Innovation in School Education

Project number: 2017-1-PT01-KA201-035929
Start date

24 months (COMPLETED)

Partners from
Portugal, Italy, Czech republic, Greece, Poland.

FUN@SCIENCE project developed and tested a model for science education, working on all school levels, based on the valorization of 3D printing technologies and experiences. Currently, 3D printing has been used in many schools to create interactive, mechanical and technical lessons, and this could inspire young minds, guiding them to STEM careers and make learning funnier.

Its innovative orientation comes from the following:

  • it promoted STEM careers and logic and mathematics skills in school education, through a model based on learning experiences supported by 3D printing activities which can complement the classroom or succeeding where the classroom might have failed;
  • it assumes that 3D printing is not only a technology but it can also provide ways of learning different subjects;
  • it conceived 3D printing as a tool for supporting and improving in students the development of global citizenship competences, through innovative formal and informal science education teaching and learning, thus raising awareness on both young boys and girls about the different aspects encompassing science and technology in today’s society and to address the challenges of the global development;
  • it saw the the development of project activities with reference to all school educational levels, incorporating informal schooling based on 3D printing activities in school curricula, allowing its accreditation and the evaluation in the reference educational contents;
  • it brought together a number of key stakeholders in school education, training policies and ICT – schools, training providers and associations, education providers, organisations having close links with policy makers, organisations with relevant technical expertise in ICT and 3D printing.