Estonian and Lithuanian education experts discussed STEAM education methods

On 12 June, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport hosted a meeting of STEAM enthusiasts with guests from Estonia.

The meeting discussed the shortage of engineers and other STEAM science representatives in the labour market, the need for wider use of STEAM education methods both in Lithuania and Estonia.

Good practices already taking place in both countries were presented: national projects, initiatives organised by associations, support for teachers, getting students and the public interested in science and studies. Participants discussed how they could help each other address these educational challenges in both countries.

Participants included Jaane Kivila (Shape Robotics, Customer Experience Manager working with STEAM teachers, companies and Estonian government institutions) and Kristi Kuusemets (Estonian Engineering Association, Education Programmes and Projects Manager), Ramūnas Skaudžius, Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, and Simonas Šabanovas, responsible for the development of the STEAM national plan at the Ministry, Judita Šarpienė, Head of the Millennium Schools Programme, Vaida Ambrasaitė, STEAM education expert, Miglė Trinkūnaitė, LINPRA Education Project Manager, Paulius Lukas Tamošiūnas, Head of the VU STEAM Centre, representative of the STEAM Centres, Ernesta Smalinskė, Deputy Director of the VGTU Engineering Lyceum, Edita Karosienė, Project Manager from Create Lithuania programme.