The initial meeting of the European Union project titled "Innovative Model of Learning STEM in Secondary Schools," carried out under the coordination of Necmettin Erbakan University, was held in Konya.
The meeting, which was held with a high level of participation, was attended by the project team of Necmettin Erbakan University, as well as representatives from Kırşehir Science and Art Center and Kırşehir Anatolian High School, Universitaet Paderborn and Ingenious Knowledge GmbH from Germany, EURO-NET from Italy, and Colegiul Tehnic Haralamb Vasiliu from Romania.
Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kocaoğlu, who is a faculty member in the Department of Management Information Systems at the Faculty of Applied Sciences, delivered the opening speech of the program. He emphasized that in the process initiated by the knowledge society, there has been a multifaceted transformation with the development of technology and digital transformation.
Prof. Dr. Kocaoğlu highlighted that the project will provide pedagogical models and educational tools to schools. He stated, "The project will support students in connecting with the 'real-life' applications of STEM, particularly in the fields of Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics, which represent two highly popular sectors in the technological domain. Through all these activities to be carried out within the scope of the project, our aim is to equip our teachers with enhanced capabilities and provide them with 21st-century competencies in the field of education. As a result, the students they educate will have the opportunity to become more qualified individuals."
STEM is an approach that integrates four disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It encompasses a learning, application, and development approach that combines these disciplines together.
STEM education focuses on project-based learning in the classroom. It provides real-time applications and learning experiences. Students apply various aspects of STEM, helping them establish connections between the classroom and the world around them.