The first ever STEM Discovery Week celebrated STEM studies and careers in April 2016

The STEM Discovery campaign, focused on the growing necessity in experts and professionals in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, has reached its culmination! The campaign, which started in March 2016, aimed to improve STEM education across Europe and facilitate the relationship between industries, organisation involved in STEM Education (science clubs, teacher associations, science museum, university or another organisation involved in STEM Education) and schools in order to achieve this goal.

 

The culmination of the campaign – the STEM Discovery Week, 22-29 April 2016 - was a great success. Within only 2 weeks more than 100 people supported the campaign's message, "Inspire young minds and help students discover STEM subjects and careers" on Thunderclap, and on the 25th April it reached a total of 422,135 on 25 April. More than 50 events that promote STEM subjects and careers from over 20 countries were added to the STEM Discovery map.

The organisers daily informed participants over various STEM events and activities via social media. During the STEM Discovery Week the participants were very active, and as a result #STEMDiscoveryWeek and #STEM4YOU on Twitter collected 1000 followers.

The STEM Discovery Week was also celebrated by STEM Alliance through several online events coordinated by the project:

  • Chat Session: 14 teachers and 300+ students from more than 13 schools joined the Session to talk to two EPCA experts- Michael Koch, BERTSCHI, and Christoph Girmann, AGILITY LOGISTICS SOLUTIONS BV - about the careers in chemistry supply chain industry.
  • Webinar: The presentation about the learning lab Sala de Aula do Futuro (SAF) was given by Carlos Cunha, Scientix's Ambassador for Portugal. The talk was focused on the use of SAF and the Inquiry Based-Learning Nest.
  • Community of Practice: An online discussion with experts and teachers on the evaluation of teaching took place on the moderated forum and covered two topics - "Evaluation practices in STEM teaching" and "Initial teacher education".

Finally the STEM4YOU competition ran from the end of March until 15 May 2016 and attracted a great number of submissions in two categories: Event category: STEM Discovery event and video about STEM studies and careers issues. Around Europe, 56 STEM events took place while 36 schools submitted entries to the STEM4You competition.

We are happy to inform that on 27 April 2016 the First STEM Alliance Newsletter was sent. If you are interested in receiving future STEM Alliance Newsletters, please subscribe here.

We'd like to thank those who joined us for the STEM Discovery Week and contributed to STEM education. For questions and comments, feel free to email us at stemalliance@eun.org