To drive and champion education and science communication, inspiring the leaders of tomorrow in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the outreach team of the Ameloot Group piloted their first major workshop at the International School of Leuven (ISL) on November 24.
The Teach STEM BE is one of the science outreach initiatives by our research group. It is a grassroots initiative aimed at inspiring the youth to explore and discover STEM as part of their learning experience. The project also aims to provide access to innovative learning materials to the less fortunate and promote accessible and equitable science and technology education.
With the talented learners reinforced by their multicultural background, the ISL is selected as one of the pilot schools for this science outreach initiative. The half-day session focused on additive manufacturing (3D printing) and its use for real-life applications. The crew brought a polymer-based (plastic) 3D printer to showcase its use in engineering, healthcare, and biotechnology applications. The team also demonstrated using a chocolate printer to make the experience much more enjoyable, experiential, and interactive.
After the learning session with the group’s scientists, the outreach team prepared modules for the students and teachers and trained them to operationalize the machine with the learners for two more weeks. With the support of KU Leuven, the group will seek funding to further expand its reach to other schools and underprivileged communities in Flanders, Belgium, and beyond.