On April 29-30, 2022, STEM teacher training was held in person in Daugavpils University (DU) Life Sciences and Technology Laboratories. Thus, the already usual online training was supplemented with face-to-face lessons – the experimental and practical part in DU laboratories. DU originally planned the program as face-to-face training, but had to adapt to epidemiological regulations and create a hybrid program that would meet modern trends and requirements. Daugavpils University ensures the implementation of the continuing education training program by combining remote lessons and lessons held in person.
This weekend, the participants of the training were given the exclusive opportunity to indulge in research activities to improve the chemistry teaching process, conduct experiments and delve into the world of nanotechnology.
The training is implemented with the aim to enrich teachers` knowledge, skills and competences in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and entrepreneurship education by fostering innovative learning and offering new learning tools, thus providing research-based knowledge and strengthening teachers` ability to inspire, motivate and support young people to choose science and technology studies for the achievement of their future goals and for the sustainable development of society.
The training is organized within the framework of the project “Development of Innovation Centre in Daugavpils”, project No. NFI/IC/VIAA/2020/4, Agreement No. 9.-22.214.171.124/4, under the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism for the period 2014-2021 program “Research and Education” activity “Innovation Centres”.
The leading partner of the project is Daugavpils City Municipality, while the cooperation partners are Daugavpils University and Trondheim Science Centre (Norway).