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.
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.
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.