Open Science Schooling is almost exclusively a theory, a concept used in research and policy-making. This makes it very difficult for secondary schools and science teachers across Europe to engage in practical experimentation with Open Science Schooling.

Europe needs to produce a lot of practical experience with Open Science Schooling and needs to offer secondary schools and science teachers across Europe practically useful guidelines on how to engage in Open Science Schooling. The Open Science Schooling project is one of the first systematic contributions in Europe to the development of such resources.

The project evidently engages teachers, students and schools, but based on state of the art research the project will be very much focused on the participation and co-creation of the students, as innovation in science learning can be expected to be and needs to be driven primarily from students, not from science teachers. As leading EU researchers say: “Why don’t you start asking the students”?

The mission of the project is to develop and produce open science schooling guidelines through practical experimentation and through the co-creation of secondary school students.

The Open Science Schooling project will do this through implementing the Open Science Schooling agenda, consisting in 5 didactic challenges. These 5 challenges will at the same time define the project’s progression and development methodology and define the structure of the final guidelines (the flagship IO 1).

The 5 challenges endow the project with a single and integrated approach, making it easier for project partners, students and community collaborators to understand and implement the project.

The Open Science Schooling agenda

    • What is Open Science Schooling?
    • How can Open Science Schooling be integrated in secondary schools?
    • How can Open Science Schooling be practiced in real-life and in collaboration with the community?
    • How can the students’ engagement an achievements be evaluated and documented?
    • How can the students’ Open Science Schooling engagement lead to the creation of local open science schooling eco-systems?

Project periods

Project has three major Periods (Blue-, Green- and Red period). Summary of these phases is described below.


Total duration: 4 months

  • Missions:
    • The blue period aims to create conses and readiness among partners, teachers and students and to mobilize the resources to collaborate with the project, locally and transnationally.

PHASE 1 (2 months)


  • Missions:
    • Consensus will be created through the project’s partner Guide Package, made available at least 2 weeks before the kick-off meeting, and through the open dialogues at the kick-off meeting.
    • KICK-OFF IN FINLAND MONTH 2, missioned to create consensus, to plan the basic mobilizing and resources to plan the first phase of the Green Period.

PHASE 2 (2 months)


  • Missions:
    • Phase 2 will mobilize schools and community collaborators to interact with the project along its Green Period; interesting science resources to the community will be identified and briefed.


Total duration: 20 months

  • Missions:
    • The Green Period is the “juice” of the project; it will create the knowledge, experience and documentation on which the project outcomes will be based on.

PHASE 3 (2 months)

UNDERSTANDING: What is Open Science Schooling?

  • Missions:
    • Phase 3 will involve all partners, student teams and community collaborators in open dialogues to create a deeper understanding of open science schooling and the innovative learning principles involved in open science schooling.

PHASE 4 (2 months)

INTEGRATION: How can Open Science Schooling be integrated in secondary schools?

  • Missions:
    • Phase 4 will involve all partners, student teams and community collaborators in open dialogues to create an understanding of HOW open science schooling can be integrated in secondary school; the different forms of integration will be examined and debated intensely: Integrated in science subjects? Integrated in cross-subject project-based activities?
  • Transnational:
    • SECOND PARTNER MEETING MONTH 8 IN SPAIN missioned to evaluate the first Green Phases and to plan the 12 months long and demanding Open Practice.

PHASE 5 (12 months)

OPEN PRACTICE: How can Open Science Schooling be practice in real-life and in collaboration with the community?

  • Missions:
    • As the project’s final Guidelines will not be deducted from theoretical assumptions, but based on real and authentic student experience, the long phase 5 will engage all participating student teams in real-life science challenges and activities in their local/regional communities.
  • Transnational:
    • THIRD PARTNER MEETING IN MONTH 14 IN PORTUGAL, missioned to evaluate the quality of the first part of the 12 months long Open Practice, to identify possible weaknesses and obstacles and to reinforce the the Open Practice in the last part of the phase; the partner meeting will be at the same time plan phase 6 and 7 in detail and create the first design of the 5 day mobility in month 24.


Total duration: 6 months

  • Missions:
    • The project’s final period will transform the produced raw material, including from the Open Science Schooling Co-creation Encounter, into high-quality useful outcomes.

PHASE 8 (2 months)

Access design

  • Missions:
    • Phase 8 will operationalize the developed attractive access design and produce test version based on this design
  • Transnational:
    • FOURTH PARTNER MEETING IN MONTH 26 IN GREECE, missioned to plan the final production of outcomes, the final sharing and the final co-creation of the student teams.

PHASE 9 (4 months)

Production and sharing

  • Missions:
    • Phase 9 will produce the final project outcomes, based on the production and elaboration of the raw material made available along the project; the project will conclude its dissemination activites along the project with a systematic and powerful dissemination of the final outcomes.