The portal contains comprehensive presentations of selected topics/challenges from major STEM disciplines: mathematics, physics, chemistry, astronomy, engineering, medicine and a concept of Citizen Science developed in the frame of EU Horizon 2020 STEM4youth project (www.stem4youth.eu ) and (in the future) the user generated content.
For each discipline a few challenges (lessons) have been described, which in the authors’ opinions, are essential to better understand a given science area, its impact on our live and on the current and future labor market and economy.
The portal’s materials are primarily dedicated for secondary and high school teachers (as source of ideas for their extra-curriculum lessons) and for students who want to extent their knowledge, have a more holistic view on STEM and get more information which career opportunity the STEM education enables.
The portal is open, so everyone can upload their own materials (which are made publically accessible after the technical verification by the system administrator).
All materials uploaded onto OLCMS are published under a certain Creative Common 4.0 or higher license, which means that (provided that a file is in an editable format) everyone can modify the existing content and if necessary adopt it to his/her needs and then share it again on the platform (Help section includes more information on content update and modification).
The lessons uploaded by the STEM4youth consortium partners utilize a wide range of learning methodologies and tools which are briefly described in the Innovative Educational Tools section.
The section Engineering Design Process (EDP) presents an approach applied in the Engineering challenges. Although this process, after small modifications, can be also used in other areas, Engineering is a domain particularly relevant for EDP.
Citizen Science Toolkit for Teacher section introduces the concept of Citizen Science (CS), a complex multistep activity primarily aimed at increase the Citizen engagement and motivation for community affairs (in our case at the students engagement and motivation for STEM learning) and collecting research data on the human behavior traits. More information on CS and the detail instruction how to organize CS experiments at schools you can find in CS materials onto OLCMS platform.
OLCMS Framework section describes the high level methodology used for development of all/or majority of the modules. The section may be useful for users studying the existing content only, but especially for users who are going to develop and upload their own content (to make it coherent with the existing materials).
Help section refers to the user manual which in particular describes how to upload new content.