"International Dialogue on STEM" (IDoS) – About the project
"International Dialogue on STEM" (IDoS) is a joint initiative of the "Haus der kleinen Forscher" Foundation and the Siemens Stiftung. It targets representatives of leading STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) initiatives worldwide, scientists, and decision-makers in politics and civil society. The focus of IDoS is on early childhood education (for children between the ages of three and around ten years) in the fields of STEM and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Its aims are to discuss and analyse activities, outcome logic models, and outcomes, to jointly identify potentials for the future, and to enable participants to learn from one another.
On 2 and 3 November 2017, IDoS brought together in Berlin over 130 experts from all over the world. Guided by the key question of the conference – "What skills and abilities do children need for a worthwhile future, and what contribution can we make?" – the participants exchanged views on future-oriented education for children in keynotes, panel discussions, and working groups. Please click here for more information about the 2017 conference.
IDoS 2017 should be understood as the prelude to an international platform devoted to early STEM education and early ESD that brings together scientists, practitioners, and decision-makers. As an established platform of this kind does not yet exist, Germany aims to be the initiator of this exchange.
IDoS II is scheduled to take place in autumn 2019. It will address the topics "STEM and Education for Sustainable Development” and "Digital Learning Opportunities in Adult Education". The intervening year, 2018, will be used to promote the digital networking of the IDoS 2017 participants, to prepare and conduct working meetings of a programme committee that is to be newly established, and to make concrete preparations for the 2019 conference. Please click here for more information about the follow-up in 2018 and 2019. To stay up to date on the dialogue and to connect with experts in this field, you are welcome to join our LinkedIn group.
Background "International Dialogue on STEM" (IDoS)
Like the "Haus der kleinen Forscher" Foundation and the Siemens Stiftung, numerous other initiatives and programmes throughout the world promote early STEM education in their countries. They develop pedagogical resources and provide professional development to teachers, early childhood educators, and/or multipliers. The days when the substantive focus was on pure "experimenting" are long gone. Today, the promotion of a broad range of competencies takes centre stage. Inquiry-based learning enables children to develop problem-solving skills, find their own answers, and experience a sense of self-efficacy ("Yes, I can!"). The importance of these experiences and abilities for personality development and the future professional biography extends far beyond childhood. The objective of most of these initiatives is to enable children to think independently and to act responsibly.