Promoting STEM resources in schools: STEM by STEM

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In recent years, skills in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – are becoming increasingly relevant for basic literacy. For this reason, it is important to foster students’ interest in STEM from an early age and to support them in their choices towards STEM careers.

Hence, the promotion of the STEM approach in schools are essential in order to provide tomorrow’s citizens with the necessary skills to face the challenges of society.

For this purpose, STEM by STEM – Improving educators’ skills in inclusive STEM lessons creation aims to strengthen the skills of teachers and educators through the development of accessible, easily–implemented STEM educational resources, in order to raise students’ interest over STEM and improve their science literacy.

STEM by STEM involves four organisations and three schools in four countries in Europe: the school 139 Ou Zaharii Krusha and the organisation Know and Can (in Bulgaria), CESIE and the school ‘Duca Abruzzi – Libero Grassi‘ (in Italy), Instalofi Levante and the school Carlos V (in Spain) and the organisation Predict Consulting (in Romania).

Partners met for the first time on the 20th and 21st of April in Sofia (Bulgaria) to discuss about the first steps to be taken for the launch of the project and to define the timeline for the activities for the next 2 years.

The involvement of schools, and therefore teachers and educators, is crucial to the process of co-designing for the development of the STEM lessons that will be an essential part of the project’s results, which are specifically:

  • Toolkit with guidelines for developing STEM lessons: which will provide guidelines for the creation of ready to implement STEM lessons related to programming, 3D printing, electronics and robotics, including resources and tools aiming to enable the teachers to use existing STEM resources, in line with the school curricula and the teachers’ needs.
  • Online Wiki with STEM lesson and educational materials: aimed at supporting STEM teachers and educators in their continuous professional development by giving them access to open educational resources and tools and concrete educational opportunities.

In addition, one international training and national trainings in each partner country will be organised, with the involvement of teachers and educators, who will have the opportunity to learn live, with a variety of equipment, the methodological guidelines for creating STEM lessons.

The main target groups of the project will be teachers and educators who will strengthen their skills in the realisation of STEM activities and lessons; students, as secondary targets, will be involved by teachers and educators in interactive STEM lessons that will give them the opportunity to improve their decision-making skills and creativity, as well as to develop basic IT skills.

Over the past few months, the STEM by STEM consortium have started the research phase aimed at analysing the existing methodological approaches and equipment used for creation of STEM lessons at schools and as extracurricular activities in the partners’ countries.

The project will end with a series of national events to promote and share the results of the project among teachers, educators and educational stakeholders in the four countries involved.

About the project

STEM by STEM is funded by the Erasmus+ KA220-SCH – Cooperation partnerships in school education.

The project aim is to create and make available to teachers and educators accessible, easily –implemented STEM educational resources to raise students’ interest over STEM and improve their science literacy.

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