About the project

Assessment of Transversal Skills in STEM is an innovative policy experimentation project  being conducted across 8 EU countries and involving a partner network of 12 educational institutions. It aims to enhance digital assessment of second level students’ transversal skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

ATS STEM is co-financed by the ERASMUS+ Programme (Action 3 – Policy Experimentation), where ministries of education are compulsory partners and national education agencies or education faculties essential development partners as well as pilot schools.

Assessment of Transversal Skills in STEM is an innovative policy experimentation project being conducted across 8 EU countries involving a partner network of 12 educational institutions. It aims to enhance digital assessment of second level students’ transversal skills in STEM. The project  work is centred around the key dimensions of:

 

  • The development and assessment of transversal skills: Transversal skills are essential to success in school, further education and the world of work as they include the ability to think critically, communicate, solve problems, work collaboratively, take initiative and use digital tools
  • Integrated STEM curricula development: new approaches of teaching, learning and assessment in STEM that support the creation of integrated curricula (practical integration of each of the constituent STEM disciplines within STEM education), which provides opportunities for more relevant, less fragmented and more stimulating experiences for learners as well as holistic approaches for high quality of STEM education. This holistic and integrative approach is necessary if we are to prepare students to tackle the big problems facing societies.
  • Digital assessment: formative and summative assessments help teachers better understand the goals of (integrated) STEM education as well as transversal skills. Effective assessment is on-going process between student-teacher, student-peers, teacher-teachers. Technology is playing an increasing role in helping to facilitate these interactions.

 

Teachers, researchers as well as students involved in the project will help map new pedagogical approaches and learning outcomes in order to affect systemic changes that allow them to succeed in achieving their educational goals. Project activities also aim to ensure policy makers have a deployment strategy for engendering creative learning environments appropriate to their national or regional context.

 

ATS STEM is co-financed by the ERASMUS+ Programme (Action 3 – Policy Experimentation), where ministries of education are compulsory partners and national education agencies or education faculties essential development partners as well as piloting schools as a creative learning environment to provide experimentation activities.

 

Project aim (if we need it for leaflet or brochure): ATS STEM aims to provide teachers and students with efficient and necessary digital assessment approaches in development of students’ transversal skills in STEM education. This model is being developed, implemented and evaluated as part of a large-scale classroom pilot project leading to policy recommendations at both national and European levels for further transformation of education.