The Centro Ciência Viva de Lagos (CCVL) was selected as the only partner Maker Portuguese, Project and Consortium Make it Open, of the Horizon 2020 European Program, funded by the European Commission.
In the next 3 years, the CCVL will be associated with renowned scientific institutions from countries like Israel (Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem), United States of America (Columbia University), Holland, Poland (Copernicus Science Center), United Kingdom, Belgium, for through
European Association of Museums and Science Centers – Ecsite and other European partners.
The project Make It Open aims to apply the methodologies of the Movement MAKER in classroom contexts. This approach focuses on the training of children and young people through the concept of “hands-on” and addresses scientific, technological and natural science subjects, from biology to engineering, including mathematics and physics. By supporting schools, teachers, educators and students, the Make It Open, will create synergies between science, creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation.
«The Ciência Viva Center in Lagos was selected as one of the 6 European partners, among the various applications from European museums and science centers, to implement the techniques Maker in schools, as it presents a great experience of its team in the methodologies Maker and in the way they relate to formal and informal education, "said Luís Azevedo Rodrigues, director of the CCVL," but also because it has equipment and spaces dedicated to "contraptions" Maker and, above all, because it has a strong connection and implementation in the educational community of the region, either through the development of the Curriculum Enrichment Activities it develops, or through the implementation of activities Maker at Escola Ciência Viva, a project where students from the 1st Cycle spend an entire week developing activities at CCVL », added Luís Azevedo Rodrigues.
«Last March, the community Maker was called to produce masks for hospitals and health professionals and, at that time, the CCVL played an important role in the Algarve, having put its team and professionals at the service of the community. Fortunately, and although some difficulties and less good times as a society await us, the CCVL was selected to put its experience at the service of education », explained the director.
CCVL, as a mentor of science education programs, will bring to the schools in Lagos and neighboring municipalities of Portimão, Monchique, Vila do Bispo and Aljezur MAKER. Based on a non-formal approach, school and after-school programs will be developed, involving the Lagos city council in order to guarantee their maintenance and sustainability.