Alp Aviation
Making a glider

Within the scope of the Scientix Project, we, 30 Ağustos Secondary School, carried out a two-day project called Flight Mode on STEM Education Discovery Week between 22-30 April 2019 in order to encourage students to interrogate, investigate, produce and make inventions in European countries.

The general purposes of our project are; to instil the love of aviation to our students, to increase their knowledge about aviation and to have knowledge about the branches of aviation. In order to realize our goals, we have brought together the four important disciplines of STEM education by associating the developing aviation industry and technologies of our country with Science and Mathematics courses.

In order to bring together these four basic and important disciplines, we have collaborated with Alp Aviation, Anadolu University and also with Hezarfen Aviation and Space Club operating in Eskişehir Osmangazi University. Thanks to our collaborations, we had the opportunity to bring together engineers, scientists and university students who work in the aviation industry with our students.

Anatolian University Aviation Park
Anatolian University Aviation Park

On the first day of our project, paper planes, glider construction, model airplane design, basic parts of airplane and airplane electronics and aerodynamic applications were carried out by science teachers, mathematics teachers and Hezarfen Aviation and Space Club students with the participation of all our students. One of these activities “High Flyers: Building a glider with everyday materials (Aeronautic Engineering)” (http://www.scientix.eu/resources/details?resourceId=4129) Scientix was done using the Scientix lesson plans. On the second day of our project, we attended a technical tour of Alpine aviation facilities with our students. There, the engineers and our students exchanged ideas about the aviation industry and technologies. A trip to the facility was made and information was given about the production stages of the parts produced by the company. In addition, a discussion on career planning and career selection was carried out. After this technical trip we made an educational trip at Anadolu University Aviation Park and Museum. In this workshop, atmospheric pressure, air sticking balls, air ball hanging in the air, propeller plane, wing aerodynamics and 3D virtual flight experience activities were realized and airplane equipment was introduced.

Glider aerodynamic
The main parts of the plane

Thanks to the activities and excursions realized in our project, our students; they have experienced all the steps of STEM education by following the same path as scientists, project developers, inventors and engineers who were always inquiring, investigating, producing. Students developed 21st century knowledge and skills (Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication and Creativity) because they had an active role in activities, group work and new products. As a result of the project, the students stated that information and technologies related to aviation were made more concrete by means of STEM activities. It was also observed that learning by experiencing fun during activities and trips increased the interest in science and technology.

Model plane
Paper plane
We are on flight mode, what about you?
Flight Mode Project Video

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Semih Esendemir, a science teacher, was born in 1986 in Eskişehir. He graduated from Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Science and Technology Education Department. He started his work life in Hakkari Çağdaş Yaşam Kız YİBO in 2009 and worked at Alpu Bozan Veli Topçu Secondary School, Alpu Public Education Center and 30 Ağustos Secondary School respectively. He worked as an executive at Alpu Bozan Veli Topcu Secondary School and Alpu Public Education Center. Esendemir was chosen delegates to Turkey with his project "Ionic Bonding Puzzle" at the Science on Stage Festival organized by Turkey in the 3rd National Science Festival and also between 31 October 2019 - 03 November 2019, he was entitled to represent his country at the Science on Stage Europe Science Festival and Contest which will be held in Portugal. In recent years, he has participated in TÜBİTAK and MEB teacher trainings and continues his personal and professional development. Teacher trainings attended by TÜBİTAK and Ministry of National Education: • Water Literacy Training for Teachers with TUBITAK Project WET Activities • TUBITAK Teachers and Academicians interact interactively with Virtual Reality Technologies • Teacher Training with TÜBİTAK Astronomy Models • TÜBİTAK Teachers Develop Interactive E-Books • TÜBİTAK Training Bag: Using Web 2.0 Tools in Education • EU Project Preparation Techniques Course • Project Preparation Methods and Techniques Course • New Approaches in Education Course • Intelligence Games Course The details of the events, training and projects attended by Esendemir are on the https://esendemirsemih.blogspot.com/ blog page.

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