The Newton Room portable science classroom will go on tour in nine different European countries, starting from Spain
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM AND BODØ, NORWAY, 10 September 2019 – Boeing and FIRST Scandinavia have officially launched the implementation of the Newton Concept in Europe.
In cooperation with Boeing, the FIRST Scandinavia mobile classrooms will introduce the Newton Concept to students, teachers and educational authorities in nine countries across Europe. The Mobile Newton Room will first visit the city of Lugo in the region of Galicia, Spain, for three weeks between October and November. More than 550 students (boys and girls aged 13-16) are expected to experience the Newton teaching methodology. The Newton classroom will subsequently travel to Poland, The Netherlands and Germany. Five more countries are in the project pipeline.
“We want to inspire young people to be interested in STEM subjects,” said Sir Martin Donnelly, president of Boeing Europe. “Newton is bringing fun, hands-on aerospace experience to students across Europe and Boeing is proud to be the major partner. Newton’s Mobile, pop-up classroom approach reaches students across borders and we can’t wait to see these mobile classrooms in action.”
Stian Elstad, Managing Director of FIRST Scandinavia, looks forward to sharing the great learning experiences in the Newton Concept.
“The Mobile Newton Room will demonstrate our concept in a new and innovative way. The portable turn-key solution will give us the opportunity to reach many students and start spreading our concept in multiple countries. The goal of our project is to introduce Newton and establish permanent rooms” Elstad said.
Students visiting a Newton Room will get to experience science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in a practical and explorative way. The Mobile Newton Room consists of two containers, each expanding to 35m2 to create a 70m2 classroom when connected. The classroom has been in Bodø, Norway, since May 2019, where it was piloted with students and prepared for the tour around Europe.
In addition to the Mobile Newton Rooms, a Pop-up Newton Room will be set up in early November at the Łódź University of Technology High School in Poland.
Boeing and FIRST Scandinavia have partnered on various projects since 2013, including the establishment of the Newton Flight Academy in Bodø, Norway. FIRST Scandinavia was chosen as Boeing’s official STEM partner in June 2018, and the Newton Concept is being introduced in nine European countries through mobile solutions and permanent venues.
About the Newton Concept
The Newton Concept is developed and administered by the non-profit foundation FIRST Scandinavia in collaboration with teachers, academic institutions and corporations. Over 40 Newton Rooms have been established in Norway, Denmark and Scotland, and through the partnership with Boeing the Concept will be introduced internationally. Read more at newtonroom.com.
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