Schools Tune Into Mars was initiated as a multi-stakeholder project funded by the Erasmus+ Programme. The STIM School Label is a joint initiative of Lycée International de Valbonne, France, European Schoolnet, Belgium. Asociación Española para la Enseñanza de las Ciencias de la Tierra, Spain. National Institute for Earth Physics, Romania.
About the project
The overall objective of the Schools Tune Into Mars (STIM) project is to provide pedagogical materials with high-quality inspirational lessons related to planetology. The project’s materials are based on the latest developments in space research and pedagogy and meet teachers’ needs for opportunities in professional development, making use of particular scientific concepts in planetology and planetary seismology.
STIM project proposes ressources to improve effective and quality teaching of mathematics, science, engineering and technology (STEM) disciplines at secondary level and to increase young Europeans' knowledge, skills and interest in STEM education.
Schools Tune Into Mars (STIM) is a project that brings together a network of schools and organizations with an interest in space education and studies related to the planet Mars. Thus, STIM provides adequate guidance and underpins innovative activities that are developed in a co-constructive process between researchers and teachers.
Educational materials developed
• Report on STEM lessons : a programmatic document based on STIM resources (e.g. STEM activities, activities based on data recorded on Mars, experiments, webinars dedicated to teachers and Edu teasers)
• Pedagogical guide : to support science teachers the use of resources from space missions in classrooms;
• MOOC : a Massive Open Online Course entitled “Bring Mars missions into the classroom”, which provided online training to teachers in order to use innovative teaching materials related to Mars space missions in classrooms ;
• Mars-Edu network : recommendations for the creation of a Mars- Edu network to set the scene for an innovative and long-term collaborative network on space education related to Mars missions.
Fatima Moujdi-Menauge, Project Manager