Offering Multiple Entry-Points into STEM for Young People

  • Wilfried Lepuschitz
  • Gottfried Koppensteiner
  • Munir MerdanEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 457)


Enrollment in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) is not keeping pace with the need. Recent reports indicate a decrease in the number of graduates from STEM fields and a shortage on the job market. Considering these issues, particular attention has been paid developing innovative methods and tools for improved teaching of STEM themes. This work presents an approach involving multiple entry points for young people to engage in the STEM fields. This approach is manifested in the non-profit association Practical Robotics Institute Austria (PRIA) with its activities designed to fill STEM gaps in the Austrian education system and to bring innovative engagement that cannot be found in the classrooms. Thus, STEM literacy is fostered as well as the development of systems thinking, problem solving, and teamwork skills.


STEM After-school program Camps Workshops Non-profit association Research Education 



The authors acknowledge the financial support from the European Unions Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 665972.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wilfried Lepuschitz
    • 1
  • Gottfried Koppensteiner
    • 1
  • Munir Merdan
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Practical Robotics Institute AustriaViennaAustria

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