• Parallel Session D-3
  • Co-design
  • Round Table

Science Centres and Formal Schools Transforming Science Education Globally through Co-design

Thursday 16 Nov 2017
7F Innovation Hall

Session Concept:
How can science centres and schools develop learning environments for school students and contribute by mutual understanding to science education policy as well? This session highlights situations that integrate free choice with formal science learning environments and looks at partnerships where formal science education calls upon science centres to provide the overall learning environments and teaching for students. Topics presented will consider the potential for these partnerships to improve science curriculum and contribute to education policy. Communication strategies, opportunities to share innovative practices and ways to evaluate and measure success can enhance the outcomes of these collaborations. Speakers from around the globe will describe the fundamental challenges, implementation, assessment and outcomes of free choice learning institutions operating formal learning environments. Participants will be able to share projects and ideas that combine formal and free choice learning institutions and will be encouraged to forge collaborations for launching their own projects.


Ronen Mir
Director, Weizmann Institute of Science, Schwartz/Reisman Science Education Centers


Ronen Mir
Director, Weizmann Institute of Science, Schwartz/Reisman Science Education Centers
Twice a week, the Schwartz/Reisman programme brings all interested pupils from neighboring high schools to a dedicated research space to study high level Physics as part of their curricular studies.
Jennifer Martin
President & CEO, TELUS Spark
TELUS Spark developed a programme that is not only science education, but also fosters 21st century skills: high school students, together with community volunteers and the support of SC technicians, develop SC exhibits.
Amy Boulding
Head of Lifelong Learning, Queensland Museum Network
Queensland Museum’s ‘Future Makers’ pilot programme explores implications of the programme’s impact and future direction - uniting industry, education and research in the quest to improve engagement, participation and performance in STEM.
Liat Ben David
CEO, Davidson Institute of Science Education
John Falk
Director, Institute for Learning Innovation
United States
STEM 360 is an example of a focused STEM intervention – in school, at a science centre and at home – which is measurably improving children’s STEM achievement, interest and workforce awareness.
Moshe Rishpon
Clore Garden of Science