The project “FemSTEAM Mysteries” is based on the values of gender equality and non-discrimination between men and women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), creativity and innovative entrepreneurship. Through the adoption an innovative approach, that integrates STEM and Arts, and combines Role-Model and Game-based methodology with a mystery story-telling digital game (escape room) that engages teenagers (age 12-15), “FemSTEAM Mysteries” aims to create a new culture and attitude amongst teachers and students.
Although many women have contributed massively to the progress of science and technology, very few students as well as teachers in Europe learn and know about them. As a result, girls are reluctant to follow STEM careers (under 35% in scientific fields at a European level). Science is considered a “male field” and young men are usually underestimating the competence of females in those fields. The situation is similar in visual arts education. Gender inequality has led to the underrepresentation of female artists and to male domination of art history. As a result, the vast majority of the famous artists students get acquainted with, are males. In school educational material, the role of women in STEAM is highly underestimated, almost absent. Thus, a need exists for providing students with examples, paradigms and role-models, so as to keep open the option for STEAM careers for girls, and to reduce prejudices. “FemSTEAM Mysteries” is designed to counteract this tendency for gender inequality in the STEAM by bringing out the significant role of women in STEAM to students’ and teachers’ community, thereby fighting stereotypes of students and teachers, while providing role models for young girls to follow STEAM careers and also young boys to empower their female classmates and co-workers.
The objectives of the project are:
-To bring out the significant role of women in STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering and Maths)
-To fight stereotypes of students and teachers
-To inspire young girls through role-model game-based STEAM pedagogy to follow STEAM careers.
-To enhance acquisition of key skills and competences for STEAM studies and careers of all students (boys and girls) through engaging game-based activities and a mystery storytelling game.
-To enhance teachers’ skills in dealing with gender equality in STEAM.
- Methodological Guidelines for creating the framework of the “FemSTEAM Mysteries” project
- Instructional Guide on Role-model education for promoting gender equality in STEAM
- Instructional Guide on Game-based education for promoting gender equality in STEAM
- “FemSTEAM Mysteries” DIGITAL MYSTERY GAME
- “FemSTEAM Mysteries” Library
- “FemSTEAM Mysteries” Teacher Professional Development Program on promoting gender equality in STEAM.
The following organizations are involved in the project:
- EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY CYPRUS (Cyprus)
- Challedu (Greece)
- La Salle-Buen Consejo (Spain)
- The American Academy Nicosia Ltd (Cyprus)
- TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE KOLN (Germany)
- DOUKA EKPAIDEFTIRIA AE – PALLADION LYKEION EKFPAIDEUTHRIA DOUKA (Greece)
On the platform of the project FEMSTEAM MYSTERIES (https://femsteam-project.eu/) you will find news, activities, program results and updates, such as reports, event announcements, workshops and training sessions.
This project has been co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union
Project Number: 2020-1-CY01-KA201-066058