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STEM een leerpad naar de toekomst
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our school wants to work out STEM-education in the general secondary education, in accordance with the policy of the Department of Education of the Flemish Community. We want to introduce STEM as a distinct but continuous course throughout the whole six-year curriculum. Contextual didactics in which the different subjects together (science, maths, engineering and technology) offer topics and social issues that turn the pupils into researchers. Thus the pupils will have an eye for the relevance of the STEM subjects and the solving of problems. As a Don Bosco school we deliberately put the ownership of the learning process in the pupils’ hands. Ecology and durability will be sustained throughout the contexts we offer. Since Flanders has little expertise and as we are a pioneer school, we are looking for competence and examples of good practice in Europe. We also cooperate in the research project “STEM@school” from the Catholic University of Louvain that wants to measure the used didactics (in the experiencing of science education). We want to find competence on different levels to build out a curriculum and to implement this: a) Knowledge: didactically through inquiry based learning and engineering b) Skills: testing and integrating innovative education skills through project work and through learning how to coach pupils in this c) Attitude: opening up for each other’s expertise and to work as a team on STEM education The acquired competence will be spread throughout the entire school so that other subjects enjoy the didactical innovation. The acquired competence will be shared with the other Don Bosco schools and with the university of Louvain. The acquired competence will be available for other European schools. Teachers of STEM, mathematics, physics , biology, chemistry, geography, technology and IT are involved in the project. Through job shadowing, courses and conferences 30 staff members will do mobilities, gain and share expertise. Apart from the teachers, the principal responsible for the policy joins the KA1. Through job shadowing and courses the required expertise will be acquired.

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