2020 STEM Discovery Campaign – Best practices of (remote) STEM teaching

The 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign is a joint international initiative organized by Scientix that invites projects, organisations, libraries, schools, universities and youth clubs across Europe and around the world to celebrate careers and studies in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The tagline for this year’s campaign is “Innovative Trends in Education”. The main goal of the STEM Discovery Campaign is to showcase the magnitude of the efforts teachers and other people interested in STEM education make teaching STEM Subjects.

Everyone who would like to share the stories of implementation of STEM (online) activities in the (virtual) classroom are invited to do it on 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign blog. In response to the current situation, we are also very happy to welcome articles with tips and resources that teachers use to organise their online classes.

Publishing an online post on our blog will be considered as an activity for the STEM Discovery Campaign, therefore, everyone who wants to submit a blog or article first must fill in the Activity and Action Submission Form.

If you don’t have an account on the STEM Discovery Campaign blog, please contact the blog moderator Martyna Bajorinaite at martyna.bajorinaite@eun.org and she will create an account for you.

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This blog is also a platform for all the education community to share, exchange and interact about the best practices of teaching STEM subjects. We encourage you to explore the blog, read about others teachers’ examples and get inspired!

Computer Science Week

Date: 10 – 14 February 2020

Organized by: Gjorgjina Dimova and Maja Videnovic
Primary schools: Strasho Pindjur  – Negotino and Krste Misirkov – Skopje

Materials used: Computers, Egg cartons, colored paper, worksheets, Power Point, Scratch, Kahoot, Excel, QR code reader.

More on: nedelanainformatikata.wordpress.com and dig-ed.org.

Computer Science Week is an event organized in primary schools to:

  • increase students’ interest in studying Computer Science and coding,
  • improve their knowledge in coding,
  • involve younger students into coding through playful unplugged activities,
  • teach students how to stay safe online and be good online friend.

The idea for the event has arised from our belief that every student can learn computer science with carefully chosen and interesting activities, that can raise its interest and motivation.

As the idea of Escape Room has been very popular lately among the students, it was really provoking to try to find a way to use it in educational way. The Educational Escape Room was designed as an experience in which students had to solve a combination of puzzles in a limited amount of time in order to win in the game. The puzzles of the escape room were arranged as a treasure hunt – each puzzle unlocked the next one. The designed educational escape room combined computer-based and physical puzzles, in order to create a highly engaging activity without compromising its educational value. Puzzles consisted of information from Computer Science but also encouraged improving students’ knowledge and skills through teamwork, communication, collaboration, and learning from each other.

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Generation Z Global Citizen fighting for the future (Citi. Gen Z+)

Author: Panagiota Argyri

The rapidly evolving modern society makes the role of the school crucial to prepare young people for the transition to the labor market, and above all to equip them with the knowledge, attitudes and skills to play an active role as future citizens in actions and decisions that will have a positive impact. Teachers can cultivate students’ curiosity and provide them with the tools and resources to ask, understand, participate and make the importance of sustainability known. This understanding strengthens individual and collective action in the local, national and international level.

Students research and decide for the sustainable society of the future as global citizens of the modern world (CITI.GEN Z+)

Message for Global Citizen

The first word citi.gen is a combination of the world citizen and generation, Z is the name of the current generation and + refers to all the future generations. We chose this name because it fully expresses our cause: Help the members of the new generations to become the global citizens of tomorrow.

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Learning mathematics with Covid-19

Author: Panagiota Argyri

Are you STEM teacher and look for lesson plans or materials to share with your students, while schools are closed? Do you think that learning mathematics are strongly connected with real world? Are you worried to give explanations to you students for the global pandemic, called “Covid-19”?

Our classroom is away from us but we can bring it close to us by exploiting the new technologies’ affordances on distance learning and through up-to-date and important issues create incentives for learning and exploitation of knowledge we teach in the national curriculum, even with our schools closed.

I, Ms Panagiota Argyri, by exploiting the digital tools on distance teaching and learning of the European project Golab, created the inquiry learning space Mathematical Aproach Covid-19 Into Global Community.

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Netiquette through robotic activity

Author: Imen Taktak

Digital technologies provide us with a world of possibilities at our fingertips. Never before have we enjoyed so many opportunities to learn, exchange, participate and create. Yet, the Internet also opens up certain risks to its users – especially the most vulnerable ones, such as children: privacy concerns, cyberbullying, disinformation, exposure to potentially harmful content and predatory behaviours, to quote but a few.

We designed a STEM activity whose slogan “Together to have a better Internet” using the microcontroller micro:bit. In fact, we coded a Robot with three sensors for line fellower and one sensor for obstacle detector.

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Mitosis vs Meiosis: an online science lesson

My name is Teresita Gravina and I am a Math and Science Teacher in IC De Amicis- Da Vinci a lower secondary school in Caserta, Italy.

Due to the Covid19 emergency the school in my region are closed since 5th of March. We had to move our lesson to online platform in one night without bring nothing from school laboratory. Since then I am working hard, trying to do my best, to ensure the best learning experience for my students. This is a national emergency and everyone can participate doing what he/she can, I am a teacher, so I teach 😀

When the school closed I was to begin to introduce cell and their functions to my 6 grade students. I am used to include in every topic a practical activity and students in general loves it (not always the same for the parents) so I decided to organize an activity about mitosis, meiosis and their differences. I organized the activity thanks to a Google module. In this you can add photo, ask question and receive answers, send an assessment and students can share with you their files. You can have a look at the activity here, and if you want to use it, please let me know and I will invite you to modify it and use in your class (remote or real).

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