On March 21, schools from all over the world are invited to the Eratosthenes Experiment! | SIVECO Romania

On March 21, schools from all over the world are invited to the Eratosthenes Experiment!

Monday, February 22, 2016




In Romania, the event is promoted by SIVECO, national coordinator of the European project Inspiring Science Education

What is Eratosthenes experiment?

The experiment was performed for the first time ever aorund teh date of 240BC, by the Greek mathematician Eratosthenes, who aimed at measuring the Earth circumference with help of the shadow of an one meter long stick.

Now- adays, the representatives of the Research & Development Department Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece, have brought the initiative back to life, within the European project Inspiring Science Education - ISE.

Practically, on March 21, 2016, they are launching to schools all over the world, the challenge to participate in the Eratosthenes Experiment.

„It is a cross-disciplinary experimental activity found at the border between history, geography, physics, astronomy and mathematics. More precisely, by reenacting an ancient experiment, pupils and teachers are about to measure the Earth circumference. They are using both modern educational instruments and traditional instruments, too”, says Ana-Maria Bâldea, project manager on behalf of SIVECO Romania.

Resuming this experiment during the spring and autumn equinoxes respectively has become a tradition within the ISE project. In 2015, Erastosthenes Experiment has mobilized a record number of 800 schools worldwide. 

What is the mission of Inspiring Science Education project

Inspiring Science Education is an European research project launched in 2013, which is implemented in 5,000 primary and secndary schools from 15 countries in the European Union. 

SIVECO is the partner and coordinator of Inspiring Science Education in Romania. 

The project’s mission is to provide digital resources and learning opportunities for the teaching staff, in order that they promote and transform education from a scientific field into a more attractive and relevant activity for the pupils. Improving the educational process is carried out by involving pupils in innovative activities. 

This approach is meant to stimulate the pupils participation in classes, motivating their desire to discover and the curiosity of being at the centre place of the research activity. 

How can you participate in the Eratosthenes experiment?

A school interested to take part can register here

The participants in the experiment are invited to register to the two competitions: Eratosthenes Online Lesson Contest and Eratosthenes Photo Contest.

One can find lesson plans promoring the Inquiry-based Learning in the community especially created on the ISE portal, Eratosthenes Community.

One can access these lesson plans’ versions translated into Romanian, both for gymnasium and for high school, in the sub-community Eratosthenes Community - Romania.

Evaluation of the pupils’ knowledge, as well as their progress during the experiment can be performed by means of questionnaires (pre- questionnaires and post- questionnairess) found here, both online and in .pdf format. 

In the period of 21-30 March, the teachers performing the experiment have the possibility to participate in the Online lessons Competition Eratosthenes Online Lesson Contest where they can win an internship at the summer school ISE Summer Academy 2016, in Athens.

Up to the date of April 10, 2016, the best pictures made during the experiment can be enlisted in the Photographs Contest Eratosthenes Photo Contest

For more information, please visit the website of Erastosthenes’ Experiment, as well as the website  and portal of Inspiring Science Education project.

Contact information useful for the participants:

EratosthenesExperiment angelos@ea.gr / ekypriotis@ea.gr, website: http://eratosthenes.ea.gr/

Inspiring Science Education Project information@inspiringscience.eu, website: http://www.inspiringscience.eu/news/eratosthenes-experiment-2016-21-march and portal: http://portal.opendiscoveryspace.eu/community/eratosthenes-community-romania-820413