Young people have been one of the segments most affected by the lack of social contact and the loss of emotional ties as a result of the pandemic caused by the coronavirus. A series of factors have led to difficulties in their school learning, and even to situations of exclusion. In order to try to offer an effective solution, the European project Sunraise launched on 1 February with the aim of deploying innovative teaching mechanisms that use artistic methodologies to support instruction in STEM subjects.
This European initiative, aimed primarily at STEM and art teachers and secondary school students, involves seven partners from Italy (2), Poland (2), Greece (1), Cyprus (1) and Spain (1). After almost seven months of operation, Sunraise focuses on improving the quality of teaching and facilitating inclusive and participatory learning. From fostering learners' awareness, relational and communication skills, to helping teachers develop their creativity by fostering a sense of initiative, to integrating formal and non-formal education to build a resilient society.
In this respect, the project will address an analysis of STEM skills achievements in the European countries involved and the need for a more interactive approach, as well as create a platform in the form of a "virtual classroom" which will host all training materials. An innovative training programme for teaching science and STEM subjects will also be delivered, and an e-book will be published (Sunraise e-book) written in Italian, Polish, Greek and Spanish.
TRAINING ACTIVITY AND PROJECT MEETING BETWEEN THE END OF 2022 AND THE BEGINNING OF 2023
In addition, a Learning, Teaching, Training Activities (LTTA) and a project meeting will be held between the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023. It will take place in Zaragoza and will be run by Esciencia. It will last a total of five days and will actively involve three teachers/trainers from each partner organisation, who will learn how to make correct use of the products and contents in order to implement them in their respective organisations.
A first transnational meeting was held in Carpi (Italy) at the end of May this year. After the meeting in the Aragonese capital, there will be another one meeting in the city of Torun (Poland), presumably in May 2023. And the final meeting of the project - planned for December 2023 - will take place in Athens (Greece), where the results obtained will be assessed and proposals for the future analysed.