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The BioS4You European Project: An Innovative Way to Effectively Engage Z-Generation Students in STEM Disciplines

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Department of Physics and Chemistry “E. Segrè”, Viale delle Scienze Ed.18, University of Palermo, 90128 Palermo, Italy
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Department of Architecture, Building Lifecycle Management (BLM), Karlsruhe Institute für Technologie, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
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Department of Multimedia Engineering, Faculty of Informatics, Kaunas University of Technology, 44249 Kaunas, Lithuania
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ICS Maredolce, Via Fichidindia 6, 90100 Palermo, Italy
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Academic Editors: Lucas F. M. da Silva and António Ferreira
Educ. Sci. 2021, 11(12), 774; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11120774
Received: 28 October 2021 / Revised: 23 November 2021 / Accepted: 24 November 2021 / Published: 30 November 2021
In this contribution, we present the BioS4You project and analyse the results obtained in the first 18 months of its activity. The “Bio-Inspired STEM topics for engaging young generations” (BioS4You) Erasmus+ KA2 Innovation project aims to bridge the gap between STEM national curricula (which include Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and the needs of Z-generation students, uninterested to basic themes, but enthusiastic in issues related to environmental, social, and health concerns. The BioS4You project engages young learners in STEM subjects, starting with current issues of interest for them, as the social and environmental impact of new technologies, connecting STEM concepts to real-world technologies that are supporting on facing environmental, social, and health current challenges. Novel fields such as Bioengineering, Bioscience, Biotechnology can be implemented into classroom teaching, integrating academic disciplines, and stimulating the academic and social growth of young people. The knowledge of new STEM contents makes the students feel an active part of the technological innovation (and not just passive users) and help them to build a better future, bringing them closer to the STEM world and enabling them to make more informed choices for their future careers. View Full-Text
Keywords: STEM education; active learning; biomimicry STEM education; active learning; biomimicry
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Persano Adorno, D.; Mallahnia, T.; Koch, V.; Zailskaitė-Jakštė, L.; Ostreika, A.; Urbaitytė, A.; Punys, V.; Pizzolato, N. The BioS4You European Project: An Innovative Way to Effectively Engage Z-Generation Students in STEM Disciplines. Educ. Sci. 2021, 11, 774. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11120774

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Persano Adorno D, Mallahnia T, Koch V, Zailskaitė-Jakštė L, Ostreika A, Urbaitytė A, Punys V, Pizzolato N. The BioS4You European Project: An Innovative Way to Effectively Engage Z-Generation Students in STEM Disciplines. Education Sciences. 2021; 11(12):774. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11120774

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Persano Adorno, Dominique, Tahereh Mallahnia, Volker Koch, Ligita Zailskaitė-Jakštė, Armantas Ostreika, Aušra Urbaitytė, Vytenis Punys, and Nicola Pizzolato. 2021. "The BioS4You European Project: An Innovative Way to Effectively Engage Z-Generation Students in STEM Disciplines" Education Sciences 11, no. 12: 774. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11120774

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