The Newton concept

Newton is active STEM education led by enthusiastic and competent Newton teachers. The education takes place in Newton rooms; specialised STEM rooms that are established and owned locally, and form a shared resource for the schools in a municipality.

  • Newton is documenting and distribution of good science teaching programs.
  • Newton is continuity, structure and resource sharing.
  • Newton is networking and sharing of experience.
    Newton is engaging pupils to choose STEM education and careers.
  • Newton is developed and has been active in Norway for more than ten years, where 35 Newton rooms are in action on a daily basis. The first international room was opened in Denmark in 2015.
  • STEM stands for the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Description Newton room

Newton rooms lay the foundation pupils to experience a rich learning environment and feeling of mastery within the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Newton room Requirements
A Newton room can vary in size but we recommend a room with an area of 150 – 220 sqm to present the full spectrum of Newton modules, and to able to accommodate classes up to 30 pupils.

Teaching in a Newton room

A Newton room offers education within science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The teaching is varied and focuses on learning through practical activities. Newton modules are teaching plans consisting of preliminary work in school, hands-on work in the Newton room, and supplementary work at school.

The activities in a Newton module will provide opportunities for exploration, in-depth inquiry-based learning, and the use of new and exciting equipment not commonly found in school. The Newton room is designed to facilitate variation in methods and type of activity. For example, the amphitheater is often used for introduction or reflection in plenary.
Newton room Design and Layout

The Newton room is designed to facilitate variation in methods and type of activity. The Newton teacher uses the  amphitheater to get closer contact between teacher and students. The pupils have access to workstations for working in groups, a laboratory with access to water, and also open floor that makes it possible to work with activities that demands more space.

The pupils need to move easily between the amphitheater, the workstations, the laboratory and the open floor, and the Newton teacher need the best possible overview. This means that the various areas in the room should be in close proximity to each other, giving the teacher, with little effort, a view of all the pupils.

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