SySTEM 2020 focusses on STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, art & math) outside the classroom. 

The project researches and documents non-formal and informal STEAM learning by mapping and connecting the European and local field on an organisational level, evaluating transdisciplinary learning programmes and gaining insights in so-called individual 'learning ecologies'.

The project pilots self-evaluation learning tools and aims to design best principles for educators and policymakers on providing inclusive non-formal and informal STEAM education.

Waag develops an online data gathering and visualisation map, which allows for an extensive and widespread overview of non-formal and informal science education on an organisational level. The visualisation, on one hand, allows project partners to better understand and design local learning ecologies, and on the other hand generates relevant data that serves as input for research in order to develop design principles for successful STEAM learning.

Additionally, individual learning is examined by piloting self-evaluation tools for learners. Waag is one of the practice partners piloting the self-evaluation tools within different programmes of our Maker Education lab.

In this project, we collaborate with 10 partners, as well as an additional 11 linked third-party organisations, thereby covering 18 European countries.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 788317.

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Project duration

1 May 2018 - 30 Apr 2021




EU - Horizon 2020 programme


  • Science Gallery Dublin, Ireland
  • Ars Electronica Linz, Austria
  • ECSITE, Brussels, Belgium
  • Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
  • Zentrum für Sociale Innovation, Vienna, Austria
  • Capital of Children, Billund, Denmark
  • Kersnikova Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Museo Nationale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo Da Vinci, Milan, Italy
  • LATRA, Lesbos, Greece
  • Centre for Promotion of Science, Belgrade, Serbia