Summer School

“The CASE Summer School is a 5-day intensive course that introduces 3 case studies for creative science inquiry, namely Learning Science Though Theater, Puppetry and Learning through Art and Narratives for primary schools”

CASE summer school elaborates a methodology that regards teachers as agents of change. It aims to empower their profession with skills and competencies that will enable them to widen their teaching capabilities by incorporating creativity and art in science education.

The scope is to motivate participants to become aware of specific weaknesses in their own practice and the need to make necessary improvements aligned to the guidelines of Europe for the future of science education.

Contents and outline

Enhancing teacher skills, strengthening their ability to motivate innovation and creativity is crucial. It is precisely the enrichment of the creative elements in Inquiry Based Science Education as an integral part of such a system, based on a wealth of existing European knowledge, which is the cornerstone of the CASE summer school.

The CASE summer school is the collective construct of 3 case studies for creative science inquiry, namely Learning Science Though Theater, Puppetry and Learning through Art and Narratives for primary schools:

  1. Learning Science Through Theater: In this case teachers and students will be involved in the development of short or long performances that will have a scientific theme (physics, mathematics, environment etc.). In the specific case guidelines will be produced for the teachers to be used in training workshops but also to guide them in implementing this case within their classroom.
  2. Puppetry: Every activity starts with a story, acted out by hand puppets to awaken children’s curiosity, motivating them to go on to discover and create using real materials from the world around them. The teachers and students should follow their story and develop relevant activities that could be enriched with relevant music/lyrics.
  3. Narratives: Through the activities of this case, pupils (with the guidance of their teachers) produce their own “slowmation films” about science, and may thus contribute to the teaching and learning of science and of the nature of science.

Who can participate

CASE Summer School is open to all motivated teachers, young researchers, artists as well as science communicators that are working with primary schools.

The Summer School will increase the skills and competences to those that are interested to work with primary school students or are primary school teachers already.

Experience

No previous experience is required, rather than a need for high expectations, a shared sense of purpose, and above all, a collective belief in the common ability to make a difference to the education of the children you serve.

Work goals

  • Understanding of specific best practices, through training and demonstration of them in authentic settings
  • Participation in numerous activities and training on the project’s methodology of employing Creative Science Agents
  • Review and training on the utilization of the (web) tools of the project

Afterwards, participants will elaborate activities in schools by utilizing the project’s elements and with students, they will be able to develop their own projects.

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