Students as Agents of Social Change/MULTIPLIERS & OStogether Inspiration Session

What does the school of the future look like? The times when students were considered mere recipients of information are over. Still, schools haven’t fully transitioned yet into a model that strongly encourages student participation, agency and self-efficacy, preparing pupils to tackle real-world challenges. With a focus on science education and sustainability dilemmas, the MULTIPLIERS Horizon 2020 project is addressing that gap. Through its Open Science Communities in six EU countries, MULTIPLIERS is connecting school science to real life, empowering pupils to act as knowledge multipliers across society, and developing students’ scientific argumentation and critical thinking skills.

Join our first dissemination event, organised in partnership with the Open Schooling Together initiative, to:

  • learn more about our approach and meet our consortium partners;
  • be inspired by a key lecture with Prof. Shirley Simon, Institute of Education, University College London, on argumentation in science education; and
  • engage in an interactive session on practical Open Schooling tools and methods around key socio-scientific challenges!

Register for the webinar!

Date and time: 18 November 2022, 9:30 AM CET

Agenda:

9:30 – 10:00 Introduction to the MULTIPLIERS project: students as knowledge multipliers  
10:00 – 11:00 Key lecture: The role of argumentation in open-school science learning projects. Prof. Shirley Simon, Institute of Education, University College London  
11:00 – 13:00 Interactive session on practical Open Schooling methods and tools 3 breakout rooms on 6 socio-scientific issues: Forest use vs. forest protection & Biodiversity and ecosystem services; Vaccination & Anti-microbial resistance; and Air pollution & Water and sanitation  

Why does youth’s perspective on science matter? Video interview with PhD Researcher Jana Schilbert, University of Bonn

On the occasion of this year’s International Youth Day (12 August), Jana Schilbert, PhD Researcher at the University of Bonn, Germany, shared her perspective on the importance of working together with younger generations to effect change and bring about social transformation. For her, it is crucial to involve youth in the debate around social-scientific issues, since young people will be the most affected by society’s past and current behaviours and their consequences. At the same time, young people can bring new ideas to the table on how to address challenges such as climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss.

In the interview, Jana also described MULTIPLIERS’ approach to Open Schooling and the expected impacts of the project. Watch the full video:

Multipliers project joins forces with Open Schooling Together initiative

The Multipliers project has recently become a member of the Open Schooling Together initiative (OS Together), a joint collaboration between 11 European projects to spread the word about how schools, local communities, policy-makers, museums, science centres and other local stakeholders can rethink learning boundaries.

The group brings together the CONNECT, COSMOS, Make it Open, MOST, Open Science Hub, PAPSE, PHERECLOS, PULCHRA, SALL and SEAS projects, representing a rich variety of approaches to Open Schooling. Although each project has its particular focus, all share the common objective of involving local communities in teaching and learning processes, thereby creating local agents of innovation, fostering social transformation and contributing to community development.

Apart from a series of Innovation Sessions to promote exchange on different Open Schooling tools and methodologies, the group collaborates on a range of communication channels, such as a joint newsletter and social media accounts. Learn more here about the latest Inspiration Session on Evaluation approaches for measuring the impact of open schooling, where Multipliers presented its evaluation methodology, tools, and strategies. To receive updates from the initiative, follow OS Together on Twitter and subscribe to the OS Together newsletter.

Other Open Schooling initiatives can join the group by emailing .

Join MULTIPLIERS at the first Festival of the New European Bauhaus from 9-12 June in Brussels

From 9 to 12 June, the European Commission organises for the first time a Festival dedicated to the New European Bauhaus (NEB). Designed around three pillars, Forum, Fair and Fest and based physically in Brussels, at Gare Maritime & Mont des Arts, but equally around Europe and online, the Festival of the New European Bauhaus will bring together people from all walks of life to explore, debate and shape a beautiful, sustainable and inclusive future.

MULTIPLIERS will be represented at the Festival Fair by our project partner University of Ljubljana, who will engage festival-goers in science experiments linking science, sustainability and art. The Fair is co-created: out of the 316 applications received, 100 projects were selected to be displayed at NEB both on fixed and innovative mobile supports (from e-bikes to electrical tuk-tuks) scattered across the city centre. 

Based on the original Bauhaus movement ideals – to revolutionise the relationships between different disciplines – but upgrading it to the challenges of the 21st century, the New European Bauhaus is, in the words of the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, a “new cultural project for Europe”. After this first pilot edition, the festival should travel in the years to come to other European cities to spread awareness of the movement to all the corners of the Union.  

Attending the festival? Look for our booth and join our science experiments!

When:

9, 10, 11 June 2022

09:00 AM to 07:00 PM

Where:

  • 9 June – Gare Maritime, Rue Picard 7, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  • 10 June – Gare Maritime, Rue Picard 7, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  • 11 June – Gare Maritime, Rue Picard 7, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

More information:

Website of the Festival 

New European Bauhaus 

Bottled water vs. tapped water: which is better? Debunking myths around water quality

Influenced by marketing and brand recognition, some people prefer to drink bottled water to tap water. But against popular belief, that doesn’t necessarily translate into higher quality or hygiene.

To work out students’ perceptions around the topic and discuss water drinking habits, MULTIPLIERS partner Iren, through its educational division Eduiren, co-organised a water “blind tasting” at the Blaise Pascal School in the Italian city of Reggio Emilia. Perceptions from upper secondary students at the tasting experience were compared to the results of analytical tests on different types of drinking water, allowing participants to debunk myths and illusions regarding perceived quality and taste.

Research shows that bottled and tap water samples are not systematically different in relation to health risks or taste. Similarly, from a consumer perspective, people are generally not able to distinguish tap from bottled water in blind tastings – showing that many beliefs are related to preconceived ideas rather than to actual experiences or product characteristics.

In contrast, bottled water is substantially worse for the environment, as it requires more energy to produce (including water treatment, bottling, transportation and refrigeration). Single-use plastic water bottles also release toxins to the environment as they degrade, and often end up in landfills or in water bodies.

The event was organised in collaboration with the Blaise Pascal upper secondary school, one of the MULTIPLIERS OSC partners in Italy, within the project theme “Clean Water and Sanitation”.  Learn more about it here.