ESTEAM project (Enhancement of School Teaching Methods by linking between schools, experts and geoparks in the combination with outdoor activities and ICT technologies)



Programme: Erasmus+

Project: ESTEAM project (Enhancement of School Teaching Methods by linking between schools, experts and geoparks in the combination with outdoor activities and ICT technologies)

Participating organizations: UNESCO Global Geopark Idrija (Idrija Heritage Centre), Magma UNESCO Global Geopark, Naturtejo UNESCO Global Geopark, Primary School Črni Vrh, Agrupamento de Escolas Jose Silvestre Ribeiro, University of Ljubljana, Locatify

Project duration: 1. 9. 2016 – 31. 8. 2019

Budget: 380.371 EUR

ESTEAM project (Enhancement of School TEAching Methods by linking between schools, experts and geoparks in the combination with outdoor activities and ICT technologies) involves the leading partner Idrija UNESCO Global Geopark (Idrija Heritage Centre), UNESCO Global Geoparks Magma Geopark and Naturtejo Geopark, two primary schools – Črni Vrh primary school (Slovenia) and Jose Silvestre Ribiero (Portugal) – as well as University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the programming company Locatify (Iceland).
The project started in September, will last three years and has the main goal in improving the quality of teaching Science using innovative methods combining interactive learning with outdoor activities. Basing on national curricula, teachers and students needs, the project will provide programmes to teach Science. These will then result in a mobile app used for teaching Science in primary schools.

UNESCO Global Geopark Idrija
The Idrija Heritage Centre Public Institute coordinates the management, conservation and promotion of Idrija’s regional heritage, as well as the interpretation and sustainable tourism development of Idrija as a destination. IHC is also a major tourist organization with a tourist agency and tourist information centre in the Municipality of Idrija, responsible for designing and marketing tourist attractions, informing, promoting, and co-designing Slovenian tourism offers and promoting tourism development. IHC is responsible for coordination of Idrija Geopark, which has strong experiences with data collecting in the fields of geology and interpretation of natural and cultural heritage in Idrija Geopark area. Geopark Idrija is also responsible for innovative intepretation of natural and cultural heritage, education about heritage and good cooperation between Geopark and its partner network.   Employees are working in the field of promotion and marketing of tourist services , developing new tourism products , care providers for integration within the area and have experience in the financial and content management events and projects . In addition, employees through collaborations already established a wide network of contacts. throughout the European Union.

Magma UNESCO Global Geopark
MGP was established in 2006 as a regional development project. The area of MGP (2329 km2) covers the territory of 5 municipalities in South West Norway.
MGP aims to promote its unique geological and cultural heritage to help develop and sustain the region. In 2010 MGP became the second Scandinavian member of the European and Global Geopark Networks which are supported by UNESCO.
The main areas of MGP activity are: developing and promoting 46 Geopark localities for tourism and educational purposes; developing new tour packages for tourists and school classes; supporting educational work with local schools and kindergartens; organizing events.

Naturtejo UNESCO Global Geopark
Naturtejo is a non-profit, public intermunicipal organization responsible for the management of UNESCO Naturtejo Global Geopark, under the UNESCO Programme. The organization was established in 2004 with the aim of organizing the regional tourism sector and to foster tourism development of partner municipalities and local enterprises for the socio-economic sustainable diversification of the area, based on natural (geological), cultural and historical heritage. This is managed through research and conservation of heritage planned with municipalities, educational activities for local schools and from abroad, consulting and support to private entrepreneurs. Currently the partners represent 7 municipalities that administrate the total area of Naturtejo Geopark (5050 km2, more than 5% of the national territory), involving 93 000 inhabitants, and 24 private enterprises as associate partners. Naturtejo Geopark Educational Programmes are developed by the Educational Office and possess a strong social output, in direct collaboration with local schools throughout the school year and moving towards natural landscapes thousands of pupils every year. Naturtejo Educational Office runs educational activities that involve about 3000 students and teachers every year, from local schools to other regions and abroad schools, and coming from kindergarten to senior universities.
The Routes by the Geopark are already being promoted in several countries of Europe by international tourism operators, and examples of sustainable tourism best practices awarded several times by international organizations, such as Skal International Ecotourism Award.

Primary School Črni Vrh
Črni Vrh Primary School is a small public school in rural area, which carries significant importance for the local community since it is geographically separated from any major economic centres.
Life on the Črni Vrh plateau has been evolving under the influence of its geographical isolation from bigger economic centres, its poor public transport structure and other geographical features (undulating terrain at the altitude between 650 and 1100 metres, karst surface, water shortage and severe climate). All these features have left a mark in cultural heritage, which is also preserved by Črni Vrh Primary School.
The school is professionally connected to The National Education Institute of the Republic of Slovenia through different development projects. Through this connection we enrich the professional work of our employees who seek for modern paths in education.
In spite of the school's small size or maybe because of it, the school is very active when it comes to public education programmes and other extracurricular activities, which broaden our syllabus and connect the school with parents, villagers, societies and other public institutions that are active in the Municipality of Idrija. Črni Vrh Primary School can and knows how to connect all social groups within the local community.
Our school has also created a forest educational trail, which is now a working part of Geopark Idrija. In a very small space it appealingly presents a tight connection between nature and human and it is an excellent example of a good educational practice of Črni Vrh Primary School. The educational trail is a model of our quality work and gives visitors an opportunity to learn from it. The trail has been developed as a didactic tool and it emerged from the needs of modern teaching practice and the necessity of field teaching.

University of Ljubljana
University of Ljubljana is a public autonomous educational, scientific research and artistic institution of HE with a very rich tradition. It is the oldest and the biggest university in Slovenia. It was established in 1919 and it encompasses 26 full members (3 art academies and 23 faculties) and 3 associated members (National University Library, University of Ljubljana Central Technical Library, University of Ljubljana Innovation-Development Institute).
UL is very active in international educational and research. It has 286 research groups with over 3000 registered researchers . In 2013 UL cooperates in 421 running international projects, including 108 running FP7 projects and more than 310 other educational and research projects financed by EU Community programs (TEMPUS, ERASMUS; Leonardo da Vinci, DAPHNE, SafeInternet, eLearning, eTEN, Lifelong Learning Programme and many more).
University of Ljubljana (UL) will be involved in a majority of foreseen activities of ESTEAM project. Based upon previous research and expertise (national and EU, research and applicative projects) UL will provide an important knowledge framework necessary for development of ESTEAM project.

Agrupamento de Escolas José Silvestre Ribeiro, Idanha-a-Nova
Agrupamento de Escolas José Silvestre Ribeiro, Idanha-a-Nova is a group of schools from Portugal.
The school is the right place to test in practice any educational project. It will be the bond between the experts developing the pedagogical strategies under then current Erasmus+ project and the implementation of them in the classroom, adapting to local circunstances and many problems that are typical of rural areas in Portugal. This concerns also with the large geographic dispersion of students and schools that can be of great interest for the project. The teachers engaged in the project are from the Science and Technology Department of the school, with several years of experience organizing classes in Natural Sciences (Biology and Geology). The application of news technologies in the classroom is fundamental for a region that still have some difficulties to reach access to internet and where many young people are still not really aware about the opportunities they can get in their home land if they use new technologies of communication to increase their knowledge about the world and to get the right benefits.

Locatify ehf
Locatify Ltd. is a privately held Icelandic SME company established in 2009. Locatify specialises in innovative technologies for delivering location based content to smartphones and tablets utilizing the technologies available on the device and making them available and easy to use for the customers.
With this system users can easily create tours and games for indoor or outdoor use, such as guides, walking trails and treasure hunts. With the treasure hunt game elements, players get challenges on their smartphone at the right location.
Locatify’s customers are in the fields of tourism, education, and entertainment. They use the Locatify
Locatify’s team consists of 5 employees; web-designer, programmers and marketing manager, all committed to deliver the solutions for publishing interactive content and games for mobile devices.

Tuesday and Wednesday, 8th and 9th November 2016
-    Beginning of the ESTEAM project. The meeting took place on November 8th and 9th in Idrija and in Črni Vrh.
All details related to the project (meetings, activities, results, ...) will be posted HERE.




The E-book (Intellectual output 1) with the title "Research of national curricula in natural sciences teaching in Portugal, Norway and Slvenia" can be downloaded HERE.




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