MARCH (MAke science Real in sCHools) is a network that aims to bring together institutions, NGOs and educational establishments in a collaborative learning environment in order to share innovative content and best practices in Science Education for secondary schools (ages 11-16). It consists of nine partners that come from seven European countries: the UK, Greece, Germany, Serbia, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Portugal.
Recent studies, such as the 2015 Unconference report "Is science a land of equal opportunities?", have shown that students believe that willpower and enthusiasm are more important factors to build a successful STEM career than academic achievement. These are the elements the MARCH project wishes to nurture: inspire passion about science, promote scientists as role models and unveil the wealth and depth of science that surrounds us.
Our key objectives are:
- To make science teaching more attractive to the students
- To help young people to actively contribute to the learning process
- To argue in favour of the relevance of science to everyday life
- To promote science as a force that can build up active citizens
- To highlight the relationship between science skills and future employability
The innovative content and best practices shared in Science Education for secondary schools is under the theme of "Sustainable Cities". All partners involved see a need to improve science education that could increase the employability of our students. In order to achieve our goals, we use new and innovative learning techniques that make science learning more attractive and more appealing to younger people. Our ambition is to reach more than 10.000 schools across Europe and attract the interest of thousands of young students.
Overall, the MARCH network has implemented an empirical study on the state of the art of science education, a series of national (local) and international swap innovation workshops, three international conferences and eleven webinars across the partners' countries. It has also defined a good practice in STEM Education within the MARCH framework and has addressed and made recommendations on a number of educational challenges that are linked to students' perception on science and exist in schools' science education pedagogies.
Our interim progress report is available online and can be read here.
Our final project report is available to read here.