This Play Decide gives an overview on aims and strategies for science camps to collaborate with stakeholders, regional companies and academic institutions.
Collaboration with local companies (especially SME), regional academic institutions, and other stakeholders of science camps is a crucial part of the success of the camps. On one hand the stakeholders share the interests of the camps and – being sponsors - control the financial operations and the outcomes. On the other hand the camps need partners in “reality” of the scientific and engineering field to test their approaches, to show practice and to have persons to be invited to the camps functioning as models and as discussion partners.
How these partners work together, what expectations they individually have and what visions they share is not always clear. Very often time is lacking to share the aims. By examining existing science camps or other activities like competitions, the Scicamp project consortium (http://sciencecamps.eu)has wanted to evaluate those methods, which are most rewarding. Beside this it has been also interesting to get information about hindering facts and misconceptions of the stakeholders. Making these points open and enabling a discussion, helps existing and further out-of-school STEM activities to organize and optimize their work.
Making a Play Decide for Science Camps based in real testimonials from science camps organisers and doing it open to the public will foster a wide development of out-of-school activities in STEM-Education. It also provides models for schools to orientate in their collaboration with stakeholders like companies or industry. It can also influence the collaboration between schools and institutions of third phase of education (academic or vocational training) to help more young people to decide for a career in STEM-professions.
The Science Camp project has been funded with support of the European comission (Project N°: 527525-LLP-1-2012-1-DE-COMENIUS-CNW)