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Sustainability in STEM Education

Sustainability in STEM Education

Sustainability and environmental protection are important topics for students throughout Europe. How we deal with these issues will shape our future. Motivated and skilled teachers are the key to enable students to meet the challenges of tomorrow. This is especially true for STEM teachers. They communicate important knowledge to students in order for them to not only understand the problems but also think about possible solutions.

„Sustainable Development” has been a guiding theme at the Science on Stage festivals for many years. Hundreds of teachers have submitted their innovative teaching projects, where students can explore environmental and sustainability issues. All these projects represent inquiry-based learning approaches. Our aim is to support teachers throughout Europe in their continuous professional development and to disseminate high-quality teaching ideas with our teaching materials.

Our materials on sustainability

Coding H2O - How to program a solar still

In this teaching unit your students learn how to test a solar still by using sensors with an Arduino microcontroller to measure its efficiency. 

Festival projects #SonS2019 – Sustainable Development in Science Education

The project posters for the category ‘Sustainable Development and Science Education’ ready for download. The focus of this category is on projects using science to explore enviromental, health and sustainability issues.

Stamping on the Carbon Footprint – Exploring Sustainability Playfully 

At big sport events the carbon footprint and the sustainability of the event are most of the time put aside. In this unit the students are introduced to this complex topic with a card game.This game approaches six aspects of sustainability: Light, travel, green grass, waste, noise pollution and food.

Plant Growth: Material on anatomy, physiology & germination of plant seeds

In this teaching unit students investigate development, germination and growth of bean seeds.

Lantern Moon: Winning energy from renewable raw materials - simple experiments for primary school

This unit introduces primary school students to the topics renewable energy, environment and fuels.

The project „Sustainability in STEM Education"

Science on Stage has launched the two-year project "Sustainability in STEM Education". In this project, 20 international teachers work together to discuss and test ideas on how to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in STEM lessons. The goal is to create concrete and hands-on teaching concepts that encourage students to become active and responsible citizens while promoting their interest in STEM subjects.

The expert coordinator team of the project selected the participants among the applications.

Background of the SDGs

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by all UN member states in 2015. They are an urgent call to action to improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our forests and oceans.

Education for Sustainable Development (EDS)

Teachers play a deciding role in sensitising young people to the challenges of reaching the 17 SDGs. At the same time, it is important that students are not discouraged by the scope of the problems but are encouraged to think about and design possible solutions. STEM is very important to address these problems and solve them.

You can find more information here: background information

Sustainability is not only an important topic in our projects but also in our everyday work life. Find out more about how we work here.

The project "Sustainability in STEM Education" is organised by Science on Stage Germany and proudly supported by SAP.