Yesterday, February 15, the presentation of the STEMarium platform was held at the CaixaForum in Barcelona. STEMarium is a virtual community for learning, management, and sharing best practices in the STEM field, within the STEMcat plan, a program that encourages the generation of projects that lead to a methodological shift towards cross-disciplinary and interaction-based learning with the environment.
Through this new platform, STEMarium, educational centers will be able to access various resources and media, such as classroom experiments, scientific projects, among others, to bring STEM to the classroom. These resources will be provided by different collaborators, and the CCiTUB will participate through different projects such as Nanoinventum, NanoEduca, etc. Teachers can directly apply these resources in the classroom or help design new tasks adapted to their students.
During yesterday's presentation, Dr. Jordi Diaz, responsible for Nanometric Techniques at CCiTUB, participated in a round table presenting the Nanoinventum project, which was incorporated into STEMcat in 2021.
STEMarium becomes the virtual space where anyone interested in the STEM field, whether for their involvement in teaching these disciplines or for their professional development, can find the tools, resources, and projects that best suit their students, making science and technology more accessible to new generations.
This educational proposal by CCiTUB has the collaboration of the Specific Pedagogical Resources Center for Support for Innovation and Educational Research (CESIRE) and the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC). In addition, thanks to the impulse of FECYT, Nanoinventum has been able to increase the number of "NanoExplora" kits it has available to bring nanoscience in an understandable and approachable way to more primary school teachers and students.
The program of pedagogical innovation STEAMcat aims to support educational centers through counseling, training, and resources towards the integration of STEM in the classroom. By taking advantage of the leadership of the school, appropriate methodologies, perspectives, classroom technologies, and cross-disciplinary teacher collaboration, the critical thinking of students is fostered, and the social perception of science is improved, all while seeking to increase the number of post-obligatory STEM studies. Ultimately, the program aims to change students' self-perception of these disciplines.