Promoting the interest in physics through cooperation activities between university and schools

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S. M. Gomez Puente
Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Forum 2014 Helsinki
WG1 : Inspiring the young

In 2011 the Applied Physics department at the Eindhoven University of Technology made a clear choice to strengthen the cooperation between the university and the schools. In order to do that a vision on how to position teaching physics in the world of the stu- dents was defined with some specific features:

Small-sized education, and therefore, personalized;

Offering carrire perspective by educating students in the so-called high-tech region; Providing opportunities for further fundamental research together with an ample spec- trum of subjects to conduct applied research;

Promoting a hands-on and independent research-oriented in the master study programs; Within this framework and in order to transform this vision in practical schemes, the Applied Physics department has developed a set of a activities to strengthen the coop- eration between the university and the school. These activities are threefold:

To promote the interest on the technical application of natural sciences and physics among young students;

To upgrade the secondary physic teachers knowledge on physic-related themes; To in- spire young students to study physics at the Applied Physics ;

To promote the interest of the students on the application of physics in technology some initiatives are developed such as Eureka!Cup, competition-based projects for secondary students. Having in mind societal challenges, e.g. water management, energy or space exploration, students are to propose solutions to problems formulated by the industry or research institutes. With regards to the support to the secondary physic teachers, the Bta Black Belt program is geared to enhance secondary education physic teachers’ knowl- edge and skills. Through a 6-meeting lecture program refresh the university teachers and researchers the knowledge of high school teachers by showing current develop- ments in the use of the theoretical base of physics in the experimental application and in the translation of those insights into education