CHOICE – Increasing young people’s motivation to choose STEM careers through an Innovative Cross-disciplinary STE(A)M approach to education

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Objectives

  • Involving teachers and students in a cross-disciplinary bottom-up learning process promoting the use of innovative pedagogies focused on a constructive interaction between STEM and non-STEM subjects.
  • Promoting coordination and collaboration among education institutions, business, and local authorities as key stakeholders able to support the reform of STEM curricula at school, turning them into multipliers supporting critical career choice of students.
  • Supporting transnational cooperation and mutual learning among and within education institutions promoting innovative STE(A)M approaches to STEM education entailing a systemic impact on education systems.
  • Increasing young people’s motivation to choose STE(A)M careers through a practice-oriented approach, thus contributing to produce a workforce capable of tackling complex societal challenges.

 

Activities

  • WORK PACKAGE 1 – Management and coordination of the project
  • WORK PACKAGE 2 – State of the art analysis of existing initiatives, best practices, attitudes and approaches towards STE(A)M in educational contexts
  • WORK PACKAGE 3 – Reforming curricula through innovative co-creation of OERs
  • WORK PACKAGE 4 – Mainstreaming and Dissemination
  • WORK PACKAGE 5 – Evaluation

 

Resources

  • Guidelines and templates on data collection and analysis
  • National reports on local and regional initiatives, best practices, students’ attitudes and teachers’ approaches to STEM education
  • State of the arts study comparing all partner countries’ results
  • Reflective practice case-study compendium
  • Framework for reforming STEM curricula
  • International training on the co-productive creation of educational resources
  • Working guidelines “Non-formal education for promoting co-production of educational resources
  • Design & development workshops
  • OERs based on a STE(A)M approach to STEM education
  • MOOC on STE(A)M education (beta version)
  • Local teacher training sessions on STE(A)M approaches and the implementation of the MOOC on STE(A)M education
  • Field-visits to leading companies and universities in the field of STEM
  • Social media awareness campaign
  • Stakeholder round-tables
  • Policy recommendations
  • Good practice tool CHOICE@SCHOOL
  • CHOICE@SCHOOL Open days
  • Final international conference

 

Impact

The following target groups will be reached:

a) 320 young people (80 per country) aged 13-18 through a quantitative STEM attitudes analysis to understand the role these play in the career & education choices of students (A2.2);

b) 24 professionals from the university/labour market & representatives of local authorities (6 per implementing country) as participants in reflective groups (A2.3);

c) 12 teachers from secondary schools (3 per implementing country) involved in the Creative Leadership Team (A3.1), attending the international training (A3.2) and in Design & development workshops (A3.2) for the co-production of a technology-enhanced STE(A)M-approach curriculum, acting as multipliers of the project results;

d) 16 young people aged 13-18 (4 per implementing country) involved in the Creative Leadership Team (A3.1) & in co-participative Design & development workshops (A3.2);

e) 8 professionals from the university and labour market (2 per implementing country) involved as role models in the Creative Leadership Team (A3.1);

f) 60 teachers from secondary schools (15 per implementing country) as participants in local trainings (A3.5) & the piloting of the MOOC (A3.6), acting as multipliers of the project results & involved in the piloting impact evaluation on teachers (A5.4);

g) 800 young people (200 per implementing country) aged 13-18 involved in the piloting (A3.6) and visits with the role models to University faculties/STEM businesses (A3.7)

h) 50 students involved as sample for the impact evaluation measuring attitudinal change of students (A5.4);

i) 16 representatives from local authorities, representatives from schools, academia & businesses from the STEM field participating in stakeholder round-tables (A4.3);

j) 2500 young people reached through the social media campaign (A4.3);

k) 400 participants (100 per country) in CHOICE@SCHOOL Open Days (A.4.4);

l) 200 participants at the final conference (A4.7).

CHOICE targets teachers from secondary schools as one of its most important interest groups. Involving them into all project steps will help ensure a systematic impact of activities and strengthen their role as multipliers in the dissemination process, while equipping them with innovative approaches providing long-term effects.

The targeted students are in the age-range 13-18, closest to the school-to-work/school-to-higher-education transition, in order to fight low rates of interest in STEM and due to educational choices shaping their future careers already being made at this age. CHOICE also directly targets schools and professionals from the university and the labour market to develop holistic and shared approaches reforming STEM education on a systemic level. The direct involvement of key stakeholders in the design and production of OERs will empower them as multipliers of the change in young people’s attitudes and choices.

 

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Date of the project

01/01/2020 – 31/12/2022

DG of reference

Erasmus+ KA3: European Forward Looking Cooperation Projects in the fields of Education and Training

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