The MISSION:STEAM project identifies and creates the opportunities for children coming with a minority background to be engaged with STEAM activities and further follow the STEAM pathways through education and trainings from the early ages of life (primary school).
Researches show (e.g. Olsson, M., & Martiny, S. E. (2018), Steinke, J. (2017) women and men form gender roles in childhood, largely based on their exposure to media and popular culture.For example, talking with friends and family about science and consuming science media in childhood is predictive of STEAM identity in further career choice. Another research “Implementing STEAM in the Early Childhood Classroom” – compliments the idea by stating that providing meaningful hands-on STEAM experiences for early childhood and elementary age children positively impacts their perceptions and dispositions towards STEAM.
O1 – MISSION:STEAM e-Hanbook and Curriculum (incl. Pedagogical Model, Lesson plans, Worksheets). The handbook will be produced in 7 different languages: Lithuanian, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, Italian, Spanish – fot those coming with ethnic minority background. And common version in English.
O2 – MISSION:STEAM Science on the Sofa weekends (incl 18 live-stream online lessons in 7 different languages: Lithuanian, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, Italian, Spanish).
O3 – MISSION:STEAM Community learning platform (incl. 18 edited online lessons in n 7 different languages: Lithuanian, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, Italian, Spanish; Lesson plans and Worksheets for download, Pedagogical Model)
The main target group are primary school students with ethnic minority background, 6 to 12 years old. They will be invited to join online educational activities (O2/A5) using their parents help to connect (if needed). They will reached by using media, social networks, national educational networks, NGOs and schools, some of which are associated partners.
The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union.