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Title of Initiative / Project
SEED – Science by Experiments through European Dialog
Name of Organiser
Colegiul National Simion Barnutiu
Start and ending date of the Initiative
Was the initiative carried out in the framework of a funded project?
Funding Programme
Comenius multilateral partnerships
Title of the project
SEED – Science by Experiments through European Dialog
Colegiul National Simion Barnutiu, Romania
Project number
Type of deliverables
Didactical resource
Thematic area
Language of the deliverable
Italian, Other EU, Romanian, English
Target Group
Description of the initiative
Natural sciences are mainly experimental fields and their study in the class must include experimental work combined with theoretical study. These are enriching the students' knowledge, their appetite is opened for searching the answers to different questions they have about their life and the environment. For these reasons a project idea emerged among seven European schools coming from six different countries: to join the human resources in order to create an experimental booklet, containing experiments done at natural sciences, booklet which could be used at the secondary level by any European school. The central idea of the partnership is linked to the way different schools are teaching differently the same subject. Comparing the curriculum of the partner schools gives an idea what type of experiments are conducted during the Chemistry, Physics and Biology lessons. Every school has a different approach of teaching a scientific subject, illustrating it with specific experiments which are not necesarily done by other schools. This common experience of all the involved partners should be used as a base for the ellaboration of the final product– a pedagogical tool containing different visions of how a certain subject could be teached through experiments.First the experiments done in the schools are identified, are discussed by the teachers than described (in English) using an agreed layout. Grouped in three chapters the elaborated sheets will be reunited in an experimental booklet applicable by all secondary schools at their science lessons. The students are involved in the elaboration and translation phase of the sheets and they are the target group as beneficiaires of the booklet. The end product is also awailable in electronic form as a software or as a webpage containing all the teaching resources. This will give the opportunity to the science teachers to cooperate during three years. A SEED (acronym of the title) will grow to become a fruit of the partnership
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Using experiments during classes and promoting the most successful ones
Creating an experimental booklet - a pedagogical tool containing different visions of how a certain subject could be taught through experiments
Involving students in the process of the elaboration and translation of the booklet
Linking experimental work with theoretical study (demonstrating the applicability of the theory)
Increasing students’ motivation to learn science by appealing to their natural curiosity
Empowering students in the process of elaborating the booklet
Accessibility of the product (online version of the booklet)
No reference to the possibility of extending the content of the booklet beyond the lifetime of the project
Teachers’ Opinion
High transferability potential in the classroom
Enhancing students’ motivation by stimulating their curiosity
Creating an experimental booklet, containing most successful experiments done at natural sciences
Creating opportunities for science teachers to cooperate in order to create the booklet, which will promote the most successful experiments
Accessibility of the online version of the product
Reduce teacher’s time to prepare for classes (by providing suitable experiments to use during classes)
Ways to give feedback on the use of the booklet (which would help teachers customize the given content to their own students)
Ways to extend the content of the booklet
Students’ Opinion
Attractive and accessible
Useful (experiments bring science closer to students, create solid links between science and life and illustrate the applicability of science into life)
Emphasis on experiments which are highly appreciated by students
Involving students in the process of the elaboration and translation of the booklet
Ways to promote the booklet
Ways to extend the content of the booklet

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Dissemination Seminar in Florence

31 October 2015 The seminar has been held in ITIS “A. Meucci” one of the schools involved within Goerudio project activities. Its main aim was to promote the results of the project toward a broad sample of stakeholders even overcrossing the number of people directly involved in the production of project outcomes. This purpose has been totally achieved especially thanks to the participation of students and teachers coming from different schools or from other classes instead of those ones directly involved within the project activities.