ASTEP: supporting collaborative projects

Who is concerned ?

  • You are a member of the scientific community
  • You want to be involved in the creation or animation of a large scale project reaching out to several classes, schools, or countries
  • You are available to answer questions of teachers related to scientific and technologic activities led in class.

What you will do

  • You will regularly visit one or more classes involved, gathering comments and coordinating the advance of the project
  • You will answer scientific questions from teachers
  • You will take part in the writing of reports and guides, assessing the coherence between concepts taught and sessions proposed


A whole project is the result of the mutual work of teachers and scientists: the first trial usually takes several weeks or months, or even a whole year. Exchanges are permanent between the classes, the teachers, the educationalists, and the scientists: ideas, skills, tricks, results, impressions, and so on.

This support is mainly based on occasional need, which enables you to manage your time more easily; nonetheless, you must be able to react quickly, so that your contribution can be used in class without delaying planned activities. Authoritative arguments and mathematical equations are prohibited. The same applies to any value judgements concerning the relevance of a question. Answers need to be quite clear, in order to maintain mutual understanding throughout the exchange. In all cases, the scientist must ask, if necessary, details concerning the question, before giving an early answer ; then, he should not hesitate to provide further explanations and give details about anything in his answer that seems obvious to him.

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