Today, when EU economies are facing a continuous transition to a more technology intensive model, key competences in science and technology (S&T) are essential to develop the economic and social model of the future. However, according to several EU studies, pupils in secondary level education have low aspirations towards scientific and technological careers.

To overcome this situation, STIMULA aims to develop innovative methodologies to foster aspirations towards S&T careers among pupils in secondary level education, using as a strategy the active involvement of the world of work (universities, research & innovation centres, and research & development companies) in educational activities. The focus of the project will be on designing, implementing and validating new educational initiatives that will generate positive outcomes relating to the project’s aims. These initiatives include:

  • A pedagogical S&T guideline for initial teacher education, where innovative ways to approach more motivating S&T teaching will be provided.
  • A guideline for bringing S&T closer to teachers, to provide current and future teachers with strategies to bring the world of S&T to themselves and their pupils.
  • A S&T cooperation guideline for schools, with a focus on developing activities for schools to strengthen their relationships with the world of work.
  • Diverse curriculum extending initiatives, aimed at fostering aspirations among pupils towards S&T careers.

These project results are expected to contribute to:

  1. Pupils receiving a more practical and motivating education in S&T.
  2. Teachers implementing better strategies to foster motivation towards the study of S&T.
  3. The gap between schools and the world of work by establishing models for networking.

The ultimate goal of these initiatives is to improve the acquisition of key competences in S&T by pupils, therefore contributing to their personal development and future employment.