The project 'WATT in STEAM' is based on three crucial findings from the earlier KA2 project GirlsTech:Female teachers as role models are crucial for the career choice of young women in STEM areas, as the role of teachers in general is a crucial one. Reluctance of girls/women to make a choice for STEM is not based on a lack of affinity with technology, but rather often because the social and physical environment of traditional technology doesn't appeal to their world of emotions3.A choice for STEM doesn't narrow down the possibilities to a purely technical profession as it is often thought, but on the contrary does it widen the opportunities
Impact: It is envisaged to show the huge variety of opportunities that STEM programmes are offering. To take away prejudices and to find efficient and effective strategies to select and train more teachers in STEM areas, with a strong emphasis on female teachers as women are strongly under represented as students and as teachers. Finally, this should contribute to the demand of the trade and Industry for well qualified and trained staff.
In Finland, UK and The Netherlands, there will be an impact on a national level as these three countries are participating (or are strongly related) with their Associations of VET colleges, that are all involved in STEM areas.