Supporting teaching and learning
The STEAM Foundation NPC is a Non-Profit Company and registered NPO and PBO which improves the quality of science education by supporting practical science teaching and learning through the professional development of educators in under-resourced South African schools.
Established in 2017 with seed funding from the Siemens Stiftung, the latest project was also supported by WP Schmitz Stiftungen and the Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development, Germany.
STEAM knows that confident, knowledgeable educators are key to success. Since many South African educators did not themselves experience effective science teaching when they were learners, it is critical that we provide educators with a safe space to experience an inquiry-based and co-operative learning approach to science teaching which they can then implement in their own classrooms.
The STEAM Foundation creates and adapts CAPS-aligned materials to enable educators to teach key scientific concepts and inspires them to be passionate and confident in their teaching abilities. All materials are licensed with Creative Commons licenses and are Open Education Resources.
STEAM focuses on developing educators’ resilience, empowering them to handle big classes and create positive learning environments.
Educators who participate in STEAM training can earn professional development points from the South African Council for Educators (SACE) as STEAM is a registered SACE Provider and these materials are also accredited.