IN2STEAM – Inspiring Next Generation of Girls through Inclusive STE(A)M Learning in Primary Education

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Objectives

  • To increase the competence development of teachers and educators to teach and expose STE(A)M concepts to young children at primary school, with a focus on girls, in order to foster creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving competences;
  • To increase and nurture girls’ interest in STEM fields through the development of gender-inclusive teaching methods and open resources focused on STE(A)M learning in primary education;
  • To support the interest in STEM disciplines by adopting an inclusive teaching methodology that motivates young girls to develop their potential and motivation for a future career in the scientific field, contrasting gender stereotypes;
  • To integrate a 21st century education strategy for developing more creative learning environments in primary schools through the adoption of interdisciplinarity STE(A)M learning approaches joined with gender inclusive practices in school curriculum.

Activities

  • Development of a research study with a comprehensive analysis on the value of STE(A)M education in increasing motivation and participation of young girls in STE(A)M fields;
  • Creation of online training modules, guidelines tools and methodologies to increase the competence development of teachers and educators to effectively introduce STE(A)M approaches in their classroom at primary school;
  • Launch of a pilot activity of the online training modules through a mixed learning path (workshops and online self-study) with teachers led by the trainers of each partner organization; then teachers will actively test the Digital Teacher’s Toolkit and the Activity KIT with their pupils through a cycle of IN2STEAM Labs with the collaboration of female STE(A)M professionals and arts practitioners;
  • Organisation of 6 “Science Days” in each partner country, with the involvement of schools, teachers, educators, parents, STE(A)M professionals and stakeholders: they will share their experiences related to the project activities and the promotion of the benefits of STE(A)M learning in primary school;
  • Elaboration of a “European Charter for STE(A)M Education” with policy recommendations that will support schools with intervention strategies and common framework to support the behavioral change in girls to foster non-gender stereotyping in education and career choices. 

Resources

  • Report on the Value of STE(A)M in Girls’ Education;
  • Online Training Curriculum in STE(A)M learning and gender sensitive practices;
  • Digital Teacher’s Toolkit (DTT) with STE(A)M Activity Kit for Primary School;
  • European Charter and Impact Report.

Impact

  • Analysis of the value of STE(A)M education in increasing the motivation and participation of young girls in STEM fields of study and professional needs of teachers;
  • Acquisition of new competences targeted for primary school teachers to better respond and manage gender perspectives in their teaching practices;
  • Engagement of primary school pupils – aged 8-11- in STE(A)M learning and involvement of at least 80 girls per partner country, identification of a behavioural change in girls to pursue options in STE(A)M related subjects in the next education stages;
  • Increased active participation of wider school community (including parents and decision makers) in research phase, learning processes and in raising awareness and interest in STE(A)M education and career opportunities for all students, especially girls. 

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Date of the project

01/09/2019 – 31/08/2022

DG of reference

Erasmus+: Key Action 2, Strategic Partnerships for school education

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School

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E-mail

laura.lascala@cesie.org

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https://in2steam.eu/
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