Initiated by Johnson & Johnson, a consortium of Belgian companies and other stakeholders aims to develop a new STEM promotion programme driven by companies and specifically aimed addressing the underrepresentation of girls in STEM secondary education. The EU STEM Coalition was requested to provide a presentation on existing best-practices in the field of STEM promotion in secondary education.
To further develop the WISTEM2D action (Women in Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Manufacturing and Design)
GlassRoots (consultancy) was tasked by the consortium to organise the stakeholder meeting. In the light of its successful transfer to Denmark and Spain, the EU STEM Coalition was requested to provide a presentation with a focus on the Dutch approach in the Jet-Net programme for school-company cooperation as well as the bètamentality model (which separates secondary students into sub-groups based on their intrinsic motivation (drijfveren) to choose STEM. The Flemish STEM platform (member of the EU STEM Coalition) was also included in the consortium.
The focus of the action was based on the outcomes of the Microsoft (member of the WISTEM2D working group) Survey on Women in STEM.
Several follow-up actions are being prepared by GlassRoots with a proposed starting date in 2020.
Triggered by the shortage of STEM graduates in the Flemish labour market, the Flemih Council for Science and Innovation (VARIO) commissioned this research into trends and developments related to students choosing STEM education. (Dutch title: 'Kiezen voor STEM. De Keuze van Jongeren voor een Technische en Wetenschappelijke Studies').
The study has two main objectives: (1) achieve more insight in the trends and figures related to STEM within the Flemish education system, and (2) identify international best practices related to achieving higher numbers of STEM graduates, and identify their success factors.
The report has been particularly influentials because it developed a definition of 'STEM' applicable to the Flemish education system, that differs from the one used in most international publications. This definition forms the foundation of the objectives in the Flemish STEM strategy (STEM-Actieplan 2012-2020) and related monitoring instrument of the Flemish government (STEM-Monitor) (see page 36-37).