“The STEM School Label is a fundamental asset to promote a global strategy aiming at the implementation of a qualitative interdisciplinary scientific education.”
Lycée international de Valbonne
Please introduce yourself and explain how and when you became involved with the STEM School Label
I’m a science teacher at “Lycée international de Valbonne”, located in the heart of the 1st technopole of Sophia Antipolis in Valbonne, south-east of France. With the idea of "cross-fertilization" between researchers, teachers and industrialists, our Pedagogical team prepares students for admission to major scientific universities around the world. In this regard, the STEM School Label is a fundamental asset to promote a global strategy aiming at the implementation of a qualitative interdisciplinary scientific education.
According to you, how is the STEM School Label helping schools to improve their STEM practice?
The pedagogical team discovered the STEM School label platform during a seminar organised by Scientix. This platform met our needs to develop a STEM practice with precise criteria. To reach this goal, the school set up an action plan with criteria in relation to the requirements of the STEM School Label platform. Furthermore, specific partnerships with industries were created to generate innovative STEM projects, bringing together engineers, students, and teachers.
Can you share an inspiring activity that you implemented at the school level related to the STEM School Label criteria? How did it influence collaboration in your school?
Our school is located in the heart of a pine forest. With the acceleration of global warming, forest fires in our region have increased drastically, becoming a major problem. The pedagogical team collaborated with engineers from the company “Thalès” to provide an innovative project "develop sensors to detect forest fires". This collaboration is essential in allowing students to see all the steps to be carried out in a scientific project while engagingly discovering the STEM skills necessary for vocations in science careers.