These are the winners of the STEM Ahead competition 2017

The STEM Alliance has selected 14 outstanding science teachers as winners of its STEM Ahead competition. The STEM Alliance received 120 submissions from teachers in three competition categories: Events, Videos and Learning Activities. The jurors of the competition were very impressed by the high quality of the submissions, and thanks all teachers who made the effort to participate in the competition to showcase collaboration between industry and education.


Following a scrutinised selection process, the STEM Alliance jurors have decided to award the authors of 10 events in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), 2 learning activities based on educational resources from the industry and 1 video. In addition, the STEM Alliance awards another video by public vote through social media.

    Award winners in the events category    

e-HAND Erasmus project - Teaching and Trainning Activities - Conference about "Fibrenamics Project"

Anabela Azevedo Dalot (Portugal)

Presentation of the Fibrenamics Project (, an international platform that belongs to University of Minho that is working across sectors - with an emphasis on architecture, construction, sport, medicine, protection, transport and home textiles - covering all the extraordinary world of fibers to the students and teachers involved in the Erasmus + e-HAND project (Effects of Human Activities in Natural Disasters). The objectives were to promote the bridge between society, school, university and companies , bringing to school a researcher and to foster in students the entrepreneurship, critical spirit and curiosity for research and science.

From steam to STEAM

Iryna Kharchenko (Ukraine)

More than 800 students aged from 6 to 17 and teachers of all disciplines took active part in conducting classroom activities and preparation of this whole school event. Guest speakers and scientists were invited to raise awareness about the importance of sciences in our everyday life and technological development as well as to draw the students' attention to the Victorian epoch when the industrial revolution stimulated the fastest technological progress. That explains the topic of our project based on two homonyms steam(as evaporation) and STEAM as an educational trend. Also we used elements of STEAMPUNK in literature, fashion, art and makery to develop creativity and engage students into the topic. 

Gangsters' Fest

Marharyta Kaliuzhna (Ukraine)

Event website

Pupils from 1st to 6th grade at ThinkGlobal learnt about creativity, communication, computational and design thinking, digital citizenship and tolerance during their lessons in September and October. At the end of October, they organised the Gangsters Fest. They are gangsters because they are enthusiastic, innovative, and crazy. Fest because it's fun. They had Skype meeting with world experts and discussed about gaming and storytelling. Students shared own experience during Science Fun on 23 September. And started to develop their own projects and present them. They created computer games using Scratch and Unity, wrote their own book and comics, designed posters, did interviews, and many other activities.

Meeting with a mBot robot

Natalija Budinski (Serbia)

This event was introduced fifth grade primary school students (aged 11) to mBot robots for the first time. The school "Petro Kuzmjak" was lucky enough to receive a donation of five mBot robots as a part of action "Battle for knowledge" by the B92 foundation. At the very first meeting with the robots, students talked to software engineer Miroslav Novta from the "Mirnov" software company about the importance of coding and learning robotics and how those subjects are connected to mathematics. The event was prepared according to Professionals Go Back to School Scheme Guidelines.

Science Experiments for National College Sfantul Sava students!

Niculina Viorica Stanescu (Romania)

Two professors (physics and chemistry) from the St. Sava National College accompanied students at the University of Bucharest to visit a laboratory where the researchers presented several practical experiments. Dr. Daniela Bala, professor and researcher at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Chemistry, Department of Physical Chemistry, has prepared several experiments for my students (16 years). Experiments are done at the electrochemistry lab at the University of Bucharest by dr. Bala and dr. Herbert Storch.

STEM as a gift for our School day

Dalibor Todorovic (Serbia)

At the World Teachers Day and at the same time this school's day, there were various stakeholders in the field of STEM invited to the celebration entitled - "The fair of our achievements - The school is our second house".

STEM hiking tour in Zaječar

Mladen Sljivovic (Serbia)

Professionals at each location of the hike talked to students and gave them an insight into the skills demanded at their job (both hard and soft). Students met STEM professionals from large corporation and small micro businesses. The purpose of this hike was to show students that STEM subjects can be applied in various ways,  even in such a small town like Zaječar. Teachers organised this event in collaboration with STEM professionals, PGB2S scheme of the STEM Alliance, and acted as tour guides at every destination.

The Mosaic of STEM activities

Natalia Grushko (Ukraine)

The event ''The mosaic of STEM activities '' laid the foundations for awareness about STEM-industries and professions, stimulated students' interest in learning further the STEM-related training courses. This provided courses with an emphasis on training students for successful post-school employment and education. Combining school and out-of-school opportunities and forms of training.

Tutti fuori dal... labirinto! - Outside the Maze!

Emilia Bruno (Italy)

The event has been organised to celebrate the Europe Code Week 2017. High school students completed the CodyMaze game and received the Cody Maze Certificate. Cody maze is a virtual maze in the real world. It consists of a real chess board. The goal of the activity is to find the way out of the maze. Students can move through the chess board using the instructions given by a Bot Telegram scanning QR codes. The instructions become more and more complex depending on the reached level: from elementary instructions to nested conditions and constructions.

Exposing middle school students to career options in the field of chemistry

Stella Magid-Podolsky (Israel)

The event took place in the faculty of Education in Technology and Science at Technion, the Israeli Institute of Science and Technology. Students from the 8th and 9th grade were invited to the faculty where they were exposed to career opportunities in the field of chemistry and chemistry engineering. Two representatives from the chemical industry (who are also going to be a STEM teachers next year) told students their life story about their studies in high school, their careers in chemical industry and their decision to become STEM teachers for next generation. After that, students were divided to groups, where they did chemical experiments and learnt Scratch programming.

    Award winners in the resources category    

3 in 1!

Laura Fernández Alonso (Spain)

In this threefold learning activity, 3º ESO students research different topics related to petroleum, electricity, plastics and textiles, and create a poster out of it. All the posters are uploaded to a padlet and assessed by their peers. At the end of the project they will understand the link between the topics. Then 6º EPO students go to 3º ESO classrooms to learn about those topics. The classes are divided into 8 groups. Each group is in charge of one or two related topics. Younger students rotate (spending 5 or 10 minutes in each group) and finally they play with plickers (real-time assessment tool). Both subjects are included in a bilingual programme, which is the reason why English was one of the two languages used. 4º ESO students, following the scientific method steps, perform two experiments related to plastics: superabsorbent nappy polymer and how to obtain bioplastic from milk. The experiment procedure, results and the enrichment activities done by these students will be used as learning resources in Technology.

Mystery of Boltysh Crater

Hanna Dudich (Ukraine)

In this learning activity, the students develop their research skills, learn to use digital microscopes and testing equipment, learn about the importance of geological sampling, discover advantages and disadvantages of using shale and shale gas, and develop their creativity while proposing the best idea of the natural museum at the Boltysh site.

    Award winner in video category   

Garbage is a problem in polluted environments

Suzana Ramadani (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

This video presents a class assignment in which students dig roles in the ground and put different materials inside to test wich ones will decay first.The materials used are metal, glass, batteries, paper, plastic bags and organic substances. The students open the holes one month later. All the materials except the organic substances remain intact. The organic substances decay completely. The students then keep the paper, nylon and batteries and  donate the materials to a recycling center.

    Award winner by public vote    

STEM Ahead STEM Alliance Smart School

Olha Doskochynska (Ukraine)

A group of pupils together with their teacher at the secondary school № 62 in Lviv, Ukraine, present their STEM project – it`s alive «Phyto-picture in the computer science classroom» and STEM project «Robot – watering can». This video received more than 1700 votes on Facebook.