FCL is so inspirational for educators because it designed with the aim of gaining 21-century skills with 6 different learning zones. Many schools in Turkey are creating new learning environments. And all of these schools take inspiration from Future Classroom Lab (FCL). We have selected a lesson plan prepared as a FCL scenario from within Scientix Repository in order to give an idea to the schools that prepare new learning environments in our district. The name of the lesson plan is “ Growing plastic & new life for plastic Future Classroom Scenario” and we applied it in a school.
This scenario is part of the BLOOM School Box, which consists of a set of five Future Classroom Scenarios combining bioeconomy into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. In this way, we had data on which environments we need for STEM and inquiry-based learning. This lesson plan is prepared for students aged 11-18. There are articles, experiments, worksheets, video links and evaluation questions in the lesson plan.
Inspired by the activities of teachers from the Scientific community and in the event of STEM Discovery Week, UcenIQ, with the support of Mensa Serbia, organized its first Winter camp for children from the 1st to the 4th grade in two cycles (2 x 3 days): the first since 5th to 7th of February and the second one from 12th to 14th of February, in Belgrade. The half-day program included workshops from the program: “Learning is easy, because we know how to” “We learn in the museum” “STEAM” creative workshops (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics)
Especially interesting was the visit to the Museum of Nikola Tesla and interesting activities of learning about electricity. We learned: what is electricity; how to make an electric circuit; what materials conduct electricity, and which it does not; What is Tesla’s ball …
STEM is an interdisciplinary method and helps the students to gain engineering skills. So that STEM takes the interest of teachers. There are some teachers who work on STEM in Turkey. On the other hand there are a lot of teachers who are curious about STEM. However, I see from my observations that our teachers need sample lesson plans for good STEM examples.
Scientix is a very useful portal to find good materials. For this reason, I have searched for STEM plans which will be suitable for our primary school students within the Scientix repository. Among them, I selected a lesson plan named “What is time”. I asked a primary teacher, who works with 4th grade students, to apply this lesson plan in his class. Of course, this teacher is an enthusiastic and curious teacher to apply new methods. We talked about how the plan should be implemented. This activity is adequately crafted for the teacher. Nonetheless, teachers who decide to apply this kind of lesson plan may find it difficult to use instructions if they don’t have enough knowledge about inquiry-based learning. This lesson plan, which we found in the repository, also includes a worksheet for the student. This was very useful for measuring student gains.
She is one of the numerous researchers and scientists involved in the EHT project from various institutions. Her engagement and success were actually the base for the event organized April 17th during this year’s STEM Discovery Week campaign – Coloring the Universe.
In the class with
girls who showed great interest in astronomy (astronomy is not part of the
curriculum), Katie Bouman’s story, her engagement and contribution within the
EHT project was a good starting point for the realization of teaching
activities. Katie was not only a role model but also an inspiration.
For this year’s STEM Discovery Week the headmaster of Ano Syros Primary School Mr Nektarios Farassopoulos along with the students of the Fourth Grade decided to organize a peer learning activity about day and night for the students of the Special Primary School of Hermoupolis.
Firstly, all the pupils, (10 boys and 6 girls) studied a SCIENTIX resource (http://bit.ly/2Y1Xtb3) related to our topic. Then they visited the Special Primary School of Hermoupolis where students with disabilities attend lessons. For one day the pupils became teachers and tried to explain to the pupils of the Special Primary School how the day becomes night and vice versa usinga SCIENTIX resource.