Research projects and collaborations

 

 

 

SySTEM 2020: Science Learning Outside the Classroom

SySTEM 2020 is a project focusing on STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, arts & maths) outside the classroom for children and young people 9 to 20 years old. It is a Research and Innovation Action, funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme, Grant Agreement number 788318.

Science Gallery Dublin is the coordinator of this consortium, working alongside 10 partners, as well as an additional 11 linked third-party organisations, thereby covering 19 European countries. The project has many different aims:

ASSESS - To generate an overview of non-formal and informal science learning in Europe that contributes to the knowledge base of science with and for society;
UNDERSTAND AND IDEATE - To involve stakeholders in defining the main challenges regarding science learning outside classroom and to co-design ideas and concepts that support scientific literacy
DESIGN, DEVELOP AND EXECUTE - new tools and frameworks and practices for implementation in non-formal learning programmes.
REFLECT AND EVOLVE – To evaluate the success and learnings of the tools developed and improve their efficacy through an iterative design process;
ENGAGE AND INFORM – To communicate and disseminate the critical findings of this project over the duration of the three years.

To find out more about SySTEM 2020 please email projects@dublin.sciencegallery.com and follow us on Twitter: @system2020eu

Staff working on this project:

Mairéad Hurley (Principal Investigator): mairead.hurley@dublin.sciencegallery.com
Kali Dunne (Project Manager): kali.dunne@dublin.sciencegallery.com, projects@dublin.sciencegallery.com
Joanna Crispell (Research Projects Coordinator): joanna.crispell@dublin.sciencegallery.com
Evangelos Kapros (Researcher): evangelos.kapros@dublin.sciencegallery.com
Grace D'Arcy (Education and Research Assistant): grace.darcy@dublin.sciencegallery.com

 

STEM Inside: Arts-integrated STEM learning programmes

This partnership between researchers and educators in the USA, the UK and Ireland is funded by the National Science Foundation (USA) and Wellcome Trust Foundation (UK) through their Science Learning+ programme. The project will document ways that out-of-school programs serving economically and racially marginalized youth can build young people’s interests and skills in science, digital design, coding and production. The project consists of six studies, involving making/tinkering, media production, museum learning, digital arts and pop-up/street science. It also includes a longitudinal study of student learning outcomes. 

STEM Inside brings together a diverse array of partners. Out-of-school learning partners are Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis (USA), Guerilla Science (USA & UK), Science Gallery Dublin (IE), Wac Arts (UK) and Youth Radio (USA). Research partners are Indiana University (USA), London School of Economics (UK) and the University of Washington (USA). Together, these partners are collaborating deeply at many levels, forming a research-practice partnership.

To learn more about this project, please email projects@dublin.sciencegallery.com  

Staff working on this project:
Joseph Roche (Principal Investigator): joseph.roche@dublin.sciencegallery.com
Mairéad Hurley (Education & Learning Manager): mairead.hurley@dublin.sciencegallery.com 
 

SISCODE: Co-design for society in innovation and science

SISCODE is an EU funded project aimed at stimulating the use of co-creation methodologies in policy design, and the use of bottom-up design driven methodologies to pollinate Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Policies.

The project is led by the Politecnico di Milano and brings together 17 organisations with extensive networks, world class research experience, policy expertise and a proven track record of collaboration.

As part of the project, Science Gallery Dublin will be tackling the problem of "mental health and well-being management with young people" through our OPEN MIND activities.

To find out more about SISCODE please visit https://siscodeproject.eu/science-gallery-dublin/ and follow on Twitter: @SISCODEPROJECT

Staff working on this project:

Mairéad Hurley (Principal Investigator): mairead.hurley@dublin.sciencegallery.com
Joanna Crispell (Research Projects Coordinator): joanna.crispell@dublin.sciencegallery.com
Grace D'Arcy (Education and Research Assistant): grace.darcy@dublin.sciencegallery.com

 

Tinkering EU2: Building Science Capital for All

Tinkering is an inclusive, innovative and collaborative educational approach with an aim to promote lifelong engagement with science. In 2019/2020 Science Gallery Dublin will work with primary and secondary school teachers to integrate tinkering into their class curriculum. Thirty teachers, along with their classes, will be invited to participate in free workshops in the gallery. Priority will be given to DEIS schools to increase the science capital of students from these schools. Science capital is the sum of a young person’s exposure and access to science and technology.

Tinkering workshops give students an opportunity to learn through personal and meaningful experiences. Students are encouraged to develop their creative confidence and critical thinking. The workshops equip teachers with skills and tools they can recreate and build upon in order to enrich their teaching practice. The full list of workshops will be published in September 2019. Two popular examples of activities that will be on offer include:

Doodle Bots: this workshop challenges the learner to build a motorised robot that moves across a surface and makes a mark. The materials are simple and require the student to build and test their own design.

Marble Machines: in this workshop we challenge students to assemble a complex path for a marble to travel. The student’s creative and problem solving process is immediately visible in their finished Marble Runs. This workshop utilizes materials that can be used time and time again in new and innovative ways.

Teachers are required to attend one introductory training session in advance of their class workshop. Training will begin in September/October 2019 and will be held on Wednesday evenings. If you would like sign up for yourself and your class to participate, or have any questions about the programme, contact education@dublin.sciencegallery.com with the subject line “Tinkering EU”

These workshops are offered as part of the international collaboration project “Tinkering EU2: Building Science Capital for All”, funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme. To find out more about the project and participating institutions click here: http://www.museoscienza.org/tinkering-eu2/default.asp or follow @TinkeringEU