More than 200 schools in 125 counties have applied to become part of the Living Science network in schools, a project that has an investment of around three million euros, announced today the Minister of Education.
Tiago Brandão Rodrigues said during a hearing in the Parliamentary Committee on Education that “237 schools applied and are currently in all activities of teacher training and in the work of founding the partnerships they have launched.”
Schools can establish partnerships with Living Science centres, higher education institutions, companies, museums or other cultural institutions, the minister explained.
In total, 825 teachers from 125 municipalities are involved and the project has a budget of around three million euros, through Community funding, but also the State Budget, he added.
The Living Science at School clubs is a joint initiative of the Directorate-General for Education and Living Science – National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture, which aims to create spaces of science open to the whole community to promote access to innovative scientific practices.
These clubs aim to contribute to the scientific and technological literacy of students and the educational community as well as stimulate learning and enthusiasm for science.
Another objective of this project is to contribute to the modernization of teaching models used by teachers, namely through interdisciplinarity, practical and experimental work, explained Tiago Brandão Rodrigues.
Promoting the articulation between formal and non-formal education, between schooling cycles, between disciplines and between schools are other measures carried out by this project.