STEAM Hub (MINT&ART)
The STEM and Arts (STEAM) Hub (MINT&ART) project is an initiative under the “SMEs for Innovation“ pillar of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It aims to provide small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with outreach activities in STEAM fields, with better prerequisites for developing their own innovation activities as well as new business models. A central element is a two-day ‘Innovation Forum’, an initial stimulus for forming networks that extend the partner structure or forming permanent close cooperations with other networks.
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A network for knowledge transfer and innovative business models for the communication of STEM and Arts (STEAM)
The STEM and Arts (STEAM) Hub (MINT&ART) project is an initiative under the “SMEs for Innovation“ pillar of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It aims to provide small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the fields of science marketing and media, with better prerequisites for developing their own innovation activities as well as new business models. These activities would in turn aspire to make science subjects such as mathematics and computer science attractive to young people; thus encouraging them to pursue education and careers in the mathematical sciences or technical fields.
The initiative will support the cooperation between business and science by establishing networks that lead to sustainable strategic alliances. The network will feature science museums, academic and research institutions, professional societies, companies and foundations. A central element of this initiative, is a two-day ‘Innovation Forum’ that will highlight innovative ideas with strong business plans, which would stimulate the formation of successful co-operations within and outside this network, as well as the terms of reference for the network.
Goals of the STEAM Hub project:
Establish a network of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with outreach activities in STEAM fields
Develop and promote ideas and technologies for novel and complex scientific exhibits (physical, interactive and virtual) in STEAM disciplines, in cooperation with SMEs and scientific institutions
Create an open web platform as a modern tool for science communication and science management (information and knowledge exchange, network for joint projects, marketing platform for own products)
Identify ways of making STEAM disciplines attractive to young audiences
Organize an ‘Innovation Forum’ with participating SMEs and other partners
Project Innovation Themes
Four innovation categories are planned:
Hardware innovations (design and implementation of mechanical technologies)
Software innovations (creation of software-based exhibits, educational games, operating systems for interactive museums)
Hot topics (content and technologies trends, exhibits on algorithms, big data, bioinformatics, AI, networked systems, data security, mathematics & music, etc.)
Marketing innovations (type of mediation, e. g. interactivity, citizen science, augmented/virtual reality, crowd science communication)