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

  • “One doesn’t need to cancel the other out”

    Anyone who needs a translator will never learn Dutch. Translation apps are for people who don’t want to learn the language. These statements can still be heard in the corners of school hallways in 2023, even amongst professionals working with multilingual families. Nevertheless, here’s a gentle plea for a society in which translation and the will to learn Dutch both have a place.

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  • How home languages made math click

    You learn Dutch by using Dutch, or so I was always told. But is this really true? Hanneke Baart is a teacher of newcomer students and in her experience, the use of the home language can actually increase their understanding of Dutch. When she started looking into this concept, she discovered that researchers had already given it a name: translanguaging.

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  • How we talk about language matters: #taalachterstand

    ‘Taalachterstand’ is a controversial word that is often associated with children from minority backgrounds in Dutch schools. Here we present four reasons why we should stop using this word. This is especially important if we are policymakers or educators whose words impact the lives of children and families with a minoritized linguistic background.

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