Scientix is a project which promotes and supports European cooperation between teachers of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math), researchers in pedagogy, policy makers and education professionals. The initiative is managed by the Network of Ministries European Schoolnet (EUN), on behalf of the European Commission.
In its first phase (2009-2012) the Scientix community has created a portal to gather and present European projects on STEM education and their results. Since 2010 this online environment has become a real community on the net, trying to act as a reference point for science education.
From 2013, with the start of the second phase (Scientix 2), it has appeared necessary to spread more widely the project among Italian teachers and ensure that the promoted activities were integrated at national and local level in the political strategies. For this purpose, the National Contact Points were established, as important national connection elements with the European project.
INDIRE represents Italy and works to promote the use of Scientix in coordination and integration with the initiatives already activated nationwide. It also selects materials and projects produced in Italy to be published in the portal. Moreover, INDIRE promotes the launch of training initiatives related to the teaching of scientific subjects.
Scientix wants to ensure that the results of public funded scientific education projects can reach a wider audience, by collecting, sharing and disseminating educational materials. The materials are mainly research reports and best practices from European scientific education projects funded by the European Union through the 6th and 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, the Permanent Learning Programme (LLP) or through other national initiatives. The platform is a truly engaging community, thanks to a database and tools to be used on and off-line. Scientix is translated into seven languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Romanian). EUN also provides an on-demand translation service in one of the 23 languages of the European Union. The educational materials, resources and scientific reports in the portal can be freely downloaded and reused. The platform offers, among other things, a search system for resources and published projects, as well as a series of social networking tools through which users can share their experiences with European colleagues.