21st Century Students


The 21st Century Students project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme, is grounded on the premise that students of all abilities can improve their STEM skills through digital manufacturing and design, in response to Industry 4.0, and in order to create young people who are ready for a digital-driven world of work.

The project will foster the creativity and innovation skills of pupils through hands-on and technology-based digital manufacturing tools to drive STEM education in non-traditional ways. It will promote teaching experiences that are aligned to the modern workplace, by creating similar environments through the use of technologies and tools that are prominent in Industry 4.0.

The project commenced in October 2020 and the consortium consists of 7 transnational partners with expertise in education and digital manufacturing. The main outputs of the project are a learning academy, digital manufacturing learning lab, an implementation handbook and a teacher Industry 4.0 training programme.

Basic information

Country: Croatia, Germany, Greece, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom

Coordinator: South West College, www.swc.ac.uk

Programme: Erasmus+

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Target groups: education authorities, industry, parents, secondary school students, teachers, trainee teachers

Topic: Engineering, Education, Other

Start year: 2020

End year: 2023

Url: https://21st-century-students.com/

Contact person: Shirley Patterson, shirley.patterson (at) swc.ac.uk


The project will prepare the following intellectual outputs:

  1. Learner Academy
    The Learner Academy will introduce pupils aged 11-14 to three crucial themes of Industry 4.0: Digital Design, Digital Fabrication and Manufacturing Automation. A total of 30 non-formal learning resources will be developed with the aim of supporting students to gain a basic understanding and hands-on learning experiences of Digital Design & Manufacturing technologies and processes.
  2. Digital Manufacturing Learning Lab
    The Digital Manufacturing Learning Lab will be an interactive online platform, designed to enable teachers across Europe to independently deliver the 21st Century Learning Academy via innovative teaching methods. The aim of the platform is to provide a one-stop-shop for educators to safely and easily access the pedagogical resources required for delivering DM&D education in their own classrooms.
  3. Implementation Handbook
    The Implementation Handbook will provide the necessary guidance and starting points on using 21st Century Student materials to improve teachers’ practices and raise pupils’ levels of achievement in STEM through the endorsement of digital manufacturing in the classroom. It will contain the nuts and bolts for implementing the 21st Century Students Learner Academy and technical guidelines for using the Digital Manufacturing Learning Lab.
  4. Teacher Training Programme
    The Teacher Training programme is aimed at schoolteachers and educators. This two-day programme will provide schoolteachers and educators with the technical & pedagogical tools to deliver the 21st Century Students Learner Academy, exploit the Digital Manufacturing Learning Lab, and improve their overall approaches in regard to the delivery of non-formal and digitally led STEM education.

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