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14 aprile 2020

Teaching coding and sciences with the inquiry-based approach. A European contest gathers the best teaching practices

Under the umbrella of STEM Discovery Campaign 2020, the project TIWI – Teaching ICT with Inquiry, organises a contest addressed to all teachers willing to share, at European level, best teaching practices, carried out in-person or at a distance between 1 February and 30 April 2020, concerning the implementation of the Inquiry-based methodology in STEM subjects and ICT.

Inquiry-based learning is a pedagogical approach reproducing in the class the scientific method making students’ work close to that of researchers: it makes possible formulating and verifying hypothesis, bringing out previous knowledge, posing questions, carrying out experiments, and consolidating knowledge. This method was created for the studying of experimental sciences, but it can be also applied to activities using ICT, for example, to make students familiar with the logic of coding.

The TIWI contest asks students to create a didactic activity with the inquiry-based method and describe it, at this link, until 30 April, breaking down processes and class impact. Naturally, considering the Covid emergency, distance learning activities will be also considered. 

In the general online form of Stem Discovery Campaign 2020, it is possible to include personal details and the description of the activity carried out. The activity description must include the possible use of online laboratories and coding, and subjects involved (STEM and/or ICT). Links to the project and posts on networking sites, images and all that testifies the actual class participation are welcome. Moreover, it will be possible to provide specific information on strengths and weaknesses of the inquiry-based method as far as impact on students, and collaboration with colleagues of other subjects is concerned. 

After including this information, in order to participate in the contest, it is necessary to select “I want to submit a TIWI implementation story”.

Promoted by EUN and co-financed by Erasmus+, the TIWI project aims to provide teachers with tools and competences to implement coding in scientific subjects, with the use of the inquiry-based approach. The main target are the teachers of the final years of primary school (9 to 11 years of age) and secondary school (12 to 19 years of age). The project aims also to bring to light career opportunities in the field of ICT and coding and STEM subject in general. 


Further information on the contest >>