Newsletter #4
Latest update in open schooling initiatives

Dear reader,

Science and science related activities, including informal science learning initiatives — even if meant for everybody — are in fact enjoyed by a restricted share of people. Despite a commitment to diversity and the adoption of participatory practices, we ourselves often fail to include the very audiences we would like to reach (Read more).

A new issue of OStogether Newsletter keeps promoting a discussion on how we can learn to be more inclusive and open. 

For the in-depth article “Social Justice and Inequalities in STEM Education: How can we support more inclusive and engaging STEM education?'” Prof. Louise Archer, Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education at University College London, gave us an insightful look at the long-running ASPIRES research project exploring young peoples views of science from 10 until 21 years of age.

You will get an idea of what happens in our last “Inspiration Session", a gathering for exchange, informality, openness, collaboration, and for strengthening the network around open schooling. The session addressed the issue of materials and tools for going beyond close-ended learning towards open-ended learning.
Furthermore, you may find interesting readings and useful information in our sections:
  • Open schooling snapshots: short stories about open schooling, on-the-ground, moments, by practitioners.
  • In the making: a selection of noteworthy tools and methodologies for co-creation action or public engagement.
  • Tips and tops: suggestions of good reads and European-level events.
  • In case you’ve missed it: conclusions and takeaways from past events or activities.
If you are not doing it yet, stay tuned to all news and updates on our social media channels following @OStogether on Facebook and Twitter.

Enjoy the reading!
In-depth: Open Schooling and social inclusion

At the end of June we were joined for our 4th inspiration session by Prof. Louise Archer, Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education at University College London. ‘The science capital queen’ gave us an insightful look at some of her research including the long-running ASPIRES research project which has explored young peoples views of science from aged 10 until 21 years old (40,000 interviews, and counting!). This study has demonstrated a lack of interest in science is not the main issue to be tackled, and that there is no single factor, so no magic bullet! The full (2019) report can be viewed here.

Louise explained how the ideas of Science Capital have their origins in Pierre Bourdieu’s sociological  ideas from the 1970s  of habitus, capital and field going on to focus on the need to change the ‘field’ and not the young person. Field determines WHAT and WHO gets valued.… 
Read the full article
What happens in the last Inspiration Session?
By the Schools as Living Labs project

The 5th Inspiration Session was the occasion to reflect on the tools and materials developed to support open schooling education and learning.

We, the EU-funded projects on Open Schooling, are all testing different approaches to science education, and therefore, are exploring new ideas for materials, tools and how they can be used for learning. As external speaker, Maria Xanthoudaki, the director of education at the National museum of science and technology in Milano reminded us, we are aiming to go beyond close-ended learning and towards open-ended learning where learners can solve problems with many solutions or even create problems themselves. So how do we do that?

Read the full article
Open schooling snapshots
Short stories about open schooling, on-the-ground, moments, by practitioners
By the Schools As Living Labs project, shared by the Junior & Senior school in Cyprus

Ten students from the Junior & Senior school in Cyprus got on board of a living-lab project and started to reshape the way adults take them into consideration by prototyping a remarkable new service for local supermarkets.
“As the new generation, we feel responsible to bring back the good in the world, restore its natural beauties and create an everlasting impact”.
Read the snapshot
In the making
Our selection of noteworthy tools and methodologies for co-creation action or public engagement
Roadmap for teachers (enhanced version): an adaptation of the living-lab approach into the classroom
by School As Living Labs

Target: Teachers and societal actors looking for engaging projects that need practical solutions
Goals: To facilitate a horizontal dialogue between diverse societal actors and young students around real problems
Foundations: Living Lab methodology, first proposed by the MIT
Timing: An iterative process in 4 phases that can long from 1 week up to 1 year!
Location: In and outside the classroom
Actors: Students from 12 years old, teachers, schools and diverse societal actors

Open the roadmap
Open Science Hub Ireland: Teacher Handbook
by Open Science Hub and Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin

Target: Post-primary teachers teaching 15-16 year olds in any disciplines within STEAM
Goals: To provide a year-long guided curriculum to collaboratively create a challenge-focused project with students, supported by competency building, co-creation techniques and milestone stakeholder interactions.
Foundations: Open schooling, Sustainable Development Goals, co-creation, STEAM 
A year-long curriculum (September to May)

Open the teacher handbook
Tips and tops
Good reads
Co-design playbook by JISC
JISC, an organisation providing digital solutions for education and research, shares its strategies for collaborative innovation in this handy playbook describing ‘plays’ that they have found helpful in guiding co-design activities.


Survey of Social and Emotional Skills by the OECD
The OECD's survey describes students' social and emotional skills and how they relate to individual, family, and school characteristics.


“Engaging the Excluded”, a Perspective Review commissioned by Falling Walls Engage
The report maps out the current state of inclusive Science Engagement while providing examples of inclusive practices across several geographies and cultural contexts.


Spotlight: Parental engagement researched and compiled by HundrED
This report gathers the most impactful and scalable programs creating stronger school/family bonds from around the world.


A short and inclusive history of science communication, training program for becoming a better communicator, based on the science of science communication. Course is provided by Lifeology platform. 
Upcoming Events

The COMnPLAY SCIENCE final conference
5 November 2021 | Online
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The Hands On conference
9 - 12 November 2021 | Online
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In case you´ve missed it
International Conference on “Sustainable Development and Education”
26-27 August 2021
OStogether led a session on “Open Schooling to Enhance Innovation Ecosystems”
Read the article

Roundtable: How Innovation and Collaboration Can Deliver Better Science Education and Stronger Social Moorings in an Age of Misinformation
30 Septembre 2021
Roundtable organised by the Schools As Living Labs project
Read the article
Watch the recording

Open Schooling together is a joint initiative of 9 projects funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme. It aims to raise awareness on the opportunities of open schooling and on the different methodologies to implement this concept.

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