Exploration and pioneering have inspired and shaped civilizations since the dawn of history. Such endeavors are distinguishing characteristics of an advancing civilization. As people explore, they discover, innovate, prosper, lead— and become great. In the Stories of Tomorrow project and in this course, we have selected as the main topic a major challenge for the humankind: The journey to Mars. Space missions, both robotic and human, expand the knowledge of our planet, our solar system, and the universe, leading to the expansion of humankind itself from the Earth to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

The challenge of bringing life to Mars pushes us towards a deeper understanding of our anatomy and demands creative solutions to sustain humans in the journey to the red planet. NASA and ESA are planning to send people to Mars in the next 15 to 20 years. The students of today will be among the first people to set foot on the surface of Mars.

The course is part of the activities of the Inspiring Science Education Academy. We believe that by supporting educators in their professional development we can introduce the necessary changes in classrooms across the world to improve the uptake of science careers. We believe that by modernizing science education and by providing the necessary professional development support we can better prepare students for the world of work, a world that will certainly be very demanding on the necessary skills and competences of future generations.

Participation in this course can be funded by the Erasmus+ Programme (Key Action 1, Mobility project for school education staff). See "Fees & Funding" for further assistance and guidelines on how to apply for an Erasmus+ KA1 grant.

The STORIES Summer School includes presentations followed by practical sessions and workshops focusing on:

  • Concepts and skills of storytelling, inquiry processes and multidisciplinary teaching
  • Approaches to effective interaction between Arts and STEM
  • Familiarization with the Stories of Tomorrow digital storytelling platform and educational digital repositories
  • Assessment of Deeper (Science) Learning of students
  • Preparing educational resources and activities and designing and creating stories
  • Uploading and sharing digital stories for use in the primary and lower secondary schools
  • Hands-on sessions working on creating animations, videos and resources related to science.
  • Building a community of educators that will collaborate in the next few years and test their storytelling approach within the framework of the “Stories of Tomorrow” project