Girls into Global STEM – a new Erasmus Plus project

August 23rd, 2016

Practical Action STEM challengesI am thrilled to be able to say that having received some EC funding from Erasmus Plus UK we are now able to get started on a new project called ‘ Girls into Global STEM’. The project aims to

increase the number of young Europeans, especially girls, who choose to take STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)  subjects at school and ultimately go on to careers in STEM. It will take place in UK, Poland, Cyprus and Sweden and the materials form the project will be available to other countries too.

Ok, so how are we going to do this? Well, from previous experience we know young people especially girls, are motivated by the role STEM can play in improving people’s lives around the world.  So we are going to start by raising awareness of some of the global challenges we all face and then help young people discover for themselves how ‘STEM’ has the potential to provide solutions.

The project will involve:

  • Young people and their teachers working with us to develop four Global STEM challenges which draw on the need for a certain level of digital literacy and can be used as stand-alone resources by other teachers and pupils
  • A teacher toolkit to include the global STEM challenges and other material which will support teachers including curriculum mapping of the challenges, videos and guidance notes.
  • A teacher training programme which will be both face to face and on-line as well as for pre-service and in-service teachers
  • Academic papers and their delivery at key events to share the project materials and the learning from the project as widely as possible.

We are really excited about getting started and working with some new partners as well as some partners we worked with on our previous Make the Link project. The project will be led by the University of Hull. As well as ourselves of course the other partners are the University of Boras (Sweden), CCE (Poland) CARDET(Cyprus) and one school in each country, in the UK  this school will be The De Ferrers Academy

Let the fun/work begin!!   #GIGSPractical Action STEM challenges

One response to “Girls into Global STEM – a new Erasmus Plus project”

  1. Tracy Keenan Says:

    Hi there,

    Your project sounds amazing. At Hatfield Academy in Sheffield, we are very committed and focused on developing STEM in a variety of ways in our curriculum from Reception through to Year 6. We are also currently working with local businesses to magnify the role STEM plays in the world of work. I wonder if there is any way we could participate in your project. Would an assembly via Skype be an option to talk to our pupils about what your pupils are doing?

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Many thanks

    Tracy Keenan
    Assistant Headteacher for Community Partnerships

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