Marc Durando

17.09.2019

"The STEM School Label is a unique portal that allows schools to develop and advance their STEM strategy by means of a detailed self-assessment tool and tailor-made feedback. With this personalised feedback, schools get access to advice and resources that support them in improving their STEM strategy. Moreover, by providing 21 clear criteria, the STEM School Label helps creating a common framework for STEM schools and gives concrete guidance to those schools that don’t have a STEM strategy yet."

Marc Durando, Executive Director

European Schoolnet, Belgium

Why do we need a portal that helps schools advance their STEM strategies?
With the technological transformations that we can expect in the near future, skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) will increasingly be demanded for the functioning and well-being of our society. It is therefore essential that education institutions prepare students and teachers for this rapid economic and social change. A clear and consistent STEM strategy can guide schools on their way to creating a sustainable STEM ecosystem.

Why is the STEM School Label important? What is its added value?
The STEM School Label is a unique portal that allows schools to develop and advance their STEM strategy by means of a detailed self-assessment tool and tailor-made feedback. With this personalised feedback, schools get access to advice and resources that support them in improving their STEM strategy. Moreover, by providing 21 clear criteria, the STEM School Label helps creating a common framework for STEM schools and gives concrete guidance to those schools that don’t have a STEM strategy yet.

What challenges lie ahead when it comes to teaching STEM?
One of the greatest challenges is to make STEM studies more attractive to students. As of right now, many pupils fail to see how STEM relates to society’s current challenges (climate change, mobility or energy, to name just a few). Therefore, we need motivated teachers who dare to foster innovation and creativity in STEM teaching. It is equally important that STEM curricula are contextualised by associating with industries and other organisations, such as scientific museums. Finally, projects need to be developed in cooperation with other teachers and with an interdisciplinary perspective. The STEM School Label addresses all of these factors on a whole-school level.

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