Responsible Research and Innovation – RM@Schools – Success Story

Euromines is a proud partner of RM@Schools(link sends e-mail) project that has been selected by the Social Lab 16 working group of the NewHoRRIzon Project as the examples of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Projects inside the EIT program focused in Ethic dimension. Ethics is specifically about respecting fundamental rights and ethical standards in research and innovation, but also about asking what are potential long-term consequences of my project and how can I positively contribute to society. RRI is a key priority in Horizon2020 and the concept intends to bridge gaps between science, research and innovation communities and society.

Raw Matters Ambassadors at Schools

Raw Matters Ambassadors at Schools (RM@Schools(link sends e-mail)), a project supported by EIT RawMaterials Academy, aims to promote science education and careers in the raw materials sector for students aged 10 to 19 by combining technical knowledge and soft skills like creativity and communication. Students have varied and unique hands-on opportunities to interact with relevant experts and researchers, and then they become Young RM Ambassadors in turn and spread their knowledge to other students and a wider public.

Today the RM@Schools(link sends e-mail)(link sends e-mail) consortium involves 28 partners; scientific organisations, universities, and companies from 18 European countries. This European network constantly works to activate cooperative processes between the three sides of the knowledge triangle: business, research, and education.

How does the RM@Schools(link sends e-mail)(link sends e-mail) methodology work?

Classes are first introduced to the raw materials topics by researchers, known as RM Ambassadors. Then, the students are asked to work in teams to develop something by themselves: communication products such as videos, lab toolkit, games, etc. They can also plan to organise a public event or a lesson in a class of younger pupils. In this way the trained students become Young RM Ambassadors themselves.

Within this learning pathway, they can visit industry to gain understanding of the relevance of scientific projects to reallife applications. Young RM Ambassadors participate in a variety of local and international events such as science exhibitions, competitions, and product presentations, as well as in the annual European Conference with delegates from schools all over Europe.

In addition, teachers are trained to become RM Ambassadors, and selected groups of students are trained on digital competence, video making, and other activities.

Read more on RM@Schools website(link is external).

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