FRONTIERS Summer School 2020

5-10 July 2020

Do you believe that exciting discoveries such as the Discovery of Gravitational Waves or the Discovery of the Higgs Boson can be brought in the classroom in a consistent and understandable fashion? Can you imagine your students performing virtual visits to CERN or VIRGO, analyzing real experimental data and interacting with world leading scientists in the field of Physics? Would you like to become a member of a pan-European community of teachers and researchers aiming to introduce Nobel Prize Physics to Your school?

If the answer to the questions above is yes, we have great news for you: FRONTIERS, the European initiative for bringing Nobel Prize Physics to the classroom announces its first international summer school!

Find out more about the summer school here: http://frontiers.ea.gr/

Do you believe that exciting discoveries such as the Discovery of Gravitational Waves or the Discovery of the Higgs Boson can be brought in the classroom in a consistent and understandable fashion? Can you imagine your students performing virtual visits to CERN or VIRGO, analyzing real experimental data and interacting with world leading scientists in the field of Physics? Would you like to become a member of a pan-European community of teachers and researchers aiming to introduce Nobel Prize Physics to Your school?

If the answer to the questions above is yes, we have great news for you: FRONTIERS, the European initiative for bringing Nobel Prize Physics to the classroom announces its first international summer school!

In the FRONTIERS summer-school you will:

  • Learn about the latest news in frontier Physics research by leading experts in the field.
  • Train on educational activities developed by leading experts in frontier Physics research and science education which focus on frontier Physics, how to bring it to your classroom.
  • Perform hands-on activities using simple exhibits and experimental setups investigating aspects of Modern Physics as well as use real data to perform scientific investigations.
  • Perform virtual visits to large research infrastructures in Europe.
  • Investigate the FRONTIERS pedagogical methodology and train in the use of educational tools offered to bring Nobel prize Physics to your classroom.
  • Collaborate with fellow teachers and researchers to co-create educational activities on Modern Physics which will be disseminated across Europe.
  • Help shape the future of Europe’s curricula in the field of Modern Physics.

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The FRONTIERS summer school aims to:

  • Bring together, motivate and train educators from all over the world who share the common vision of introducing modern Physics in the classroom.
  • Bring participants up to date with the latest discoveries in the field of modern Physics through workshops delivered by leading experts in Physics.
  • Train participants in the pedagogical framework of FRONTIERS and offer them training in a vast pool of educational activities developed by science education experts, in order to facilitate the introduction of modern Physics in the classroom.
  • Guide participants on how to connect modern achievements in Physics with their school curricula.
  • Enable participants to become creators of educational content in the field of FRONTIER Physics.
  • Network participants among them as well as with leading experts in frontier Physics research and Science Education in order to collaborate towards the shared goal of introducing modern Physics in the classroom.
  • Create a vibrant community of educators and researchers aiming in the advancement of frontier Physics in school education.
  • Forge sturdy communication links between participants and experts in the field of Physics research and Science education research by whom they will receive continuous and personalized support.
  • Facilitate the exchange of views, concerns, ideas and good practices between participants from different countries and make their voice heard in a vast audience of researchers and educators.

Participating teachers will also be invited to be part of an active and growing community of practice to exchange and share ideas, experiences, concerns and educational resources with colleagues from all over Europe and beyond.

Find out more about the summer school here: http://frontiers.ea.gr/

The FRONTIERS Summer School brings together educators, researchers in frontier Physics and researchers in science education in order to create a joint framework for introducing frontier Physics in K12 education.

Through training workshops from world leading experts in frontier Physics, participants will be given the opportunity to delve deeper in cutting edge Physics topics such as the detection of gravitational waves from the VIRGO experiment, the detection of elementary particles from the ATLAS experiment at CERN or the detection of high energy cosmic neutrinos from the KM3NeT neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean.

Participants will be introduced to the pedagogical framework, curricular connections and educational tools developed by science education experts of the FRONTIERS consortium, in order to help introduce cutting edge scientific topics in their classroom. They will be offered step by step training to a wealth of educational resources, the “FRONTIERS demonstrators” which introduce concepts from Astrophysics and Gravitational Wave Astronomy to Particle and Astroparticle Physics using real data, demonstrations, simple experiments and online labs. They will learn how to use real data to optimize large research infrastructures in order to support scientists to reduce the noise of their experiments and facilitate new discoveries. Furthermore, participants will participate in virtual visits in large research infrastructures in Physics and will be able to discuss with practicing scientists in an authentic setting.
Finally, participants will collaborate with each other and with the experts of the FRONTIERS team in order to co-create educational content tailored for their needs and adapted to their respective school curricula. They will reflect on the process and will participate in a round table discussion to help offer recommendations for the modernization of Physics curricula in Europe.
The training will be active and collaborative through dedicated workshops and seminars. Participants will also learn how to prepare a KA1 project proposal for their schools and their subjects. Post-course social media and online community platforms will be used to support ongoing development of ideas and group support and feedback.

Participants will be expected to read the course program and pre-released reading material before arrival. All the relevant material will be uploaded in the FRONTIERS online Community in which, participants will have to pre-register.

At the end of the course, groups will share their work and feedback will be provided. As a follow-up, participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and suggestions about the possibility of implementation of the program in their classes creating an international school network. On return to their home locations participants will try out the different approaches with their students/pupils and share their experience and material with other participants through social media and online community platforms. The trainers will also give feedback and counselling through the same platform between training sessions.

Find the draft programme here:
http://frontiers.ea.gr/programme

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