The multi-agency project, titled Spatially Enhanced Learning Linked to STEM (SellSTEM), was awarded €4.12 million in funding from the Marie Skłodowska Curie Innovative Training Network under Horizon 2020.
Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) will coordinate the international research project, which aims to enhance the spatial ability of young people and to help close the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Research has shown that those with high levels of spatial ability are much more likely to succeed in STEM subjects, enjoy doing them and select them for further education and careers compared to those with low spatial ability.
Over four years SellSTEM will recruit and train 15 PhD students to develop innovative and practical approaches to improve spatial ability among young people in Europe, so they are better prepared for learning STEM subjects.
SellSTEM is a consortium of ten European universities and eight non-academic partners. Members of consortium, include Technological University Dublin, Technische Universiteit Delft, Bangor University, Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet – NTNU, Latvijas Universitāte, Universiteit Leiden, Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg – PLUS, Universität Regensburg, Universität Koblenz-Landau and Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan – KTH, Microsoft Ireland Operations, Stichting VHTO, SAP Service and Support Centre, Ionad Oideachais Mhuineacháin, De Galan School Voor Training, Science Hub TU Delft, Marino Institue of Technology, Stichting Waag Society and VHTO, National Expert Organisation on Girls/Women and Science/Technology, Netherlands.
Source of the news: TechCentral.ie