On the 2nd and 3rd of March NCSR organised Taskforce meeting has used this Taskforce meeting to get input for the development of a national STEM strategy. They were given input by LUMA, the Arctic University of Norway, University College London and Teknikcollege.
The political party, Høyre, has suggested to develop a new STEM strategy, without consulting or discussing this with NCSR or the participants in STEM for Future. The group give their advice on how to react to this, and how to bring our expertise into the process. The initiative is coming from the two biggest STEM universities in Norway, in collaboration with The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises. This proves the need for collaboration and coordination for STEM recruitment in Norway.
Different presentations were held:
This presentation was cancelled due to the illness of the speaker, will be rescheduled.
Luma is the Finnish term for STEM. The Luma centers provide research-based solutions for STEM education to inspire children and youth and aim to support teachers in their everyday work. One of the reasons for the program is the requirement for schools and universities to start working together.
The LUMA centers are organized with a board, a director and an advisory board. The advisory board consists of more than 50 participants that meet with the director twice a year.
13 centers cover all of Finland. Every center has a region and is connected to every school in the region. The government takes half the cost of the center, the university takes the other half. Every region makes up their own ecosystem.
The Luma strategy is an initiative to embed all STEM activities under one coordinated umbrella. The Ministry of education asked for a written justification describing why Finland needed a LUMA strategy. All the local Luma centers were involved in the proposal. The finish national strategy was based on the proposal from the Luma centers.
The overal goal of the strategy is socially, ecologically and economically sustainable growth.
The key is the teachers – they need to learn how to teach the pupils STEM in a way the pupils find interesting. Where do you need STEM skills? Why do you need them?
The implementation is in action and will be released soon – a systemic approach that addresses teaching and learning st different levels – policy, research, curriculum design, teacher education and practice. There is a need to focus on both formal, informal and non-formal education, and everything needs to be correlated. Teacher training is crucial. Collaboration and co-creation with educators at various levels is needed. Everything goes back to the training of teachers.
Collaboration is key – the project aims to contribute to increase the local recruitment for STEM. This pilot project is one of several new initiatives from NCSR with the same goal – increasing collaboration across sectors - and runs in collaboration with The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø. The local and regional perspective is a very important aspect in the ecosystem.
The project facilitates cooperation and knowledge between relevant stakeholders interested in increased STEM recruitment. One must establish united goals and work together to reach them.
The project collects an overview of existing initiatives and look into how the initiatives can work together. There is a great need for systemization and collaboration between schools, higher education, science centers, local initiatives and working life. There are some challenges – but the project aims to gather the expertise and make the different parts work together.
Comment from the audience:
In Sweden they work region by region, and claims that the key to success is one full time employee per region, and a system that allows local adjustments for every region.
Collaboration with the main companies with STEM interests is key. Find the key players in the industry with STEM shortage. The big companies can fund the work, but the small companies must also be included. Include a variety of organizations. NCSRs should use its neutral position to suggest that this is what we need, and industry wants.
For the meeting with the Ministry of Education:
Give the ministers a solution – an “easy way out”. Ask how one can work together. The solution should be politically independent and work regardless of the party affiliation in government.
Teacher training is crucial – collaboration with the engineers, role models.
NCSR should consider an advisory board, and a PR-person for the political discussions and use every opportunity to communicate the main common message which is the competence need within STEM.
Monthly meeting with the dean to make her speak our case. Make the message relevant to the university. Need to make a contract with the dean.
Make everyone come together - one network. Same message. Reference Luma strategy.
Impact & reach of the 50.50 Engineering Engagement strategy and programmes, Dr Elpida Makrygianni MBE (University College London)
Organizes by advisory groups / boards
Need the support dpt. of education, defense, trade
Professional institutions are the main force, - they have a way in to the politicians
Teknikcollege – collaboration for increased attractiveness and quality of technically oriented education, Rickard Bäck and Johan Ståhl (Teknikcollege)
Strategy for smart industry 4.0 (2016) but no STEM strategy. Vocational training and academic training are of equal importance. They also work with EVU.
Owned by the Council of Swedish industry, schools need certification and platform. There are 24 certified Teknikcollege regions (soon 27), 160 certified schools, 180 municipalities, 3000 companies
Funding and financing; National level (national office 5 ppl), Council of Swedish industry, member fees, EU-funding, National School Board. Regional level triple helix; municipality regional governments, companies
Eight quality criteria form basis of collaboration; 1) Regional cooperation/perspective, 2) Organization management, 3) Future needs of competence, 4) Education and sizing, 5) Creative and stimulating learning environment, 6) Education within Teknikcollege, 7) The involvement of labour market education, 8) Quality assured processes
Tools and methods; quality assured Teknikcollege, support for communication, company recruitment training, teachers guide LEAN, Teknikcolleges model for innovation and entrepreneurship, TKs model for quality assured internship, attractiveness.
Currently the “bleeding” from STEM-subjects has stopped
New taskforce and STEM promoting activities at the Estonian Research Council, Lilia Grosovski (ETAG)
STEM working life, Tonje Olderskog (NCSR)
Insight Phase; schools; survey and focus-groups; 95% was interested in rolemodels, 72% neeed to build network with regional businesses, 66% interested in separate girl events
Result from insight: One Stop Shop for STEM measures (website)
Website: Offering booking of Company visits and Role models
Companies decide what to contribute to for the next year
STEM partner – a flexible partner program. 2023 goal; partners in all parts/regions of the country
Discussion: How to Reach out with the Information – message + channels, - advice for implementation?
Summary of main messages and discussion:
NCSR is working on establishing a new national STEM initiative and strategy through the taskforce STEM for future. In recent weeks, they`ve had several meetings with, among others, The Ministry of Education and the Storting's research and education committee. The feedback is positive and appreciation is given for having a clear message.