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

  • How can you promote multilingualism in science museums?

    Interestingly, “language-free” solutions, such as non-verbal communication, were suggested more often than adding languages to the museum.

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  • Do You Want To Discuss It In Farsi?

    I teach math to group 3 & 4, where several children speak Farsi. In this one instance, one of the students already understood the assignment and another one didn’t. So I said: “Do you want to discuss it in Farsi?”. Four eyes squinted back up at me.

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  • Math: the Universal Language?

    The aim of the ‘home’ project is to explore how caregivers can be empowered through the use of translanguaging strategies. …How can parents and caregivers play a role in previewing certain mathematical concepts in the home language as an introduction to what is learned in class?

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