History of the EU-HOU project
2004 - 2006 : Eu-Hou is born !
The EU-HOU project has been funded at 44% through the European program MINERVA (SOCRATES) for a two-year period: grant is 113969-CP-1-2004-1-FR-MINERVA-M. Partners from 8 countries have joined, the University Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris and the other partners have completed the funding.
2008 - 2010 : Eu-Hou is spreading over Europe
In the context of the Lifelong Learning Program, the EU-HOU project is now funded through the European program COMENIUS for another two-year period: grant is 141928-2008-LLP-FR-COMENIUS-CMP. 6 more countries join the consortium, so that by the end of 2010 Eu-Hou will be implemented over 14 countries in Europe. The grant is funding 75% of the project, the other partners complete the funding.
Title of this project is: Hands-On Universe teacher training and support program
Our main goal is the promotion of experimental science teaching to improve scientific education in schools, by “taking” hands-on experimental, active learning into the classroom. New opportunities from ICT developments, as well as the role of science centres/museums, must be explored in order to render the process of learning science in our schools more participatory, appealing, self-challenging and rewarding. Our project will make science education more attractive while promoting and diffusing good practices in non-formal/informal activities among teachers, schools, and national/transnational educational boards.
To achieve these ambitious goals and objectives, the Hands-On Universe program will be organised as follow:
• Three training sessions open to ~100 teachers from 14 EU countries
• Production of pedagogical resources, adapted/translated to partner countries (secondary school programs)
• Creation/update of national websites to freely disseminate pedagogical materials, plus a forum allowing teachers to share knowledge and experiences
• Update and release a free, pupil-friendly software package, to be used in the classroom, translated to 14 partner languages
All resources will be available long after the end of the grant, particularly through our two associated partners, ESO and the International Year of Astronomy GALILEO project.
2010 - 2012 : Eu-Hou offers the first network of robotic telescopes for IBSE education
In the context of the Lifelong Learning Program, the EU-HOU project is one more time funded through the European program COMENIUS for another two-year period: grant is 510308-LLP-1-2010-1-FR-COMENIUS-CMP. One more country, Germany, joins the consortium, so that by the end of 2012 Eu-Hou will be implemented over 15 countries in Europe, among which 11 are involved in this new project. The grant is funding 75% of the project, the other partners complete the funding.
Title of this project is: EU-HOU - Connecting classrooms to the Milky Way.
In 2012, the worldwide radiotelescope ALMA will start operations. Radioastronomy is entering a new golden age and will unveil the Universe as never before, a fantastic opportunity for widening formal and informal educational training and public involvement, in schools and through science centres and museums, for making a science impact on young people. This project will develop the first European network of radiotelescopes for education, enabling schools to explore the Milky Way through Internet, and IBSE pedagogical resources to be used in the classrooms. Outreach and dissemination will rely on 10000 CD-rom distributed in European schools and circulating posters exhibitions, a multilingual website to freely disseminate pedagogical materials, plus a forum allowing teachers to share knowledge and experiences. EU-HOU contributes significantly to raising the attractiveness of science education and to the development/modernisation of EU schools. Our project will have a very positive impact on the way students interpret school and the whole process of learning.
The following exercises have been supported by the MINERVA grant 113969-CP-1-2004-1-FR-MINERVA-M:
The following exercises have been supported by the COMENIUS grant 141928-2008-LLP-FR-COMENIUS-CMP: