Welcome to FEDORA

Regenerating the ecosystem of science learning by developing a future-oriented model to enable creative thinking, foresight and active hope as skills needed in formal and informal science education.
OUR AIMS and ambitions

FEDORA will develop a future-oriented model to enable creative thinking, foresight and active hope as skills needed in formal and informal science education.

But what does "future-oriented" mean?
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Which will be our starting point?
FEDORA recognizes three misalignments.

They are true dissonances that can be brought into a nicer piece! We see a clash between, on one hand, the vertical and hyper- specialized organization of teaching in disciplines and, on the other, the inter-multi-transdisciplinary, character of innovation, and the efforts to make research and science an open and collaborative space. We see a second mismatch between the formalized and exclusive languages used in schools and the needs for new languages to enhance imagination and the capacity to talk about the contemporary challenges and last, but not least, we identify a discrepancy between the a-temporal or historically oriented teaching approaches and the need to support the young to construct visions of the future that empower actions in the present.

News & Journaling

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Imagining the school of the future through computational simulations: scenarios’ sustainability and agency as keywords

Eleonora Barelli, University of Bologna, Italy
Computational simulations are fundamental tools not only for scientific research but also for education. They are frequently used as virtual laboratories to foster students’ understanding of the theoretical concepts that lie at the basis of the simulated systems. Recent research works in STEM education have started to explore the potential of simulations as future-oriented objects, to […]

New languages for the quantum revolutions

Sara Satanassi, University of Bologna, Italy
This is a story about an event that happened not so long ago, which ripples are reaching further...Let's recap. Thursday, May 19 at the scientific “Liceo” A. Einstein in Rimini: the final event of a laboratory “Quantum Atelier” took place.  The project was born as a result of the PLS – Piano Lauree Scientifiche – […]

Open your ears to listen to the sound of temperature rising

Andrea Troncoso, formicablu, Italy
Soon it's going to be a year since we had the opportunity to listen and talk with Andri Magnusson, the Icelandic writer who has taken as a personal quest the protection of glaciers by employing a very simple yet powerful and deep tool: language and narratives. His last and most famous book, "On time and […]
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Partner Institutions

How are we going to make it? We will shed a light into these blind spots by combining the skills of our team and at the same time, by exploring what is currently happening in the different layers that interact in science education. We will dig into the culture, into the conceptual paradigms and how institutions face the present and future in our field. Multiform sets of research methodologies will be put in place, in order to feed anticipatory polices that will mobilize visionary attitudes, sustainable and creative participation in science-related societal issues.
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FEDORA, Future-oriented Science Education to enhance Responsibility and Engagement in the society of acceleration and uncertainty, is a 3-year EU-funded project. It started in September 2020 and will deploy its activities until August 2023. It gathers 6 partner institutions from 5 European countries.
FEDORA has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement no. 872841
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