The Foundation La main à la pâte aims at improving the quality of science and technology teaching in primary and middle schools. It is a foundation for scientific cooperation founded in 2011 by the Académie des Sciences, the École Normale Supérieure (Paris) and the École Normale Supérieure of Lyon. The Foundation’s activities are carried out within France and internationally, providing assistance and professional development for teachers. Programs are designed to help them implement inquiry-based learning which stimulates a scientific spirit in pupils, understanding of the world and capacities for expression.

The LINKS project (Learning from Innovation and Networking in STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics) aims at improving inquiry-based STEM teaching through the continuing professional development (CPD) of...

In the frame of european project SUSTAIN (Supporting Science Teaching Advancement through Inquiry - 2013-2016), three pedagogical tools have been released.

For its 20th anniversary, the La main à la pâte Foundation launched a major workshop, bringing together experienced field actors and french educators who have worked with the foundation over the last fifteen years.

You are a teacher, an educator, interested in mixing inquiry and education for sustainable development? This fall, join one of our European workshops on 3 main issues of sustainable development: food (Slovakia), energy (Ireland)...

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