Title SCIENCE AT THEATRE
Project Number 2013-1-IT1-LEO05-03988
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
In a knowledge society, scientific research and technological development play an essential rule in the cultural and economic progress.
Knowledge and culture safeguard democracy, active citizenship, innovation, integration and solidarity, on which is grounded the competitiveness of society.
The cooperation amongst scientific and social community arises the allure of the professions within research and development sector.
Science At Theatre fostered a didactic methodology supporting the transfer of scientific contents through the application of drama techniques.
Science can be a charming and amusing game, if it is adorned with a touch of Theatre and Play.
SAT cooperated with Schools to:
-divulge and valorise the use of non formal training practices within the education system,
-motivate students to learn scientific subjects,
-promote the networking between Schools and Universities working in the same territory.
We are what we know
This is SAT
EU benchmarks and statistics on education show a low enrollment rate in science field of study at tertiary education level. The risk is the one of weakening the competitiveness and innovation capacity of the EU against its main international competitors. The results of the PISA survey in the Countries involved in the project witness unsatisfactory performances in science by 15 y.o. students.
The challenge and goal of the project was to upgrade the skills of teachers in scientific disciplines at secondary level in order to strengthen the attractiveness and understanding of Chemistry and Physics among young people. The proposed methodology made use of fun, play and aspects of performing arts such as theatre, music, and film-making. The project foresaw the transfer of some relevant experiences already developed by the University of Rome and targeted to primary school level, in order to readapt and use such model and approach in the framework of secondary school level.
Main activities of SAT project were:
1. Survey on innovative pedagogical methodologies for teaching Chemistry and Physics in the Countries of the partnership
2. Training workshops for teachers/trainers aimed to build competences in teaching scientific contents through performing arts (theatre).
3. Workshops with students aimed at creating Science-Theatre events that will be performed by teachers and students in Italian and Latvian schools.
4. Production of didactical Modules on specific themes relevant to chemistry and physics disciplines (national curricula- student age: 15-16 y. o.).
6. Peer Evaluation workshops and dissemination of the results of the project in the all Countries of the Partnership.
7. Production and wide diffusion of SAT Handbook, including guidelines to teach Chemistry and Physics exploiting innovative pedagogies based on drama techniques.
The transnational consortium represented five EU Member States (IT, DE, LV, GR, TR) and implied Universities, Schools, Public Administrations, NGOs and Vocational Training Centers specialized in training of trainers. All Partners were experienced in the management of cooperative national and transnational networks and in the implementation of actions concerning contents and topics faced by the project.
Science At Theatre (SAT) project proposed a didactic methodology based on the transfer of the Science contents foreseen in the compulsory education curriculum through the application of drama techniques. The method had been developed by the Department of Physic of the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and the Cultural Association “IL Globetto” and was the result of a long-standing experience (over ten years) in producing, organizing and divulgating “Science performances” addressed to low secondary students.
Within the project the SAT methodology has been transferred in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Latvia and The Netherlands.
Main goals were:
• Updating the competences of Secondary Education teachers of Science subjects (Chemistry and Physics in particular) transferring them the theoretical and practical principles of the SAT methodology.
• Increased motivation of students in general and the ones “at risk” (school leaving/failure) in particular, in studying and learning scientific contents.
• Divulgation of practices/experiences fostering the design of innovative (non traditional) didactic materials/tools.
• Fostering the achievement of EU benchmarks related to the increase of enrolment rates in science field of study at tertiary education level.
• Promoting the networking between Schools and Universities working in the same territory.
Main features and results of the SAT method
• Mixing the experimental, interactive and cooperative approach with the recreational and technical elements of drama;
• students education to “rational thinking” and to the application of “logical reasoning”;
• fostering the creative attitude of students and educating them to teamworking;
• valorisation of the teaching of Science disciplines;
• improvement of students’ learning outcomes related to science contents;
• training a new profile: the “science educator-entertainer”.
Utilization and distribution of results
Access for disadvantaged
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
Product Types teaching material
Main actions and products
Survey on methodologies and training practices similar to the one promoted by the project, addressed to teachers of scientific subjects in IT, LV, NL, GR, TR.
Didactical Modules on specific contents of Chemistry and Physics, in Italy and Latvia.
Training workshops on SAT model, addressed to secondary school teachers and trainers, in Italy and Latvia.
SAT Workshops addressed to secondary school students, in Italy and Latvia.
Scripts/storyboards on specific scientific contents (chemistry and physics), in Italy and Latvia produced by students involved
Performance of Theatre-Science events based on the scripts produced by the students, in Italy and Latvian.
Publication of the SAT Handbook (IT/EN).