EU helps to involve girls in research

18 May, 2020, 18:03 259, no comments. A modern STEAM club is being created on the basis of the Vasyl Stus Kramatorsk Economic and Humanitarian Lyceum No. 8. Pupils will have the opportunity to implement their own projects and conduct experiments. It is too early to say which projects will be implemented by pupils. But children are already coping with how to encode information about coronavirus prevention with the help of Rocky robot or simply explain this topical issue from a biological point of view. And it is important that pupils with special educational needs will be involved in the activity. And the gender quota will be observed.

The idea of ​​creating STEAM-Club#Together came from Olena Kovalova, a defectology teacher at Lyceum No. 8. She has repeatedly participated in international educational programs, including training in Sweden on gender issues.

“STEAM-Club#Together is a gender project. It is implemented with the support of the Gender Culture Centre as a platform for empowerment of women and youth. The Centre of Gender Culture is funded by the European Union,” said Olena Kovalova, Project Manager.

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Today, the STEAM direction is relevant in education, when pupils can implement in one project and learn different subjects on its example. This allows understanding that mathematics, physics and art are not just sciences from the school course, they provide knowledge for use in everyday life.

“We are for equal access and cooperation in project activities,” says Olena Kovalova.

“That is why our STEAM club gives an opportunity to study and implement projects for children of different ages. We will also attract pupils with special educational needs. After all, interesting activities and teamwork allow them to master the skills of fruitful cooperation and increase self-confidence. This is a good socialization for such children.”

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Although the priority goal of STEAM-Club#Together is to increase the level of girls’ involvement in research and technical specialties and to encourage them to take leadership roles. And interesting STEAM projects may inspire more youngsters to continue their studies in science and technology.

In practice, it looks like this: one of the classrooms of the Vasyl Stus Economic and Humanitarian Lyceum No. 8 will be equipped for a STEAM club. To do this, they purchase the following equipment:

  • 3D printer;
  • three types of robots;
  • tablets, laptop;
  • augmented reality glasses;
  • furniture and stands on STEAM education and gender equality.

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Classes are held online during the quarantine. The project started with pupils from 3rd, 7th and 10th forms. But other pupils will be involved after going to school.

“We make classes as interesting as much as possible. The Rocky robot was used as an example to talk about algorithms and coding, and to encode information about coronavirus prevention. We plan to clarify this topic with seniors from a biological point of view and use knowledge of chemistry,” says Olena Kovalova.

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STEAM-Club#Together Project, which is implemented by the team of the Vasyl Stus Kramatorsk Economic and Humanitarian Lyceum No. 8 and Territory of Action NGO, aims to create several projects by pupils themselves. It is still unknown what these initiatives will be. The lyceum is waiting for the quarantine measures to be eased so that children can meet and discuss interesting ideas.

Author: Nataliia Borovska

Source: ACMC