Insufficient attention is being paid to STE(A)M education in early childhood education and care (ECEC) and primary schools. STE(A)M teaching is an interdisciplinary approach to learning that can be easily adapted to the ECEC and primary curriculums.

For the younger learners, there is usually no strict timetable divided into subjects, but rather learning moments that happen all the time.

STEM experiences can be planned and unplanned by the teachers, just by noticing discovery opportunities in everyday activities and through play-based learning. As early as two years old, children are exposed to gender role stereotypes and biased ideas about the science and mathematics performance of girls and boys. These preconceptions in primary education and even ECEC show how early interventions on role models of STEM professionals are needed.

At the same time, there is tremendous work across Europe to help students learn about and engage with sustainability, biodiversity loss, and climate change. Students need opportunities to understand and care for the environment to protect our planet and our future. Unfortunately, not many initiatives focus on placing sustainability at the heart of students from an early age.

The OUTSTE(A)M project will develop a toolkit for ECEC and primary educators to teach sustainability in outdoor settings using a STE(A)M approach with the support of age-appropriate technology. The toolkit will be tested with teachers, their students, and families in different countries, and improved. OUTSTE(A)M will produce a set of guidelines on how to integrate the toolkit in ECEC and primary schools, as well as recommendations for policy makers.


File number: 101133868
Start date: 01/01/2024
Duration: 36 months
Status: Initiated
Subsidized amount: 84.600,00 €


Name: Pablo Busó
Telephone: 659760436
E-mail: pablobuso@aiju.es


Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union



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