The Heuréka Project

Heuréka, an independent educational initiative, focuses on making physics more attractive to students. It brings together teachers and friends of physics whose goal is to change the way physics is taught so that it is more appealing to students, and encourages them to think actively and better understand the world around them.

With more than two decades of experience, Heuréka is a long-term informal grassroots initiative started by several physics teachers and physics enthusiast.   Heuréka carries out its activities through multiple seminar series for physics teachers. In addition to teaching methods, the seminars also provide opportunities for meeting like-minded colleagues, mutual assistance, collaboration, and building networks. The seminars are free of charge for all participants. The only requirement is  a willingness to think about physics, about children and occasionally also about oneself, as well as active participation and interest in Heureka’s mission.

Heuréka operates within the Department of Physics Education, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, of the Charles University in Prague.

What does Heuréka offer?

First and foremost, Heuréka provides opportunities for meeting colleagues (one of the things which teachers most appreciate), active work, openness, experience sharing, and an opportunity to learn.

-      Accredited further education classes for teachers (two-year cycle of weekend seminars for new participants);

-      Regional seminars

-      Advanced seminars;

-      Annual conference “The Heuréka Workshops”, and more.

How does Heuréka work?

The seminars are primarily geared towards active `hands-on` exercises  given that a teacher should lead students  to active work and active thinking.  Seminar participants cannot be passive – they are forced to  think things through, conduct  experiments and discuss them, as well as  examine their own lack of clarity or  misconceptions and  learn how to overcome them. The best proof that the seminars are interesting and useful is the fact that physics teachers attend them regularly on weekends and in their free  with great enthusiasm.  Moreover,  the number of participants is steadily growing.

More details: http://kdf.mff.cuni.cz/Heuréka/en/

Contact: irena.dvorakova@mff.cuni.uk