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Using retro gaming consoles to revive hands on play and promote STEM

Short Description
Equipping young Europeans with the right skills has been reaffirmed by the 2016 Council Resolution on ‘A New Skills Agenda for an Inclusive and Competitive’ Europe which stated that skills are a pathway to employability and prosperity. However, skills gaps and mismatches are striking, 40% of employers cannot find people with the skills they need, whereas students leave E&T without being sufficiently prepared to enter the labour market. The advent of Industry 4.0 will only make things worse in this regard unless the educational system reacts.
RETROSTEM has as primary objective to produce approaches and tools to help those working with children reach out to them with a view to help them engage with programming and develop STEM related skills. It aims to achieve this not by increasing screen time but by encouraging hands-on play through the creation of games playable on a retro design console in combination with electronic gadgets relating to STEM subjects.
Project Coordinator
Civic Computing Limited
Contact: Mattheos Kakaris
Email: mattheos@civicuk.com 
Project Partners
Politechnika Lodzka
Contact: Przemek Sekalski
Email: sekalski@p.lodz.pl
Ellinogermaniki Agogi Scholi Panagea Savva AE
Contact: Georgios Mavronikolakis
Email: gmavroma@ae.gr
CCS Digital Education Limited
Contact: Anna Stamouli
Email: a.stamouli@ccseducation.com
Coleguil National Pedagogic “Mircea Scarlat”
Contact: Eliza Marinela Sotirescu
Email: elisa.sotirescu@yahoo.com
A & A Emphasys Interactive Solutions Ltd
Contact: Athos Charalambides
Email: info@emphasyscentre.com