SALL Summer School 2023

9-14 July 2023

The summer school aims to promote the integration of open schooling and living labs methodology with STEAM Education, allowing STEAM to thrive on a sustainable testing ground that has meaning for the student’s life and helps them to discover STEAM careers. The European Commission’s Expert Group defines STEAM Education as an integrated learning approach combining arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) as a gateway to foster student inquiry, creativity, and problem-solving skills. Furthermore, by adopting this multidisciplinary approach, STEAM promotes gender-inclusive learning, encouraging girls to explore scientific topics while making the arts more engaging for boys.

The “Making Sense of STE(A)M education through Living Labs” Summer School aims to familiarize participants with the open schooling and living labs approach that provides a robust framework for school heads and teachers to engage, discuss, and explore: how can schools become innovation incubators and accelerators? The Summer School will present the concept of Schools as Living Labs. Living labs are user-centered, open innovation ecosystems based on a systematic user co-creation approach that integrates research and innovation processes in real-life communities and settings.

In addition, the summer school will emphasize the importance of understanding citizen science and citizenship. Educational activities will also be designed with an inclusive approach based on the Universal Design for Learning principles.

The “Making Sense of STE(A)M education through Living Labs” Summer School 2023 aims to provide a powerful Methodology for making sense of STE(A)M education by integrating real-world experiences and collaborative learning. This engagement allows students to understand the societal and ethical dimensions of STE(A)M applications. It offers an authentic context for STE(A)M education, bridging the gap between theory and practice. This practical approach helps students see the relevance of what they learn in the classroom and fosters a deeper understanding of STE(A)M concepts.

First, the SALL Methodology is the result of a co-construction process, which aims to adapt the Living Lab methodology for the context of schools. A Living Lab is, first and foremost, a partnership, the school utilizes the cooperation and interaction of community members by providing learning and information opportunities on tomorrow’s responsible citizens. Last, the Living Lab approach can be defined as an environment, which can be physical or digital, to be used for user engagement, co-creation and testing. Living Lab projects usually emphasize the importance of “real-life” environments, in order to test solutions in their real-life setting. In the context of the summer school, you will get familiar with the above principals an see how you can create a safe testing ground for the STE(A)M Education to thrive.

Selected innovative school projects and actions at national and European level will be presented by educators. Hands-on learning opportunities, workshops interdisciplinary projects on the topic of STE(A)M Education, will be held during the summer school. Finally, educational activities will be designed following an inclusive approach based on the Universal Design for Learning principles.

To ensure the proper preparation for the training course an online platform will act as a main hub of communication and for sharing and distributing preparatory material with the participants. Through this platform the participants will have access to all materials necessary for their preparation (suggested reading, digital tools, relevant websites, guidelines and support material etc.) and a common workspace. Moreover, all the information regarding the training course such as the course description, the programme, travelling and accommodation guidelines will also be accessible through the website.Participants will familiarize themselves with the training topics as well as the course methodology by accessing the relevant resources, materials and tools. At this point we would like to offer some ideas and guidelines for your preparation. The summer school will use the SALL portal as a tool to develop innovative school projects that fit the needs of the society in the topic of the food system transformation. You might see the following resources/webinars:

At the end of the course, following the presentation of their work on the last day of the course, participants will receive a training certificate that confirms the successful completion of the course and its objectives.

As members of the SALL community participants will have access to the program team’s support and they will be able to communicate with other teachers in Europe who have similar interests, share ideas and experiences, and work together on projects.

To assess whether, and to what extent, the course has reached its objectives and expected results the participants will have to answer, during and at the end of the course, a set of relevant questionnaires that will be provided by the course providers. The results of the questionnaires/survey or a so-called evaluation report will be available to all participants of the course.

Course fee

The course fee for all ESIA Summer Schools is 480€ (80€/per day) and fully within the funding opportunities of the Erasmus+ Programme.

The course fee covers:

  • Expert lecturers for lectures, seminars and workshops
  • All materials and equipment needed for the course
  • Participation in the social programme & excursions (e.g. Sunset and dinner at Cape Sounio, excursion to the Acropolis and visit to the Acropolis Museum and dinner in downtown Athens, traditional night and farewell dinner, etc.)

Subsistence & accommodation

The Summer School will be held at Golden Coast Hotel & Bungalows, an A-class/ 4-star sea-side hotel which stretches on the golden, sandy beach of the Marathon Bay, near the historic location of Marathon, at the outskirts of Athens.

ESIA has made special arrangement with the hotel and are happy to offer to all participants a single or double room with all-inclusive services (i.e. breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and free of charge services for outdoors sports and recreational activities).

The costs for subsistence are also within the ceilings of the Erasmus+ programme for KA1 mobility actions.




  • Per person in SINGLE: 138 €/per night
  • Per person in DOUBLE: 95 euro/per night

Extra persons (All Inclusive)

  • TRIPLE room: 85 euro/per person/per night


EXTRA SERVICES (the following refers to other project participants that don’t pay the course fee)


Cape Sounio Tour (Price: 70 €/per person)
Monday @ 18:00

    • Transport by bus (Golden Coast – Cape Sounio – Golden Coast)
    • Guided tour of Poseidon temple with Professional and Lisensed guide
    • Entrance fees of the Temple of Poseidon
    • Lunch at local tavern
    • All taxes


Athens tour & Acropolis Museum (Price: 88 €/per person)
Wednesday @ 16:00

    • Transport by bus (Golden Coast – Athens – Golden Coast)
    • Short panoramic tour by bus of historic center of Athens
    • Services of a Professional and licensed guide
    • Entrance fees of Acropolis museum
    • Lunch at local tavern
    • All taxes

+ Entrance fees to the Acropolis Archaeological Site ticket cost of +20 euro/per person.

*** The above prices are calculated based on current costs, tickets to museums / archeological sites, fuel cost, VAT

The Summer School will be held at Golden Coast Hotel & Bungalows, an A-class/ 4-star sea-side hotel which stretches on the golden, sandy beach of the Marathon Bay, near the historic location of Marathon, at the outskirts of Athens.

It is the area of Marathon, that has hosted since the times of myths when Theseus killed the terrible bull of Marathon, to the times of the Persian wars and the Battle of Marathon, further on to our days and the marathon race and Marathon Run, the emblematic symbol of man’s quest for freedom and the will to defend his most noble deeds which constitute the foundations of the Human civilization. The plethora of natural, historical sites and museums of the area reveal in all details this unique historical voyage.

Participants are expected to arrive through the Athens International Airport, approximately 25 km (15,53 miles) distance from the hotel.

Learn More…

School Heads and Teachers participation in the summer courses can be funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme.

In case your school or organization does not have the funds to cover the costs of your participation in the Summer School, there is another option: you can apply to be funded by by the ERASMUS+ Programme.

Please note that the Erasmus+ KA1 application can only be submitted by the school or the organization – no individual applications can be submitted.

The deadline for application is 23 February 2023.

What is ERASMUS+?

Erasmus+ is the European Commission’s Programme for education, training, youth, and sport for the period 2021-2027. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for the mobility of learners and staff and cooperation across the education, training, and youth sectors and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules and a structure that aims to streamline the administration of the programme.

Erasmus+ Key Action 1 (KA1) provides a unique opportunity for teachers, headmasters, trainers, and other staff of educational institutions to participate in international training courses in different European countries. Schools, universities, vocational education and training, and adult education organizations are all eligible to receive full funding to attend courses under a KA1 mobility grant. The Erasmus+ KA1 grant covers all the costs to attend teacher training courses: including travel, subsistence, and course fee.

For up-to-date information about Erasmus+ please check the Programme’s website. Your school will need to apply to your country’s National Agency, who is also the one who will evaluate the proposal. Therefore, your National Agency is also a very good point to start for more information.

Don’t forget to go through the the New Programme Guide and you will have all you need to know.

The steps to apply for an Erasmus+ KA1 School Education Staff Mobility grant are:

  1. Fill in the registration form to our Summer School with your details. This is an individual registration form, so if there are more than one participant from the same school, each one will have to submit a separate registration form. This way you have reserved a slot in the course in case your application for Erasmus+ funding is successful!
  2. Register your school/organization here: , if not already registered.
  3. Check the compliance with the programme criteria
  4. Check the financial conditions
  5. Fill in and submit the application form
  6. Respect the deadline
  7. Do not forget to inform us as soon as you get notified from your National Agency whether your grant application is accepted or rejected.

You can find all related information about submitting an Erasmus+ Application HERE.

We will be happy to guide you through the process.