Following its successful run in October 2018, this practical course, intended to connect Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) classes with “real life” and help teachers integrate real-world problems into their STEM lessons and practices, is coming back to European Schoolnet Academy.
The lack of connection between real life and STEM classes might cause students to rule out STEM careers, as they might deem STEM too “academic” or “research-oriented”. Teachers often encounter this issue when they aim to motivate their students or direct them towards STEM careers. Therefore, the ‘STEM Is Everywhere!’ Rerun course offers guidance and practical examples for you to bring real-world problems to your STEM teaching in an entertaining way. The course also aims to connect you with other STEM teachers so that you can share experiences and best practices.
Meet colleagues with similar interests as yourself, share experiences with them, find new classroom activities and resources on how to integrate real-world problems into your STEM teaching and create a lesson plan that is ready to be implemented in your interdisciplinary classes.
Identify STEM in everyday life and learn how to integrate real-world STEM problems in your lessons
Build confidence in trying out new methods in the classroom, such as an interdisciplinary approach
Explore a range of resources, tools and strategies for activities that enhance STEM in real life
Learn about 21st-century skills and how to address them in the classroom
Review the work of course peers
Reflect on your professional practice, beliefs and learning
This course is open to anyone willing to take it, but the main target audience are primary and secondary school teachers, and teacher trainers from Europe and beyond.
Module 1: Towards 21st-century STEM education - opens on 07/09/2020
Module 2: Real-world problems for STEM subjects - opens on 14/09/2020
Module 3: Interdisciplinary STEM teaching with real-world problems - opens on 21/09/2020
Module 4: Submit your real-world STEM lesson plan! - opens on 28/09/2020
In order to earn a course certificate, course participants need to submit their own lesson plan and review three lesson plans of other participants. The final deadline to complete all activities is 14 October 2020, 23:59 CEST. The participation in the quizzes will amount to 5% of the final grade and is not a requirement for receiving the course certificate. The lesson plan, together with the peer reviews, will count for 95% of the final grade.
The overall passing grade is 95%.
Participants who will also successfully complete one of the Integrated STEM Teaching courses (for Primary Schools or for Secondary Schools), MOOCs by STE(A)M IT and Scientix, will be eligible for a super-certificate demonstrating their commitment to support and enhance STEM education in Europe and beyond.
Note to teachers from Portugal: You can get your successful participation in a European Schoolnet Academy course formally recognised as a valid continuous professional development, and thereby acquire the relevant number of training hours, by sending your certificate to the Conselho Científico e Pedagógico de Formação Contínua (CCPFC) at Rua do Forno, nº 30, 1º andar - apartado 2168, 4700 - 429 Braga, Portugal. For more information, please contact the CCPFC.
(Sociology and Social Policy/Project Coordination and Pedagogy) Bori works as a Project Officer in the Science Education Department of European Schoolnet (EUN). She is coordinating the pedagogical activities in BLOOM project (creation of learning scenarios, MOOC design and coordination), she is the coordinator of Europeana DSI-4 on behalf of EUN (teacher coordination, MOOC coordination) She also coordinates the Ocean Literacy for All and Nature-based Solutions projects. Furthermore, Bori supports Scientix by coordinating the Scientix blog and the European Schoolnet Academy by creating a number of MOOCs.
(International Education & Policy / Coordination and Pedagogy) Jelena works as a Project Officer in the FCL-SEG Department of European Schoolnet (EUN). She is the coordinator of the European Schoolnet Academy. Since joining European Schoolnet in 2018, Jelena worked as a web editor and MOOC creator for numerous projects, such as Scientix, TIWI, STE(A)M IT.
Disclaimer and Copyright
This course is offered by Scientix.
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 work presented on this website has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme – project Scientix 4 (Grant agreement N. 101000063), coordinated by European Schoolnet (EUN). The content of the website is the sole responsibility of the organiser 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.