Ark of Inquiry is aresearch and development project funded by the European Commission, involving 13 project partners from 12 countries.
Ark of Inquiry project aims to raise awareness of pupils to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) by promoting an interest in science through inquiry learning.
The overall aim of the Ark of Inquiry project is to create a “new science classroom”, one which would provide more challenging, authentic and higher-order learning experiences and more opportunities for pupils to participate in scientific practices and tasks, using the discourse of science and working with scientific representations and tools.
In the Ark of Inquiry project a platform is developed through which carefully selected inquiry-based activities will be made widely available across Europe. This platform will bring together inquiry-based activities, learners and supporters (teachers, university students, researchers, staff of museums and universities).
To support teachers, the Ark of Inquiry project will provide face-to-face training for teachers so that they will be able to support and motivate the pupils in their inquiry-based activities. Furthermore, we will develop supportive web-based materials for all of the supporters working with the Ark of Inquiry project.
The project is developing the Ark of Inquiry Platform that contains:
A teachers toolbox : A collection of pedagogical scenarios for teachers for adapting and improving inquiry activities. Pedagogical instruments and tools for assessing the inquiry proficiency of pupils.
A pool of Inquiry Activities: A growing collection of fun activities that illustrate how scientific inquiry works, how whole communities can be engaged in science and how to think about the bigger picture behind a simple experiment or research task.
A growing community: join a group created by your teacher, check out what are other groups in the area doing, join discussions on the group comments board or find out about other ways to communicate with your fellow inquirers.
An Inquiry Passport: Your inquiry passport is your calling card, it shows who you are and what types of activities you have completed and what kind of rewards you have collected during your stay in the Ark of Inquiry platform.