The partners of our Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships project “How to Raise an Inventor. Technology and Engineering Learning Materials for Schools”, Riga State Gymnasium No 2, held a multiplier event in Riga
The purpose of the multiplier event was to disseminate information about the four newly produced modules to technology, physics, programming and IT teachers of Riga and various schools outside Riga. It was planned as an 8 h professional development training course for 30 teachers of Riga and Latvia.
The Multiplier event on October 19th, 2019 gathered 30 teachers from 7 different schools of Riga, from 7 different towns and cities outside Riga (Valmiera, Limbaži, Tukums, Aknīste, Daugavpils, Aizkraukle, Cēsis) and from 3 technology clubs.
In the first part of the day the teachers received information about the project results, activities, makeathon in the Netherlands, watched the project video, the video demonstrating Rube Goldberg machine, etc. The first part included also general information about the 2 modules: the 3D module (Build an Arm Wrestling Robot) and the integrated module (How to Make Ideas and How They Travel).
The secnd part of the multiplier event was the training of teachers into two parallel groups for Microbit and Lego technologies. Each group produced one project from the module materials. The teachers also learned how to adjust the material to different age groups.
According to questionnaire results, the feedback from 30 teachers is very positive. They say the provided teaching material is of good quality, it is very useful and appropriate for technology syllabus, applicable for various age groups, engaging for students. They think the provided training was conducted in a professional way, the teachers Tatjana Strigalova and Elza Linina demonstrated excellent communication and demonstration skills. Some of the final comments:
– This was really inspiring,
– The modules should be disseminated among teachers as much as possible.
– The design process was really interesting.
– We had enough time to build the models, but I wish we had even more for programming them.
All participants praised the good work of the workshop leaders and the tasty lunch. The teachers were really motivated and came from far distances on a day-off.
Outcomes of the event:
- 30 teachers of various schools have received professional development certificates for Microbit and Lego technologies.
- The estimated number of students who will receive education from the trained teachers on October 19th in school year 2019/2020 is 550 students of age 9-19 years.
- 30 teachers have received a folder of printed and digital resources for all 4 produced modules so that they can continue learning online independently and pass this knowledge to his colleagues in their schools. This ensures sustainability of the project results.
- Contacts for further professional development training opportunities were established.
Project grant agreement no. 2017-1-LT01-KA201-035284.
Below are some fotos from the event.