ISI 2015 was a six-year long science and innovation project that ran from 2010-14 in five multicultural schools in the municipality of Odense. The project is a partnership between the Danish Industry Foundation, Municipality of Odense, and Danish Science Factory (now known as Astra).

The objective of the project has been to improve skills in science and innovation among students in multicultural primary schools thereby motivating them to opt for a natural science, secondary school program and a career in science.

In the future, Danish industry will be short of employees with degrees in science and technology. The talented youth within the ethnic minority community is more likely to choose a science, technology, or engineering program than their Danish peers. We firmly believe that their motivation to access further education should be stimulated already in primary and lower secondary school.

ISI 2015 has focused on establishing an innovative educational practice in science subjects in order to make science learning in primary school engaging and relevant for the students.

In order to reach the objective we have applied:

  • Teacher training
  • Involvement of local community (other educational institutions, private/public enterprise)
  • Networks for teacher and leaders
  • Project groups
  • Participation in local science events (students as presenters)

Participating schools
Five primary schools in the municipality of Odense have participated in the project.

Target group
The project has been focused on students who started in 6th grade in 2010 and their (science) teachers.

ISI 2015 has followed the participating classes until the students left 9th grade in June 2014. The project results were evaluated and disseminated in autumn 2015 by the Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen.

For more details you may download the booklet Innovation, Science, and Inclusion below or contact project leader Karin Mortensen at +4522188765 or at km@astra.dk.