Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are crucial keystones in today’s society. In current curricula and educational systems, there is a tendency to integrate these subjects into one approach: STEM.

Tackling early school leaving can start with offering teaching and learning methods that are more active and involve the students as responsible of their learning process. The STEAM-approach is such an example. Proof has already been given that this methodology hugely enhances the student’s motivation.

The course contains practical cases (learning by doing) and finishes with a personal STEM exercise or ‘masterpiece’. The participants are offered pedagogical and didactical approaches towards STEM in education.

The course also integrates some digital visualising techniques, adding a more artistic touch to STE(A)M. The course is organised in cooperation with a Portuguese secondary school, where we can use the technical infrastructure and digital devices. We will fully use the interesting aspects the city of Lisbon offers. The exercises are centred on the idea of building bridges or spans. During the course visits are planned to interesting places in Lisbon that are dominated by important bridges. Furthermore, we integrate a visit the huge former electric power plant and the recently opened museum of art, architecture and technology (, both situated in Belém. It’s clear that the location of the course in Lisbon, will contribute to its success. The participants don’t have to come from education systems in which STE(A)M is an official or separate discipline. Teachers of technology, science, applied science, engineering, arts, visual arts, laboratory… can perfectly integrate the STE(A)M methods into the normal courses. During the course there is half a day of free time to enjoy of the cultural aspects of Lisboa.

The course is organized in the conference room of the local partner and the participants stay in  a delightful 4 star hotel, both located at the South Bank of the river Tejo in Lisbon. (12 km from Lisbon airport).
There is a very easy access from the airport. Public transport and taxis provide fast connection from and to Lisbon centre. More information:


Evaluation strategy:

Continuous evaluation every day, feedback of trainer(s) on personal work and portfolio of the participant, feedback of trainer(s) and group on presentations made by the participant, assessment of final work (such as: own action plan, produced master piece and prepared dissemination).

Link to our quality charter:

Teaching/Learning approach:

As part of the pre-task, the participants will map their personal staring situation and working context. Also they will identify the needs of the organisation and their personal needs. We try to match those needs with the offered content, methods and aimed competences. That way, we conceived the course, starting with defining the competences that need to be achieved.

During the course, next methods will be applied:

  • lectures,
  • work sessions,
  • peer exchange,
  • self-reflection,
  • study visits,
  • portfolio work,
  • role play,
  • editing on own action plan,
  • presentations…

Where appropriated a webinar, videoconferencing or (a part of) a MOOC can be included. At the end of the course, a network of participants can be established in order to keep on exchanging experiences, examples of good practice and support the continuous development of competences.

Target Group(s) :
  • Teachers and school staff: primary level, teachers and school staff: secondary level, school management
Assessment Methods:

Feedback of trainer(s) on personal work and portfolio of the participant, feedback of trainer(s) and group on presentations made by the participant, assessment of final work (such as: own action plan, produced master piece and prepared dissemination).

Subject: Pedagogy and didactics, STEM and STEAM, reducing early school leaving
Blended Learning Modalities:

We provide an electronic learning platform where all course material is assembled. Course participants can have a skype contact with the trainer before and after the course.

European Dimension Guaranteed:

The course is the result of a previous international project or collaboration. In Portugal we have a partnership with a local in-service training organization, AlmadaForma, PIC 945946911, in cooperation with the Secondary School Emídio Navarro (Almada). The team of trainers is multinational.

We have an active policy to include as many different nationalities as possible. The courses are specifically organized in Lisbon in order to be able to include study visits and locally present expertise.

Date/s of the Course:
  • from 2019-11-04 to 2019-11-08
Course Website:
Name of the organising institute: Eekhout Academy
Where to apply:

Eekhout Academy Website: E-mail:

Contact persons:
  • Charlotte Depoorter
EQF level: 6
ECTS/ECVET Points: 3
Participation Costs 650
Course Venue Address: Lisbon