ATELIER for STE(A)M, Amazing Technologies to Enhance Learning through Innovation, Enjoyment and Research
What ICT tools really work in teaching and learning processes in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics – STE(A)M)? The ATELIER for STE(A)M project looks for good practices, in which the use of technology improves the learning of STE(A)M topics at schools.
Five schools from four different countries (Portugal, Poland, Slovenia and Spain – Burgos and Jaén), are working together to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics – STE(A)M – education in Europe. By increasing knowledge about these subjects and what they mean for students, the project’s partners hope to increase scientific vocations and educate better citizens in a world where science and technology are ubiquitous elements in people’s daily lives. ATELIER for STE(A)M highlights the best ideas where technology helps in order to gain a better understanding and better development of key competences among students. ATELIER for STE(A)M describes, analyses and studies the main approaches of didactic sequences where ICT tools are used. The project’s partners reflect on each using a template and test it in their specific context. Then, the partners try to define why they can consider it a good practice. Their objective is to offer to the educational community a book that describes these good practices, with the aim of disseminating them in Europe, thus offering all schools the opportunity to apply these good practices in their particular contexts.
Country: Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain
Coordinator: Colegio Pedro Poveda, Spain, http://www.colegiopedropoveda.org
Target groups: researchers, teachers
Topic: Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, Maths, Physics, Technology, Education
Start year: 2017
End year: 2019
Contact person: Daniel Aguirre Molina, Email d.aguirre3 (at) gmail.com
ATELIER for STE(A)M starts by defining good practices applied at schools in the respective countries of the project’s partners. Their common denominator is that some technological tools are used in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics – STE(A)M – teaching and learning processes. These range from augmented reality to the use of drones, passing through robotics, simulations, interactive presentations, or assessment tools, like Kahoot. However, when such ICT is used without any methodology it yields nothing. Therefore, it is very important to analyse what methodology is being used in each case and so determine what are the best combinations.
The project’s partners use as their theoretical framework the TPACK, in which every concept can be taught with a perfect combination of technology and methodology. When the project finishes, the partners want to provide a book of good practices, both tested and realistic, including tips that can be easily replicated at other schools or in other contexts.
At the end of the project, the partners want to provide a book with a complete description of each practice, which includes enough information in order to replicate these practices at other schools. This book contains ideas for introducing augmented reality, robotics, simulations, coding, interactive tools, drones and others in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics – STE(A)M – teaching and learning processes.