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Removing the Barriers: STEM Teaching

"opening minds to STEM careers" MOOC for teachers

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Teachers are one of the most important influencers on a student’s subject and career choice, and inspirational teaching has been identified as a key barrier in encouraging students to become and remain engaged in STEM subjects. Exposing teachers to the workplace and providing opportunities for them to spend time in businesses is a step towards helping them understand the careers within STEM. This realworld experience also enables teachers to enrich their teaching by being better positioned to provide guidance to students about careers and how STEM subjects are applied outside the classroom.

Yves Beernaert, Education expert at Educonsult, who has been involved in initiating teacher placements in Europe, said they have a clear impact on the quality of the teaching of STEM subjects. “Teacher placements undoubtedly have an impact on the quality of the learning outcomes achieved by the youngsters and on their motivation and interest for STEM subjects. It allows the teacher to focus more clearly on STEM competences and skills in general – and 21st century competences in particular.”

We need motivated, properly trained, well-equipped STEM teachers to prepare and inspire Europe’s next generation – and collaboration between schools and industry is an essential step towards achieving this.

– Marc Durando, Executive Director of European Schoolnet, a network of 31 European Ministries of Education

Through our partnership with STEM Alliance and local education partners, CA Technologies is working to build relationships with school teachers. In 2017, we provided content to support the STEM Alliance’s Massive Online Course (MOOC) titled “Opening Minds to STEM” for primary and secondary school teachers in Europe. Our software engineers spoke about their jobs and how they got into their careers, our HR team discussed challenges around gender stereotyping and societal bias’ towards women in STEM careers, and we hosted a live webinar with school teachers to discuss the benefits of school and industry collaboration to enhance inspirational STEM teaching.

The importance of school and industry collaboration to promote inspirational STEM teaching is emphasised by Marc Durando, Executive Director of European Schoolnet, who said collaboration between teachers and industry makes teachers more aware of current role models in the field of STEM, as well as study paths and careers. “Through these connections, we can raise young peoples’ awareness of the skills needed to pursue careers in STEM. STEM Alliance is very pleased to have CA Technologies onboard as a founding partner to help bridge this gap,” said Marc