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On October 27th 2021, the workshop (Multiplier Event) of the project “CLIL for STEAM”, co-funded by the European Commission under the programme Erasmus+, took place in Lithuania. The conference was organized by Trakų Vytauto Didžiojo gimnazija with support of VšĮ "eMundus" (as associated partner in the project) at Kauno Juozo Grušo meno gimnazija, which is an associated partner in CLIL for STEAM project.
The workshop involved teachers of different subjects (Math, Art, Technology, Physics, Biology) and educators from Trakų Vytauto Didžiojo gimnazija and Kauno Juozo Grušo meno gimnazija, as well as one expert from Kaunas University of Technology (KTU). 19 participants attended the event.
The workshop was divided into two main parts: the first was aimed at transmitting content about the characteristics of Lithuania when talking about STEAM and about the CLIL for STEAM (C4S) project; the second was a practical group activity in which teachers could reflect and define some key concepts and share their experiences.
After participants were registered, Vida Drąsutė took the floor to welcome all of them. Vida has 15 years of experience in managing projects and during her career she has dealt with the development of critical thinking, e-learning and STEAM systems and methodologies, as well as with the development of analysis on educational opportunities in different fields. In the C4S project she is responsible for international cooperation and she supports TVDG in management activities. During her speech she described the Lithuanian situation with respect to CLIL and STEAM topics. After that, she talked about the C4S project and its results.
After Vida’s intervention, Loreta Krinickienė, Biology teacher from Trakai Vytautas Magnus Gymnazium (official project’s partner institution that took part in testing results, content development, collecting feedback from students, participating in the training), shared her experience and point of view on C4S. She explained to the participants the process that led partners to develop the project’s results and to reach the foreseen objectives. Then, she showed the project’s website and its contents to the participants, in order to explain to them how the website is structured and what was created by partners. She also showed as an example some video-lessons and teaching materials. She highlighted how it is possible to adopt C4S results and methodologies also in other schools and with which benefits.
During the practical activity, participants to the event were divided into groups of 3-4 people and were asked to provide a common answer to some questions that had been previously printed by the workshop organizers. This activity was aimed at making them reflect both at individual and group level about CLIL and STEAM related topics and to share their experiences and insights with other participants. After having provided an answer to each question, participants were asked to share it with everyone. The activity was really appreciated by teachers, who discuss and share information about activities related to CLIL and STEAM that they already implement in their school.
Some teachers have also announced that they will integrate some materials (especially video-lessons) developed by C4S partners into their regular lessons.