Conference proceedings

STEAM Approach in Science Education – Conference Proceedings

Conference proceedings from the three-day international online conference, arranged by HVL Dec. 1.-3. 2020, can now be downloaded using this link:

The conference was a joint arrangement for the ERASMUS+-projects CASE and GSO4SCHOOL, with more than 300 participants from 40 countries.

Book - Writing A Science Opera

A Guidebook to Writing a Science Opera

The recently published book Inquiry-Based Learning: “A Guidebook to Writing a Science Opera”, written by Oded Ben-Horin (HVL/CASE center) and Irma Smegen (Speel je Wijs) provides teachers with the reasons for, and advantages of, introducing pupils of all ages to Write a Science Opera (WASO). It provides step-by-step instructions for how to implement WASO in classrooms.

WASO is a transdisciplinary, inquiry-based approach to teaching at the intersection of art and science in schools. It is all about creative teaching and teaching for creativity. 

The book is avaible from the Brill Academic Publishers here.

STEAM Approach in Science Education

A three-day international online conference was arranged by HVL Dec 1-3. More than 300 participants from 40 countries had registered to participate, and they were all gathered in the quest to learn more about STEAM-education.

The participants experienced great keynotes, presentations, workshops and posters, and the global STEAM-education network was enriched and enlarged during the days of the conference.

The conference was a joint arrangement for the ERASMUS+-projects CASE and GSO4SCHOOL. Presentations and recordings will be uploaded to the conference web-site.


Application sent for new project: FORSTERK Global Science Opera – transdisciplinary STEAM education

Another project application was sent from the CASE-researchers last week. The project FORSTERK Global Science Opera – transdisciplinary STEAM education applied for NOK 1 million from the Norwegian Research Council, in order to support the exploitation of previous H2020 project results in areas of relevance for HVL’s strategic goals of responsible innovation.

The project’s primary objective is national dissemination and exploitation of the GSO’s results.

The project also want to achieve national and international network-building with relevant cultural sector entities in order to continue, strengthen and furter professionalize the dissemination of the H2020 program’s CREATIONS project’s international flagship initiative: Global Science Opera (GSO).

GSO Energize


The 6th Global Science Opera production will premiere on November 20th at 2 pm CET.

This year, our global team got inspired by the scientific topics of energy and sustainability. The opera’s story and synopsis were written by pupils of the Ardross primary school in Perth, Australia. The opera was then developed by teams all over the planet – representing five continents, 16 countries!

Watch the trailer here!

Watch the opera premier here!

For more information:

HVL campus Stord, view from office

Kick-off-meeting in the AMiE-project Oct 15th-16th

The AMIE (Arts & Mindfulness in Education ) Consortium members gathered for the kick-off-meeting for the project on the 15th and 16th of October. The meeting was planned to be at HVL campus Stord, Norway, but due to the Covid-19, the meeting was online. The picture shows the view from project coordinator Jonas Selås Olsen’s office at HVL campus Stord, were the meeting should have taken place.

In the coming three years the AMiE seeks to provide European teachers with inspirational and supportive tools regarding the introduction of mindfulness in pre-primary and primary education.

AMiE uses the power of art and creative processes as a starting point for the introduction of mindfulness in a school context. The project aims to raise both school students’ and teachers’ skills in mindfulness and cultural and arts aspects.

The project is funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme.

Welcome to webinar: Art and school – in sustainable dialogue?

Thursday November 19 2020 at 10am-2pm CET the conference Art and school – in sustainable dialogue will be hosted as a zoom webinar. The webinar forms the closing event of the innovation research project School and concert – from transmission to dialogue.

Project results suggest radical alternatives to current transmission practices in the visiting arts program The cultural schoolbag. At the webinar, results will be presented as a backdrop for panel debates and reflection around future possibilities for cultural schoolbag activities. Recorded interviews with musicians and teachers who have been active at DiSko project schools will be presented, and during the day, representatives from different related institutions and environments will be active. These are e.g. participants in similar projects, people from regional production units and proponents of higher education. For some of the sessions, audience have the possibility to pose comments and questions.

The entire webinar is carried through in Norwegian language. The event is free, but participants must sign up by November 11. Please help us spread this information!

Sign up here!

GSO4SCHOOL to be presented at the #ErasmusDays 2020

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) will highlight #ErasmusDays 2020 – a celebration of the Erasmus+ Programme in Europe by arranging a live digital event open to all. 

Friday October 16th at 12.30 CET a panel interview will discuss how GSO4SCHOOL and two other projects coordinated by HVL can have impact on HEI and on the greater society, and which obstacles and possibilities exist in ensuring this.

Registration link to the event.

More information about the event at the HVL calendar.

Applications for external funding

Spring and early autumn 2020, the CASE center has been involved in a number of applications sent to various sources for external funding, such as the National Research Council in Norway (NFR), DIKU – the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education, H2020 and Erasmus+.

The reason for some of this intensified activity is the fact that several of our ongoing projects are in their final phases this year.

The DIKU-application “Studentactive and arts-based learning and assessment in teacher education” (SPREK) submitted in April, has a budget of NOK 7,5 mill and decisions are expected in October this year.

The applications to NFR was one research project and one cooperative project on “Creative pedagogies” with University of Exeter and Open University (UK) as important partners, each of the applications with a budget of approx NOK 16 and 18 mill and PhD-positions included.

Additionally, the CASE center has also taken part in one H2020 STEAM project with HVL as coordinating partner, and another one as a project partner.

One ERASMUS+-applications with HVL as coordinator has been sent, and three applications with HVL as a project partner, all with topics within STEAM-education.

Altogether CASE applications amount to over NOK 30 mill in fresh support from these sources in addition to internal funding if successful. So far, one ERASMUS+-project, “Arts and mindfulness in education“, AMiE (see previous Spotlight) has been successful, and we are currently crossing fingers for the others under evaluation coming up towards the end of the year, while continously considering new opportunities to enrich our research portifolio.

AMiE-project (logo to be designed soon)

New project granted by the Erasmus+-programme

The Erasmus+-programme Strategic Partherships for higher education has recently granted the project entitled Arts and Mindfulness in Education (AMiE). Project coordinator is the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), with project leader Jonas Selås Olsen. The project runs for 36 months, starting September 1st 2020.

The AMiE-project will provide European teachers with inspirational and supportive tools regarding the introduction of mindfulness in pre-primary and primary education (age 3-12). AMiE is unique in that it uses the power of art and creative processes as a starting point for the introduction of mindfulness in a school context.

The AMiE-consortium consists of three European higher education institutions, a private music school and a company specialised in STEAM, playful learning and mindfulness in an educational context:

  • AP University of Applied Sciences and Arts Antwerp (Belgium)
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology (Ireland)
  • Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (Norway)
  • Curso de Música Silva Monteiro (Portugal)
  • Speel je wijs (the Netherlands)