Mednarodni projekt – International project
Erasmus+ projekt – Erasmus+ project:
Razvijanje STEM* kompentenc učiteljev in učencev v osnovni šoli
*v ang. kratica za znanost, tehnologijo, inženiring in matematiko
Teachers and pupils STEM competence development in elementary school
*STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Logotip projekta – project logo:
Vodilni partner in projektni partnerji – Lead partner and project partners:
About the project
We are living in a fast paced and developing technological era, where every skill that we teach our children needs to increase children’s ability to find their path in life. Today’s children will need to be able to be multifunctional, flexible and demonstrate ability to solve challenges efficiently.
Our lives are deeply connected to advanced technology, where every part of our daily lives is related to science – STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in one way or another. Whether the daily STEM connection is through your phone, wearable tech, computer or everyday objects, such as television, washing machine, dishwasher, car or an electric/induction stove.
With increasingly high-tech world we live in, we are on the other hand short in strategic approaches towards promotion of relevant technology related knowledge in schools. Nowadays children do not decide to pursue a STEM oriented education and later on a STEM carrier. Latvian, Estonian, Slovenian and Lithuanian elementary schools lack specific subjects that give an insight into the newest technologies. During research of informal education of pupils, it was pointed out that in Baltic only 4-6% of students attended educational courses related to technical/technological creation (2013-2015). The number is more than critically low.
Critically low level of technical and technology related subjects within compulsory education, points to the growing gap between the high-tech world where STEM professionals are a must and the real situation in the field of education where STEM in a way to encourage STEM in hands-on experiences is not promoted.
Therefore, the Erasmus+ project “Teachers and pupils STEM competence development in elementary school” amongst the Latvian leading partner Social Innovation Centre and partners VseUk Institute (Slovenia), Põltsamaa Co-Educational Gymnasium (Estonia), Vilniaus Gedimino technikos universiteto inzinerijos licejus (Lithuania) and Ķekavas vidusskola (Latvia) will promote STEM in elementary schools in Baltic states. Overall objective of the project is to foster competence of STEM, raise knowledge and interest about green technologies, technical creativity and environmentally friendly production/manufacturing, enhancing best practices & educating opportunities – involving teachers, pupils, stakeholders and parents. Through the preparation of hands-on materials for teachers, alongside with the information to the parents on STEM importance, we hope to spread the awareness of STEM necessity in formal and informal curriculum.
Specific project objectives:
– develop specific STEM competencies of teachers in the fields of green technologies, technical creativity and science subjects to foster interest of pupils about mentioned areas;
– foster society`s (parents, youth centres, municipalities, informal education groups) understanding about necessity of STEM for (grade 5-8) pupils, as potential entrepreneurs/scientists, and technology creators.
Planned project’s period: 2 years; 01/12/2017 – 30/11/2019
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1-st Kick-off meeting
Riga, Latvia, 4th December 2017
The project official start date was 1st December 2017, but the first kick off meeting was held in Riga, Latvia, on 4th December 2017. At the first meting of the lead partner and project partners all the partners had the chance to introduce themselves. It was interesting to see what the partners already do to promote STEM in their schools or institutions. At the meeting the workflow of the project was presented for the next 2 years. We hope, that the project will give good results as all the partners are motivated to start the project.
Transnational visit to Slovenia
Ljubljana, Slovenia, 3rd June – 7th June 2018
Being 5 months into the project project partners meet for a 3 days long project visit to Ljubljana, Slovenija. Slovenian project partner, VseUk Institute, organised the visit presenting activities taking place in Slovenia in the area of STEM to partners from Baltic states.
We have visited St. Stanislav Institute to experience their outdoor classroom, we had a chance to immerse into virtual and mix realities at the Noordung Space Center and we also became electro engineers with the student at the STEM club. Only in 3 days we experienced a different areas of STEM and a different ideas on how to present STEM in an engaging way.
2nd international meeting
Põltsamaa, Estonia, 6th September 2018
While being present at the meeting we also had a chance to see the school of the future.
Why do we think this is the school of the future? We visited a school in Estonia where children use 3D pens and guide drones, which they build themselves. Interesting thing is they do not have mathematics as a subject on its own but have mathematics and computer sciences combined as children can learn mathematics by programming robots.
At school they also have laboratories to be used in subjects chemistry and biology. In all classes they can use tablet computers provided by school. Really inspiring!