About the project
21st Century Students
The Erasmus+ project, 21st Century Students – Promoting Digital Manufacturing and Design (DM&D) in Schools, aims to prepare students for the Industry 4.0 revolution through the development of a 21st Century Students ‘Learner Academy’, focused on exposing school students to digital manufacturing environments and expert-led learning experiences on Digital Modelling, Fabrication and Automation.
Moving into the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, manufacturing companies are rapidly harnessing revolutionary digital design, fabrication, and automation technologies. This dramatic uptake of new technologies and digital methodologies and current inability of the education sector to keep up with the fast pace of change has caused a gap to form between education and industry. This gap is exacerbated by limited innovation in learning systems, putting increasing pressure on educators to be responsive to industry progress. To ensure the next generation of manufacturing workers are prepared for the needs of the future, action needs to be taken.
According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), there is a growing disconnect between education systems and labour markets, and most of today’s children will work in new jobs that do not yet exist. In effect, the WEF have launched the ‘Education 4.0’ initiative calling for all school’s stakeholders to take action in transforming primary and secondary education as a response to Industry 4.0. The content of learning for young people as well as the mechanisms by which it is delivered should be shifted to mirror the needs of the future of the manufacturing industry, upskilling teachers as the key stakeholder whose adaptation has a multiplier effect on future generations.
The 21st Century Students Erasmus+ project is grounded on the premise that students of all abilities can improve their STEM skills through digital manufacturing & design (DM&D), in response to Industry 4.0, & in order to create young people who are ready for a digital-driven world of work. The project will foster the creativity and innovation skills of pupils through hands-on and technology-based digital manufacturing tools to drive STEM education in non-traditional ways. It will promote teaching experiences that are aligned to the modern workplace, by creating similar environments through the use of technologies and tools that are endemic to Industry 4.0.
Funding Quote: 100%
Project Total Grant: € 350,595.00
Funding Programme: Erasmus+
South West College (United Kingdom)
International Hellenic University (Greece)
Platon M.E.P.E (Greece)
SC Ludor Engineering SRL (Romania)
European Institute for Innovation – Technology (Germany)
Centro de Formación Somorrostro (Spain)
The objectives of the 21st Century Students project are to:
Create a transnational network of 7 educators and digital manufacturing experts, working collaboratively to promote effective STEM learning in the schools sector, subsequently driving the skills and capabilities required to deal with industrial complexities.
Prepare students for the Industry 4.0 revolution through the development of a 21st Century Students ‘Learner Academy’, focused on exposing school students to digital manufacturing environments and expert-led learning experiences on Digital Modelling, Fabrication and Automation.
To develop an openly accessible ‘Digital Manufacturing Learning Lab’ to support the effective delivery of DM&D education both within & beyond the classroom learning environment, and provide a forum for supporting groups of educators to grow their craft in collaboration with one another
To strengthen the capacity all organisations working in schools education to instil quality STEM, enabling them to lead the way in Industry 4.0 education & meet the needs of an increasingly digital manufacturing sector.