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Quantum Spinoff, KU Leuven - University of Leuven, University of Antwerp, imec

The aim of the Quantum Spinoff project is to bring science teachers and their pupils in direct contact with research and entrepreneurship in the high-tech nano sector. In this way the project wants to educate a new generation of scientifically literate European citizens and inspire young people to choose for science and technology careers. Teams of pupils, guided by their science teachers, are challenged to create a responsible and socially relevant valorisation of a scientific paper in collaboration with actual researchers and entrepreneurs. They visit high-tech research labs and compete for a National and a European Quantum Spin-Off Prize. Scientific and technological insights, creativity and responsible entrepreneurship are all taken into account by the jury of experts. Science teachers are trained in international and national workshops to support the inquiry learning process of their pupils.

In the course of the past editions of the Quantum Spinoff project, authentic inquiry activities were developed and implemented as a working example where pupils:

  1. come in contact and understand the basic insights of quantum and modern physics;
  2. work with researchers around papers and patents;
  3. interact with researchers who develop applications based on scientific results;
  4. interact with high-tech entrepreneurs doing business based on these applications;
  5. develop their own virtual product or service based on the studied technologies and present it like real scientists to a jury of experts and to a public of students like them.  

The project partners also developed and implemented a teacher training method based on this working example.
Currently the project is still running in Flemish Belgium with the support of the coordinator UC Leuven Limburg (2016-2017). Information about the local project can be found at: spinoff.vakdidactiek.be (Dutch only).


Collaboration European project (Comenius) – 2013-2015: UC Leuven-Limburg (former KHLim), Diepenbeek, Belgium; IMEC, Leuven, Belgium; IMO-IMOMEC, Diepenbeek, Belgium; Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Brugg, Switzerland; Ellinogermaniki Agogi Scholi Panagea, Pallini, Greece; National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF), Athens, Greece; University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia; European Schoolnet, Brussels, Belgium; Nanosurf AG, Liestal, Switzerland; University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland.

Collaboration Flemish project funded by the governmental agency Enterprise Flanders (in Dutch: Agentschap Ondernemen) – 2011-2016: UC Leuven-Limburg (former KHLim), Diepenbeek; Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerp; Universiteit Hasselt, Hasselt; KU Leuven, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Center, Leuven; DSP Valley, Heverlee.

Currently the project is still running in Flanders, supported by UC Leuven-Limburg.

Coordinator: University College Leuven-Limburg, www.ucll.be

Expertise Art & Teaching: www.vakdidactiek.be

Address: Agoralaan Gebouw B, bus 4, Blok R (De Ark) • 3590 Diepenbeek

+ 32 (0)11 180 460

erica.andreotti@ucll.belaura.tamassia@khlim.be


 



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