The “Aerospace in Class Validation Report” is out!

The Airbus Foundation teamed up with European Schoolnet for the Aerospace in Class project, aimed at helping primary and secondary teachers to engage their students in aerospace-related subjects. With the help of 11 Lead Teachers from across Europe, the project sought to bring the resources developed by the Airbus Foundation closer to schools and test their benefits among children aged 8 to 12 by carrying out 13 learning scenarios and a massive open online course (MOOC).

Carried out with the support of the STEM Alliance and Scientix, the pilot project investigated the requirements and benefits of integrating STEM resources from the Airbus Foundation Discovery Space in primary and secondary classes, which are analysed in the presented "Aerospace in Class Validation Report". The project consisted of three phases:

  1. Co-construction of 13 learning scenarios to support the integration of Airbus Foundation Discovery Space resources in classes for 8-to-12-year-old students
  2. Validation of the learning scenarios in schools in several European countries
  3. Capacity building with the development of a MOOC

The learning scenarios were tested by 45 teachers from 16 countries reaching about 900 students. As the testing took place throughout 2020, when many schools were in lockdown, 40% of the learning scenarios were run online. After testing and validating the 13 learning scenarios, the resutls were made available in the Aerospace in Class MOOC in February 2021. More than 900 teachers followed the MOOC reaching more than 11.000 students.

The "Aerospace in Class Validation Report" considers the results of the learning scenarios' validation as well as participation in the MOOC. According to the report's findings, pupils were enthusiastic about the activities and the videos, and they loved the topic as it related to their own interests and real life. The learning scenarios proved to be not only a successful way to introduce aerospace-related subjects but also to encourage students' creativity and to help them in expressing their thoughts during class discussions.

From the teachers' perspective, after taking part in the project, they felt more confident about using aerospace-related resources in their teaching. Many participants were looking forward to integrating the topic of "aerospace" into their teaching. Moreover, many teachers agreed that aerospace activities improve student engagement in STEM classes.

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