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.


Barcelona will host HSCI2018

15th International Conference on Hands on Science “Advancing Science. Improving Education”, University of Barcelona, Faculty of Biology, Barcelona, July 16th to 20th, 2018.


HSCI 2017 - International Conference on Hands-on Science

14th International Conference on Hands-on Science


“À Descoberta da LUz” 3rd edition (2017)

“À Descoberta da LUZ” 3rd edition (2017)


RoboParty 2017

RoboParty 2017 (2-4 March 2017, Guimarães, Portugal)

Join RoboParty for another robot and knowledge party.

Registration opened


Children's Summit

The thought of creating a platform on which children could come together to express their outlook