Project „Natural sciences are in“, which was conducted by the Centre for Educational Research and Development of the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb in collaboration with “Matija Antun Reljković“ secondary school Vinkovci and the Departments of Biology and Physics of the „J. J. Strossmayer“ University in Osijek, is finished. The project was co-financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund and it’s duration was from October, 2015 till October, 2016.

The aim of the project was to create a stimulating educational environment in the “Matija Antun Reljković” secondary school in Vinkovci by raising teachers’ competences within the area of natural sciences, as well as to promote natural sciences by creating two new curricula for noncompulsory school activities within the subjects of biology and physics.

Within the project, Dr. sc. Iris Marušić and Dr. sc. Ivana Jugović created and held two two-day workshops for teachers. The first of them, entitled “Planning and development of noncompulsory curriculum“ was conducted in February, 2016, and the other which addressed the topic of studying and motivation was held in October, 2016.

In addition, Dr. sc. Iris Marušić and Dr. sc. Ivana Jugović conducted a research within the Vinkovci secondary school about the pupils’ motivation for physics and biology and the needs that they have within the noncompulsory curricula for these subjects. The research results were presented in co-authorship with the teachers from the Vinkovci secondary school Jasenka Krznarić-Barić and Ivan Švaganović at the interdisciplinary scientific conference 3rd Days of Educational Sciences in October, 2016 in Zagreb.