A call for a STEM Alliance initiative - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are not as popular in Europe with school-age students as they once were. This is a worrying trend which has to change. Why? Because any future skills shortage in this area will affect both the economy and the individual worker.
Companies and business are encouraged to help schools provide high quality learning about STEM subjects and support the promotion of STEM careers.
Today more than 40 industry representatives are meeting in Brussels, at the European Schoolnet premises, to discuss how to support science education, continue with the valuable activities developed by inGenious, and build on the existing school industry collaboration.
Created in 2011, inGenious
has become a successful European platform bringing school and industry stakeholders together and creating opportunities for networking, professional learning, sharing of good practice, and facilitation of school industry collaboration, reaching 1500 teachers from 28 countries and testing practices with 200 classes and 20,000 pupils.
Ministries of Education through their network, European Schoolnet, envisage for the second stage of inGenious to establish a large STEM Alliance with two potential streams of activities:
- Awareness raising & support to STEM teaching (a European STEM week, awards for best STEM teachers and practices, online teacher communities of practice and classroom practice)
- Evidence and data gathering & policy exchanges (yearly European publication linking them to the current STEM education situation)