Improving STEM Education Across European Schools
The general objective of the STEM project is to develop a methodology for teachers/educators and to develop and implement innovative pedagogies and methods for teaching and assessing STEM in the classroom, making it more attractive in the eyes of young people and students. The specific objectives are the following:
- boost a Europe-wide collaboration among STEM teachers as well as education researchers, policymakers and other STEM education professionals, exchanging inquiry-based and other innovative, effective and engaging approaches to science and maths education;
- transfer of innovative STEM teaching methods to a large number of teachers, an e-Learning Area that developed in order to help individuals exploring and sharing innovative tools and techniques to make STEM subjects attractive in the eyes of the students;
- explore the use of ICT in STEM education, to enhance its introduction in traditional teaching methods and create technology-rich learning environments for students;
- helping students to develop important transversal skills such as creative thinking, problem solving, etc., that can be utilised by young people in the labour market.
VITECO is responsible for the development of the e-learning area and of the e-courses. The innovativeness of the e-courses – in addition to the content – is given by the fact that they follow the traditional school curricula rules and layout. In fact, since teachers need to use such material in classes with young students, the courses are highly interactive and include practical exercises, quizzes, mini games, videos, rather than just text and theoretical descriptions. Due to these materials, teachers are able to increase their skills and competences in STEM.