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.