POLAR STAR Methodology

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POLAR STAR methodology and materials

The POLAR STAR methodology has two main strands: a) Science as a whole and b) STEAM education. 'Science as a Whole' is mainly concerned with the content of science education itself and proposes an holistic interdisciplinary approach that aims to increase students' knowledge retention and enable them to build a meaningful knowledge structure starting from the fundamental big ideas of science and moving on to less abstract and more focused concepts. 'STEAM education' focuses on how we teach the science concepts and proposes a STEAM methodology that aims to serve the needs of students with different interests and learning styles. The two strands are presented below separately and come together again as a uniform methodology in the training materials section. In that section you will find training materials for our methodology which you can use on your own or in your school, collaboratively with your colleagues. In the Assessment toolkit section you will find tools that will help you assess your students progress.


Science as a whole

STEAM education

Training Materials

Assessment toolkit

Learn about interdisciplinary learning and access the Science WAND tool  


Learn how to teach STEAM effectively using inquiry and the design thinking 


Access the POLAR STAR kit of Arctic Research and Space activities 


Access the Assessment toolkit of POLAR STAR for students and teachers



POLAR STAR aims to bring together state-of-the-art learning pedagogies and combine them with exciting activities that focus on contemporary science, thus helping teachers to introduce STEAM successfully in their class. At the same time the project will focus on the development of students’ key skills and competences as well as deepening their knowledge of fundamental science principles, increasing their appreciation of science and technology and their role in todays’ societies. POLAR STAR aims to offer an open and innovative training framework to teachers of primary and secondary education which will focus on:

  • Promoting the 'Science as a Whole' concept;
  • Promoting a holistic STEM educational approach;
  • Promote the introduction of contemporary science activities in schools;



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