EuroSTEAM

PROJECT WEBSITE: WWW.EUROSTEAMPROJECT.EU 

PROJECT OVERVIEW

EuroSTEAM is an Erasmus+ funded project.  The project aims to provide accessible STEAM camps throughout Europe for teachers to use in classrooms to enhance students experience of the STEAM subjects. The EuroSTEAM project brings together seven European partners each with specific insights and expertise in STEAM education to produce three innovative outputs for schools.

The main output of the project will be the development of a training toolkit for teachers to deliver effective and innovative STEAM education activities which nurture and enhance natural creativity in order to increase student’s interest in scientific education and careers. EuroSTEAM will offer school learners as well as their educators’ different perspectives and approaches to find their interests and strengths in STEAM education while providing a better understanding, at the European level, on the impact of innovative teaching practices as a method for addressing underachievement in basic skills of maths, science, art and literacy.

The lasting outcome of the project will be to increase the quality of STEAM education ensuring the availability of innovative didactical materials across Europe to increase motivation for both teachers and learners to increase their understanding maths, science, art and literacy education.
 

PROJECT PARTNERS

South West College
South West College is one of the largest vocational and technical Colleges in the United Kingdom employing over 900 staff, servicing some 22,000 full-time and part-time learners, with an annual turnover of £42 million. The College is rurally located in the western region of Northern Ireland, and offers modern technical, vocational and social based curriculum to support the local and regional economy. The College has a strong reputation across the United Kingdom and beyond for excellence in service delivery, consistency of performance and a commitment to continuous improvement. In April 2014, the College was formally inspected and was awarded a ‘Grade 1 – Outstanding’, placing it as the only regional College in Northern Ireland to be awarded this accolade and one of only a few in the UK.
Museo dei Bambini
Museo dei Bambini SCS Onlus is a cooperative company founded in 1998 that runs Explora, Il Museo dei Bambini di Roma, a permanent museum for children, schools and families. The cooperative is a non-profit organisation based on an EN ISO 9001:2008-certified quality management system for the design and supply of educational and recreational activities for children aged 0-12.
ETIC
ETIC was established in 1991 and has become since a reference for its innovative approach to pedagogy and practical training. In Portugal, we have always been at the forefront in teaching these technical fields of the creative industries. Today, we continue to innovate, providing educational programs that are constantly adapted to the industry’s demands. ETIC prides itself in promoting an accessible, relaxed and hands-on, but at the same time, rigorous teaching environment.
Heilig Graf
The Instituut van het Heilig Graf is a school organisation which consists of 4 elementary schools and 3 secondary schools situated in the cities Vorselaar and Turnhout of the province of Antwerp in Belgium. The school organisation has in total 1 400 pupils in the elementary schools and 2 600 pupils in the secondary schools. In the secondary schools, the Instituut van het Heilig Graf offers four clusters, General education and Sciences, Arts and Creation, Management and finally Human and Social Sciences. Each clusters consists of around 15-20 different study programmes. In the first four years of secondary education, the Instituut van het Heilig Graf is a pioneer in STEM education. It was one of the first secundary schools in Belgium to start with a specific programme called STEM.
Tknika
Tknika is a centre promoted by the Deputy Ministry of Vocational Education and Training of the Education Department of the Basque Government. Innovation and applied research are at the core of Tknika in its ongoing efforts to place Basque Vocational Training at the European forefront. Tknika is modelled after some of the world’s most advanced vocational training centres. Through networking and direct involvement by the Basque Vocational Training teaching staff, the Centre develops innovative projects in the areas of technology, education and management.
Thomas More
Thomas More s the largest university college in Flanders (Belgium), offering over 30 Bachelor degree programmes in 13 campuses in the Antwerp province. Approximately 14 000 learners attend programmes ranging from applied psychology, agriculture to teacher education. The university college, part of the KU Leuven Association, follows in the footsteps of Thomas More, the English humanist, scientist and author. In addition, the name “More” also refers to more course programs, more regional spread, more cooperation agreements, more horizons. Through state-of-the art education, applied research and scientific consultancy, Thomas More plays an important and strategic role in Flanders and the region and participates actively in international networks in accordance with its different study fields.
Via Mar Dei Caraibi
The school is situated in Ostia Lido, Rome. It is a large and densely populated district, featuring a population with a marked mobility and, therefore, is very heterogeneous in terms of traditions, culture, social background and economic status. Our Institute pays particular attention to the learning processes of all pupils and, helps each of them to develop a self-consciousness in his/her own experience, promotes good citizenship awareness and skills and particularly moves toward the development of an effective culture of inclusion.

WORK PACKAGES

WP1: Project Management
Responsible partner - South West College
The WP lead for project management and preparation of the project is South West College. Their main role is the overall management, coordination and implementation of the project throughout its duration and to ensure the timely execution and fulfillment of each expected result. All participants will be expected to contribute to management and coordination through the internal management of their own procedures for European projects.
WP2: Quality Assurance
Responsible partner - ETIC
WP2 extends throughout the duration of the project, focusing on quality assurance of the project’s processes and consistency of output across projects strands and partner organisations. A dedicated quality assurance plan for the EuroSTEAM project will be finalised at the commencement of the project. The quality assurance plan will provide guidelines regarding the roles of different partners, their responsibilities, the information exchange procedures among partners, measures/tools to be used and when. This will also contain the Risk Register and how corrective action will be taken in a timely manner. For each activity ETIC will complete a quality assurance report form collecting all available information and reviewing whether quality standards are met. This will be shared with all partners.
WP3: Comparative Analysis Report
Responsible partner - Thomas More
This work package will cover activity associated with the development of a comparative analysis report to identify the underachievement of basic maths, science and literacy skills in school learners across 5 EU countries and to analyse the impact of using innovative and problem-based active learning techniques to overcome the challenges of teaching and learning in these subjects. The tasks involved will include a comparative needs analysis report, a research study in each partner country to identify best practice and the final coordination of the information into a Comparative Analysis Report.
WP4: STEAM Camps Curricula
Responsible partner - Explora
Il museo dei Bambini This work package will cover activity associated with the development curricula and course materials for the delivery of effective, innovative and multidisciplinary maths, science and literacy education through the use of STEAM Camps. The tangible resources developed will include demonstration videos, step-by-step manuals, presentations, videos, worksheets that will be used by 'Camp leaders' to deliver STEAM Camps.
WP5: Online Toolkit
Responsible partner - South West College
This work package will cover activity associated with the development of an open source online toolkit to enable teachers across Europe to independently deliver STEAM camps via innovative teaching methods. The online toolkit will provide access to all material including videos, animations, power points, training materials, and worksheets to deliver the STEAM camps with a view to improving maths, science and literacy skills..
WP6: Communication and Dissemination
Responsible partner - ETIC
WP6 focuses on the implementation of the dissemination and exploitation strategy. It includes the preparation of dissemination materials and the organisation of dissemination activities that will raise awareness about the EuroSTEAM results. This will be disseminated to schools, teachers, educational stakeholders and policy makers across Europe.
WP7: Evaluation
Responsible partner - TKNIKA
P7 is about the evaluation of learning outcomes, expected impact and results, including internal and independent external impact assessments. Feedback will be integrated at key points of the design, development and evaluation work. Based on the project status, different evaluation methods will take place, such as interviews with stakeholders, teachers and school pupils, measurement of diffusion of learning, peer reviews, etc. Additionally, an independent external evaluation will be carried out.
 
For further information about the EuroSTEAM Project Europe, please visit the project website or contact Dominic McGeown.
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Dominic.McGeown@swc.ac.uk | T: 028 8772 0644 | www.eurosteamproject.eu