Fostering STEAM Education in Schools

Our project is based on the priority of “promoting innovative and cross-disciplinary approaches to STE(A)M teaching in education”. As EU fear of low numeracy and literacy skills, there is an increasing interest in supporting educators for qualified teaching practices. Today, 70 million Europeans lack adequate reading and writing skills, have poor numeracy and digital skills. However, future economic growth and social progress rely on innovation, technical know-what and know-how; the core skills for these are critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving, global collaboration and communication (e.g. OECD, 2010; Toner, 2011), which makes STEM methodology indispensable for schools. The proposed project structured around this EU context aims at employing 4 main activities to spread effective use of STEAM approach in EU.

The project addresses 2 horizontal and 2 sectoral priorities. With the formation of Teacher Training & Curriculum for STEM, the professional profile of the teaching professions will be strengthened as teachers will get to know how to write better scenarios and apply STEAM practices for their class and deliver them to young students in the classes which will indirectly help project activities improve the attainment of young people with low and normal basic skills. Teachers will use STEAM teaching in education in an effective way upon teacher trainings, following curriculum suggestions, e-contents delivered in the project. An Innovative Online Platform based on STEAM education will help educators in promoting their professional development in ICT methodologies, which will also help schools revise their teaching content in relation to what is taught in online platform in different languages. The platform will be delivered in different languages. A Practical Guide for STEM implementation will show policy makers how to conduct effective strategy at EU and nationwide to foster development in teachers’ skills.