"STEM FOR ALL” is our second Erasmus+ project that has been selected by the European Commission as a GOOD PRACTICE EXAMPLE project!
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STEM FOR ALL (project number 2017-1-TR01-KA201-045815) has been funded by the European Commission within the Erasmus+ programme, Key Action 2 (Strategic Partnership for innovation and the Exchange of good practices).
STEM FOR ALL aimed to encourage our new generations to find solution of globalized world's problems by motivating teachers to keep up the date and enriching their professional skills because we believed that STEM related subjects needed to be taught by engaged and enthusiastic teachers using hands-on and minds-on activities. In aditon, making Stem related subjects enjoyable and exciting didn't only help them to learn, to make connection with real life but also it became a step for anticipatory STEM career. Student engaged 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 combined many methods and techniques as our methodology although we mostly used Inquiry-based and project based learning as well as active learning and ICT based learning for project activities. The objectives of project were; 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 facilitate them use more student centered teaching styles by combining interdisciplinary teaching with the inquiry learning. To provide STEM curriculum which helped us to implement STEM activities, pilot implementation of the curriculum was practically implemented through 20 hour- course in each participant country, teachers and students tested the curriculum and manuals. To involve students with fewer opportunities such as disability, cultural differences and economic obstacle as well as advantaged students into the STEM activities thus we we gave chance to these students to be part of the project while living STEM experiences, we took account for gender equality while involving students into the implementing stem activities . To disseminate the project results, experiences, impact as wide as possible. we set very strong partnership to materialized above objectives.Different type of organization strengthened 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 planned 3 transnational project meetings and 4 LTT as short term joint staff training events. LTT activities took 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 pedagogy 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 took place in Italy and the final meeting took place in Turkey. Many other project activities carried out in national level such as launching event, seminars, workshops, STEM conference and pilot implementation of the curriculum, celebrating World Science Day and Pi Day. With these seminars and Stem conference, educational stakeholders, public, local authorities involved in STEM FOR ALL and with the upgoing teacher training courses and seminars we ensured the project impact and results remained after the project. Moreover we are carrying 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. On our management meetings all the coordinators decided to use Etwinning platform as follow up activity so we are using our e twinning project for our project's sustainability after its life time. we are currently adding new pages and new partners to broaden STEM FOR ALL's impact. By this way our lesson plans and stem activities are going to use by many teachers and may inspire them to produce new ones. Thanks to Scientix community, they have chosen STEM FOR ALL one of the sample project, many teachers reached us to learn more about the project and wanted to collaborative with us. We will continue to work with new participants on our Twinspace and continue to organize online events. Besides these, running a EU project gained us internationalism and being tolerant to cultural differences as well as gaining us collaborating and project management skills.
Our students and teachers not only educationally improved but also they lived the European values. For Romania LTT Meeting we managed to add students mobility without demanding extra budget, Students participation to this activity boosted our impact on our students .Thanks to Erasmus + programmes provided us to disseminate our project on the Erasmus Plus Dissemination Platforms thus we got chance to show our project results to not just our vicinities but to all around the Europe. We've joined international Scientix Conference and represented STEM FOR ALL as an Erasmus + project, IT was great dissemination opportunity for us.