The Multiplier Event in Faro took a special form. Under the name "Arts and Sciences Fair" Portugal the event was organized at April 28, 2023 by the Agrupamento De Escolas Pinheiro E Rosa took place in the facilities of the Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth, in Faro, with several exhibitions and activities.
Various workshops and exhibitions have been organized in the time between 24 and 28 April 2023 in the so called program PELE Percurso Artístico Faro and Bienal Cultura e Educação and culminated with a final conference about how to implement STEAM methodology (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) in the classroom.
More than 50 teachers and educators, trainers, cultural educators, workers from municipalities and other public interested in developing partnerships for the implementation of STEAM projects from various schools, cultural institutions, and further private institutions attended the multiplier event conference.
The first part of the event consisted in introducing of the project to the Commissioner for the National Arts Plan and the Director of Live Science Centre of Algarve, which showed a great interest for the project and even for a second part of the project. After a brief overview on the role of arts and sciences for the educators, the participants discussed the importance of the STEAM approach as a way to deepen the curricular learning.
During the second part of the event, the project "EXPLORE+ Creative Exploration of Curiosity for Innovative Transdisciplinary, STEAM, and Social Learning" displayed the results - intellectual outputs. João Vargues, representing Zer0 Museum, presented the toolkit of activities designed to disseminate the learning outcomes and methods of the EXPLORE+ project. The primary objective of this toolkit is to promote and exchange innovative pedagogical practices that foster curiosity, creativity, STEAM skills, scientific literacy, and critical thinking within the learning process. It aims to equip students and community members with the necessary tools to explore their own capabilities, interests, and the relevance of these skills to the local community.
André Lara, representing AE Pinheiro e Rosa, introduced the EXPLORE+ Curiosity- and Creativity-driven Learning MOOC, the second result of the project The online course is an open source and specifically designed for teachers, youth workers, and pedagogues working with science centers and museums. The course draws upon the knowledge and insights gained from three distinct Learning Activities organized in Germany, Portugal, and Latvia as part of the study visits EXPLORE+ Project. It encompasses practical exercises, guidelines, tutorials, assessment quizzes, learning exercises, and a forum for discussions, all focused on fostering curiosity, creativity, scientific exploration, and STEAM principles.
In the third part of the Multiplier Event, have been presented various STEAM practice examples that were tested and implemented by the classes of Pinheiro e Rosa Secondary School and Zer0 Museum throughout this project.
It is important to mention that the EXPLORE+ project was the catalyst for the establishment of a particular regional collaboration, which aims to facilitate the implementation of the "Resident Artist" initiative in schools located in the Algarve region. The program emphasizes the involvement of artists in educational settings, fostering regular interaction and collaboration between artists and schools. The objective is to integrate artistic processes and practices into the curriculum, promoting a comprehensive artistic experience for students.
The special relevance of the project, is also highlighted by this important aspect, namely the official signing of the Collaboration Protocol between the National Plan for the Arts and the Regional Directorate for Culture. The signing ceremony involved Paulo Pires do Vale, the Commissioner for the National Plan for the Arts, and Adriana Nogueira, the Regional Director for Culture.
Multiplier Event Program:
24th to 28th 2023 April
"Science fair" - Exhibition:
- Scientific Posters - Students ES Pinheiro e Rosa
- Scientific Models - Students ES Pinheiro e Rosa
- "Our skin" - Associating the functions of the skin and its tonality, by 4th year EB Vale de Carneiros
Optical Illusions Illustration 9th grade EB Neves Júnior students
"Whisperers of Stories" (Opening 24th April 18 p.m.)
- Maria Flaminga Theatre
09:30 4th Student Climate Change Adaptation Conference ES Tomás Cabreira - organized by ES Tomás Cabreira in partnership with the Secondary Schools of Faro, Olhão and Loulé
Conference: "Application of the STEAM Methodology in the Development of Essential Learning in Portuguese Curricula" and addressed teachers, educators, other educational technicians, students (up 9th grade and Secondary Education), as well as cultural pedagogues, artists and scientists interested in working with schools.
The program of the event:
9:00 Reception of participants
9:30 Opening and welcome by Director of AEPROSA, Francisco Soares, and Regional Director of the Portuguese Institute for Sport and Youth, Custódio Moreno
9:45 Panel I - The Contribution of the Arts National Plan and Live Science Clubs in the Development of Essential Learning, from a Transdisciplinary Perspective and the Connection of Science and Art through the Use of STEAM Methodologies (Sciences, Technologies, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics)
- Paulo Pires do Vale, Commissioner for the National Arts Plan
- Cristina Veiga-Pires, Executive Director of Algarve Living Science Centre
11:15 Panel II - Presentation of the Explore+ Activity Handbook and Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) built under the scope of the Explore+ project: Creative Exploration of Curiosity for Innovative Transdisciplinary, STEAM, and Social Learning
- André Lara, Coordinator of the Project at AE Pinheiro e Rosa
- João Vargues, Project Coordinator at Museu Zer0
12:15 Signing of a Collaboration Protocol between the National Arts Plan and the Regional Directorate of Culture
- Commissioner for the National Arts Plan, Paulo Pires do Vale
- Regional Culture Director, Adriana Nogueira
12:20 Arts and Sciences practical activities
13:00 End of Conference
As part of the program PELE Percurso Artístico Faro and Bienal Cultura e Educação the Arts and Sciences Fair took place during the week of 24-28 April.