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Outcomes SUSTAIN

The SUSTAIN project has recently been completed. On this page you will find the materials that the consortium has developed.

Three online modules on sustainable landscapes – bird migration, water management and biodiversity and food web structure

How do you get students to think about societal relevant themes such as sustainable landscape and biodiversity loss? How do you set up a research project with students? And how do you combine education inside and outside the classroom? The SUSTAIN network, consisting of an international team of secondary school teachers, scientists and experts in science education & communication, has developed 3 teaching modules on sustainable landscapes. The modules have been developed for 4 VWO students (age 14-16). The modules start with lectures as background information and a few assignments, followed by an interview assignment with stakeholders. Then students get to work on a research project. The idea is that students present the results of their research during a public event.

  1. Module “Biodiversity and food web structure in agricultural landscapes” is based on decreasing meadow bird populations in the Netherlands
  2. Module “Water management” is based on falling water levels in a lake in Albufera, near Valencia, Spain
  3. Module “Bird migration” is based on the illegal trapping and consumption of songbirds in Cyprus

European Science Engagement Platform

EUSEA, one of the SUSTAIN partners, has set up the European Science Engagement Platform together with international colleagues. On this platform you will find 45 different approaches for setting up science engagement events.

STEM Learning ecosystem on sustainable landscapes

The SUSTAIN consortium has worked together to set up a STEM learning ecosystem about sustainable landscapes. We share our experience with this roadmap.

Bart van de Laar (UG; member of the SUSTAIN consortium) wrote a book chapter on the successful regional Dutch networks secondary – higher education to provide information on the establishment of the network and to present best practices. The consortium used the Dutch networks as an example.

Book chapter: Regional Networks and Ecosystem Learning . In: Stability and Change in Science Education -- Meeting Basic Learning Needs
Series: New Directions in Mathematics and Science Education, Volume: 33
Volume Editors: Phyllis Katz and Lucy Avraamidou

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