SOUNDSCAPES Summer School 2024

7-12 July 2024

Have you ever wondered if it would be possible to hear the stars shining, or even your brain thinking? Data sonification is the sound representation of information obtained from the observation of physical phenomena, allowing their understanding and analysis by listening to them. It is an interactive and fun way of learning, integrating curricula content with programing and the art of music.

Soundscapes summer school seeks to familiarize teachers in building and applying sonification environments through the use of programming, electronics, sensors, microcontrollers, etc. These environments can be applied to all subject domains where numeric data can be obtained, including all scientific fields as well as arts, history, physical education, etc..  The idea is to introduce a new way of learning through exploring the hearing sense (especially relevant for the visually impaired) and communicate and connect with each other through the universal language that is Music.

Teachers participating in this summer school will support and foster the global maker and European Citizenship values, by promoting the sharing of projects, challenges and solutions between the transnational participating groups.

The Soundscapes Summer School 2024 is offering teachers training experience based on the idea of Sonification adapted to educational needs.

The Summer School follows the objectives of the Soundscapes project which proposes an innovative STEAM approach with an emphasis on Arts, where students design and use sonification environments, converting numeric data (related to school curricula) into sound. This approach aims to increase student engagement and motivation and to promote an inclusive environment where they learn through exploring the hearing sense (especially relevant for the visually impaired) and communicate and connect with each other through the universal language that is Music.

SoundScapes Summer School 2024 aims to introduce innovative practices for teaching in the classroom by engaging students in collaborative activities involving the Arts with an emphasis in sound design and music production while ensuring scientific and interdisciplinary competencies as well as digital literacy for all.

Soundscapes is fostering data sonification technology as a means for STEAM learning along with the acquisition of digital and life competencies critical for the 21st century. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with the project’s pilot prototype and  learn how to adapt in any sonification project in the framework of STEAM education.

SoundScapes Summer School seeks to give teachers and students the opportunity to experience a meaningful STEAM experience by integrating Arts as music and sound as a key part of the learning experience. Through these environments, students will be able to study the behavior of physical parameters (temperature, position and movement, speed, gravity, luminosity etc.) and natural phenomena such as brain activity, photosynthesis, solar activity etc.

Furthermore, the summer course will introduce them to the Maker philosophy, inviting students to design and build sonification systems, using 3d printing and other skills. By supporting students and training teachers, the project will increase their digital readiness and promote the transferability of the skills by empowering them to use them in different contexts of their practice.

A training course will be scheduled to introduce innovative student-centred practices related to sonification. In the framework of this course, participants will be introduced initially in digital and technological competencies such as programming, electronics, microcontrollers, 3d printing, electronic music, etc. Participants interested should keep visiting this website as more information and updates will be announced for their preparation.

Participants are expected to give their feed-back after the end of the summer course, including information on how they will have implemented Soundscape techniques into their own classes. An online community will be built to support the sharing of their experiences.

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.

 

ACCOMMODATION AT GOLDEN COAST HOTEL 2024

COST FOR THE PARTICIPANTS (All Inclusive)

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

Extra persons (All Inclusive)

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

 

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

TOURS & EXCURSIONS

Cape Sounio Tour (Price:  90 €/per person)
Monday @ 18:00
Includes:

    • 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: 120 €/per person)
Wednesday @ 16:00
Includes:

    • 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 €/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 20 February 2024.

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: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-esc/index/ , 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.