The Future Space project
The Project is based on a wide range of training experience, as well as the expertise of the partners: the NEMO Science Museum from Amsterdam, Netherlands; the NOESIS Science Centre from Thessaloniki, Greece; the Polish Space Agency; and the Computer Assisted Education and Information Technology Centre (OEIiZK). The consortium leader is Centrum Badań Kosmicznych Polskiej Akademii Nauk (CBK PAN).
One of the main aspirations of The Future Space project is to provide a catalyst for change in understanding and teaching STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in upper secondary schools in Poland, Greece, and in the Netherlands. Implementation of the project will reduce low achievement in natural science subjects, inspire students through space matters, increase the number of candidates for STEM studies, and introduce young people to career opportunities in the space sector and other innovative areas. Modern tools and innovative didactic forms, combined with an attractive subject matter of classes, should also result in a better understanding of STEM issues.
The two main deliverables of the project are the Space Schools Program and the Space Program for science centers and other non-formal education organizations. Thematic modules are devoted to the 21st century’s global challenges and practical solutions offered by research and exploration of our near-space environment. Both Programs promise economic and social benefits of space exploration, as well as career paths in industry, available not only to STEM specialists, but also to lawyers or graduates in social sciences. The Programs use a variety of didactic materials, including short videos, ICT tools, and even an astronomical show for the planetariums.
The aim of the Space Schools Program is not to replace the existing curricula of individual STEM subjects, but to extend their content, present real-life applications to theoretical school instruction, and affirm the interdisciplinary nature of all STEM subjects. The Program will also contain practical information for schools on how to organize classes and teaching process.
The project is co-financed by the European Union Erasmus+ program. Implementation takes 30 months. The inaugural meeting of the project took place during November 12th and 13th, 2019, in Warsaw.