We are coordinating at national level the European Union funded Comenius project “Hands-on Science”, a project aiming both to improve science teaching in schools, and to rise young people’s interest in science and technology subjects. The paper reveals the various methods we have used to achieve these targets, both from the organizational point of view and means of expression. In several cities of Romania science clubs were organized in schools, where teachers and students from neighborhood schools present every two months reports on various scientific subjects, new set-ups and virtual experiments they developed. Every six months the “Hands-on Science” network is coordinating a science fair at national level, where small research projects run by students are presented as an exhibition like contest. Apart from the classical educational practice (real and virtual experiments, scientific presentation, etc.) we used more unconventional means to introduce science and technology to schools students such as: theater, poetry, live music, visual arts, all on science related subjects.

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Communicating science and technology in romanian schools – the “Hands-on Science” project

Dan Sporea   National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Romania

Radu Sporea   National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Romania

We are coordinating at national level the European Union funded Comenius project “Hands-on Science”, a project aiming both to improve science teaching in schools, and to rise young people’s interest in science and technology subjects. The paper reveals the various methods we have used to achieve these targets, both from the organizational point of view and means of expression. In several cities of Romania science clubs were organized in schools, where teachers and students from neighborhood schools present every two months reports on various scientific subjects, new set-ups and virtual experiments they developed. Every six months the “Hands-on Science” network is coordinating a science fair at national level, where small research projects run by students are presented as an exhibition like contest. Apart from the classical educational practice (real and virtual experiments, scientific presentation, etc.) we used more unconventional means to introduce science and technology to schools students such as: theater, poetry, live music, visual arts, all on science related subjects.

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