Simplicatus Research and Development AS

We Simply Explain Science! Mission: * Promote understanding of complicated science concepts with simplified explanations * Deliver products/services for communicating, teaching and learning STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) * Contribute to a high quality of projects, products and services in this area

Description

Our vision is to make complicated issues simple. We aim to bridge the gap between scientific expertise and scientific literacy with an active or ”minds-on” learning philosophy. Masters of science communication like Carl Sagan, Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson provide inspiration. SRD was founded in 2010 as a spin-off from Simplicatus AS. Our founders have more than a decade’s experience from both national and international development projects for in-service training of teachers with new learning materials.

Scientific Director Vegard Stornes Farstad manages development of products and services through international and local projects. His educational background is a M.Sc. degree and a postgraduate teaching certificate in physics and mathematics from NTNU in Trondheim.

SRD improves science and mathematics education with teacher training seminars and teacher guides for using experimental equipment, science shows and interactive exhibits. We deliver learning materials and exhibits for science and mathematics in schools and science centres. Teacher guides and seminars accompany the materials. Pedagogical research is our guide when developing quality products and services.

We advocate learner-centered activities rather than teacher-centered activities. Constructing their knowledge in a social and cooperative setting, students understand and deduct abstract principles from practical experience as the need for theoretical frameworks appears naturally. Exploring problems, experiments and data with proper guidance from the teacher is key to this process. All learners should encounter challenges suited to train and extend their abilities.

SRD links general science communication with in-service teacher training, ref. the Lisbon treaty and other guiding documents on the European level. Through interactive experiments we let learners discover phenomena challenging their curiosity. Superconductivity and electromagnetism are the key topics of teacher guides, teacher seminars and Minds-on Experimental Equipment Kits providing rich opportunities for conceptual learning as well as calculations and data logging. Electronic materials include both qualitative animations and quantitative models and simulations.

SRD, and previously Simplicatus, are leading innovators in educational products in Norway and we have established an extensive network of university, school and social partners in more than 15 European countries through several Leonardo da Vinci development projects. Norwegian projects from 2000 to 2009 allowed us to develop mathematics kits, technology kits and an e-earning concept continued in an EU project. Leonardo da Vinci EU projects from 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008 for training science teachers included an average of 30 partners per project. In 2009 we developed a unique Möbius-shaped track to show superconducting magnetic levitation, this is now a popular part of our science shows.

We can now offer more than 100 different Science Centre exhibits from Exhibits.nl, covering topics from mathematics , physics, chemistry and biology. As the Exhibits.nl representative in the Nordic and Baltic countries as well as in Poland and Ukraine, we hope to provide positive science experiences for thousands of visitors to science centres in these countries.

Organisation type

Non-governmental organization/ non-profit

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