In rapidly evolving technology , we should take account of what the globalized world needs and what should we do to meet these needs. For this reason information society has been seen as a necessity of increasing mental processes and production skills rather than labor and muscle strength recently.On the other hand, the result of PISA and TIMMS tests show us our current education and tight curricula does not work in way we want. In this aspect STEM education has become a necessity for all the countries of the world. We need to encourage our students currently in our educational systems, as well as future generations of students, to understand and embrace the technology that affects them every day of their lives.
STEM FOR ALL aims to address these issues by motivating teachers to keep up the date and enriching their professional skills because we believe that STEM related subjects need to be taught by engaged and enthusiastic teachers using hands-on and minds-on activities. Making Stem related subjects enjoyable and exciting will not only help them to learn, to make connection with real life but also it will be a step for anticipatory STEM career. Student will engage with basic skills in math and science as well as 21st century skills such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving,information literacy and communication.
In STEM FOR ALL project we will combine many methods and techniques as our methodology although we will mostly use Inquiry-based and project based learning as well as active learning and Ict based learning for project activities.
The objectives of project are ;
To broaden the STEM awareness among students, teachers, local authorities,communities and raise positive attitudes of Stem related careers.
To empower the teachers' teaching profiles and build basic Stem skills hence to faciliate them use more student centered teaching styles by combining interdiciplinary teaching with the inquiry learning.
To provide STEM curriculum which will help us to implement STEM activities, pilot implementation of the curriculum will be practically implemented through 20 hour- course in each participant country, teachers and students will test the curriculum and manuals.
To involve students with fewer oppotunities such as disability,cultural differences and economic obstacle as well as advantaged students into the STEM activities thus we want to give chance to these students to be part of the project while living STEM experiences, we will also take account for gender equality while involving students into the implementing stem activities .
To disseminate the project results,experiences,impact as wide as possible.
For STEM FOR ALL project we set a strong strategic partnership consist of 6 organisations from Turkey,Portugal,Romania,Greece,Italy and Sweden. Different type of organisation will strengthen our projects dissemination and impact of the project result on different types of teaching learning areas and communities ,too
During the project life time, we plan 3 transnational project meetings and 4 LTT as short term joint staff training events. Each partner will join each of the TPM as 3 participants and each of the LTT activities as 4 participants. LTT activities will take place for the 1st training in Portugal for "Teaching STEM in the 21st century classrooms" , for 2nd training in Sweden for "The Role of Technology in Education and best practices of using it in our classes" , for 3rd training in Greece for "Innovative Curriculum and pedogogy in STEM disciplines " and for the 4th training in Romania for "A practical workshop for teachers and Science Fair".
The first and second transnational project meetings will take place in Italy and the final meeting will take place in Turkey.
Many other project activities will carry out in national level such as launching event, seminars,workshops, STEM conference and pilot implementation of the modules of curriculum, celebrating World Science Day and Pi Day.With these seminars and Stem conference, educational stakeholders, public, local authorites will be involved in STEM FOR ALL and with the upgoing teacher training courses and seminars we will ensure the project impact and results remain after the project.
Moreover we will carry out an Etwinning project not only for spreading our STEM experiences gained from our mobilities but also involving much more students and teachers into STEM FOR ALL as wel practicing pilot curriculum as etwinning project activities.
Besides these, to run a EU project will gain us internationalizm and being tolerant to cultural differences as well as gaining us collaborating and project management skills.Our students and teachers will not only educationally improved but also they'll feel the European values.