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Project: Fostering science through STEM education (Fostem)

This research project aims to increase the interest among youth in North Macedonia for education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Project information

Project manager
Mexhid Ferati
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University; South East European University, North Macedonia; Galatasaray University, Turkey
EU, Erasmus+
Nov 2020–Aug 2022
Informatics (Department of Informatics, Faculty of Technology)

More about the project

The aim of this project is to promote and improve the level of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education in North Macedonia through novel methodologies. Some of the activities planned in this project are as follows:

  1. Establishment of the first Maker lab (Fablab) in North Macedonia, fully supported by South East European University.
  2. Creation of small STEM packs that will be distributed to high schools in North Macedonia.
  3. Creation of a modular training program for STEM education.
  4. Publication of a handbook that will be used for future training of pupils in STEM education.

Fostering science through STEM education (Fostem) aims to address a major deficiency in primary and secondary schools in North Macedonia: to inspire and encourage pupils to study STEM related fields. For this purpose, the project aims to ease learning of such  courses through numerous experiments with tangible results in the form of robotics, 3D printing, mechatronics, chemistry and physics experiments; all aided by micro-computing platforms.

The project is part of the research in the Interaction Design Research Group and the Linnaeus Knowledge Environment Education in change.