Sobral Science Education Redesign


Project Dates: 2017 – present

Since 2017, TLTL researchers, in collaboration with the Lemann Center for Educational Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Brazil, have partnered with educators from Sobral, Brazil to transform the teaching and learning of science and technology in the city’s public schools. The goal of the project is not only to develop new science standards for the city – based on research studies about learning, international experiences of success and constructionist principles – but also to provide the conditions and infrastructure needed to enable teachers to sustainably implement it. The proposed science education reform model is based on an integrative approach that comprises three interconnected elements:

  1. development of new science curricular standards by a working group that involves researchers, teachers, and administrators
  2. implementation of new spaces for learning (makerspaces)
  3. professional development for the science and makerspace teachers (here called lab teachers) participating in the working group, using a co-design approach

Project Timeline



1-week training with the TLTL on “Strategic Planning, Design and Implementation of Educational Makerspace Programs” (attended by a cohort from Sobral, including the Secretary of Education, a local professor, and a local teacher)


2-day workshop for teachers and policy-makers in Sobral

Curriculum co-design cycle #1



Implementation of 2 new makerspaces in Sobral middle schools

Teacher workshop

Curriculum co-design cycle #2


Curriculum co-design cycle #3



Launch of the curriculum structure

Hearing session with a group of students from Sobral to gather topics of interest



Sobral science curriculum launch


Active members:
Paulo Blikstein (Teachers College, Columbia University)
Tatiana Hochgreb (Stanford University)
Cassia Fernandez (Universidade de São Paulo)
Lívia Macedo (Teachers College, Columbia University)
Adelmo Eloy (Stanford University)
Akio Goya (TLTL)

Aashna Shroff (Stanford University)
Ana Maria Saavedra (Stanford University)