Istanbul Aydın University (IAU) and The International Council of Associations for Science Education (ICASE) organize the World Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Conference in order to bring all stakeholders together (universities, research institutions, civil society organizations, SMEs, public bodies, science centers etc.) to promote STEM education around the world.
The term “STEM education” refers to the teaching and learning associated with the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and typically includes educational activities across all grade levels and in both formal and informal classroom settings. The integration of STEM disciplines aims to develop the “four C’s” of the 21st century skills: creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. The primarily goal of STEM education is to prepare students for their future lives and careers, and to create problem solvers that are prepared to engage in design and production. Therefore, its culture of inquiry leads to important contributions to the country’s economic developments since students will be better prepared to use high-level critical thinking skills in innovative ways.
Educationally speaking, STEM is curriculum-based and incorporates an interdisciplinary approach to educating students in all four specific disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Instead of teaching these four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates these four disciplines into an active and inquiry-based learning paradigm based on socio-scientific issues.
Conference Committee expect to receive contribution from STEM stakeholders in different capacities and wish all participants a wonderful, rewarding and successful conference.
Istanbul Aydın University (IAU) & The International Council of Associations for Science Education (ICASE)