There is a growing emphasis on encouraging creative thinking in education, innovating practices and developing connections among subjects. STEAM Education is internationally recognized as a privileged learning environment that may foster the development of 21st century skills, like problem solving, creativity, critical thinking and communication. Although we may identify multiple interpretations about STEAM Education and the role of its subjects, varying from disciplinary to transdisciplinary approaches, there is a growing need to pursue an effective integration of the involved disciplines, encompassing real-world problems. This BIP will focus on exploring STEAM Education practices, inside and outside the classroom, that have the potential to facilitate disciplinary integration, involving authentic tasks that imply hands-on activities, collaborative work and the application of content knowledge developed within and across disciplines (e.g. problem-based learning, modelling, engineering design).
Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo offers, in cooperation with Ege University, Mazarikova Univerzita, Tallin University, Università degli studi di Catania and Universidade de Santiago de Compostela an Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programme on STEAM Education for higher education students, namely undergraduate and master students from Education courses. The programme consists of a virtual component (online) and a 5 days in-person component (physical mobility), that include lectures and workshops, led by international experts from the involved organizations.
This BIP will certify the participants with 3 ECTS, that will be awarded through the attendance of the virtual and in-person components and the completion of the assignments. Students should credit the BIP to their study plans, as in the case of traditional Erasmus mobility.