INQUIRE is reinvigorating inquiry-based science education

INQUIRE is helping to reinvigorate inquiry-based science education throughout Europe. Run by botanic gardens in 11 countries, INQUIRE teacher training courses are demonstrating how IBSE can inspire students in science and help address biodiversity and climate change.

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The Recommendations from Consortium meetings are now available

30/07/14 | London

The Recommendations from Consortium meetings are now available

Between 2011 and 2013, five INQUIRE Consortium Meetings were held. The Recommendations from Consortium Meetings report exposes the activities undertaken and describes the participants’ experiences of working collaboratively in a multilingual, multiskilled environment.

INQUIRE Course Feedback Reports are now available online

30/07/14 | London

INQUIRE Course Feedback Reports are now available online

After the INQUIRE courses and pilots, participants were asked about their experiences, thoughts and what they had learned. Illustrating the strengths and weaknesses of the courses with quotes from practitioners, the Feedback Reports are available now – casting light on how educators feel IBSE works in and out of the classroom.

Funding available for teachers to attend the 2nd SCIENTIX conference

19/06/14 | London

Funding available for teachers to attend the 2nd SCIENTIX conference

The SCIENTIX conference will be held, in Brussels from 24th to 26th October and will attract professionals in roles related to STEM education from across Europe. The conference is free, participation covers also accommodation and meals for everybody and there is also funding available to cover teachers’ travel costs. Closing date for travel costs funding: 25th June, 2014

A complete set of INQUIRE lesson plans is now available online

19/06/14 | London

A complete set of INQUIRE lesson plans is now available online

These lesson plans, developed by the INQUIRE Partners, have been collated to provide a resource for teachers and educators who wish to engage children and adults with a range of topics related to plants and the environment.

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16/10/13 | London

Climate change is happening- The IPCC’s fifth report

IPCC report published in September reveals that, due to human activity, average global temperatures are at their highest for 1400 years. It is already affecting the planet and it's only going to get worse. With the report suffering backlash from still unconvinced critics, how are the public to know what to believe?

14/10/13 | London

Stop Global Food Waste

Up to 2bn tonnes of perfectly good food is wasted every year, resulting in the loss of land, water and energy. In Europe, better farming practices and transport, storage and processing facilities means that a larger proportion of food produced reaches our market. Why then do we waste it through retail and customer behaviour?

27/09/13 | Moscow

From drawing of plants to plant systematics

We would like to present our experience, which may be interesting to teachers not only in secondary education, but also in primary schools. During three months we conducted a natural science study group for schoolchildren 10-11 years in Moscow school No 57. The students in the group compiled plant determinants...

19/09/13 | Bremen, Germany

Project "Wild plant-protection Germany"

15 wild plant species are endangered in Germany. This species include arnica (Arnica montana), dune gentian (Gentianella uliginosa) and marsh orchid (Dactylorhiza majalis). Aim of the project is to build up a national network for protecting endangered wild plants in Germany to provide a long-term survivable population of these species.

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I am looking forward to learning to use IBSE in the classroom. Juliet Smith, teacher of KS2, London

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The INQUIRE Feedback Reports are available now. Illustrated with quotes from course attendees, the reports were drawn from interviews, questionnaires and evaluation sheets and bring out the strengths and shortfalls of the INQUIRE courses. They also shed light on how participants have changed their practices and the potential of Inquiry-Based Science Education to enhance learning.

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