STEM FOR ALL
STEM FOR ALL encourages currently enrolled students, as well as future generations of students, to understand and embrace the technology that affects them every day in their lives. STEM FOR ALL aims to address these issues by motivating teachers to keep up to date and enriching their professional skills.
In times of rapidly evolving technology, it should be taken into account what the globalised world needs and what should be done to meet its emerging needs. For this reason, it is seen now as a necessity to enhance mental processes and production skills rather than labour and muscle strength. The recent results of tests such as PISA and TIMMS demonstrate that current education and a rigid curriculum do not work in the way we want. In this respect, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education has become a necessity for all countries of the world.
STEM FOR ALL encourages currently enrolled students, as well as future generations of students, to understand and embrace the technology that affects them every day in their lives. STEM FOR ALL aims to address these issues by motivating teachers to keep up to date and enrich their professional skills. STEM FOR ALL believes that subjects related to STEM topics should to be taught by engaged and enthusiastic teachers, using hands-on and minds-on activities. By making STEM-related subjects enjoyable and exciting, they help students not only to learn and make connections with real life but also take a step towards a future career in the field of STEM. Students develop basic skills in mathematics and science, as well as 21st century skills such as creative and critical thinking, problem-solving, information literacy and communication.
STEM FOR ALL combines many methods and techniques in its methodology, although it mostly uses inquiry-based and project-based learning, as well as active learning and ICT-based learning in its activities.
Objectives of the project
- To broaden awareness about STEM among students, teachers, local authorities, communities and raise positive attitudes about STEM-related careers.
- To empower teachers' teaching profiles and build basic STEM skills. Hence, to support them in using more student-centred teaching styles, by combining interdisciplinary teaching with inquiry-based learning.
- To provide a helpful STEM curriculum for implementing STEM activities. Pilot implementation of the curriculum is done practically through a twenty-hour-long course in each of the participating countries. Teachers and students test the curriculum and the project’s manuals.
- To involve students with fewer opportunities, such as students with disabilities, cultural differences and economic obstacles, as well as advantaged students, in STEM activities. The project also takes into account gender equality when implementing its STEM activities that involve students.
- To disseminate the project’s results, experiences and impact as widely as possible.
Country: Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Turkey
Coordinator: Sarıyer İlçe Milli Eğitim Müdürlüğü, İstanbul, Turkey, https://sariyer.meb.gov.tr
Target groups: education authorities, general public, parents, primary school students, secondary school students, teachers, trainee teachers, under school-age kids, vocational school students
Topic: Computer science, Chemistry, Electronics, Engineering, Environmental sciences, Gender in STEM, Information technology, Maths, Physics, Technology, Education, Other
Start year: 2017
End year: 2019
Contact person: Sibel SAYGIN, Email sibelsaygin (at) gmail.com
No information for researchers is available at this moment.
The STEM FOR ALL project is a strategic partnership of six organisations from Turkey, Portugal, Romania, Greece, Italy and Sweden. These different types of organisations strengthen the project’s dissemination and impact in various teaching learning areas and communities. STEM FOR ALL organises three transnational project meetings and four short-term joint staff training events.
The first training event is held in Portugal, focusing on “Teaching STEM in the 21st century classrooms”, the second in Sweden for “The Role of Technology in Education and best practices for using it in our classes”, the third in Greece for “Innovative Curriculum and pedagogy in STEM disciplines”, and the fourth in Romania for “A practical workshop for teachers and Science Fairs”. The first and second transnational project meetings take place in Italy and the final meeting takes place in Turkey.
Other activities of the project are carried out at the national level, including a launch event, seminars, workshops, a STEM conference and a pilot implementation of the curriculum modules, celebrating World Science Day and Pi Day. These seminars and the STEM conference involve educational stakeholders, the public, local authorities in the STEM FOR ALL project and its teacher training courses, and seminars ensure that the project will have an impact long after it finishes.
What’s more, STEM FOR ALL carries out its own eTwinning project, not only to spread its STEM experiences, but also to involve more students and teachers in STEM FOR ALL, as well as practisng its pilot curriculum as eTwinning project activities. In addition, this project gives its participants a sense of internationalism and for tolerance towards different cultures, as well as enhancing their collaboration and project management skills.