We are inviting all STEM/STEAM learning initiatives that operate outside the classroom to put themselves on the SySTEM 2020 map. The map is an interactive tool with which you can explore organisations and STEAM activities across Europe. You can see who else is covering the same STEAM topics as you, targeting the same demographics, and much more.
Showcase your organisation and activities, connect with partners, contribute and gain access to scientific research!
Learning is becoming less institutionalized. It exists in many places, inside and outside the school classroom. SySTEM 2020 is on a mission to identify and better understand the impact of informal and nonformal science learning practices across Europe.
Little is known about science learning initiatives outside the classroom even though it is crucial in educating and forming Europe’s next generation of citizens, researchers and innovators. By gaining insight into initiatives all across Europe, SySTEM 2020 wants to gain a better understanding of the types and kinds of programmes in operation, learn from each other, and collaborate to be able to respond to challenges ahead.
Contribute and connect
You will gain access to the data gathered and visualised on the map, become part of a network of peers and gain visibility in this Europe-wide network. The information gathered will be used in scientific research to ultimately advise and influence policy on both a regional and European level.
Add your organisation and activities!
You can put your organisation and your activities on the SySTEM 2020 map by filling in the questionnaire, which takes 20 minutes. First you fill in this Organisation form so we can put your organisation on the map. After this you continue onto the Activity form where you can submit information about the activities conducted by your organisation. Based on the Activity form we can visualise your activities on the map while comparing and connecting them with other organisations. All submitted activities will become part of the data visualisation of STEAM activity in Europe. The more activities you add, the more your organisation, it’s activities and network will appear on the map.
We are looking for organisations that offer science learning outside the classroom, such as after school programmes, summer camps, libraries, musea, makerspaces, festivals, popular magazine’s, vloggers, blogs or other initiatives that offer STEAM activities. Your activity should offer some form of participation and should not be part of regular school curriculum.
The scope of this project includes initiatives from the following countries/regions:
Austria, Balkans, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
By submitting your organisation and an activity, you automatically are entered into a prize draw to have a chance to win the SYSTEM 2020 STEAM award. Make sure to sign in at the end of the questionnaire and you will have a chance to win one ticket to the ECSITE conference in June, along with accommodation and flights for one (up to a max of €1000). The more activites you enter, the more times you are entered into the prize draw – so make sure to upload as many different activities as possible. The prize will be awarded at the beginning of May, so you should upload your organisation and at least one activity before then. You can out details about the award here.
What does STEAM stand for?
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Not all STEM initiatives include Art. SySTEM 2020 welcomes all STEAM learning initiatives outside the classroom to put themselves on the map.
My organisation only involves STEM and not STEAM, can I still put myself on the map?
Yes, we are interested in all STEM/STEAM happening outside the classroom across Europe.
Why does the map cover these 24 countries and regions?
The scope of SySTEM 2020 includes initiatives from these countries and regions because the project partners are located in these countries. These project partners play an active role in gathering information for the visualisation on the map. We apologise if your country is not part of the research. Nevertheless, the information gathered can be interesting for you so be sure to have a look at the SySTEM 2020 map.
What is a learning ecology?
Bevan (2016) notes, “A learning ecology is the physical, social, and cultural context in which learning takes place”. Through the learning ecology approach SySTEM 2020 aims to gain a better understanding into the complex interactions of these different ‘learning spaces’.
If you still have questions...
Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org, we'd be very happy to help.