Science as a Whole - Tools for teachers

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The heart of the Science as a whole methodology is interdisciplinary learning. Implementing interdisciplinary learning effectively, depends heavily on science teachers' collaboration.  Teachers' collaboration is essential not only for implementing interdisciplinary projects but also to resonate every day classes and allow teachers to make cross-overs and references to each others' classes when teaching concepts that are related.

When it comes to interdisciplinary projects, POLAR STAR's STEAM Education methodology offers all the necessary guidelines and background information needed for teachers to empower them and help them design effective projects for their students.

When it comes to every day interdisciplinary teaching, teachers can use the tools offered in the 'Tools for students' section (the knowledge hive and the knowledge map) to work with their students. Beyond that however, the most effective way to build bridges between the science disciplines is if teachers teaching different science disciplines coordinate their teaching. To that end, we have designed a workshop to demonstrate to teachers how they can coordinate their classes throughout a school year and start building connections between concepts for their students by making crossovers and building bridges between classes of different science disciplines.

This hands-on teachers' participatory workhop can take place (preferably at the beginning of a school year) in any school unit. Science and other STEM teachers can participate and work on any grade they wish. Below, you'll find all the files necessary to perform this workshop in your school. For more information and support, visit the Training Materials section. The POLAR STAR team is also here to help you, so don't hesitate to contact us

Materials for teachers

Guidelines for teachers' workshop › Basic Ideas of Science List ›  More on the Basic Ideas of Science ›

 Basic Ideas of Science Cards › Science as a whole in a nutshell ›  Interactive Interdisciplinary Map of Science Ideas ›


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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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