Lithuania implemented 19 pilots in schools across the country and actively involved – the highest number of all countries – 2790 students and 130 teachers. Teachers applied the pilots in their schools, adjusting the suggested good practices to fit their classroom needs. Another 138 teachers were involved during the five coaching sessions of the pilots, while dissemination included a broad range of schools and partners’ networks.
This impressive participation number can be explained by the active involvement of the Education Development Centre (EDC), which is part of the school mechanism policy-wise in Lithuania and highlights the significance policymakers can make. Teachers in Lithuania, like in some cases in Germany, preferred to work in teams with colleagues. The highlight of the pilots was implemented by Šiauliai Didždvaris gymnasium, who organised a five-day long Science camp called "Eureka", where 63 students from Šiauliai city were involved in inquiry-based and hands-on activities. The camp was so successful that every weekend the school organises a one-day science camp.
The pilots in Lithuania were organised by the Education Development Centre (EDC), who is implementing "Project Innovative Teacher – Motivated Student: Collaborative Problem Solving" funded by ERASMUS+ KA2. One of the intellectual outcomes is an in-service teacher training programme (40 academic hours) which has a STEAM module and where EDC refers to the MARCH good practices (pdf).
You can find out more about the individual Lithuanian pilots implemented in each school and the coach sessions here (pdf). For the full report on the Pilots, including pilots in other countries, pictures, evaluation and conclusions from the pilots, you can download it here (pdf).