Design principles toolkit

Over the past two years, Aalto University has been leading the way in SySTEM 2020 in building a set of design principles with methods for designing science learning activities that take place outside the classroom, in spaces such as science centres, makerspaces, museums, galleries, and gardens. This toolkit has been designed for science educators to design and facilitate meaningful and inclusive science learning activities and programs.

By acting as a starting point, the design principles hope to inspire educators and pedagogical coordinators with three thematic sections:

  • For everyone;
  • For experience;
  • For growth. 

The design for everyone principles relates to equity and highlights issues around access, diversity and inclusion in science education outside the classroom. We encourage the non-formal science education community to consider the design for everyone principles as the foundation for any activity they undertake. The Design for experience principles focuses on facilitation practices, while the design for growth emphasises the importance of continuous learning and development for learners and educators. 

Our aim with the Design Principles and Methods Toolkit is to contribute to the professional development of those involved in non-formal science education by triggering reflection about pedagogical design and practice.


Eva Durall


Aalto University


SySTEM 2020





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