What makes OTTER unique
Sitting down in a classroom while your teacher is speaking is not the only way to learn. And probably not even the best one.
Real learning happens by doing real things, not only by reading the theory in a textbook.
Learning outside the classroom is about teaching and learning in different settings and environments. With the right educator, museums and heritage sites, adventure camps, streets and towns, farms and zoos can inspire and foster a new set of skills amongst students.
This methodology is incredibly effective, there are many studies and testimonials to prove it but it is not officially standardised, or accredited, across the EU.
With OTTER, an EU project, we aim to make Education Outside the Classroom more popular. And, together with passionate educators, we hope for students to improve their scientific knowledge, get closer to STEAM subjects and become better citizens.
Meet the OTTERS
Education Outside the Classroom in brief
Policy-makers and researchers have been pushing for different types of science education through Education Outside the Classroom methods, hoping to address the low interest in STEM subjects, especially at a time of high demand for scientists.
This argument has been supported by the European Commission, which in 2015 published a report which calls for more collaboration between formal and informal education.
The benefits of the Education Outside the Classroom methodology are tangible. They can be achieved by mixing up a variety of activities such as field trips, community and botanical gardens, museums, zoos, scientific centres, community settings, the internet, enhanced digital learning and media.