SiS Catalyst was an initiative to foster and support ethical, effective and sustainable engagement between children aged 7-14 years and the social, cultural, political, scientific and educational institutions which make the decisions that will shape their futures.
While seeking to empower children everywhere and influence all kinds of institutions to engage with them, the initiative had a particular focus on strengthening relationships between post-secondary education institutions and the children who, despite ability, currently appear unlikely to enter them.
A self-assessment tool in the form of a Diversity & Inclusion map for organizations and practitioners who are involved in science engagement programmes with children http://www.siscatalyst.eu/dimap
E-learning courses in four different areas: a) Capacity building, b) Working Ethically, c) Building Creative Web Sites for Children and d) Listening and Empowering Children and Young People in Science in Society Activities http://elearning.siscatalyst.eu/
A collection of eight ‘case studies’ of children as change agency in action. These projects acted as pilot studies of how to take work with children in different and contrasting ways http://www.siscatalyst.eu/case-studies
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