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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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.

ORGAN DONATION – DEBATE

Elementary school “Stanimir Veljkovic Zele” Bojnik.

24.4.2018.

In the preparation for activities about the STEM Discovery Week 2018, teacher of biology, Milica Pejcic, the Serbian language teacher Sanja Kulic and the chemistry teacher Marija Dikic, decided that a debate about organ donations would be very effective.
We gathered interested students (7th and 8th grade) and we explored this topic with them.

We organised the arrival of large number of teachers, a pediatrician, and through Skype, we spoke with the former pupil of our school, Jelena Martic, who is now a successful pediatrician in Malta and has shared her experiences with us.

After watching educational short films, introductory words by teachers and pediatricians, two groups of students started debating. They went through the moral, sociological, psychological, legal and religious aspects. The debate was followed by a jury that decided whose arguments were stronger.
At the end of the debate, we pointed out the alternative possibilities of obtaining organs in the laboratory using stem cells.

This is a short film, which was made by Milena Vojinovic, about the debate:

 

150 children and youth discovered STEM subjects at “STIM sa descoperim” event in Chisinau, Moldova

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are fun and exciting, and learning these subjects can lead to great things. On April 28th, more than 150 children, aged between 7 and 14, got to experience this excitement first hand at Moldova’s premier STEM Discovery Week event, “STIM sa descoperim”, organised by the Moldova Competitiveness Project (funded by USAID and the Government of Sweden), in partnership with Tekwill Academy Kids.

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“STIM sa descoperim” took place at Tekwill, a Technology Excellence Center in Moldova’s capital, Chisinau. For three hours, the space was taken over by 12 simultaneous workshops using the latest in educational technology, including LEGO Mindstorms EV3 and Wedo 2.0 robotics kits, MakeyMakey, Arduino, Ozobots, Mbots, and Virtual Reality headsets. The free coding club, CoderDojo Chisinau, provided parallel coding activities, where volunteer-led mentors taught participants how to make their own computer programmes and projects.
Electronic Art with ArduinoElectronic Art with Arduino
Programming OzoBotsProgramming OzoBots
Fun Experiments with MakeyMakeyFun Experiments with MakeyMakey
The event was aimed at encouraging children and youth to engage with STEM subjects at high school and beyond, enabling them to access exciting opportunities in tomorrow’s economy. Young Moldovans discovered the wonderful world of STEM through workshops in robotics, fun mathematics, programming, design and virtual reality, and were also treated to a spectacular science show.

Football with Mbots
Football with Mbots
Sergiu Botezatu, Project Manager at USAID Moldova said “IT has an enormous potential for growth in Moldova, so USAID supports various digital education projects to prepare the workforce for this sector. Learning Science in an interactive way allows young people to develop their logical thinking, creativity and team spirit, and shows them how to apply the practical and interactive concepts of science and engineering to the real world.”
Exploring Virtual Reality
Fun Chemistry experiments
“STIM sa descoperim” formed part of STEM Discovery Week, a global initiative that celebrates and encourages young people to study STEM, and empowers community members to enhance collaboration opportunities among stakeholders in their local area. This year, STEM Discovery Week was celebrated worldwide on April 23-29 under the slogan “Say yes to STEM”.

Three high schools in Chisinau also celebrated STEM Discovery Week, joining more than 10,000 schools in over 30 countries across the world with their interdisciplinary activities using digital equipment. “Mircea Eliade” Theoretical High School created simulations of natural phenomena with the help of robots and various equipment in their Future Classroom Lab. The event challenged students to build rain-stimulated robots, a water slide and a mercury thermometer, all built from LEGO WeDo and LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 technology. Fourth and eleventh grade students at “Socrates” and “Iulia Hasdeu” high schools partnered together to face various physics and math challenges, part of a specially organized science contest and quest.
Group photo