As part of a larger vision towards a European Education Area, the EU is supporting Member States in improving their education and training systems, responding to the need of life-long-learning based on innovation-driven approaches towards education and training. Investing in skills, competences and knowledge is essential to boost Europe’s resilience, competitiveness, employability and to overcome skills mismatches.
The Council of the EU calls upon all member states to “foster the acquisition of competences in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), taking into account their link to the arts, creativity and innovation and motivating more young people, especially girls and young women, to engage in STEM careers”.
In line with the mentioned EU initiatives and policies, CHOICE aims to develop and test an innovative and collaborative approach to STE(A)M education, complementing existing initiatives to support the reform of school curricula.
CHOICE promotes the joint action of 9 organisations (non-profit, business, education institutions, advocacy network) across 5 European countries who will carry out a cross-disciplinary, bottom-up process leading to the production of innovative open educational resources (OERs) providing real-world examples regarding the implementation of STE(A)M approaches into teaching. The OERs will be collected in a MOOC, accompanied by a good practice tool providing guidelines on the implementation of the proposed activities.
The project will directly involve teachers and students and role models representing companies and HEIs in the creation of new resources promoting STE(A)M approaches to STEM education, thus ensuring that the OERs respond to current skill challenges in higher education and labour market.
The consultation of policy-makers and stakeholders in the round-tables leading to policy recommendations supporting the shift from STEM to STE(A)M education to reform school curricula, will be key to mainstream of the CHOICE action.
For more information about the project, visit the website www.euchoice.eu.