TOPIC 2: How to improve teachers’ collaboration during STEM education events TOPIC 2: How to improve teachers’ collaboration during STEM education events

In which way should meetings be organized? How to engage participants? How to encourage them to know each other? The lessons we learn from attending events are extraordinary experiences that should be put to practice in order to give support to other events that will lead us to new projects or peers.

But what should an event have to be successful in collaborative terms? For a start, emphasis must be put on giving support to the participants, not just by showing resources alone. It is of vital importance to receive guidelines and support to a better understanding and application of what has been previously showed.

Organizing conferences on a specific topic involving several projects is a good way to share time and resources. We all agree that presenting projects in each other’s events will increase the impact of the different initiatives. Joint events where not only teachers, but project managers or policy makers have the opportunity to share their views on a same topic but from different perspectives within the project is a way to keep on developing everyone's understanding of the process itself, from the initial moment to the results analysis.

Last, it is also important to start reflecting on the purpose and how teachers can make a good use of different projects. For instance, the creation of teachers focus groups to work on what project message needs to be delivered as well as on providing feedback on it is a good way to engage teachers in new projects and ventures.

OPEN QUESTIONS:

  • Which are the main features a face-to-face event must have to be successful in terms of networking?
  • Do teachers have the resources to receive and understand the vast amount of information usually given at events?
  • What features need a project to have in order to convince you to participate, as a teacher?
  • Which are the advantages of collaborating with not only teachers, but also project managers or policy makers?

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