MESI 4.0 – “Modern Education in Science for Industry 4.0” is a two year (from 01-09-2018 to 31-08-2020, but due to COVID-19 the project was prolonged for 12 month and will continue from 01-09-2018 to 31-08-2021.) international project in which current trends of data exchange, the internet, cloud computing, STEM contents (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Industry 4.0 occur. Those are being analyzed by students and teachers from four participating countries. The issues that are commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution are incorporated in modern education through the project. Main objective of the project: Exchange of Good Practices.
Four secondary schools are taking part in the project. Equal opportunities to participate are given to students aged from 14 to 18. The involved students and teachers are exploring innovative education through the integrated study of natural sciences and mathematics. They are performing experiments and analyzing the data obtained using specialized scientific software. The STEM knowledge acquired is applied to compare the potentiality of each project partner in regional industry. Cloud computing software is used for sharing, structuring, combining, communicating and presenting the results of the tasks implemented in the project.
The timetable of the project includes many activities that are leading to its objectives. The teaching materials (methodology sheets and worksheets for experimental analysis in science and math) are being created. Students are visiting various science centres or factories dealing with Industry 4.0 where they are involved in STEM knowledge tasks. Students are creating a final project about industry in each region and in the last meeting in Lithuania will present the results. They are also making presentations and bilateral webinars about their schools, cities, countries and educational system. There is held a student competition on the best photograph for the topic "Industry 4.0". Participants are creating a poster and a brochure. A project web page and eTwinning is being used for dissemination and sustainability of the project.
The project has improved students' and teachers' digital, communicative and critical thinking and their skills and competences. It also has extended national curriculum related to STEM contents, providing them with better opportunities to continue their study in the third level of education or in practice.
Project coordinator teacher Ilona Kuboňová, Gymnazium Teplice, CZ.