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This project worked in the period 2009-11 to provide teachers with rich tasks to develop interdisciplinary approaches that bring together mathematics and science. The materials support students in exploring meaningful problems in a European context in ways that develop their scientific problem solving and inquiry skills. They are innovative and important for teachers and students across the EU as they promote the application of mathematics and science in understanding the world in which we live. Extensive use of technology through a number of specially designed applets, or research environments, is made in supporting students with their exploration of important issues in our ever-changing world.
The materials were developed across six nations with the project team working in partnership with mathematics and science teachers to ensure the adaptability of the tasks in different nations. The result is a new approach to the development of important mathematics and science skills that students taking part and their teachers found highly motivating.
As one science teacher enthusiastically commented, “I hadn’t expected the students to connect the concepts they saw in both subjects without prompting. However, they explained things such as equilibrium (of heat transfer) using ideas of flow in and out from their mathematics lessons without me mentioning it.”