NanoEYE: Immersion in nanoscience for education in the early years

The project “NANO EYE: Immersion in nanoscience for education in the early years” [project number No: 2021-1-ES01-KA220-SCH-000024429] is a project financed by the Erasmus+ program under the call “Cooperation Associations in School Education”.

NanoEYE aims to promote equal opportunities for all children in science education in the early years to ensure access, inclusion, diversity and equity in the development of personality, aptitude and skills to promote their curiosity about the world around them through nanoscience.

Our Objectives

This project is an instrument to help achieve European ambitions in the field of education and is an important route to support high quality provision of early childhood education and care (ECEC) to encourage and develop children’s curiosity about the environment that surrounds them and develop an interest in scientific knowledge from early childhood under parity conditions.

Key objectives of the NanoEYE project:

  • the implementation and validation of the training approach and curriculum materials developed by the project, i.e. to implement and validate a number of training activities at national and international levels with the scope to improve early years and primary teachers’ knowledge and skills.
  • intend to offer from the beginning equal opportunities in the field of science for children.

The implementation and validation plan has the following specific objectives:

    • to present the different types of training activities that will be carried out;
    • to ensure efficient management in order to reach the quality indicators;
    • to identify how the implementation of the training activities can contribute to our objectives and to the improvement of the training materials produced by the project and are to be used in teacher education for early years and primary teachers to foster their use of creative and inquiry-based approaches in science teaching;
    • to present the tools that will be used for the evaluation of the training activities;
    • to present the evaluation of the training events as part of the entire project’s evaluation plan, which includes the evaluation of Projects Results.

Issues we aim to tackle

With this project, we seek to develop high-quality early childhood education and care systems for supporting teachers in the use of innovative and creative methods to teach nanoscience in the early years. The project encourages the creation of curricular materials, a set of tools for teachers, training in modules for teachers and the generation of a manual of good practices. The training modules cover an introduction to questioning, practical investigations, and group work approaches to teaching science in the early years.

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