The European project A-STEP 2030 "Attracting Diverse Talent to the Engineering Professions of 2030" brings together 10 partners including 4 European Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) that support innovation in the field of engineering education. BEST contributes equally among the partners by representing scientific and engineering students all over Europe. The aim of BEST in the project is to develop new ways to get more young people into STEM education by shaping the education to suit students' values and best learning practices.
The project is based on the expertise and motivations of each partner organisation and includes four different European HEIs all involved in Engineering Education Research. They have worked together previously and are actively involved in the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI) Attractiveness and Lifelong Learning Working Groups. The teams are complemented by representatives from SEFI and BEST (Board of European Students of Technology) who represents HEI students in STEM, and Universum - experts in research relating to student motivations and career choices.
The Educational Involvement Department of BEST organises BEST Local Events (BLEs) where project outcomes are presented for students to engage and discuss the A-STEP 2030 activities. BEST helps organise the student focus groups assessing the engineering skills to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Furthermore, BEST encourages the Local Best Groups (LBGs) to involve students across the BEST network in A-STEP 2030 workshops designed to inspire local involvement in improving engineering education. BEST is actively involved in dissemination activities dedicated to the A-STEP 2030 project as well as through our European students' network.
The main objective of the A-STEP 2030 project, "Attracting diverSe Talent to the Engineering Professions of 2030", is to develop new and innovative teaching approaches relevant to learners' values yet appropriate to teach a new set of skills and competencies needed for the future.
Our goal is to create an attractive and fascinating learning environment thereby encouraging young people with diverse backgrounds to engage in engineering studies and the profession as a whole.
The aims of this project are developed within the framework of the following 3 activities:
- Determine future roles and skills requirements of engineers to enhance the sustainable development of society.
- Investigate the values and motivations of young people, students and adult learners to determine how this influences their future career choices and use this knowledge to make a career in engineering more attractive to all.
- Develop new and innovative teaching and learning practices to respond to these findings.
PROJECT MEMBERS AND PARTNERS
The project consortium has 7 members from six EU countries (France, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Sweden and Belgium) and 10 associated partners.
- ENSTA Bretagne (Project coordinator)
- Technological University Dublin, TUD
- Aalborg University, AAU
- Metropolia University, MUAS
- Board of European Students of Technology, BEST
- European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI
The project is supported by the European ERASMUS+ fund for a period of 3 years.