Creative STEM is an Erasmus+ project which aims to mainstream the use of theatre techniques in secondary school education in order to increase the attractiveness of STEAM , to improve the school performance of the children in basic skills and to improve the school performance of students that need more non-linguistic stimula.
In order to achieve these objectives, the project is going to develop a methodology related with the application of theatre in the secondary school classroom that will be practice-oriented and will cover all the STEAM curriculum of the secondary school with scenarios, examples, best practices etc in cooperation with other STEAM methods.
On the basis of this methodology, it is going to organise teacher training workshops and also e-learning courses in order to train teachers on how they can implement the methodology. At least 250 teachers are going to be trained on the methodology (200 through training workshops and 50 through the use of e-learning) not only in the partner countries but all over Europe. After the end of the training, the trained teachers will have to apply in a pilot way the method in a classroom of at least 15 children, fact which means that at least 3.750 students will experience the methodology in the framework of the project. As part of the training, the project is going to train the teachers on how to develop their own resources related with the implementation of theatre in education. In order to be able to promote the sharing of these resources and the exchange of experiences and resources between teachers all over Europe, the project is going to develop a collection of videos which can be produced either by professional artists or by teachers and educational staff.
The impact of the project will be the significant increase of the use of theatre methods in education, the improvement of the teacher training and the availability of quality resources on this issue. This will increase the attractiveness of the class lessons, will facilitate the acquisition of basic skills for the students who are more willing to participate in interactive activities than in traditional classes and will develop the networks and international contacts of the teachers facilitating the emergence of a European community of teachers on the field.
The project is coordinated by the Centre of Higher Education in Theatre Studies in Greece. Apart from Action Synergy, in the project participate also the University of Girona from Spain, CEIPES from Italy, Mobilising Expertise from Sweden and the 2nd High School of Gerakas from Greece.