The STEAM-IT project – An integrated STEM approach
STEM subjects are still taught in an isolated manner. There are no STEM classes, generally there are S classes, T classes, E classes, and M classes; in this acronym, even the S is not a single subject. There are physics lessons, chemistry lessons, biology lessons, etc. To get students really interested in STEM subjects and careers, it is important to show them the key role that STEM subjects can play in improving our lives and the importance of these subjects for our future.
The “integrated” approach of the STE(A)M-IT project, supported by methodologies and focused on the student and active teaching, above all promotes the mindset of scientific culture by creating a transversal and integrated teaching programme between STEM subjects and non-STEM ones (in this case the A stands for ALL). This approach is closely linked to the problems of everyday life, to make the educational and learning experience as authentic as possible.
The research activity is defined by the development of a European framework of reference for an integrated approach to teaching STEAM subjects. This activity also involves developing and documenting good practices (Learning Scenarios) in co-planning with a European group of teachers.
The STE(A)M-IT project will run for 3 years, starting from 1 November 2019, and is coordinated by European Schoolnet in collaboration with the Ministries of Public Education of Portugal, Croatia and Italy, the University of Cyprus and IUL online University. The INDIRE project involves the Work Package Leader for the creation of the integrated STE(A)M European framework.
The STE(A)M-IT project (http://steamit.eun.org) aims to:
- create and test a framework of reference for the integrated teaching of STE(A)M subjects;
- develop a training programme for teachers in first and second cycle schools on the basis of this framework, paying attention to the contextualisation of STEM teaching, in particular, through industry-education cooperation;
- establish a network of teachers as guidance/career counsellors who can promote the attractiveness of STEM jobs in schools.
- European first and second cycle teachers
- Industry, experts
- Policy Makers