About HSCI: History

The issue is not to teach a child the sciences, but to give him the taste for loving them.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The Hands-on Science Network (www.hsci.info) is a non-profit organization legally registered in Portugal (NIPC 508050561) and with worldwide intervention.

It was established based on the homonymous Socrates/Comenius 3 project (110157-CP-1-2003-1-PT-COMENIUS-C3) under the coordination of Prof. Manuel Filipe P. C. M. Costa (president[at]hsci.info) at the Physics Department of the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal, enrolling initially partners from 10 European countries.

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The Hands-on Science Network, stands for promoting the development of science education and scientific literacy in our societies. HSCI embraces a wide membership of teachers and educators from all school levels from pre-school to adult education and also in non-formal contexts, managers and policy makers, academics and researchers in virtually all fields of Science and STEM, from a large number of countries of the five continents. In an open-minded tolerant and friendly atmosphere we support each other with our diverse ideas and experiences and join our committed efforts towards a better improved and generalized Science Education. With an open and wide understanding of the importance of Science Education and of the ways to effectively implement it as a crucial factor to the sustainable development of our societies and of human kind, we encourage the use of innovative hands-on experimental approaches to Science and STEM in-school teaching and learning and to the promotion of an widespread Scientific Literacy in our societies. As well in raising the profile and attractiveness of Science in Education, we also aim to increase the desirability of a career in Science for all.


5th Children Summit on Environmental Education and 4th Festival on Science & Environmental Education in Turkey.

It will be held on 25-26 September, 2021 on online platform.


International Forum of Artificial Intelligence and STEM Education (IFAISE2020, Online conference)

Conference will be held on December 26th, 2020.
Conference theme: "The resurgence of artificial intelligence (AI) and the development of STEM education"


Best Educational Practices for Hearing Impaired Learners

Inclusive Education: Promoting Best World Practices is aimed at introducing innovative educational tools and techniques for teaching students with hearing impairments.