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Since 2012, the House for science in Alsace welcomes teachers of Alsacian schools and colleges. In partnership with the University of Strasbourg and the Rectorate of the Strasbourg Academy, it aims to bring teachers closer to the scientific world. In this perspective, their actions are the result of a collaboration between researchers and the educational community. This national network, at the initiative of the Investissements d’Avenir and the Academy of Sciences, involves nine Houses for Science in France.

Inspired by La Fondation la main à la pâte (http://www.fondation-lamap.org/en/international) The House for science in Alsace has two satellite centers : one in Colmar and one in Mulhouse, to ensure its activities throughout the region. The team consists of 4 permanent people : a director, a management assistant, a training engineer (who coordinates training) and a communication officer. The rest of the team intervenes part-time or occasionally on the field, and comprises 16 trainers, all still active in classrooms and laboratories : 4 primary teachers, 3 college science teachers, 2 College science teachers and 7 university professors from the University of Strasbourg (biology, physics, chemistry, geology and mathematics).

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The main tasks of the house for science are :  

  • Professional development of teachers; 
  • Scientific and industrial partnership; 
  • Provision and development of resources;  
  • The commitment to equal opportunities.

Mission 1: Professional development of teachers


The House for science offers continuing education facilities for all teachers teaching science, mainly at school and college (for common ground) and for their trainers. They offer different training formats for science and technology (training courses varying from 1 to 3 days, diploma courses, on-demand training, distance training).

The trainings focuses on :

  • The link between the scientific community and an opening towards the world of research,
  • Pedagogy based on investigation and interdisciplinarity in relation to the common core,
  • Practical and concrete implementation in the classrooms, training of resource persons.

They cover the fields of natural sciences, technology and mathematics, and include links with language, digital world, history ...

All these courses are based on a precise evaluation and identification of the needs of the professors to teach science and technology. Training is provided either in the regional center or in satellite centers. They may take place outside or during school hours (with possible inscription in the academic and departmental training plans).

Mission 2: Scientific and industrial partnerships The House for Science is :


• A meeting place with the scientific and industrial communities that actively contribute to the continuing education and support of teachers. It facilitates teacher-scientific meetings as well as access to university equipment and satellite centers.

• A regional reference point for accompanying science and technology in the primary school (ASTEP) of practicing teachers, a place that develops and structures scientific partnerships, mobilizes students and researchers from higher education institutions in The accompaniment of the classes, proposes training to the ASTEP ... To this end, the House for Science organizes workshops led by scientists and engineers, meetings on ASTEP. It participates in local events that develop the link between the educational and scientific worlds.

Mission 3: Location of documentation and resources :


The regional center and the satellite centers have a resource presentation site comprising: 

Scientific content; 

Experimental equipment; 

Educational content; 

Activity modules for the class; 

Digital tools.

Mission 4 : Commitment to Equal Opportunities

The House for Science implements local mechanisms to support, over several years, teachers working in difficult environments with a particular emphasis on equal opportunities by science.

Taking into account :

- the universality of science and the curiosity of students,

- the valorisation of concrete skills and creativity,

- the search for a positive orientation towards trades,

- Highlight the skills of girls in science,

These devices specifically tailor local training tools, resources and partnerships to the needs of students and classes. Where appropriate, they interact closely with boarding schools of excellence. Strengthened by anchoring in a national network of the Houses, and in the wake of la Fondation la main à la pâte, and to strengthen the impact of teacher training for the benefit of students, we are deploying our actions along the following main lines:

  • Interdisciplinarity, inter-degree projects
  • Development of an Investigation-based Science Teaching that breaks down and links disciplines and degrees in the context of the current challenges of the teaching profession (EPI, school-college links , REP +);
  • Support for professional development and follow-up of teachers
  • long-term training course and project approach within 1st and 2nd degree schools, with the mobilization of teaching teams, with a view to long-term professional development and modification deep teaching practice;
  • Discovery of the professional world
  • Development of partnerships with companies, in particular with EDF / Groupe ES, for the anchoring of science education in its societal issues, in connection with vocational guidance;
  • Incubator, interprofessional meeting places
  • experimentation of new training and teaching practices, from kindergarten to higher education, through the co-construction and mutual enrichment of trainers and partners;
  • Support for research - reflexivity for action, from kindergarten to laboratories, permanent questioning of our professional practices, action-research approach, in conjunction with ESPE, for the evolution of initial and continuing training for professors;
  • Explicit epistemology, status of learned knowledge transformation of the role and posture of the teacher in his accompaniment of the student in the observation, experimentation, documentary research and construction of knowledge.

All the Houses for Science in France have an external evaluation by Educonsult (http://www.educonsult.be/), based on the initial and final positioning assessments of the trainees and on the satisfaction questionnaires distributed at the end Of training.

What are the activities and experience ?


  • Professional development Long-term and with institutions - support for teachers 
  • Trained and institutional projects 
  • Accompaniment of science projects in areas of priority education (REP +) 
  • Development of inter-degree projects in connection with training 
  • Integration into training plans 
  • Training on personal time / events “off school time” 
  • Training for trainers 
  • Articulations of training with school projects and school evaluations 
  • Development of colleges and schools drivers (http://www.maisons-pour-la-science.org/alsace/colleges-pilotes)

Example of actions carried out in 2016-2017:

• Course Cycle 3 "Living Science for to teach it »- Inter-degree projects and ASTEP (Accompaniment in Science and Technology At the Primary School) - over 2 years, 80 hours Training, 40 teachers enrolled, 35 followed the entire course from 2014 to 2016.

• Pathways + “Science & Language” & “Science Watchmen” Mulhouse 1, Mulhouse 2 & Strasbourg 1 - in coconstruction with the constituency teams.

"Embark in the Antarctic! » Our first training course for the 2nd degree, integrating teacher team and indisciplinarity projects with the students, and in connection with the university and researchers. • Actions on constituency Requests hybrids on wednesday afternoons without replacement negotiated with national school inspectors.

• Actions in the framework of the academic training plan: Actions over 2 days, on school time. Sightseeing of laboratories, investigative approach, meeting of the actors of the science, pedagogical transposition, etc.

• Event actions on time off school “Seeds of science” ; "Entering the Labs! "; “Interdisciplinary school” Interdegree; "Summer school : Discovering energies" In partnership with EDF / Groupe ES; Actions Partnerships with the Jardin des Sciences; Etc.

• Colmar Satellite Center – “Moments of Science to practice after class”, tuesday or thursday evening - sharing experiences with students on scientific themes.

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