In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” (National Science Foundation)
Young people seem less and less interested in studying mathematics, sciences and technology.Thus, EU is prioritising the coding/computational thinking and digital competence as integration with other subjects (e.g.mathematics, sciences).Introducing students to a STEM-based curriculum will be beneficial for the students future. In the current technological era, there will be a greater need for jobs in technical fields which means that getting students interested in science and mathematics will help lead them to success. "MET Inside" project also aims to engage participants in E-STEM also called as GREEN STEM which focuses on providing in depth science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as environmental science.
Computational thinking (CT) is a problem-solving process that includes some characteristics, such as logically ordering and analyzing data and creating solutions using a series of ordered steps (or algorithms), and dispositions, such as the ability to confidently deal with complexity and open-ended problems. CT is essential to the development of computer applications, but it can also be used to support problem-solving across all disciplines, including math, science, and the humanities. Students who learn CT across the curriculum can begin to see a relationship between subjects as well as between school and life outside of the classroom.In high school, students can be taught more advanced computational thinking, preparing them for a 21st century job.
Unfortunately, in Europe most high schools don't offer any robotics programs or the ones have are typically offering robotics as a club.However ;the majority of jobs will be transformed with robotics literacy and strong tech skills."MET Inside" aims to prepare students for the future increasing their ability to be creative and innovative thinkers and it gives high importance like increasing attainment,improving the quality, strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation. Learning robotics during high school can also help to encourage more girls to become interested in the STEM field.
Eurostat reports that 37% of Europeans have no computer skills and less than 20% of ICT practitioners in the EU are women.According to a survey conducted by Girls Who Code, the percentage of women in computing will fall from 24% to 22% in 2025. One of the main mission of this project is to encourage young girls to take interest in technology and change the people’s perception of coding as "uncool" and "for boys only."