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Lida Schoen / Mei-Hung Chíu

Ipoh, Malaysia, April 2010 (1)


Science Across the World (1)

Largest global schools network




Science Across the World (2)

Exchange programme between schools world wide (149 countries), based ontwofoundations:existing resources for students (age 10-16)anda database with>8211teachers


Aims of the programme

  • Science / ’all’ subjects (cross curricular): investigations in the neighbourhood,humanactivities
  • Internationalcollaboration: exchange data with students in schools abroad
  • Language: developing language and communication skills
  • ICT: meaningful use

Topics (1)

  • Acid rain (12/16)
  • Biodiversity around us (12/15)
  • Chemistry in our lives (12/15)
  • Chemistry as a cultural enterprise (new, IYC)
  • Climate change (14-16)
  • Domestic waste (12/16)
  • Drinking water (12/15)
  • Eating and drinking (10/12)

Topics (2)

  • Global warming (15/16)
  • Keeping healthy (12/15)
  • Plants and me (10-12)
  • Renewable energy (12/15)
  • Talking about Genetics (14/16)
  • What do you eat? (12-14)

English and many other languages (e.g. Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Arabic), Malaysian?

topics web based or downloadable


Each topic

  • Teachers’ notes (language and science)
  • Exchange form: heart of the topic
  • Students’ pages
    • activities
    • discussion
  • Ideas for extra activities

Topic in the classroom


topic work: 4-6 hour

data collection / translation: 1 hour

discussion received information: 1 hour


Student pages

  • study information+ carry out activities
  • collect ‘research’ data on exchange form + translateinformation
  • consult database for schools + send exchange form (internet, email, fax, post)
  • deal with received information= answer questions + discuss

History (1)


  • Start in UK by ASE(Association for Science Education teachers) as Science across Europe
  • Sponsor BP2002 -2007: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
  • Development team (volunteers): team members / coordinators from ‘all’ countries ( Mei-Hung for Taiwan, Lida for the Netherlands)

History (2)


  • Europe  Science Across the World


  • New interactive (Web 2.0) waysfor communicating (Chemistry as a Cultural Enterprise)

Practical work

Chemistry in Our Lives topic, students prepare their own chemical product and share their methodology with others.

Bright pink nail polish made from gumamela flowers in the Philippines and laundry soap from vegetable oil and banana stalks in Singapore.


Discussion and debate

  • Talking about Genetics around the World
  • Introduction:What is your opinion about genetically modified food?
  • Afterstudying the ‘Genetics’ topic:Arguments for growing genetically modified food and concerns.

Learning languages

  • ‘They were exposed to English in natural contexts and learned through interesting, relevant, meaningful activities’.
  • ‘This is a wonderful way of using their English as a new outlet – a window into the world’.
  • ‘It’s one of the best ways to increase foreign language learning’.
meaningful use of ict
Searching for schools through the online database (teacher can provide students with students’ password);

researching using topic data and hotlinks;

completing and sending Exchange Forms via email;

using new Web 2.0 possibilities, including educational video conferencing;

creating school web sites related to the Exchange Form;

word processing;

creating and using spreadsheets (graphics).

Meaningful use of ICT

Chemistry as a Cultural Enterprise

Last developed topics, new approach:

  • students/teachers can use Flashmeeting (OU) for discussion;
  • students upload their results to a ‘public’ website;
  • students in other countries can comment, rate or add their own contributions;
  • all entries and comments moderated.
Exchanging ‘human’ science culture

Learn about your own culture;

understand and appreciate your own culture;

learn about another culture;

understand and appreciate (the) other culture(s).

Contribution to world peace