METABOLT Experiment in Porsöskolan (Luleå)
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GAS European STEAM Workshop participation

Published: 18 April 2019

GAS will be part of the EU-STEAM 2019 European Workshop on Technologies for STEAM Education and Human Learning organized by Luleå Tekniska Universitet Learning Machine Group led by Chaired Professor Marcus Liwicki. STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. This international workshop provides an ideal opportunity to network and synchronize with European researchers working on Innovative Education and Human Learning.

During two days (March 1st and 2nd) different STEAM European experts will discuss about some key topics as Deeper Learning, STEM and STEAM education, Innovative Learning approaches, IoT and Learning Technologies, digital skills in the classroom or open knowledge technologies among other subjects.

As one of the contributions from Sweden, GAS PhD Miracle Israel Nazarious and Science Communication Project Manager José Antonio Gordillo Martorellwill introduce on March 1st at 14:30 the METABOLT experience with Porsöskolan. The presentation with the tittle ”Metabolizing science. From the laboratory to the classroom: the STEM METABOLT experience” summarizes a pilot knowledge co-creation process done with a group of eleven and twelve years old students of Porsöskolan, a public school near Luleå Tekniska Universitet (3) from September 2018 to January 2019.

The experience is based on a true research project of GAS called METABOLT, an instrument to investigate the metabolic activity of microorganisms in soil from electrochemical and gaseous bio signatures. The presentation will introduce the working methodology, we will present some preliminary results and discuss the implications for future work lines. In GAS we are concerned about communicating science. We have committed to outreach and innovation in our activities and the GAS team participates regularly on this kind of events. This activity was part of a larger project developed by the GAS Science Communication Project Manager José Antonio Gordillo Martorell, which is called “From the Lab to the Classroom; straight away and return” that is aimed at bridging the gap between research and innovation activities and teaching in the school. This innovative approach can be easily transferred to other disciplines, institutions and countries that are concerned about STEAM learning methodologies.