As part of
the activities of the „Be STEMpatic!“ project, a study trip to the city of
Vienna was organized for the representatives from 14 partner elementary schools
and 7 partner highschools from the Virovitica-Podravina county, from the 14th
to the 16th of February 2018.
visited the Regional Education Board for Vienna (Stadtschulrat für Wien) where they were familiarized with the
educational system of the city of Vienna, the functioning of its elementary schools
and highschools, as well as new initiatives and programs aimed at modernizing
teaching. A visit to the Institut für
Unterrichts- und Schulentwicklung (IUS), a network Austrian institution
which functions in several regional centres,followed, where participants heard about recent Austrian projects in the STEM
area, the development of the regional centres of competence in the domain, and the
development of regional networks of excellence in desirable practices of
teaching STEM school subjects.
third part of the study trip involved a meeting and introduction to the
workings of the Austrian ScienceCenter-Network, the leading network which
connects nearly 200 organizations in the STEM domain. Through the presentation
of Dr. Barbara Streicher, its executive director, the participants of the trip had the chance to
get acquainted with formal, non-formal and informal teaching programs in this
domain which take place in different regions in Austria.
At the end of this
whole-day visit, a formal reception was held at the Croatian Embassy in Austria,
where the participants were welcomed
by the Croatian ambassador to Austria, dr. sc.