Family STEM Night

Why this activity

I organize STEM-themed family nights in our school once a month. As a Scientix Ambassador, these meetings become an excellent way to spread STEM education model to a wider community. Since the STEM Discovery Week takes place in April, I see this as a great opportunity to combine our Family STEM Night activity for April with STEM Discovery Week 2019. In our Family STEM Nights students, teachers and parents meet and they all work together to accomplish the challenges specifically designed for that night. For the STEM Discovery Week 2019, our main scope is to learn about the physics, math, engineering, architecture, design and technology behind geodesic domes and create one as a team..

Introduction

Our activity began with a short video to attract the participants’ attention. Then we discussed about different roof and ceiling structures through the history such as ancient Greek temples (Parthenon), Egyptian and Mayan pyramids. With this approach we learned more about why the domes are more practical, beneficial, convenient and functional. Many architects and engineers throughout the history like Da Vinci, Mimar Sinan and Buckminster Fuller tried to build large domes to demonstrate their immortal masterpieces. We also examined world-wide famous domes from history to our days like Hagia Sophia, Astrodome, Climatron. (here is the link for the slides)

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Workshop Programming for the youngest on the Scientix Conference- Towards Responsible STEM Education

At the Second National Scientific Conference : Towards responsible STEM education, held at the Zira Hotel in Belgrade, Serbia, on 22nd and 23th February 2019, Mirjana Tisma and Tanja Olear Gojic, Scientix ambassador held for teachers a workshop “Programming for the youngest” and presented their work with the youngest in overcome the basics of programming, coding and robotics.

Scientix Resource with Future Classroom Scenario

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.

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First Winter UcenIQ camp

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 …

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Coloring the Universe

Have you seen the first ever black hole image?

Have you heard about Katie Bouman, MIT’s student, whose algorithm helped to process Event Horizon Telescope data?

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.

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