The choice of the partners was made after careful consideration to ensure that the project would bring together the best possible expertise and knowledge on the topic at hand.
All partners involved have great experience in managing EU and nationally funded projects and in embracing innovative practices locally. Also, all partners have excellent networks and close cooperation at national and EU level with Science Museums and Science Centres, decision makers, governmental officials, representatives of Chambers of Commerce and Employers’ Associations, Young Entrepreneurs’ Associations, media companies and local universities. This assists in disseminating our project results widely across involved EU countries. Below the different types of partners involved in our consortium are described:
a) Two Universities with relevant experience in the topic of STEM education and entrepreneurship education for young people (EUC, NTNU)
b) Two SMEs with experience in dissemination and in research and consulting work on STEM, entrepreneurship and engineering/coding practices (GrantXpert, CyRIC)
d) One Science Museum (NEMO) that aims at making science and technology engaging and accessible to the widest possible audience
e) Two NGOs with expertise in teaching STEM at schools (STEMworks) and organising coding/robotics events (Programamos), providing vital input during the development of our training content.
The project will be implemented in 5 countries (Cyprus, Spain, The Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom) with the resourceful collaboration of 7 involved organisations.
NTNU is the largest university in Norway and focuses on engineering, natural sciences, social science and humanities. ILU is the department of Teacher Education and has over 300 staff. We provide teacher education for all levels except preschool. ILU has pioneered integrated 5-yr master programmes in teacher education, and is involved in a range of in-service professional development activities.
We have several Erasmus+ projects currently in progress, including STEMitUP, OPVET, UPPscience and e-Info-ted.
GrantXpert Consulting Ltd is a Cypriot-based SME, with extensive expertise in providing training and consulting services to local organisations for European and nationally funded programmes.
In the past 8 years GrantXpert has assisted a number of Cypriot and EU organisations in receiving more than 10 million EUR from funded programmes. The company focuses on the development of entrepreneurial, innovation and creativity skills for university students, on the development of knowledge alliances between academia and industry, on the enhancement of women and youth entrepreneurship, growth of SMEs’ competitiveness, on the enhancement of employability skills of youth, and on the development of entrepreneurship programmes.
This knowledge on entrepreneurship and employability skills will now be passed down to lower secondary education students through the STEMitUP training programme.
STEMworks aims to generate excitement and enthusiasm for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. We are a not for profit company based in the UK which specialises in the design and delivery of education outreach programmes. We work with schools, businesses, teachers and other interested parties promoting STEM skills.
We run a wide range of activities including workshops, competitions, events, residentials and teacher CPD designed all with the aim of inspiring young people from all backgrounds to consider careers in Engineering, Science and Technology. We have a well-established relationship with many international, national and local companies working together to promote careers in Engineering, Science and Maths.
STEMworks’ programmes target young people from both primary and secondary schools, bringing together education and businesses from the STEM sector. By helping forge these relationships, employers can help raise the aspirations of young people and help develop their skills in readiness for the world of work. Moreover, our programmes offer a long term recruitment strategy to counter the pervasive shortage of skilled STEM professionals.
EURopean university cyprus
European University Cyprus (EUC) operates five Schools, namely, the School of Humanities, Social and Education Sciences, the School of Business Administration, the School of Sciences, the Medical School, and the School of Law with the mission to educate students for successful careers and life achievement, to understand and serve the needs of society, and to create knowledge through research and innovation.
Traditionally a teaching intensive higher education institution, European University Cyprus has nonetheless produced excellent research work and is already one of the leading academic institutions on the island. The University hosts a diverse and dynamic research community with experienced researchers, including Nobel Laureates Professor Robert Huber (Chemistry, 1988) and Professor Ada Yonath (Chemistry, 2009). Research activity is primarily carried out by a number of research centers, laboratories, and other kinds of specialized settings such as clinics and innovation centers.
The University has been awarded the “HR Excellence in Research” logo by the European Commission, which identifies institutions and organizations at the European level as providers and supporters of a stimulating and favourable working environment.
CyRIC is a fast-growing company with a strategic aim to become an important regional Center developing disruptive products for the world markets and providing unique, high quality services to the industry.
CYRIC offers Research and Innovation Services for its customers in the fields of engineering design and prototyping, electronics and communications and software solutions. In addition a number of specialised consultancy and entrepreneurship services are offered to startups and SMEs. CyRIC is the only certified Business Innovation Center (BIC) in Cyprus, certified by the European Business Network. This certification assures that CyRIC belongs to an esteemed network of high-level professionals which deliver top notch services with high quality standards. At CyRIC, as a Business Innovation Centre we are committed to propel innovation and nurture the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Cyprus and overseas.
CyRIC is the founder of Gravity, a Venture Building Incubator located in a prime location in Engomi,Nicosia. We created an inspiring place where entrepreneurs can work, engage and create whilst enjoying high quality services and access to state- of- the art technological equipment and infrastructure.
We love working with aspiring entrepreneurs and start-ups, build new ventures and help them grow and blossom.
Programamos is a non-profit organization that promotes the development of computational thinking skills from early ages through the programming of video games and mobile applications in all educational levels, from kindergarten to vocational training or university.
Programamos offers a variety of free materials for teachers, which they can adapt to their classroom needs, as well as trainings and workshops on programming and robotics. Being a non-profit organization, the social component of Programamos is very important. Therefore, they organize free activities and trainings for socially disadvantaged kids.
A sample of such actions is "Healing with code", a project in which Programamos has collaborated with a hospital for running two workshops a week for an entire year for hospitalized kids.
NEMO SCIENCE MUSEuM
NEMO Science Museum is an interactive, informal learning environment in which the general public comes into contact with science and technology. Visitors see, hear and experience how scientific phenomena and technology play an important part in their lives. NEMO works closely with the fields of science and education.
Moreover, NEMO is an experienced international partner and work-package leader in a range of themes, with many areas of expertise. As a partner, we can offer input on a variety of themes, from public engagement activities to the development of training programmes, and from gender guidance to inquiry-based learning and maker-education.