A little overview – the first project year comes to an end

The 12th month of our project has started. We are halfway through the project. Let’s take a look at what’s finished, what’s in progress and what lies ahead.

Pedagogical guide

A pedagogical guide on the implementation of STEM learning was produced under the leadership of Martna Primary School. This around 50-page material introduces teachers to the importance of STEAM and its philosophy, with a focus on students with learning difficulties, as well as a specific focus on girls, and is intended for use at the primary level.  Final proofreading in the languages of the partner countries is underway. Follow our website to access this material.

Creation of STEM Boxes

Ten out of the 35 boxes, covering a wide range of topics for pupils aged 6-12, have been finalised. Instructions on how to make the boxes have been produced, with accompanying stories and pedagogical suggestions for using the boxes. All the above has been translated into Croatian, Estonian, French, Italian, Romanian. Testing of these boxes with students is underway. First impressions from different countries have been similar – students have been enthusiastic and very involved in working with the kits, and teachers have given positive feedback.  We will add the first ten kits to the website for all to see and use shortly.The themes for the next 10 boxes have been selected. The process of creating the sets is underway. The boxes should be translated by the end of February, and testing with students will begin. Ideas for the last 15 boxes have also been written down.

Box Roadmap

This guide gives an overview of the STEAM box creation process.The first part focuses on creating the materials for the kits: how to simplify the topics you want to cover, how to create a kit from your initial ideas, and how to design storytelling tools to make the materials understandable to all students. The second part focuses on inclusion and how to create inclusive educational boxes. In the third part, the focus is on gathering feedback from students and improving the material used. There are four chapters that give you concrete examples of the testing and good practices. Again, you will soon find this material in the Resources menu on our website.

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