• LLP Comenius project

    About Lifelong Learning programme

    As the flagship European Funding programme in the field of education and training, the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) enables individuals at all stages of their lives to pursue stimulating learning opportunities across Europe. It is an umbrella programme integrating various educational and training initiatives. LLP is divided in four sectorial sub programmes and four so called 'transversal' programmes.


    Comenius Programme

    The Comenius programme focuses on the first phase of education, from pre-school and primary to secondary schools. It is relevant for all members of the education community: pupils, teachers, public authorities, parents’ associations, non-government organisations, teacher training institutes, universities and all other educational staff.

    Part of the Lifelong Learning Programme, Comenius seeks to develop knowledge and understanding among young people and educational staff of the diversity of European cultures, languages and values. It helps young people acquire the basic life skills and competences necessary for their personal development, for future employment and for active citizenship. The programme addresses issues strongly related to current discussions and developments in school policy. Priorities are set annually.

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  • Facebook group The Inventors

    For all Project Partners in the LLP Comenius Project a Facebook Group has been set-up Within this group Project Partners can communicate interactively aiming sharing knowledge and results concerning the project


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  • Enthuse children for science and technology

    All over Europe companies as well as Universities have problems recruiting the young for studies and professions in the field of technology, science and innovation. Studies have shown this will have enormous effects on the competitiveness of Europe. While companies tend to look for short term solutions it is the responsibility of politics to seek for solutions beyond the horizon. It is very important children at a young age will have a positive experience with science or technology. It determines their future decision to choose an education or profession in this field of expertise. Until the age of ten, children gather information. After that children will start excluding studies and professions (see report Roebroeck & Snijders, 2003).


    In this case the youth has the solution in hand. They still have the creativity to become tomorrow’s innovators. Unfortunately children’s creativity, in the current education system, decreases as they age. This faulty system has to be stopped now. Luckily schools are looking for methods to teach children about science and technology. Subjects that in many countries were neglected.


    The Inventors foundation has a unique but proven method to bring children into an imaginary world where they are challenged to be innovative. Because ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world’(Albert Einstein). The Inventor method teaches children at young age to cherish their creativity. It allows them to research scientific solutions presented in an adventurous context. It enthuses them to create their own innovations and encourages them to promote their products. 

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  • ICT based education

    The method of the Inventors perfectly satisfy future demands for ICT based education. It was developed for the Internet making use of multi-media (movies, etc.). The method provides content for interactive whiteboards and has interactive tools such as a forum for teachers. The pupils present their projects online to family and friends thus expanding the community of people involved. 

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  • Goals of The Inventors foundation

    ‘To enthuse children for technology and innovation and thus create a sustainable society’; those are the goals of the Inventors Foundation. Since 2005 the organisation creates adventures in which children participate. Because children empathize with the main characters they actively seek solutions for obstacles generated by the story using technology in an innovative way. Finally the children are challenged to come up with their own inventions and present them on a digital network. They compete with other teams thus generating a community of young inventors. The digital network is a tool for teachers who meet and inform each other there. And because the digital network allows friends and family to honour the inventions with points, a large community of Inventors is created.


    The projects have proven themselves in the last years. Surveys done among teachers show children experience the projects as challenging, skilfully and adventurous. Thousands have participated in the projects that were offered regionally. Within this project the organization internationalizes the method for Europe to benefit. This is made possible with the means of the Life Long Learning Program.


    In this project the foundation expands its distribution to at least three other countries. Besides the Netherlands the project is offered to Belgian and Swedish schools. Furthermore there are partners in these countries that actively participate in the project development. The Swedish international school helped create a new adventure. A story of a European girl who moves to Kenya with her parents. She meets a young boy who teaches her how to make African toys.

    In Belgium the teachers of a technical school introduce the project to elementary schools. After all it’s the technical universities who are the first to benefit from a rising number of pupils. With this final partner we generate an ongoing educational process starting in pre-school. A process in which children experience that it’s fun to be creative and innovative. This process continues in primary and secondary school. In the final stage youth will require a different adventurous context that will be provided by professionals in companies. This method is used in the far-famed project known as ‘Braintrigger’. Pupils together with professionals in search of solutions for companies’ challenges. A secondary school in the Netherlands Stedelijk College will partner in this application. Together with their tutors we develop a method for secondary education.


    With this new method, starting at pre-school, progressing through primary and secondary school upto professional education we set the conditions for an entrepreneurial and innovative Europe. To summarize we take the following actions:


    1 Spread a regionally developed successful educational method over Europe

    2 Applying digital opportunities thus promoting the use of ICT in education

    3 Effectuate the progressing process throughout different stages of education starting at elementary school up to higher education.


    The most important goals are to promote creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship with children and youth.


    The Inventors Foundation coordinates the project. Partnerships are entered with parties that are able to fill the existing gaps in the method. Because they constructively co-create, co-ownership will emerge in the overall project. The partners will also operate as hosts and guidance to schools that purchase educational material. The partners recruit customers. Customers, in primary and secondary education, are encouraged through a financial contribution to participate in the project. It is however a form of co-financing so true motivation is guaranteed. This group will eventually feel ownership of the project. In this way, we extend the existing community of Inventors from a national to an international group consisting of project owners rather than project-users.

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  • Elementary Schools participation

    Five Belgian, three Swedish and twenty-two Dutch elementary schools participate in the Inventor Projects in 2012-2014. The teachers attend the teacher gatherings meetings. These schools implement the project of the Inventors in at least two different classes. The first class is in the earlier age group (age 7-9) whereas the second class is in the elder age group (age 9-12). The school is free to participate with more classes and use the digitally provided materials. All schools are provided with materials.

    Tasks to be carried elementary schools  (Years 2012-2014)

    Implement the Inventors project for two classes (age 7-9) + (age 9-12)

    Use the digitally provided method

    Attend teachers gatherings in the Netherlands (jan. 2013)

    Attend teachers gatherings in the Netherlands (jan. 2014)

    Attend the Inventors contest finals

    Swedish host Palettskolan ?Målarevägen? ?

    This school will also act as a host to the other participating Swedish schools. The host is in close contact with the organization and studies the materials in advance so it can act as the organization’s representative. The host also has an administrative task to keep track of the total Swedish

    The Netherlands School Society Nairobi


    Next to the elementary schools in Europe the Dutch and Swedish schools in Kenya participate.

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  • Secondary Schools participation

    In cooperation with KASOMK Maaseik (B) we give their teachers the tools to enthuse children in primary and secondary education. Previous projects in Flanders have taught us that this is not easy. Technology education requires of its pupils an affinity for technology. Some pupils in primary and secondary schools do not have that affinity. This requires a different approach of the teacher who must leave room for non-technically oriented people. Technology teachers also tend to teach knowledge and skills while the methods of the inventors and Braintrigger technique make use of so called open assignments in which the assignment determines the knowledge and skills needed. These are relatively new concepts in education. If we want teachers working as ambassadors for the project, they will have to be persuaded and then trained in a way that they allow children to seek for their own affinity for technology and science. If there is co-ownership and co-creation among teachers participating in the project, they will proudly promote it.


    Together with the teachers of the Technical Institute in St. Jansberg Maaseik (Flanders), we are further developing the method of the Inventors so they themselves can assist primary schools in their neighbourhood. When they are familiar with the method they will use it in the long term and consider it to recruit prospective students.



    About vzw Kaholiek Secundair Onderwijs Maaseik-Kinrooi

    The Technical Institute St. Jansberg Maaseik is part of the Catholic School Maaseik - Kinrooi. It is a christian school with emphasis on technical training. With more than 1700 students, the Technical Institute St. Jansberg Maaseik (TI SJM) is currently the largest technical school in Limburg, a north region in Belgium.The Catholic School Harlindis Relindis Maaseik-Kinrooi was started in 1999 and has grown into a strong partnership with nearly 3,500 students and 600 staff.
    The school has chosen its Educational Structure all disciplines grouped in areas of interest: groups of studies whose content are close to each other. Thus we distinguish four areas of interest:
    • Languages and Science
    • Business Administration
    • Industry and Technology
    • Social Science and Welfare

    The school chooses its vision for innovative education. We want to educate students with the latest technology and assure a smooth transition between secondary education, and the higher education field. Therefore, the cooperation between schools, businesses and organizations for our school is very important. This is the challenge and goal of Mosa-ic: the development of an extensive collaboration of schools with business and organizations (socio-economic partners).
    However the link to basic education gets much attention within the school. Here, after all, the foundation for what concerns the interests of each child, is laid.  Children and parents often have a wrong and inferior image of  technology. And here the project of the Inventors is powerful: children are inspired by a story and then go from their own creativity to working with technology. A story constantly challenges children to think of an invention, draw, build ... Teachers of TI SJM draw for years to nearby elementary schools to introduce technology to teachers and pupils of primary schools. This project was a great opportunity for that process.
    The Technical Institute St. Jansberg has in the past built several objects that play a role in the adventures of the Inventors. These adventures are filmed and part of a big event where thousands of children, adolescents and adults experience the adventure of the inventors. The collaboration between the inventors and the SJM TI started in 2007 and has so far resulted in the following projects
    2007-2008: Flemish Project Steering Committee (KHLim, RVO Society Workshop Friday, SJM): "The inventors and the Crazy Caravan ' construction of objects flying story "The inventors and the Drowned River '
    2008-2009: construction of dolphins for story "The inventors and the Hidden Eye '
    2009-2010: Construction of lions for narrative "The inventors and the Wheel of the Sun"
    2010-2011: construction of a car for mechanical circus for narrative "The inventors and the Wheel of the Sun"

    In this project we invite teachers of Sint Jansberg to be the ambassadors of the project. We are developing the method for teachers of Sint Jansberg to use the project as a tool to recruit pupils of neighbouring elementary schools. The knife cuts both ways as the elementary schools are provided by a useful new method taught by professional teachers of Sint Jansberg while the professional school at the same time recruits future students.


    Secondary schools, Stedelijk College Eindhoven

    In cooperation with the teachers of the Stedelijk College Eindhoven, we will create workshops in line with the new film developed especially for secondary schools. Workshops that are to be implemented in the curriculum of the Stedelijk College Eindhoven. Once proven these workshops will be made available for other secondary schools.

    The Stedelijk College Eindhoven (NL) is also part of a consortium of schools in secondary education that coordinates how they can best support basic education. Thus through the collaboration with Stedelijk College Eindhoven we automatically get access to an existing and well-organised network.

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  • Higher education participation

    Fontys Hogescholen (NL)


    Fontys engineering has a long-lasting history of collaboration with the Inventors. Fontys has learned the importance of enthusing children for technology in the last decennia when they saw decreasing numbers of students applying to the technology subjects. Fontys recruits pupils from secondary school but also realizes there is work to be done in elementary schools. Because there the foundation is laid for the children’s enthusiasm for technology.

    Fontys and The Inventors started their first project in 2005 to enthuse children at the age of 8-12. Now 8 years later (exactly the time pupils spend during secondary education) we see the number enlisting students at Fontys doubled.


    The role of Fontys

    Students of Fontys, together with their tutors build the objects that will be used in the project movies. In communication with the creative director they determine the needs and feels of the project. They summarize the clients demands and report it back. This document, once approved by the contractor is the assignment the students work on. They work with students from all engineering departments together in a team. The assignment is part of the curriculum, which means if the team is not able to finalize the project in one education period, another team will continue until the prop is ready to be used in the film.



    About Fontys

    With its 40,000 students, 4,000 members of staff and a range of courses covering almost every sector, Fontys University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest institutions for higher education in the Netherlands. The 31 schools teach approximately 100 bachelor courses in the variants full-time, part-time, sandwich and in-service. In addition, 31 master variants are available, as well as 10 Associate degrees. Of these, 17 courses are offered in English. Of the total of  57 minors, 16 are taught in English and 1 in German. The number of registered students of non-Dutch nationality rose in 2010 to 5,088, in addition to 169 registered incoming exchange students.

    This project is a corporation with the Fontys Engineering department. Fontys offers students  educational programs in mechanical and electrical engineering. Also the education in Mechatronics is involved. For English language students Fontys has a department of Electrical/Electronic Engineering. It offers an international university program intended for the (industrial) professional field. The program offers theoretical subjects and laboratory training (applied science). Fontys offers specializations in Mechatronics/Robotics, Telecommunications and Business Engineering. Fontys engineers-to-be get the opportunity to test their skills during traineeships or internships and graduation in (or for) a company.

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  • General organisation

    The Inventors foundation has assigned Atelier Vrijdag to organise the projects of The Inventors. Atelier Vrijdag is a private company lead by the artist Hugo Vrijdag. The company has carried out several assignments of the Inventors Foundation. This includes the big contract awarded after a European public tender of 2009. For over two years the company has very successfully managed the Inventors project in the Netherlands which included cooperating with schools, universities and companies in Europe.

    The success in which this  European funded project - Operationeel Programma Zuid Nederland (operational Program The South of The Netherlands) (Op Zuid), project number 31 O 009 “De Uitvinders”- is carried out has convinced the members of the Inventors Foundation to once more award this company with the assignment to manage and implement this LLP Comenius funded project. The contacts of the project management are many and in many case the same as those of the foundation. The company has a wide network of companies who know the working methods of the Inventors. Atelier Vrijdag carries out all managing tasks and reports to the foundation on a regular basis.

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    Download the public report of LLP Comenius project 'The Inventors' here.



    This project has been funded with support from the Life Long Learning Programme of the European Commission. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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  • Evaluation report

    Report of the survey held among participants of the LLP Comenius project 2012-2014. Download it here.

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  • Public report of the LLP Comenius project

    Public report of the LLP Comenius project The Inventors (2012-2014).

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    This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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