PROJECT EL-STEM: ENLIVENED LABORATORIES WITHIN STEM EDUCATION

E. Mavrotheris1, I.E. Lasica2, S. Pitsikalis3, M. Meletiou-Mavrotheris2

1Open University of Cyprus (CYPRUS)
2European University Cyprus (CYPRUS)
3University of the Aegean (GREECE)
Inspired by the emerging technologies of AR (Augmented Reality) and MR (Mixed Reality) the recently EU-funded project Enlivened Laboratories in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (EL-STEM) aims to develop a new approach, combining AR/MR technologies with Remote and/or Local Laboratories, for encouraging 12-18 year-old students’ STEM engagement. In particular, EL-STEM’s main objectives are to:
(a) attract students who currently might not be interested in STEM related studies/careers and enhance the interest of those who have already chosen this field of studies/careers,
(b) improve students’ performance in courses related to STEM.

Moreover, acknowledging the crucial role of teachers in any effort to bring about change and innovation, EL-STEM will provide teachers with high quality professional development opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills to effectively embed AR/MR in teaching and learning. The project consortium consists of partners from five EU countries willing to practically contribute towards meeting the 2020 EU target of reducing the number of underachievers in STEM education and of motivating a bigger proportion of young Europeans to exhibit interest in STEM and undertake scientific and technical studies/careers.