STEAM-LAB for your classroom.
Erasmus+ course in Spain
Develop your skills for a STEAM education in your classroom in the Santiago´s Way framework
At the end of the course you will have:
- 30 snacks experiments
- 4 technological activities
- 4 citizen science projects
- And much more….
When? 4/7/2022 – 9/7//2022
In which language? English
In recent years we have seen a growing understanding of the importance of giving young children the opportunity to explore the world and approach challenging concepts in science, engineering and technology. This has led to the availability of new resources for teachers of young children, resources that have been put into practice in the classroom and are accompanied by ideas and suggestions for using them effectively in the classroom.
The experiences proposed in this training course are expansive, so they can be adapted to both pre-school, primary and middle school. We offer you experiments that children like, with a playful character in many cases, that stimulate and maintain their natural curiosity and skills.
We seek inquiry-based teaching and learning, which can only take place when learning is based on important ideas and gives children the opportunity to explore ideas in depth, following the path of interesting questions that have been posed by a curious adult trained in this educational style.
Throughout the course sessions, topics adapted to the school science standards will be addressed, putting the tools of science into practice in each of them. These tools, which are basic in scientific exploration, will be approached in a close and applied way, supporting each experiment with the scientific skills that the student is using in any case. In each module, several experiments will be proposed around the theme, so that the teacher will end the course with a wide range of resources to take back to the classroom. Within each module, the teacher will be able to learn about several experiments or activities and will choose one of them to put into practice. All the proposed experiences use affordable and low-cost materials.
The tools of the scientific explorer: Science is a way of understanding how the world works. It is exploring what is around us from a scientific point of view. And for that exploration we have to use the tools of science. These are the tools and skills that we will be working on throughout the course:
- Pay attention to what usually goes unnoticed. We often don’t pay much attention to the world around us. If we stop for a moment and observe, we will discover an infinite number of things we have never noticed before.
- It is a tool that helps us to stop and take a closer look. How are two objects different from each other? Or, how are they alike?
- Ask questions. Asking questions and trying to answer them is fundamental to trying to explain how the world works. A good way to start asking questions is to start with What would happen if…
- Experiment to test ideas. We have a question. Now you have to experiment to find the possible answers.
- Make predictions. When we make a prediction, we try to assume what will happen the next time we do the same thing. We are making an educated guess.
- Measuring and counting. Sometimes, when we do an experiment, we get results that we can measure. We can write down the data we obtain, take notes of what we observe, make a graph…
- Explain what we observe. We had a question, we experimented,… now it is time to think. It is at this point that experimentation has a lot in common with detective wor
- Sharing our experience. Scientists share their findings with others. Sometimes these other scientists disagree with the explanation, and then they discuss the results, propose different explanations or suggest other experiments.
Part I- Let´s explore the human body: sight, hearing, nose and tongue, hands, brain and more.
Part II- We are explorers from a very young age: moving objects, what things are made of, water games, mixtures and more.
Let´s explore the Santiago´s Way: we will visit a section of the Camino de Santiago and discover the European natural heritage it offers us. We will also get to know “The New Classroom”, an educational space of the government of our region that presents the most innovative digital and technological tools.
This day includes a visit to Santiago de Compostela.
Part I- Let’s explore our environment: kitchen, bathroom, garden, backyard, beach and more outdoor scenarios.
Part II- The power of citizen science: we will know citizen science projects. Everybody can participate in many stages of the scientific process, from the design of the research question, to data collection and volunteer mapping, data interpretation and analysis, and to publication and dissemination of results. Citizen science is also an approach of scientific work that may be used as a part of a broader scientific activity.
Part I- Let’s invent a world 2030: hand in hand with the Sustainable Development Goals we will explore the design process to create solutions to the needs of our community.
Part II– Let´s explore the technology: with the scribbling machines we will learn how to build motorised devices that will move in the most surprising ways and make the most unexpected doodles. Also, with a conductive wire, batteries and LEDs we can create branded circuits that are integrated into a fabric. It is a mix that combines traditional handicraft techniques with the latest technologies. It is also a fun way of understanding how electrical circuits work by creating your own projects.
Mini Science Fair
Teachers will present at least one of the experiments they have carried out during the course, as a small science fair to share what they have learnt. We will learn how to prepare a script to present an experiment, how to prepare a scenario and how to make a video. In short, how to be science communicators.
- Teachers of pre-primary schools, primary and middle schools interested in teaching science and technological skills to their students.
- Vocational education teachers interested in teaching science and technological skills to their students.
- Adult education teachers interested in teaching science and technological skills to their students.
- Teachers of special needs interested in teaching science and technological skills to their students.
- Teacher trainers.
- Outdoor or environmental educators.
(Monday morning – Saturday morning)
Certificate of attendance
Each participant obtains The Certificate of Attendance and confirmation to Europass.
The programme is held in A Coruña, a coastal town with a net of four science museums and 70 km away from Santiago de Compostela.
Accommodation and meals
The course is residential: accommodation and food will be arranged by the organizer.
Accommodation will be in a hotel of these characteristics:
Points of interest
Fees should be paid as follows:
- 325 € at the time of registration as a place reservation. This reservation will be refunded in full if the reservation is cancelled before 1st June
- 975 € before 1st June
Contact with us if you are a teacher awaiting funding: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For 685 € (EUR) course fee/participant the cancellation fee is 170€
- For 615 € (EUR) subsistance cost/participant the cancellation fee is 170€
- Programme (40 hours), materials and equipment
- Field trips, excursions, school visits
- Meals (breakfast, coffee break and lunch, excluding dinner)
- Accommodation (5 nights)
- Local travel
- Organizational support before, during and after the course
- Administration and certificates
HOW TO COVER THE PRICE FROM YOUR ERASMUS PROJECT
1- Course fee: we will charge you 685 € for the course fee. This fee consists from two parts:
- Course fee: 420 € / 6 days course which will be fully covered from your project (You obtain 70 €/ day from your Erasmus + project)
- Organisational costs – 265 € / participant which could be covered from organizational costs budget. You obtain 350 € / participant for organizational costs; the rest of the amount could be used from your organizational and administration costs in your school.
- Subsistence cost: we will charge you 615 € for subsistence cost, which could be covered from project budget – subsistence costs. Amount you obtain differ in different countries.
COVID-19 – “FORCE MAJEURE” CASE
SteamBites is not liable for any expenses caused by a case of “force majeure”. If unable to attend, the registered person may substitute someone else from the same organization by sending a notification to the organizer.
Due to COVID -19 situation SteamBites will refund the paid course fees only when the cancellation is based on the decisions and directives of authorities (EU, government, National Agency) and for this we will need an official document issued by a governmental authority.
Due to the fact that all National Agencies will accept to prolong an Erasmus+ project (which might include periods of mobility abroad for multiple participants) or a European Solidarity Corps project by up to 12 months. SteamBites will ensure maximum flexibility in terms of substitution of participants or finding possible alternative dates.
Below you will find a link with FAQ issued by the EC:
Biology and geology teacher at IES David Buján-Cambre, A Coruña (Spain). He was pedagogical advisor of European Schoolnet in the project “Global Excursion” and mentor in international projects. He is currently developer of the NBS (Nature Based Solutions) project of European Schoolnet, communicator in the TVG programme Aquelando and pedagogical advisor of the digital book of the Consellería de Educación-Galicia. He is an experienced teacher trainer
Director of Domus, the science museum dedicated to the human being. Specialised in science communication, she has participated in numerous national and international projects and she is a experienced teacher trainer. She also collaborates with various media, such as Prensa Escuela de La Voz de Galicia and Aquelando de la Televisión de Galicia.
Science communicator and teachers trainer, works in Ceo Aberto (a Spanish company dedicated to education). Specialized in science communication, works with the main educations and science institutions of our region and has participated in numerous educational innovation projects. As communicator, he works in the TV science show Aquelando, and performing Science shows.