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Please note that the competition is limited to MSCA researchers.

Have you ever tried, but failed to explain your research to your friends and family? Then here is the chance to redeem yourself.

Science is Wonderful! is an initiative that brings together researchers and pupils since 2015 with a view to igniting passions and forging career plans. At its core is a science fair that invites MSCA fellows from many countries to Brussels for three days, and present their research through interactive experiments or displays to primary and secondary school pupils. Many thanks to all of you who have taken part in the past and helped make this initiative such a one-of-a-kind event. We look forward to welcoming many of you again in March 2023.

But this call is not about the science fair – it is about a resource that is open to an even wider audience and available all year: the Science is Wonderful Digital Repository. Here we collect learning material that is inspired by your research and make it available to teachers and pupils across the European Union.

There are two ways in which you can contribute:

  • Do you have any experiments, games, quizzes or other fun activities that could easily be used by teachers? Then send us an email (EAC-MSCA-SIW@ec.europa.eu) and we will help you take the next steps toward making your research accessible to classrooms all over Europe.
  • Do you have an idea for a cool learning activity, but are not quite sure whether children will like it? Then take part in our “Expertiment for the Classroom” competition.

The competition will allow you to team up with a teacher and co-create new learning material for future scientists. Think of all the great things you could come up with together! And then submit them.

The best proposals will be professionally produced by the European Commission, translated into several EU languages, and prominently featured on the Science is Wonderful! website.

Interested? Then here is what you need to do:

1. Register by clicking here.

2. Once the registration is complete, you will be able to make contact with teachers that are looking for someone just like you. Registration for both teachers and researchers will be open from 7 November until 1 December 2022. If you do not immediately find a teacher that matches your field of research, check back later and explore new profiles. If you have not found a match by 1 December, simply send us an email (EAC-MSCA-SIW@ec.europa.eu) and we will try to find a good teammate for you.

3. Come up with a learning resource together by 9 January 2023. You can propose anything: a game, a quiz, an experiment or a combination of different interactive educational activities. Write a short proposal (in English, 3 pages max) with the following information:

  • The title of the activity
  • The category of activity (game, quiz, experiment, combination, other)
  • A detailed description of the activity
  • The envisaged time it takes to complete the activity by pupils
  • The proposed age group that could make use of the activity
  • The relevant school subjects

You will thus not need to submit a fully developed learning package, but just a proposal that describes what you would like to do. Feel free to use the template provided here. Once you are happy, send your proposal to EAC-MSCA-SIW@ec.europa.eu.

4. A jury will then assess all proposals based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the classroom (including the pedagogical value) (30%)
  • Real life scientific application (30%)
  • Engagement of pupils (20%)
  • Accessibility, making the activity usable by as many pupils as possible (20%)

5. The winners will be announced on 3 February 2023. Their proposals will be professionally produced, translated and uploaded on the MSCA Science is Wonderful! website.


So what are you waiting for? Register today!

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