Scaling Up Applied Creativity Labs for Europe, in order to address climate and environmental issues

Project Details

Project Name: SCALE – Scaling Up Applied Creativity Labs for Europe, in order to address climate and environmental issues
Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership
School Education
Project ID:
Duration: 30 months
Website: Coming soon 
Topics: Environment, Climate, School Education, Applied Creativity Labs


Project Description

The key focus of this project is to address current local and regional environmental and climate change issues faced by communities across Europe, through an innovative methodology known as ‘Applied Creativity Labs‘. Applied Creativity Labs are a unique teaching and learning methodology focusing on critical thinking and solution-focused learning, through which inspiration meets organisation; which were developed by IVE in the UK. The focus is on harnessing artistic imagination and vision to effectively implement innovative ideas. The Applied Creativity Labs (ACLs) are designed to give young people the creative behaviours and critical thinking skills that when applied to real world challenges help them develop innovative solutions to pan-European issues. The process begins by presenting young people with an overview of what the ‘challenge’ is, for example, air pollution, sustainable farming practices, climate change, etc. Then bespoke creativity training is delivered, as well as giving he participants access to a resource-bank, including from role models from specific and relevant industries, business and universities. The participants explore, develop, refine and prepare to pitch their best original, applicable solutions to the challenge. The best ideas are considered for further development.

Project consortium

Coordinating Partner:
Aspire-Igen Group Limited (Uk)


  • The Square Dot Team (Belgium)
  • Gestión Estratégica e Innovación SL (Spain)
  • Municipio De Lousada (Portugal)
  • Institute Perspectives (Bulgaria)
  • Austrumlatvijas Tehnologiju vidusskola (Latvia)

Intellectual Outputs

IO1: Framework of Creative Competences
IO2: Applied Creativity Labs Best Practices Implementation Guide
IO3: European Applied Creativity Labs Platform
IO4: Applied Creativity Labs Piloting and Impact Assessment Report and Policy Recommendations


A main impact envisaged for project is on the attitudes of students and teachers who believe they cannot or do not have an impact on the environment, or that they are too small to make a difference to national and European issues. Therefore, the project will look to re-position the views of both the students and teacher, by highlighting both the professional and personal benefits of the application of creative teaching and learning methodologies, linked to community level environmental issues and concerns. The impact of such realignment in opinion will generate an increased engagement by young people with environmental issues, which will see a long-term increase in the number of young people entering into environmentally focused science, technology, engineering and mathematics. At the same time this increased engagement will also help to address issues around local environmental and climate change issues. Through their ability to think from an increasingly creative and critical perspective, students will be able to identify and address European environmental issues, by acting at local level, and will understand the bigger picture in terms of how their actions permeate up to contribute to national and European issues. As a result, the project will help to create a generation of better qualified young people, addressing many of the existing gaps in key competences across Europe.

Our Role

The Square Dot Team will lead in the following roles:
• Deliver Impact Assessment and Policy Recommendation Report (IO4)
• Host training and project seminar events in Belgium