Playing with Protons: STEAM activities for primary schools inspired by pioneering research. 

Join us for two hours of exciting STEAM activities and ideas for primary schools. In this workshop, you will be exposed to classroom activities inspired by the amazing world of frontier research on subatomic particles and the microcosm in general in leading research centers such as CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) and INFN (the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics).

Activities will combine science themes with arts & crafts methodologies with an emphasis on exciting the imagination and creativity of young minds:

  • Fun activities on gravitation
  • Designing the atom
  • Climate change: an artistic point of view

Playing with Protons is an education initiative led by the CMS experiment at CERN bringing together primary school teachers, science education specialists and CERN researchers to develop creative approaches to helping all primary students engage effectively in physics, discovery and innovation.

The session will be delivered in English.

Contributions from:

  • Dr Angelos Alexopoulos, Playing with Protons
  • Dr Pierluigi Paolucci, INFN Napoli & CERN
  • Christos Papandreou, Primary School of Epitalion Ilias
  • Eleftheria Tsourlidaki, Ellinogermaniki Agogi
  • Dr Stephanos Cherouvis, Ellinogermaniki Agogi

The aim of this workshop is to introduce to participants the POLAR STAR methodology and learn how to use it to switch to more interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary student-centred teaching, not through ground-breaking changes in their teaching style but through a series of targeted, small and progressive changes.

During the workshop participants will learn how to use the proposed methodology along with its tools and materials and update their teaching style within their own timeframe and up to the point they feel comfortable doing so.

The presentation of the methodology will be done through concrete examples and interactive demonstrations that will actively involve the participants. The main parts of the methodology that will be presented are:

  • Switching to a student-centred teaching style
  • Introducing different versions of STEAM
  • Achieving interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary learning
  • Helping students find meaning in what they learn

The workshop mainly addresses teachers of primary education and STEAM teachers of secondary education.

Presenter: Tsourlidaki Eleftheria, Ellinogermaniki Agogi

The aim of this workshop is to present the Erasmus+ project CoTA (Computational Thinking and Acting) which develops and validates new learning and teaching ICT solutions in Computational Thinking and problem solving in primary schools. CoTA explores the concept of Physical Computing and provides open learning activities for programming including teacher materials and teacher training. CoTA will also develop scenarios for including programming into different subjects and a competence framework of Physical Computing linked to existing national curriculas in Finland, Estonia, Germany and Greece.

Can you imagine becoming part of the global effort to detect Gravitational Waves? Do you think that your students can explore cosmic events with a detector installed deep in the sea?

Citizen Science creates numerous opportunities for all citizens – independent of their location, gender, or education – to be involved in ground-breaking fundamental research. Through citizen science activities, everyone can contribute to the development of new knowledge. Increasingly, scientists from Large Research Infrastructures and Frontier Physics experiments are starting to share their data and ask for citizens to support the optimization of their detectors to enhance discoveries potential.

But how can schools and students support their work?

Join us for this vision-building workshop in the REINFORCE project to help us design the best possible citizen science projects in school education.

The workshop will showcase citizen science projects in frontier physics, with experts from infrastructures such as CERN, VIRGO/EGO, or KM3NeT introducing their ideas and engaging with participants to better understand teachers and students’ needs, interests, motivations and ideas on how to integrate citizen science in the classroom.

Every day, teachers around the world make decisions about how to help their pupils and need easy to access and up to date evidence to inform those decisions. However, access to evidence or as it is sometimes called, ‘research informed knowledge’, is not readily available and where it is, teachers find it hard to translate this into practice. Moreover, the research is not always of use to the teachers as it has been conceptualized by researchers who themselves are often not based in classroom practice.

Aiming to bridge the gap between these two worlds, the BRIST Erasmus+ project ( aims to empower and support in service teachers to use and produce research, by creating a specific web platform, mobile APP and services.

As a first step for Greek teachers, the BRIST Project is organizing  a Focus Group on Sunday the 8th of November 2020, with school leaders, teachers, researchers and policy makers, which will be invited to undertake a a three-round Focus Group to develop and share understanding of ‘translational research’ in the context of school education and help the BRIST project develop a teacher and evidence informed research infrastructure, so that they can create, share, access and practically utilize research in their classrooms.

Closed workshop with invitation only.

The workshop presents an educational scenario for teaching mathematics in the first year of primary school and discusses the harmonious coupling of synchronous and asynchronous teaching, using print and digital media. The workshop will also present educational digital material developed in the context of distance synchronous and asynchronous education for Greek and Mathematics for the two first years of primary school and the design principles behind them.

Contributions from

  • Agapi Vavouraki
  • Christina Mpourouni
  • Vasiliki Kariotoglou
  • Eugenia Panouseri
  • Panagiota Pantazi