Vincent Villanueva and classmates working with robots during the STEAM project
Students from six European countries came to Internationella Engelska Skolan Kista for a week of learning through technology.
IES Kista is part of the Erasmus STEAM Embassies project and welcomed teachers and children from Turkey, Ireland, Romania, Latvia and Italy, who are collaborating to share their technology curriculum as the students all learn together.
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths, with the six schools taking part are focussing on the different areas.
The focus during the week at IES Kista was on technology, with students taking part in workshops and a science fair. Students also learnt about Scratch and Microbit programming as well as 3D printing.
Vincent Villanueva of class 7C at IES Kista said: “I am very glad that I took part in this project, it has been beneficial. Meeting people from other countries is interesting because they have a different way of learning. You get to teach them about your country and they teach you about theirs, it is an exchange of knowledge. The most interesting thing about any country is how it differs from yours.
“I have done a lot of coding and 3D printing. 3D printing is fun, it looks like the shapes will only exist in your computer, but when you print it out it is real and tangible.”
Carl-Johan Agebratt (pictured right, third from left) of class 8C at IES Kista also took part in the project. He said: “I have learnt a lot of things, with different points of view. I thought it would be about chemistry labs and white coats and not necessarily that I would meet a lot of interesting new people.
“When we went to Turkey we had a language barrier, because not many people knew English, so we had a barrier to cross or go around by pointing at things and using Google translate and having faith in each other.”
Students from other countries who came to visit IES Kista enjoyed their stay at the school and the chance to learn more about technology, as well as about life in Sweden.
Andreea Mogosanu from Romania said: “It is great here, they have a lot of new things that we don’t have in Romania. I like to see other countries, I can make new friends and try my English with others. I can explore the culture of other countries, how everything works in schools.
“I learned how to make programmes and how to work with new inventions, it could be good for a future career, I would like to do something that involves technology and maths.”
Curtis Nolan (above, second from right), 11, visited IES Kista from Ireland. He said: “Everybody is so different, but also the same, everyone has their own cultural and religious ways. I enjoyed 3D printing, I like maths and code. Making new things and having them appear in front of your eyes is rewarding.”
IES Kista’s Head of Science, Mr Joshua Houpt, said: “The visiting kids learned more about science and technology, and also have lived in another country for a week.
“When IES Kista visited the school taking part from Turkey the students stayed with host families, so they got to experience what life and education are like in that country, and to get a different perspective on the world. By the end of the week they were drinking Turkish tea with the family and communicating in English.”
Students from the various countries, including those from IES Kista, will meet again in Ireland in June for the next stage of the project.