inGenious Teachers Convene in Istanbul to discuss STEM Education and Industry Collaboration
159 teachers, industry and government stakeholders from 20 countries in Europe and beyond convened in Istanbul at the end of August for a summer school devoted to the future of STEM education.
The meeting was an exciting opportunity for all to network and exchange their ideas and experience of school-industry collaboration.
Workshops, roundtables and plenary presentations were part of a busy agenda. Brian Ager, Secretary General for the European Roundtable of Industrialists and Derek Bell, Professor of Education at the College of Teachers in London, intervened on how to develop productive partnerships. There were also presentations on industry and school collaboration in the Netherlands and in Turkey as well as a summary of the results of the first STEM Needs Analysis presented by Dr. Raquel Rios, representing the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
A good overview of the school-industry cooperation situation in Europe and beyond was provided, as well as an assessment of the impact and importance of inGenious. The workshops were partly focused on inGenious practices and how these were implemented by inGenious teachers during Pilot 1. There was also a focus on how Communities of Practices and Chats can be improved for the second cycle.
Furthermore, a workshop on how to set up school-company collaborations was offered which, through a number of role-plays, raised the teachers’ awareness on how to contact companies, how to “sell” their project and how to establish a successful cooperation.
During the summer school, national needs analysis meetings were held. These pursued the aim of bringing together teachers from the same countries to discuss the challenges and needs they face when establishing collaborations with industries. Networking played a major role during the event, thus plenty of opportunities were provided for the participants through the workshops, opening cocktail, dinner and coffee breaks.
The input and feedback received from the participating teachers and partners during the summer school is extremely valuable and will be used to improve aspects of the second cycle of inGenious.