The 3D Interdisciplinary Map of Science Ideas

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The 3D ‘Interdisciplinary map of Science Ideas’ is based on the concept of the Big Ideas of Science and aims to act as an organization scheme for concepts and principles that goes beyond traditional curriculum organization and allows students to identify the connections between what they learn in different disciplines as well as to everyday life. This map can help teachers introduce any given stand-alone subject using an interdisciplinary approach as well as make connections to subjects that are also discussed in other disciplines in collaboration with other teachers. It is our experience so far that teachers tend to find much more connections between topics than those suggested, as these are just a starting point to each teacher's discovery. View the videos below to learn more.


 3D Map of Science Ideas 

Big Ideas of Science Intermediate Ideas of Science Small ideas of Science 

 From the small to the big Ideas of Science - Mind map

3D Map - printable format How to use the 3D Map - Guidelines


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The Big Ideas of Science set used in PLATON were originally designed by EA and NUCLIO under the Go-Lab project and are currently used inthe Go-Lab platform


PLATON is a two-year European project launched on September 2016. It aspires to provide teachers and school communities with a coherent teachers’ training framework which will update their current teaching practices. More particularly, PLATON aims to offer an open and innovative training framework to teachers of primary and secondary education which will focus on:

  • Promoting student-centred teaching approaches;
  • Promoting a holistic interdisciplinary approach;
  • Support the use of online educational tools;
  • Support the meaningful collaboration between teachers of the same school.



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