Project: Global Online Science Labs for Inquiry Learning at School
Principal Investigator: Javier Garcia Zubia
Main external stakeholder: Department of Education of the Basque Government
Start date: 18/11/2011
End date: 18/11/2016
Interdisciplinary Platform/ Area: Social Justice and Inclusion
Funding scheme: 7th Framework Programme of Research and Development
The main goal of the GoLab project is to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) disciplines among young people in order to develop Europe's technological potential and help young people integrate into society as active citizens. GoLab contributes to Sustainable Development Goals 4: “Quality Education” and 10: “Reduced Inequalities”, and the European Commission priority: “Jobs, growth and investment”, whose fundamental pillar is education. GoLab is consistent with the Basque Government Department of Education’s priorities, given that STEM training is one of its priorities areas.
The project has enabled:
- to create an online education platform, where scientific experiences and lessons are shared and access is given to online scientific laboratories in research centres and universities around the world, providing students with real research work experience. Evidence of this tool’s impact is given below:
- Between October 2014 and July 2016, the platform has registered 158,000 visits and 6,517 users, of which 3,877 are ILS authors ("Inquiry Learning Spaces"). With an average of 200 users per day using GoLab system services and tools, more than 768 ILS have been implemented in schools (44% during school hours), with an average repetition rate of 2.8 times.
- 1,692 teachers from 1,041 schools took part in the training sessions.
- 4,283 students from 218 schools took part in the educational activities organised by the project.
- its institutional and school deployment at regional level.
- The Basque Government Department of Education, via its support service and educational tool Berritzegune, and thanks to the collaboration with the Go-Lab project, organises annual teacher training courses. So, the “Designing STEAM activities based on ICT research: Inquiry Learning Space” course has been taught over the past five years, with the sixth year under preparation.
- Berritzegune includes the "Experiment on the Internet” project in its call for financial support for school-based educational projects, which offers schools the possibility of deploying GoLab in the classroom via remote laboratories.
- to expand its deployment at international via:
- The Nextlab project (Next Generation Stakeholders and Next Level Ecosystem for Collaborative Science Education with Online Labs), a European research project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme
- The Go-Lab Goes Africa project, aimed at adapting and implementing the Go-Lab learning ecosystem in Africa, first by piloting it in 3 countries and then by reaching out to more users and countries (Horizon 2020)
- The ERASMUS+ TiWi, inSTEAM and MoPED projects
- to find sustainable funding alternatives, either through business or government support, so as to continue having an impact and provide Europe with the necessary technological and educational results.
- on the scientific level, to publish the following paper by the principal investigator of the University of Deusto: “Spanish Experience in the Go-Lab Project”