an opportunity for schools to connect with the local community in order to work together and exchange ideas for the society's benefit. Through STEM education and hands-on learning, a network of teachers, students, the local municipality, the university and other key stakeholders come together to identify and work on solving issues on the island of Lemnos with the help of science and technology.
STEM education, teaching and learning, local communities, sustainability, problem solving, hands-on approaches, student innovation.
The island of Lemnos has a notable environmental wealth and rich biodiversity. One of the challenges identified is to create awareness and positive attitudes of students and their communities towards the environment and work on issues such as biodiversity preservation, responsible consumption, waste reduction and management and animal welfare. This relates to SDGs 12, 13, 14 and 15.
In addition, education in secondary schools is often linked to traditional learning and academic achievement. A second challenge is to develop inclusive, hands-on educational methods and a curriculum based on real life-issues, which will engage and motivate students, while providing them with knowledge and important skills, like problem-solving and collaboration. This relates to SDG 4.
Students are working on the creation of an automatic pet feeder for stray animals which will be created mainly by waste (upcycling) and will be programmed with the help of Arduino and specific sensors. Students will work with the University to be informed on Lemnos mushroom species and create a citizen science app to monitor and note mushrooms on the island and provide data to research taking place.
Through the development of projects that are based on science and technology and provide solutions for real-life issues, learning will automatically gain access to the "real world" and the school community will be bridged with the broader local community (university, municipality, enterprises, citizens). As such, we are developing a STEM-based curriculum (with a focus on Arduino, App Inventor, 3D printing), which will follow a train-the-trainer approach. To overcome geographical isolation and COVID restrictions, educators and students in Lemnos and Agios Efstratios will be reached through complimentary digital tools and sessions.