Research Synthesis STEM Schools

Many schools in Germany are focusing on expanding STEM subjects (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, technology). The STEM-Schools project provides suggestions on how schools can ideally design STEM focal points and shows how these affect students' competencies, interests and career orientation. The basis is a research synthesis on the topic with an overview of the international state of research. This is supplemented by an analysis of 24 schools with a STEM focus in Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony. The aim is to provide teachers and schools with ideas for STEM development at their own schools based on best-practice examples.

Research Questions

  • How can STEM foci be successfully established in schools?
  • What makes existing STEM foci in schools stand out?
  • How are STEM focuses at schools related to the acquisition of competencies by students?


In order to create ideal framework conditions for STEM schools, an interplay of various factors is necessary:

  • Human resources in the form of dedicated teachers and supportive school administrators
  • Changes to the school curriculum Systematic further development of teaching
  • Provision of additional offerings and making available the necessary material resources.