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EU grants 300 000 € to HOU project

European Union supports HOU project 2009-2010 through COMENIUS grants.

The “European Hands-on-Universe teacher training and support program” proposal as a COMENIUS multilateral action within the Lifelong Learning framework has been selected by the European Commission (EC), out of 162 proposals.

 

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It is a great achievement. Within the framework of the previous EU-HOU project funded by the EC two years ago, the main overall objectives of the EU-HOU-TTS project are a new release of the SalsaJ software, the continuation of the use of robotic telescopes through the Internet, the production of new exercises, the enlargement of the existing network of researchers and teachers to bring actual research data into classrooms for inspiring pupils and promoting scientific education, the update of the enlarged EU-HOU website, and the organization of three teacher training sessions which are one of the most important focus of the project.
 
The kick-off meeting held in Paris was for launching the project in order to foster the effective collaboration and coordination between the partners and to ensure the smooth and timely follow-up of the different workpackages of the project.
 
The actual European contract has a total eligible budget approved by the EC of 405000 €.

Part of the Lifelong Learning Programme, Comenius seeks to develop knowledge and understanding among young people and educational staff of the diversity of European cultures , languages and values. It helps young people acquire the basic life skills and competences necessary for their personal development, for future employment and for active citizenship.