STEM Discovery Week 2019 is a joint international initiative that invites projects, organisations and schools across Europe and around the world, to celebrate studies and careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The tagline for this year’s campaign “Best practices in using innovative STEM resources” with the aim to highlight best practices in current STEM teaching across Europe through using innovative resources.
On the STEM Discovery Week 2019 blog, participants of the Scientix and the SYSTEMIC & Scientixcompetitions are invited to report on their STEM Discovery Week activities and actions.
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This blog is also a platform for teachers and other education practitioners to share, exchange and interact about their STEM practices. We encourage you to explore the blog, see others teachers’ examples and get inspiration from the community for your teaching.
I am a vice-principal and a computer science teacher from Turkey. We are organising 3 STEM week activities in 6 Nisan Anadolu Lisesi (6 Nisan Anatolian High School ) between 22.04.2019 and 28.04.2019. Our activities are now in the STEM Discovery Week 2019 Map.
1. Natural Sources
The EU’s definition of bioeconomy is “sustainable production and processing of biomass for food, health products, fibre products, industry, and energy” European Network For Forest Pedagogy, internet-platform that intends to develop as an European-wide forum for information and communication about forest pedagogics, offers basic frames of standards to describe what is required in order to deliver environmental education for sustainable development. The standard describes six steps of pedagogical approaches with activities to increase environmental maturity; learn to enjoy outdoors, experience and observe nature, understand the ecological web, understand the interplay between man and nature, make decisions on environmental issues, be responsible for nature.
A three day STEM event took place in Petra Preradović Elementary School. The project was organized in cooperation with associations and organizations that promote the popularization of science and technology.
These are Scientix, FabLab, CARNET, the Croatian Community of Technical Culture, Smartplay and Bioteka.
The aim of the project was to popularize science in the educational system and to develop the skills and competences of students in the field of technology and information and communication sciences in a fun and educational way.
On the first day, 27th of March, three workshops were organised for teachers: FabLab makerspace robotic workshop, The scientific method of teaching workshop and a talk held by the famous Croatian astronomer Korado Korlević
On the second and third days, 28th and 29th of March, workshops were held for children in the open space of our school yard: there was a combination of science (biology, physics), technology (FabLab, Makerspace, SmartPlay), engineering (The Croatian community for technical education) and mathematics. Art was represented in the creative outputs of all participants.
Over 800 pupils from 10 schools attended the event. It was a great success as can be seen in the following e-book:
It’s a regular day in a school with defined timetable where subjects are taught in isolation by different subject teachers. You attend a biology class, a chemistry class or a math class and the content seems disconnected to the students. They are studying the topics, attempt an assessment on the same and eventually forget the learning. How do you show to the students that all the content is integrated?
You brainstorm with your teachers who feel the same. They want learning to be deep and long lasting and ‘STEMAGIC‘ is born inspired by the STEM Discovery Week. An attempt to connect topics with each other through meaningful projects chosen by students. We discuss technology, discoveries around us with the students and ask them to research and create it. In the process, they understand the STEM principles around it and connect it to their regular school curriculum.
This activity has been carried out by a group of fourth-degree students of the ‘IES L’ALLUSSER’ secondary school.
We started the project reading an article about the possibility of building a station on the moon. The objective was to use this station to future expeditions to Mars. In the beginning, four people could live in the station.
The students started to draw their plans to scale. They based their calculations in the real mesures (we extracted the information from the article that we had read). They drew a plan using ‘GeoGebra’ (a dynamic mathematics software). At the end we made the scale model with ‘Tinkercad’ ( a 3D modelling tool), we converted the file into ‘stl’ format and we printed it.