Outdoor Science Education for a Sustainable Future
The overall objective of the OTTER project is to enhance the understanding of Education Outside the Classroom (EOC) methods and pedagogies and how they can help improve the acquisition of scientific knowledge and transferable skills in students, specifically in the field of environmental sustainability and the reduction of plastic waste. It aims to increase interest in scientific topics among young people, while also contributing to the range of innovative educational projects and the increase of scientific citizenship within the EU.
The project will strengthen EOC networks within Europe, connecting experts from four different regions within the continent (Finland, Hungary, Ireland, and Spain). The strengthening of these networks will be utilised to carry out a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) programme of EOC pilot schemes and analyse the effect they have on the performance of participating students, including their levels of sophisticated consumption and scientific citizenship, as well as the transfer and acquisition of science skills and knowledge.