Out with the school timetable – blended classes
The LEAPS project will be partnering with four local authorities over a period of six years to design an engaging learning method in which science is integrated into all school subjects, while the teaching is project-based and based on applied science. LEAPS stands for 'Learning and Engagement through Authentic Projects'. This pioneering schools initiative seeks to boost children's and adolescents' science literacy and multidisciplinary skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking and communication. The object is to equip youth even better for the future and create a number of innovative model schools to inspire other schools.
Under the LEAPS initiative, four schools will be developed as model schools. The aim is to create a more engaging style of learning. The pupils learn to work systematically on projects – an approach otherwise known in public and private sector enterprises.
“We want to make learning fun, and to promote science subjects without requiring schools to timetable additional straight science classes. This might be achieved, for example, by learning maths, physics and English simultaneously. A school dramatic performance might, for example, be an opportunity for applying these subjects in practice and for authentic learning on set, sound and lighting design for the show. There are all kinds of opportunities when you look at these from a total learning perspective,” says Anette Clausen, Chair of the Board of the foundation Kata Fonden.
The non-profit foundation Kata Fonden is responsible for the project and is funding the process at four selected schools.
LEAPS is funded by four of Denmark's largest foundations: Novo Nordisk Foundation, Lundbeck Foundation, VILLUM FONDEN and Bitten & Mads Clausens Fond together with Fremstillingsindustrien – the manufacturing industry branch of the Confederation of Danish Industry – DI.