The Pri-Sci-Net project is arriving towards its end. However, to the partnership, this is a period of intense work as we bring together all the effort that the project partnership has been involved in during the whole project duration. It is also a time of excitement as we see our hard work reflected in actions and deliverables. The project has already achieved major milestones, these being:
- Three international training courses: Three international courses have been organised and delivered in the Czech Republic in January 2013, in Crete in July 2013, and in Salzburg in February 2014. These training courses were attended by teachers from different European countries and provided a real European experience. It was a pleasure to have teachers all sharing their experiences and being training in inquiry science in upper junior years, early years, as well as in informal and non formal aspects of primary science;
- An International Conference: The Pri-Sci-Net project is proud to be the first project which has managed to organise its international conference within the ESERA conference where most of the science educators from the world meet to share their research experience. This conference offered the opportunity to teachers to listen to research in science education as well as have science education researchers drop in to listen to teachers’ experiences and work in the classroom with children doing inquiry;
- 45 IBSE activities at Primary Level: Following a long selection process the partnership have worked on the development of 45 activities in inquiry: 15 for children aged 3-5 years; 15 for children aged 6-8 years; and another 15 for children aged 9-11 years. These activities are currently in their final stages, following which they will be uploaded on the project website;
- Building a database of teachers across Europe: The partners in the different partner countries have worked hard to invite teachers to become affiliated with the project. This allows us to contact teachers and to inform them about our initiatives, opportunity of financial support to participate, and other information related to implementing inquiry in primary science;
- National Training Courses: The Pri-Sci-Net partnership is happy to announce that to date it has already trained over 1000 teachers across Europe at national level. In these training sessions, the partners themselves have been to schools working with teachers. A number of partners are still working with teachers in the final months of the project;
- Network Platform on Inquiry: The Project has been working on putting together a network platform http://social.prisci.net . This platform includes the 45 activities that the partnership have developed and are encouraging teachers to use this platform. This is not easy as there is a lot of information and teacher support on the internet and teachers are encouraged to visit the platform.