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!!!
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.
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.
The results of the students’ activities carried out during the participation of the “Moravice Railway Technical School” were presented within the STEM Discovery Week campaign.
The basic objective of participating and marking this event was to popularise the STEM area and to bring it closer to the school’s staff and pupils. The abbreviation STEM in its acronym conceals 4 subjects, namely Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These are the areas that the modern labour market has recognised as a necessity. Knowledge, skills and competences acquired within STEM are a prerequisite for quality future workforce. ŽTŠ Moravice possesses good materials and technical equipment when it comes to modern technologies and participating in this initiative, emphasising the openness of the school to the application of innovative ways that are supported by technology in the teaching process.
Within the framework of this activity, students had the opportunity to acquire knowledge through a research and educational model that encourages them to solve problem tasks and apply critical thinking and ultimately disseminate the results.
Class II.e students, under the tutorship of Professor Miroslav Loncar, made several projects on the Arduino platform and used AppInventor2 tools, created robotic control applications, as well as simple game applications.
Those projects made on the Arduino platform included:
Sound emitting diode for blind and partially sighted people
Entertainment and playing apps included:
Criss Cross game
Catche the ball game
It should be noted that at the level of the Republic of Croatia, only nine schools attended the STEM Discovery Week and recognized the importance of this initiative. Realisation of the activities was preceded by a detailed planning and organisation which was ultimately worth it because the students of the 2nd grade in cooperation with professor Miroslav Loncar and school counselor Mateo Havaić made a great effort and were extremely pleased with the achievements.
We try to engage students in various ways to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – STEM subjects – at an early age. The video shows some of the environmental & forestry science activities that were held at our school and also outdoors with various stakeholders.
You can read and learn about STEM applications in food, especially for ASEAN food marketing. Do you ever convey that the STEM movement could gather with industry sectors? Of course, starting today, you have to realise that it is possible!
From the reflections, STEM is no.5 of the clues for the Education 2030 Agenda to foster sustainable development. I am feeling energised because STEM has a strong power to enhance education in the future. For instance, the STEM Discovery Week 2018 has become the meaningful agenda for applying sustainable education because STEM people could engage together and share their perspectives. That’s also the point of the clues’ implementation.
Therefore, I hope I can survive and strengthen my journey as a STEM teacher in Indonesia and widen my networking to create STEM Indonesia Ambassadors.
High-five for all the STEM people! Let’s collaborate without borders.