School-led community

development through

research and innovation

Open Schooling is...

empowering students, teachers and families to make positive changes in society through collaborative relationships that extend beyond school walls and enable lifelong learning for all.

We want to impact...

local community challenges with global relevance, student empowerment, balanced multi-stakeholder engagement, perceptions of science in society,
and lifelong learning.

Our assets are

Experience in
science and art


Young audience

city location

Local research


Brendan Owens
Brendan Owens

Open Science Coordinator
Joseph Roche
Joseph Roche

Assistant Professor in Science Education
Shaun Ussher
Shaun Ussher

Learning and Engagement Researcher

Partner Schools

Challenge and Mission

Transition Year in Irish secondary schools sees students take on non-traditional subjects, providing an ideal opportunity to activate them as active global citizens. However a guided and comprehensive start-to-finish programme for STEAM-focused challenges does not exist. Rather than students experiencing short-term projects designated by an external body, the Open Science programme provides the complete package for empowering students, concluding with a community project showcase with lasting local impact and legacy opportunities. The pilot programme is being conducted with schools in County Dublin and starts with a common curriculum of competency building leading to co-design activity before diverging into unique and defined projects, with their beginnings rooted in what matters most to students.


Open Schooling Projects

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Open Science TY Programme

Students from three pilot schools took part in a competency building curriculum in the first term of the 2020/21 academic year. They explored topics of identity, community and reflection leading to closed ideation for local challenges followed by an exploration of active global citizenship. Aspects of which include: respect and wellbeing, cultural diversity, bias, trust in science and activism. In the second term students will come together online in a series of multi-stakeholder engagements to develop their initial ideas into fully-realised projects. Initial topics of interest include: design of socially-distanced spaces for young people, tackling local pollution, making a difference on climate change, providing amenities for young people and giving young people ownership of their own social spaces.