The project starts off from the idea to conceptualise STEAM to fit within the holistic vision of the child development that prevails in ECEC (Early Childhood Education Services), where the child is seen as a competent actor of his own leading. Studies about outdoor and natural open-ended materials can promote the implementation of an emergent pedagogy based on children’s exploration on which a STEAM approach can build on. In this perspective, a steam approach can be useful for the ECEC professionals, as it can transform their interactions with children increasing quality and meaningfulness, as it would be for the children, who will receive a STEAM education in a more culturally balanced approach.
The main objective of the project is to enhance the educational quality of ECEC by using natural and arts materials to introduce STEAM topics in the very young children (1-3). The specific objectives are:
The project will last 30 months from September 2023 until February 2026 with 3 coordination meetings (on-line and in presence) and with two training seminars focused on: theory and practices about STEAM teaching models with the focus on the involvement of very young children, the gender balance perspective of STEAM and the use of natural materials. This seminar will be the starting point of a testing phase in preschools in Sweden, Italy, Portugal, and Belgium. The second seminar will be focused on emergent physics will lead the work to the creation of the vocabulary with physics verbs as STEAM as playmates.
The project will develop 3 products, in response to the project objectives.