Dr. Hristina Petrova
University of Plovdiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Abstract. STEM technology is an innovative educational technology. It refers to development of the students’ intellectual abilities, to constructive and cognitive-researching activity and to technical work. There are presented basic didactic aspects, connected with the applying of the STEM technology in Science education. The emphasis is put on practical tasks with problematic character. They allow 21st century competencies to be formed, such as creativity, communication skills, teamwork and critical thinking. Organization of the educational process, educational work forms and teacher’s new pedagogical role are also presented. Educational simulations and robots are looked at as didactic means of putting the STEM technology into practice while studying Science, in particular Physics.
Keywords: project-based learning; STEM technology; science education; 21st century skills