The STEM Labyrinth project is in the early stages, with work beginning in September 2020. The aim of this project is to develop high school students’ skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (the STEM subjects). STEM Labyrinth will help develop digital skills, critical thinking, problem solving, innovation and problem solving, all of which are needed more than ever in today’s world.
The seven partner countries have already spent many hours working on this project, including hours of research to ensure the final product challenges and develops the skills to gain a successful outcome for the students involved.
As part of the research for this project, a survey was sent regarding the status of STEM education in Finland to many STEM subject teachers in schools around the country. The majority of respondents said that STEM education was introduced in Finland mainly as an extracurricular activity and project activities, not so much as part of normal school education. Most respondents also said their school mainly used a model with no specific definition of STEM education, and the majority also said that their school had teachers certified in STEM education. More than half of the schools also had STEM laboratories.
Now the research has been completed, work has begun to create the app which is the main output of the project. The app will work by placing the user in a labyrinth and challenge them to solve puzzles until they reach the solution, whilst providing an educational experience to high school students.
The project is financed by Erasmus+ KA2: 2020-1-PT01-KA201-078645