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Have your pupils ever asked you: “Why do I have to learn all of this? Why does it even matter?”. If so, then fret not! The European Commission gives you a rare opportunity to team up with a researcher and expert in your subject area to co-create learning material. Together you can develop a proposal for an experiment, quiz, game or any other activity guaranteed to have a real-life application, putting an end to those questions.

The top three proposals will be professionally produced by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, translated into several EU languages, and prominently featured on the Commission’s Science is Wonderful! website. Additionally, the classes of the three selected contributions will be invited to the Science is Wonderful! exhibition taking place in Brussels in March 2023, giving them the unique opportunity to engage with 100 researchers from across the EU. But there might be a small surprise in store for other contributions, too.

Interested? Then here is what you need to do:k

1. Register by clicking here.

2. Once the registration is complete, you will be able to see, contact and match with MSCA researchers. These are leading researchers, who have received a fellowship from the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Registration for both teachers and researchers will be open from 7 November until 1 December 2022. If you do not immediately find a researcher that matches your interest, 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 the 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.

6. The winning teachers will be able to take their class on an all-expenses paid trip to Brussels in March 2023, where they will attend the Science is Wonderful! science fair that showcases research projects across Europe through fun, interactive experiments.

So what are you waiting for? Register today!

More information:

  • The Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture funds excellent doctoral and post-doctoral researchers across the EU and abroad through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.
  • Science is Wonderful! is the bridge between this research and schools across the European Union. It celebrates the value and impact of EU-funded research by giving primary and secondary school students the chance to interact with leading researchers and innovators, learn more about their work in engaging formats and ask questions about scientific careers. Since its inception in 2015, “Science is Wonderful!” has organised an annual science fair that interactively showcases research projects and innovations through presentations, hands-on experiments, games and quizzes. Next to the science fair, Science is Wonderful! also hosts a Digital Repository that presents MSCA projects in a pedagogical way.
  • This competition ensures that we can keep providing teachers with fascinating new learning material.
  • For more information on the competition and the science fair, please check out the Science is Wonderful! website.

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