Aveiro: Municipality and University Empowering Steam Education

Education is a crucial cornerstone of the City of Aveiro’s political strategy, to develop a knowledge-based society and to prepare the new generations with the relevant skills to succeed in the digital era. Within the scope of Aveiro Tech City strategy a variety of activities are being implemented to promote the development of STEAM skills and stimulate student’s enthusiasm in these areas of knowledge, using experimentation in contact with ICT languages in efficient, responsible and critical approaches.

The University of Aveiro, through the Fábrica Centro Ciência Viva of Aveiro, is one of the partners working with the City of Aveiro in this project and is responsible for STEAM Learning tasks regarding the activities Escola Ciência Viva and Tech Labs at Schools.

 

Tech Labs

The Tech Labs project aims to develop interest and foundational skills and knowledge in STEAM competences in students and teachers from all educational levels. Teachers will assume a fundamental role in the process, as Agents of Change, transferring knowledge to students by using innovative teaching methodologies. Teachers’ support is driven by a training programme to obtain the necessary skills to deliver the project.

The objective is to promote students’ enthusiasm in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, through the use of robotics kits, electrical equipment and 3D printers, which will consolidate critical thinking, self-learning and collaborative work.

The University of Aveiro, through the Fábrica Centro Ciência Viva de Aveiro, is in charge of three work tasks: development and production of Tech Labs and their respective contents; teacher training; and follow-up, dynamization and training in a classroom context.

During December 2019 and January 2020, 31 Tech Labs were installed in the 31 primary schools in the municipality of Aveiro. This operation involves all primary schools in the municipality of Aveiro, with a total of 200 teachers and over 3000 students.
This operation, promoted and financed by the City of Aveiro, developed and implemented by the University of Aveiro, becomes a pioneer at a national level.

A Tech Labs program for High School has also started and it is planned to extend this initiative to the 2nd and 3rd Cycles of Basic Education. In this way a vertical implementation will be achieved with the possibility of monitoring, follow-up and evaluation throughout the educational journey of the municipality of Aveiro.

 

Primary Schools

Implementation Period: from the 2019 / 2020 school year

Schools: 31 (Total of schools in the Municipality of Aveiro)

Engaged students: 2985

Engaged teachers: 140

Teachers training scheme: 200-hour training by the University of Aveiro

Training follow up in schools: 830-hour by the University of Aveiro

 

Intermediate Schools

Implementation Period: from the 2020 / 2021 school year

Schools: 10 (Total of schools in the Municipality of Aveiro)

Engaged students: 3919

Engaged teachers: 34

Teachers training scheme: 50-hour training by the University of Aveiro

Training follow up in schools: 272-hour by the University of Aveiro

 

High Schools

Implementation Period: from the 2019 / 2020 school year

Schools: 4 (Total of schools in the Municipality of Aveiro)

Engaged students: 3690

Engaged teachers: 16

Teachers training scheme: 34-hour training by the University of Aveiro

Training follow up in schools: 128-hour training by the University of Aveiro

 

. TV news about it the Tech Labs project 

. Article in the project’s website in UIA 

 

Escola Ciência Viva

Escola Ciência Viva is an educational project delivered by the University of Aveiro, by the Ciência Viva and by the City of Aveiro, based in Fábrica Centro Ciência Viva, fully dedicated to STEAM education. This initiative applies the resources from the Modern Science Museology to the educational programme of the primary schools, combining an educational programme with hands-on work and experimental education in science outreach in an educational environment.

Implementation period: from the 2019 / 2020 school year

Schools: 31 (Total of schools in the Municipality of Aveiro)

Engaged students: 750 per year

Engaged teachers: 45 per year

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