Patras PVTI selected chosen as a benefiting entity in the eTwinning STEM 2.0 project.
Patras PVTI is officially among the 280 schools of elementary and secondary education that will participate in the STEM 2.0 project. The innovative part is the fact that, after the successful cooperation of the PVTI with the Thermis PVTI where they created three new eTwinning projects, Patras PVTI will now participate in STEM projects through eTwinning come the new school year. It is the only public VTI in Greece participating in this action.
The STEM 2.0 project, which will take place during the 2019-2020 school year, follows the successful 2017-2018 school year, during which 100 of the selected 110 schools operated focused in the STEM method (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for educators that have run eTwinning projects.
According to the eTwinning official statement, due to the success of the action, it will continue (http://www.etwinning.gr/news/stem/940-etwinning-stem2) in 2019-2020 with 280 benefiting schools and mainly as a reward for the eTwinning schools. The 280 schools in total will receive relevant equipment and training aimed at utilizing it to create similar projects, focused on the STEM method.
The free use of the selected programming language of the MIT as a tool (Scratch) and the supporting technology (WeDo, Microbit and Arduino) will serve as the vehicle aiming at the improvement of knowledge and understanding of the STEM career opportunities among the youth.
The anticipated results from the continuance of the action will focus on developing projects for solving authentic problems, so the benefits related to STEM that concern their future employment prospects up to a point, can be proved.
The schools were selected based on eTwinning criteria, including the mandatory STEM orientation project the involved educators will undertake. Online seminars on STEM matters will be conducted for the educators so that they can specialize in the STEM community and by the end of the action serve as multipliers. All educators will submit an application for a National Quality Label.
The educators will be able to participate with labs in the eTwinning Greek Conference (Salonika, November 2019 and Volos, November 2020). The NSS will maintain rights of the equipment for one school year and then they will be rolled over to the schools.
From the Patras PVTI.
Translated by Nektaria Liaskou, Computerized Tax Consultancy – Accounting Office Assistant specialty, for the Patras PVTI blog.