of students and learning outcomes.
More Information
The initiative to organize such an event had a great impact in our country, with a large number of participants and visitors of all ages who came with interesting research and new information received from various fields. For the years ahead, starting time of activities would need to be early to have a larger number of participants.
Teachers’ Opinion
Some of the experiments presented in the event we have applied a group of students in the classroom and found great interest and we sparked the interest for new researches.
Students’ Opinion
Experiments were interesting and we wish we’ll participate in many similar events.

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