In the year celebrating 75 years of organized and continuous work in a technical culture in the Republic of Croatia, after the City of Dubrovnik Association of Technical Culture and its secretary Tomo Sjekavica received the annual State Awards of Technical Culture “Faust Vrančić” for 2020, they were approved and the first EU project called Du STEM with UR Institute as one of the partners.

City of Dubrovnik Association of Technical Culture will implement the project for 2 years in cooperation with partners Universal Research Institute UR, University of Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva County Association of Technical Culture and Futura IT Club and associates Nave Dumins Modeling Institute, Argosy Ship Modeling Association, Aeroclub Nimbus and Maritimo Recycling.

Through this project, the most modern STEM equipment will be procured, which will be used in numerous educational programs, workshops, festivals, and other activities, especially for children and young people, but also the general population.

Our fellow Dbbrovnik citizens can expect an abundant program through 2 years of project implementation: from the Club of Young Scientists, Bioelectronic Academy, STEM playroom, Du STEM festival, workshops on marine plastics and recycling, robotics and programming, Robo.DU Day, summer schools of shipbuilding, aeronautics, 3D printing, scanning, and modeling, to augmented reality workshops (VR and holograms), Arduino and Raspberry Pi, renewable energy sources, and much more… Apart from Dubrovnik, some workshops and activities will be held throughout the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

With this project, we will continue to invest in the development of the potential of local children and youth and the further development of cooperation with the City of Dubrovnik Association of Technical Culture and partner associations.

The value of this project for the local community is also visible in the context of sustainability because a rich program is based on the development of the capacity of new young STEM educators.

Du STEM project is funded by a grant in the total amount of HRK 2,660,083.07, of which 85% is co-financed from the European Social Fund and 15% from the State Budget of the Republic of Croatia under the call UP. “Strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations to popularize STEM”.