Within the framework of the SciFiEd project, each partner designed a cross-curricular unit that integrated a Science Fiction narrative, which was then piloted, finalized, and implemented. In May and June CARDET completed the implementation phase of the project, by implementing the specific unit in 3 classes at a public primary school in Nicosia that consented to participate in the project. More specifically the unit, which was based on the Science Fiction book “The City of Ember”, was taught by four teachers of different disciplines in three classes; two 6th grade and one 5th grade classes. The students that participated in the implementation were between the ages of 10 and 11.

The unit was designed based on the integration of interdisciplinary approaches; specifically, interdisciplinary connections between Literature, Design and Technology, Life Education, and Environmental Education were emphasized in the material created for the unit. The chosen stories and proposed activities served the general objectives described in the National Curriculum.

During the series of lessons, the teachers introduced students to Science Fiction and its sub-genres, to the book “The City of Ember”, to different forms of energy, as well as to renewable and non-renewable energy sources. Finally, they highlighted the role of the human race in the destruction of the environment. The teachers used a variety of activities, such as story-telling, brainstorming, role-playing, group project, and think-pair-share activities. The main learning outputs of the unit involved the students preparing eco cars, holding a debate, and composing a different ending to the storyline of the book. During the interviews held at the end of the implementation, both teachers and students expressed their enthusiasm for the unit and highlighted its creative and alternative approach.