Multi-STEM is a research project that aims to promote the participation of multilingual children in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.
Children with a migration background can encounter obstacles in Dutch education.
Developing multilingual strategies for STEM education
Multi-STEM wants to ensure that multilingual children feel seen and heard, and that they can fully participate in education.
Multilingual children possess knowledge and skills in their home language that are lost in a monolingual Dutch environment.
That’s why Multi-STEM is developing an approach where both Dutch and home languages can be used.
Allowing a child to use all of their languages not only improves school performance, but also ensures that the child feels seen and involved.
Recent Blog Posts
“Ten before half five”: why so complicated? We spoke with multilingual children about how they tell time in Arabic, Turkish, and Dari. What are the similarities and differences between doing this in their home language and in Dutch, and how do they handle this? In what languages do they think about time? We learned from their insights and experiences.
If two brains are better than one, then are two (or more) languages not better than just one? In a meeting with parents and caregivers, Erin experienced how conversations are enriched when people are allowed to use all their languages. “I’d venture to say that without help from multiple languages, it wouldn’t have been possible to have a conversation of such high quality—one where multiple ideas, solutions, and mathematical language were included.”
How can language play a role in the participation of multilingual children in science museums? This is what we asked multilingual children and their families. In particular with science museums, language is vital. As a visitor, you can do and experience fun activities but if you want a more in-depth understanding, you’re going to need language.