STEM is not just about future scientists, programmers, engineers and mathematicians—is the path to be active citizens who can apply critical-thinking, logic and reasoning to solve real complex problems.
InSTEM Studio aims to achieve it through innovative multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach.
STEM education relates to the experience young people have during classes, hence often perceived as difficult, boring and not relevant to their every day lives. Governments often emphasize STEM in political priorities, but usually are not backed up with investment at sufficiently early levels of education (funding usually focuses on university level research).
Although young people are avid consumers of STEM products–ICT tools such as smart phones and computers–such interest is rarely used as a point of departure for STEM teaching and learning.
Also, youth participation is very low because there are not enough creative opportunities in which they could take part, and feel they can contribute to real change.
The approach we propose can be easily applied and improved in different contexts
Main outcome-challenge students to learn in new ways: analytical thinkers are inspired to explore their creative selves, while creative students expand their capacity to think and learn analytically by focusing on hands-on problem solving, encouraging an inventive culture, promote peer teaching and learning, and cultivate students’ curiosity.
All beneficiaries will become young people with real motivation to contribute to social change, because this approach will help them develop skills&attitudes while connecting them with real practitioners. They will be supported in the problem-solving process but also in advocating for their solution and supported in further developing it. The project is about inspiring a new generation and giving them tools to create concrete solutions.
During the next year we plan to:
A1. equip a center with the necessary materials&equipments for implementing 2 modules on the topics of City of the future & Smarter planet;
A2 Recruit 4 coaches for the 2 topics & volunteers;
A3 Create partnerships with enterprises and public institutions related to the 2 topics;
A4 Pilot the following programs, each 8 weeks, 30 young people-2 groups (create the curricula, evaluate the learning goals and used tools):
A4.1 an after-school (extra-curricular) program (2h/day);
A4.2 an alternative school for young NEETs 14 to 18yrs old (5h/day);
A5 organize an international camp (1 week for 20 young people);
A6 develop an online platform-Virtual Learning Environment-to facilitate international programs;
A7 Prepare a National Science&Innovation Fair.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
We would like to hear what others think about the idea, if they would be willing to develop joint initiatives, as well as if there are any other similar ideas they would consider developing.