Demand for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) professionals and associated professionals is expected to grow by around eight percent between now and 2025. This means that Europe needs more young people to pursue STEM subjects and careers to become part of a much needed qualified workforce in the coming years. In the Opening Minds to STEM Careers MOOC, we will explore different ideas and we will introduce a number of tools to help you be an active actor in STEM career guidance processes.

Essentially, this course is meant to train and empower you in successfully introducing and attracting young people to STEM careers from an early age, as well as to learn about private and public initiatives on STEM education.

The following topics will be explored during the course:

  1. STEM careers in schools and in the job market
  2. STEM careers pathways
  3. Career induction activities, materials and guidelines
  4. Gender stereotypes in STEM education
  5. How to balance the roles of teachers, mentors and parents
  6. Benefits of external school-to-work programs
  7. Career orientation events on STEM education

During the course, we will be reflecting, discussing and sharing on the topics above. Furthermore, you will also have the opportunity to find a community of like-minded professionals who can support each other in improving their classroom practices. We will be using a variety of online tools and social media outlets to communicate with each other and to engage in a number of peer review activities, as part of the course.

Join us already in the Opening Minds to STEM Careers MOOC’s Facebook group and share your ideas about the topic on Twitter using #STEMcareersMOOC.  

This MOOC is a result of the collaboration of three different projects:

SYSTEMIC, Scientix, and STEM Alliance.

The SYSTEMIC project is a joint initiative of both Ministries of Education and industry, with the overall objective of increasing young European’s interest in STEM careers and providing teachers with the appropriate pedagogical tools to enable them to teach STEM topics in a more attractive way.

Scientix, the community for science education in Europe, promotes and supports a Europe-wide collaboration among STEM teachers, education researchers, policymakers and other STEM education professionals.

The STEM Alliance – inGenious Education and industry, brings together Industries, Ministries of Education and education stakeholders to promote STEM education and careers to young European's and address anticipated future skills gaps within the European Union.


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Scientix 3 is supported by the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement N. 730009). SYSTEMIC is Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The content of this course is the sole responsibility of the organizer and it does not represent the opinion of the European Commission (EC), and the EC is not responsible for any use that might be made of information contained.

List of modules

Course Introduction Start date
16/04/18 10:13
End date
21/06/28 00:59
Module 1: STEM careers in schools and in the job market
Module 2: STEM careers pathways I
Module 3: STEM careers pathways II
Module 4: Career induction activities, materials and guidelines
Module 5: Gender stereotypes in STEM education
Module 6: Balancing the roles of teachers, mentors, and parents
Module 7: Benefits of external school-to-work programmes
Module 8: Career orientation events on STEM education
To enroll in this course you first have to register as a user on the European Schoolnet Academy platform. To register, please click the button below.

Start date

Monday, 16 April 2018


The course will run for 8 weeks and an extra week of grace at the end. The estimated workload is 2-3 hours per week. In regards to the duration of the course, participants will be able to finish this course in a minimum of 4 weeks and a maximum of 9 weeks. This means that, instead of opening one module of the course at the beginning of each week, we will be opening two modules per week. We hope that in this way, everyone can personalise their learning schedule, and finish the course in their own time, and pace.

Target audience

The course is targeted at primary and secondary school teachers from Europe and beyond. However, it can also be of interest to secondary school teachers of any other subjects, as they also have an important role in career guidance.


You will receive digital module badges for every completed module of the course as well as a course badge and a course certificate upon completion of the full course. All badges can be exported to the Mozilla Badge Backpack.