Technopolis has taken the lead in various European projects involving science communication.
NetS-EU stands for Network to improve non-formal teaching in Europe. This project ran from 2010 to 2013 and was a European venture involving ways of applying inquiry-based and non-formal approaches to science education.
A web platform was developed for this project: netseu.ning.com where interested people can discuss and exchange information about inquiry- and problem-based teaching.
In addition, the 8 international partners of Nets-EU (including Technopolis) have organised annual workshops for teachers in order to encourage use of the web platform and to promote use of the applications of inquiry-based and problem-solving teaching in the classroom.
PLACES (Platform of Local Authorities and Communicators Engaged in Science) is a European project aimed at defining models and recommendations at European level concerning social topics. Technopolis and the city of Mechelen concluded a 'City Partnership' under the PLACES project on the topic of 'sustainable mobility'.
In order to inform the residents of Mechelen and visitors to Technopolis about this topic in an exciting manner, the Flemish Science Centre in partnership with the city of Mechelen held an 'Ecomobility day' on Sunday, 1 April 2012. Visitors to Technopolis could find out about various sustainable means of transport, test drive electric bikes and vehicles, attend workshops, etc. The public was also given an opportunity to express its views about sustainable mobility.
As part of this project, technical college students conducted a satisfaction survey in relation to Mechelen's restrictions on cars entering the city centre.
KiiCS stands for ‘Knowledge Incubation in Innovation and Creation for Science’. The project ran until mid 2014 and challenged young people to design an artwork on the theme of science and technology.
During workshops at Technopolis, secondary school students were guided by an artist and a member of the Technopolis staff.
NanOpinion is a European project that seeks to increase awareness of the potential of nanotechnology.
What does this mean for human beings?
Nanotechnology is a type of technology which works with materials at a very tiny level so that they acquire new qualities.
Nanotechnology will probably be used in an increasing number of applications. Scientists predict that we will be able to make inconceivably small computer chips, or very tiny machines that can repair damaged arteries in our bodies. Nanotechnology could make our energy cleaner, extend our lives and improve many existing technologies.
At present the majority of people have not yet given much thought to this new technology. And yet we have to make urgent decisions about the way in which we want to handle it.
This is why NanOpinion was launched. The aim is to increase awareness of the potential of nanotechnology.
NanOpinion was supported by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7) - Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies.
Scientix promotes and supports Europe-wide collaboration among STEM teachers (science, technology, engineering and maths), education researchers, policy makers and other STEM education professionals.
In its first phase (2009-2012), the project built an online portal with information about European STEM education projects and their results. It also organised several teacher workshops.
The goal of the second phase (2013-2015) is to extend the venture to a national level. Through the network of the National Contact Points (NCPs), Scientix aims to reach out to national teacher communities, and contribute to the development of national strategies for wider uptake of inquiry-based learning and other innovative approaches to science and maths education.
Second Scientix conference
The second Scientix conference took place in Brussels on 24 to 26 October 2014. More than 500 teachers, policy makers, researchers and project managers made this conference into one of the most important networking events in STEM education in Europe.
More information about the conference is available here.