Occupations of the future have been changing rapidly and the knowledge and skills acquired today are not foreseen to be sufficient while preparing our students for life. It is emphasized about these occupations that 21st century skills such as digital skills, critical thinking, cooperation, team spirit, innovative and analytical thinking are required. Technology has been improving so rapidly that even internet of objects has begun to be discussed. It is of great significance for students to adapt to these constant and rapid changes in technology. Individual competencies in STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) are getting more important for the occupations of future which are based on high technology. Therefore, innovative approaches are required in education.
First, the project is aimed to develop in students the so called “STEM skills” (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), which can be considered basic skills and are, for this, the main focus of our project.
All partner schools have in fact identified a need to improve the quality of education in science, mathematics and technology, and have submitted a project aimed at developing a joint framework to support the involvement of pupils in learning.
In particular, our project – as suggested by the sectored priorities – promoting the acquisition of skills and competences – promotes a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach, involving different disciplines (Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Science, Design), promoting learning based on real problems and innovative approaches to teaching contexts of high technology, with particular emphasis on in high-tech physical environments.
This strategic partnership addresses to promoting the acquisition of skills and competences in learning, teaching and training in the secondary education; addressing under achievement in math and science; supporting ICT-based teaching; supporting teachers in acquiring or improving the use of ICT for learning; promoting OER as priorities.
We will try to improve the learning and teaching process in Science and Mathematics through new and innovative strategies, by promoting access to and learning through open educational resources. As an effective method for enhancing the skills in Science and Mathematics we will try to develop learning materials with problems that are relevant to the curricula used in secondary schools in the country. At the same time it will include already developed free software and applications that can be used as steps towards solving the problems.
Project activities will also help develop transversal skills, such as entrepreneurship, digital skills and multilingualism: the blended mobility virtual / physical will in fact, besides the use and integration of ICTs in teaching and curriculum, using innovative pedagogical approaches and focused on learners who develop their transversal skills (especially for those who aim to exercise in the future as a professional, like architect or engineer.)
High quality learning opportunities: one of the objectives of the project is certainly improve the quality of education in mathematics, science, technology and approach to some issues of engineering and architecture, to allow students to develop a greater environmental awareness, as well as steering them to the university choice.