The project supports transdisciplinary work. Often Science, English and Drama teachers work together to support participating students.
Here's a quote from a teacher in Lille:
"The project has made students more curious and attracted to Science and English as academic subjects, the latter having become a more authentic language of communication. The project allowed me to get to know my Science colleagues better as I had never worked with them before. It strengthened co-operation between students and enabled us to work with other teachers. Some students were able to surpass themselves despite being severely disabled (as was the case for one of our students) or excessively shy (as was the case for others). Students who usually switch off were suddenly motivated in class.
Each group of students is supported in their work by a young European researcher. This gives students a role model who in turn opens them up to new perspectives for scientific careers and internationalism. SchoolLab allows students to have an active role in scientific communication and inspires them follow in the footsteps of the current generation of young researchers. Their scientific knowledge, their spoken English and their confidence are all positively impacted.
SchoolLab helps students to:
- Challenge their assumptions on research and science as they deepen their knowledge on both subjects
- Develop critical thinking through innovative and creative activities
- Increase in confidence and skills - useful for presenting their ideas when they enter the world of work
- Demystify and therefore identify with young scientists
- Open up to the international world
Students develop the following skills:
- Science, engineering and technology based skills
- Communicating in a foreign language
- The ability to take initiative
- The research, documentation and synthesising of information
- Working in a group