SySTEM 2020 connects science learning outside the classroom across 19 European countries 

SySTEM 2020 will focus on science learning outside the classroom, mapping the field across Europe, evaluating a number of transdisciplinary programmes to design best principles for educators in this field, and also examining individual learning ecologies by piloting self-evaluation tools for learners which will document science learning outside of the classroom. This study will map practices in 19 EU countries, including in-depth studies in 8 of these countries, covering learners between 9–20 years from various backgrounds including those from geographically remote, socio-economically disadvantaged, minority and/or migrant communities.



Science and technology has transformed our lives dramatically. It is an area however, that is continuing to evolve and shape our world. Supporting our future citizens to keep up with this pace will not only benefit the citizens themselves, but the whole society. 65% of children beginning school now will be working in jobs that currently do not exist. Therefore making sure they are prepared and equipped with 21st century skills is crucial. SySTEM 2020 aims to solve this challenge by tackling scientific literacy and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) education of children and teenagers across Europe.

Science learning initiatives outside the classroom are crucial in educating and forming Europe’s next generation of researchers and innovators. By gaining insights into these initiatives all around Europe SySTEM 2020 wants to gain a better understanding of the types and kinds of programmes in operation, learn from each other and collaborate to be able to respond to challenges ahead.



SySTEM 2020, coordinated by Science Gallery Dublin, will approach this by mapping initiatives that encourage learning beyond the classroom across 19 countries. Within 8 of these, in-depth studies will be carried out to look at how children and teenagers between the ages of 9-20 years old react to these types of environments. By including learners from minority, economically disadvantaged and migrant communities, this project will not only look at the organisations, but also the individual learner themselves.

Through SySTEM 2020’s research-practice approach, new tools will be created and tested to support educators in designing and implementing flexible learning environments that depend on the learner, location and subject. From this, the gap between schools and out of school learning initiatives will be bridged, assisting our future citizens to think more creatively and critically in this changing world.



Science Gallery Dublin (Coordinator – IE), Ars Electronica (AT), Waag Society (NL), Ecsite (BE), Aalto University (FI), Centre for Social Innovation (AT), Kesnikova Institute (SI), Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci (IT), Centre for Promotion of Science (RS), Bloomfield Science Museum (IL), LATRA (GR). 


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SySTEM 2020 has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement no. 788317