Our purpose

All participants in the STEMSiL consortium have a particular interest in the education of deaf children and are strongly motivated to contribute to the enrichment of teaching tools.


In the era of rapid changing technology, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) studies and careers still fail to attract interest while the gap in labour-market needs in STEM-related sectors remains significant. The deaf and hard of hearing, remain even more underrepresented in the STEM fields as the lack of visually accessible language in early and school education leaves a high percentage of deaf children lagging non-deaf peers in educational outcomes and is shown to pose serious issues for STEM learning.

The literature review some facts that teachers and experts have already experienced:

  • Deaf students are under-enrolled in STEM classes fail to connect with STEM.
  • Many of the teachers of the Deaf have limited preparation to teach STEM content, use inconsistent instructional strategies, and the modifications provided to deaf STEM learners are limited.
  • Language issues frequently hinder communication between teachers and deaf students, as teachers are often not well prepared to teach disciplines like STEM and limit discussions around concepts with which they do not feel comfortable.
  • Deaf students may think about STEM concepts in fundamentally different ways from hearing students, possibly due to lack of exposure to science through popular media that may be less accessible or inaccessible to deaf individuals.

Consequently, even when they make it to tertiary education, deaf students have to work with hearing faculty, lacking experience with deaf students and awareness of Deaf culture, which unintentionally impacts their research experiences in STEM. Deaf students are faced with challenges such as learning different signs for the same STEM concept or signs that are not easily comprehensible and conceptually inaccurate.

As a response to these challenges, ‘STEMSiL’ comes to fill in this void having a threefold aim as it’s described below

Project Aims

Teacher support

Support teachers improve STEM education for deaf students by addressing directly their needs which are connected with the lack of effective and well-defined strategies for teaching and learning STEM, provide them with skills and confidence in delivering STEM education to deaf students and make knowledge and tools available for transmitting the main STEM concepts into the Sign Language.

Methodology and tools

Innovative methodology development for supporting deaf students better comprehend the nuances of STEM terminology. One of several ways can be achieved through a unique Sign Language online visual glossaries, together with several supporting tools for teachers and Sign Language interpreters.


Allow deaf students to practice what they have learnt through the project, by developing their own STEM projects with STEM kits provided by the project.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

Project number: KA2020-SCH-000087039