MoM – Summer School 18-24 August 2019

Immagine1Innovative materials offer the opportunity to be associated with cutting-edge research topics, innovate experimental lab work at school exploiting the ‘wow’ factor, encourage students’ creativity as they envision, design and implement new possible applications and last but not least evaluate their impact on society.

New materials, such as the so called “smart” materials, may be the key to sustainability and address many of the fundamental challenges that human kind will have to meet in the coming years. Together with the promise of unprecedented possibilities such materials also introduce delicate society issues- from social equanimity to privacy protection and development of new eco lifestyles – which call for responsible, well informed, scientifically and technologically literate citizens.

Target - The course is targeting Science teachers (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, ICT etc..) at secondary level, preservice Science teachers – including Teacher Students – and Teacher Trainers. Number of participants: maximum 30.

Course objectives

  • provide recent insights on innovative materials and cutting edge materials research
  • develop awareness of the potential of working with new materials in Science class
  • promote experimental real inquiry based & problem based science at school
  • inspire innovation in science didactical practice and curricula
  • learn to enhance students creativity and innovation capability
  • improve the abilities to work collaboratively and exchange best practices in transnational groups

N.B. Per i docenti italiani priorità tematiche del Piano Nazionale di Formazione coerenti  con l’offerta della Summer School. Clicca qui


Course content -The course will contain the following modules

  • Light interacting materials
  • Materials for a sustainable world
  • The Internet of Things
  • Printed and wearable electronics
  • Setting up a materials science show and other outreach activities

      Program – download


Cultural events – and activities will be offered in the evenings and at the weekend (i.e. visit to Lucca, hiking tour to Mount Cimone GAW Global Station, traditionl St. Bartholomew’s feast in the ancient hamlet of Fiumalbo by candle light).


Course approach - The Summer School will offer a thorough insight on how to boost science teaching and learning through the use and investigation of new innovative materials.

Participants will work mainly experimentally and in inquiry based mode, performing lab protocols, discussing results and implementation issues in groups with the help of the tutors. They will test the properties of new materials and discuss didactical impact and how and where to significantly embed into the curriculum. Coding sessions, seminars, field trips and even how to set up a science show about new materials outreach will complete the program.

Being a “teachers to teachers” initiative the course is highly practical and particular care has been put to ensure immediate reproducibility after the course.

The participants will have access to already tested best practices equipped with a whole batch of free didactical resources (background reading, student worksheets, teachers guide, webinar recordings, etc…) along with useful tips on setting up the experiments and where to buy materials.

Each participant will bring home a kit of materials samples and consumables for use in their classroom.

Participants coming from different countries will benefit from the international environment. Networking and exchange of best practices  will be explicitly favoured during the course.

Detailed information regarding the programme of the course, methodology and preparation will be sent to the selected applicants.

Language- the language of the course is English

Certificate - All participants on request will get an Europass Mobility document along with a certificate on completion of the course.


Follow up - All applicants will be invited to join MOM virtual community (eTwinnning and Facebook) where they will be offered both continuous support and the possibility of an intense networking before, during and after the course.

Jobshadowing opportunities will be offered to a selected number of participants in MoM partner schools.


Course fee - 350 euro. The fee includes: transport from/to the meeting point at Modena railway station to the hotel in Piane di Mocogno, transport for the cultural visits and field trips of the week, a kit of consumables (value:150 euros).


Location -The summer school organized by MoM project coordinating school IIS Cavazzi Pavullo (IT), will take place in Italy at Piane di Mocogno, in the beautiful landscape of the Appenine Mountains at the boundary with Tuscany.


Accomodation - Accomodation will be in a mountain hotel, single room full board (approx 70 euros per day ). Possibility to cut accomodation costs by sharing room with another participant (upon request).

Accomodation costs are NOT covered by the course fee and will have to be settled directly by the participants. The organization will offer support in setting up the contact with the hotel and assist for the entire course period of the accommodation.



  • Preregistration on a “first-in first-served” basis through the on-line form 31st January 2019-
  • Down Payment – Accepted applicants will have to send in a down payment of 50 euros by February 15th, 2019  not refundable or proof of KA1 grant request
  • A waiting list will be activated in case of a surplus of requests
  • Final paymentClosing: 1st June 2019

N.B. The summer school will take place only with a minimum number of participants (15).

ATTENTION! FOR EU teachers only (outside Italy) – to write your application for Erasmus+ KA1 course in time please fill in our preregistration form as soon as possible. You will get a support document for applying successfully.

  •  KA1- Deadline for grant end of January 2019


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