Thank you!

200 inspirational blog posts by 94 different educators all around the world have now been published on the #STEMDiscoveryWeek blog! That’s amazing and it is all thanks to all those dedicated educators who have contributed to this blog with original articles about their activities. Big thanks go to everyone who have blogged here and/or supported this year’s campaign in any other way!

No new entries will be published from now on (until next year?), but you are still able to read all the posts that have been published so far for inspiration and ideas here! You can also still comment on those posts that have been published and engage in discussions with other bloggers here.

Please make sure you keep your account details and login for next year! This is the first time that participants in the campaign are invited to blog about their activities as part of the STEM Discovery Week, and it has clearly been successful as interest from educators shows. The blog is a perfect platform for sharing ideas, perhaps for the years to come as part of the STEM Discovery Week?

This year’s edition of the STEM Discovery Week is a record holder in terms of its participants’ level of interest and engagement. There were:

  • Over 800 activities organized,
  • in 40 countries across Europe and the world,
  • 200 blog posts already published on the STEM Discovery Week blog by 94 different authors,
  • more than 120,000 teachers, pupils and other people participating in activities.

Can we make STEM Discovery Week 2019 even more successful?

Stay tuned for news about the STEM Discovery Week on the online portal of Scientix, the community for science education in Europe, here.

See you next year!

Industry as a role model to inquiry-based method at school

I want to describe my experience of the STEM Discovery Week 2018. In addition to my job as a teacher, I also work as a teachers’ trainer at the Faculty of Science Education at Technion, the Israel Institute of Science and Technology.
During the STEM Discovery Week, I did an activity with pre-service teachers and students from the 9th grade, who came to Technion for a visit.

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Renewable energy of the future

Hello!
My name is Stella Magid-Podolsky. I want to tell about my experience during the STEM Discovery Week at my school in Israel. The activity took place at the 8th grade.
During two days, students from the 8th grade science class learned, explored and checked alternatives to regular energy usage. Students were divided into teams, in which each team worked on a different source of renewable energy. On the second day of the activity, each team presented their research and outcomes to the audience of students and teachers.
The students’ reflection on this activity was great. This activity took place instead of a final exam and the students informed me that they liked this kind of assessment very much. During the activity, the students had a chance to express variety of skills, such as creativity, team work, brainstorming and presentation skills…..all skills that are so important in the 21st century.
Also, as a teacher, I enjoyed this activity very much!!!!!!
I had the chance not only be a transformer of knowledge, but also a mentor of every team.
Hope to do more activities as this one. The experience was great!!!

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STEM in primary school, great opportunity for students and teachers

The STEM Discovery Week 2018 was a great opportunity for primary school teachers from School Elena Doamna, from Tecuci, Romania, to use STEM methodologies to study natural disasters.

During the entire week, students studied avalanches, earthquakes, floods, winds and tornadoes, landslides and erosion, forest fires and volcanoes. By making use of STEM methodologies, they experimented, built and learned in a different, but much more interesting, way about natural processes that take place all around us and sometimes affect people’s lives. Parents participated in the activities, visited the hall where the final products were exhibited, listened to the explanations of the children and the information discovered by studying in the most varied forms.

On Thursday, school teachers presented in a workshop their STEM plans to teachers from other schools invited to this event. A great opportunity was the presentation made by some guests about robotics and robots. All were enthusiastic and excited about what they were doing.

On Friday, the last day of SDW 2018, 430 students from primary schools participated in a flash-mob called SAY YES TO STEM, because students wanted to attract the attention of teachers and researchers to move towards this approach in Romanian education. 

 

Build your own city

This activity is designed to connect STEM and Arts subjects, as a part of the CREATIONS project.

The main aim of the activity is at putting students’ knowledge of geometry objects and their properties into a real world context. Pupils of different ages, knowledge, sex and abilities participated in it. As part of this activity, students can deepen their interest in mathematics and other STEM subjects, and maybe even choose to become architects or engineers later in life, thus influencing their future professional orientation.

While the students created their own city, they also learned important mathematical concepts that will help them throughout life. Although this activity focuses on the subject of geometry, there are so many other elements of learning, including inquiry-based learning, problem-solving, collaboration, communication, independent learning, and more. There are also some components of social studies, writing, drawing, making collages, painting, recycling, researching about sustainability, problem solving and comprehension.

Students created a city using 2D and 3D geometry, practising with both plain and solid geometry. 

This was a three months long project, with many workshops and activities, including:

  • Making 2D paper collages with triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons and circles.
  • Making paintings of the city.
  • Brainstorming about how to make models and what the model of our city should look like, what is needed in the city, how we can build it, which materials we can use, how the city will be supplied with food, water and energy, and how it can become sustainable.
  • Workshop at the Faculty of architecture (this was an activity organised within the #STEM Discovery week 2018).
  • A Skype interview with a civil engineer about sustainable energy and wind turbines.
  • Making 3D Models of the city.
  • A peer learning workshop, in which our students held a workshop presenting geometry collages to other students in Belgrade.
  • A workshop at the Centre for the promotion of science in Belgrade, in which we created 3D models by using 3D printers for wind turbines and 3D pens for houses. We also had the chance to visit the Technical Fair in Belgrade and check all new solutions and the principles of work for 3D printers. You can read more about this visit here.

See also the pictures from all phases of our project and all the workshop on Sway here below.