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03 Април 2019

Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar" will train more than 100 directors of educational institutions from Varna on the topic "STE(A)M - Strategies, Policies, Methodologies and Practices". The event will be held on April 11 and 12 at 9.00 am at Estreya Residence in the resort "St. St. Constantine and Helena". The headmasters of 36 primary and 12 secondary schools, the directors of 51 kindergartens and five Centers for Personal Development will take part in it. Varna Municipality is a partner in the training.

STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) is innovative learning through the methods of natural sciences, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. This is a new approach to the training, upbringing and development of creative thinking that develops skills to solve real problems, skillfully using technology, understanding the importance of design, and studying modeling and design. All this allows the educational process to become more diverse and interesting, leading to the experience of science as a holiday. The aim of STEM education is for children to participate, make, create and experiment with ideas and projects at school, extracurricular forms and in an informal environment by developing skills appropriate for the professions of the future. The implementation of STEAM trainings in Bulgaria is a priority in the policy of the Ministry of Education and Science.

A week before the event, participants will have online access to training materials in a special platform. There they will also be able to publish their best practices in STE(A)M-education. After a special selection, the best practices will be presented during the conference. The program includes discussions of the STE(A)M relation with other training methodologies as well as the methodology for evaluating STEM projects. The specific expected outcome of the training is the establishment of a regional STE(A)M-Partnership Network for Varna, which includes representatives of the various scientific fields supporting the development of new practices.
Experts from VFU “Chernorizets Hrabar” will acquaint the directors of schools and kindergartens with the European Commission's report on digitization and occupations, which will be published this month.

Various organizations with key experience on the subject who will present their practices are invited to the event. On April 12, the faculties and the various majors of Varna Free University will demonstrate activities in STE(A)M-education, which are applied in the fields of Informatics and Computer Science, Software Engineering and Management, Entrepreneurship, Fashion Design, "Architecture", "Construction of Buildings and Facilities", "Design", "Intelligent Security Systems", "Cybersecurity" and "Criminalistics Expertise".