The purpose of project PRINT STEM (Pedagogical Resources IN Teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is to develop training programmes and related devices for the use of replicable 3D printers - a technology that enables three-dimensional printing of objects, starting from a graphic representation in 3D - in order to encourage innovation in teaching at secondary schools. The transfer and adaptation of best practices from partner countries that have already experienced their effectiveness within their school systems is used in the development of these teaching methods.
One of the causes for early drop-out from upper secondary school among students with a low level of basic competences, is the failure to learn mathematical and scientific literacy competences and, more generally, formal and coded languages. Mathematics and other scientific subjects are often perceived by students as something abstract, unrelated to their daily experiences and perceptions. This missing link leads to a lack of interest towards such disciplines and to progressive abandonment of subjects that provide an important asset in the European labour market, where people with such skills have many employment opportunities.
For this reason, it is fundamental to develop new teaching methods that promote interest and motivation for mathematics and scientific disciplines.
The project is funded by European Commission, as part of the Erasmus+ education programme.