Roadmap for Pilot Schools

Short description

This roadmap gives you an idea on how we are planning to run our projects in the seven Pilot Countries. Three important steps can be discovered in this map: inform, prepare and take action. First we try to motivate schools in participating by giving all necessary info on the project. After schools declare their willingness to participate, we organize them in Teacher Design Teams under the guidance of a mentor. Why? To teach them the steps in the design process of an ATS STEM learning cycle and to help them creating their own projects. At last schools are running their projects with their students. Special attention is then paid to the correct use of digital assessment tools together with formative assessment tasks. During this process mentors will stay in close contact to help if needed.

Implementation roadmap
In an introductory networking day, we give schools interested in the ATS STEM Project a broader view of the 8 key competences that we strive for in our project. Because of the European measures in place, due to Covid-19 this introduction took place online in some countries.

STEM Key Competences: Problem-solving, Innovation and creativity, Communication, Critical-thinking, Meat-cognitive skills, Collaboration, Self-regulation and Disciplinary skills and competences.

By answering the following questions, we surveyed the motivation of interested schools.

  1. Why are we doing this?
  2. What does this commitment mean for my students/myself as a teacher/my school?
  3. What benefit does my school get from participating in this project?
  4. Which effects/results do we want to achieve, on what timescale?

We offer schools a clear view of the steps that make up the ATS STEM project and what is expected of them when participating.
Schools are given the opportunity to exchange knowledge, materials and skills through collaboration with six other Partner countries. The role of all partners within ATS STEM is explained, so that the schools get an overall picture of the project.
Schools are given the opportunity to participate in a European-based research project. They can use this opportunity to strengthen their STEM profile. They also receive a clarification of the ATS STEM framework
When developing the STEM activities, it is important that we focus on certain STEM learning design principles.

  • Problem solving design and problem solving approaches
  • Disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge
  • Engineering design and related practices
  • Appropriate use and application of technology
  • Socially recognisable and everyday contexts
  • Appropriate pedagogical practices

A very important task in the ATS STEM project is reserved for Teamwork. Teacher Design Teams (TDT) will develop teaching materials in their own school context and evaluate the learning process according to multiple learning cycles. These teams are assisted by a Field Trial Advisory Group (FTAG), composed of experienced mentors from each partner involved.
All teacher design teams are examining which digital tools can be optimally used in the classroom. The teachers exchange experiences about its use.
In the classrooms, we do not only focus on performing STEM activities, but also on the feedback process that is necessary to allow students to grow in their STEM skills. In the teacher design teams, we examine how we digitally design this formative evaluation within the context of each school.
ATS STEM mentors guide the teacher design teams in all pilot countries, after they first receive intensive training on all important pedagogical aspects of the project.