Our school community is very proud to share the first glimpses from our STEM Discovery Week activities at the school.
On Wednesday, we had the meeting with a professor from the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, Dr. Petras Kurlavichius. He talked to students about the different perspectives of being a scientist in the modern world.
On Thursday, we had a conference where students presented their research works. And on the same day, 6th form pupils visited The Centre for Civil Education with lesson about the geography of Lithuania.
Students might enjoy writing STEM research papers if they know how do it.
This was the idea behind the activity developed within the STEM Discovery Week 2018 in the framework of the Maths&Languages (M&L) project.
Some more information about the background of our activity. Since September 2017 we developed, in partnership with Lycée d’Altitude de Briançon, a mathematics research workshop for high-school students. This workshop replicates research activities carried out by professional researchers. The workshop capitalises on the students’ inventiveness and creativity, inviting them to discover mathematics (and STEM) and to carry out research work in this field.
From our school, 33 students participated in this workshop. Throughout this school year, working in small groups, the students looked for mathematical solutions and did computer modelling for a problem/ research topic launched by researchers in the field of STEM. At this moment the research activities proper are over, and the students had the chance to share the results they have found – in the MATh.en.JEANS Lyon Congress and in the International MATh.en.JEANS Padova Congress.
Until the end of the school-year, the students will have to write research report articles in which they will share the research topic, how they approached the solution to the problem and the results they found.
About our STEM Discovery Week 2018 activity
The first step in preparing the research report article is to learn about research papers. During this activity, drd. Lorand Parajdi from the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Sciences from the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca presented main elements of a STEM research paper, similarities and differences among physics or mathematics or medical research papers being pointed out. The researcher presented some examples of research papers and while doing this, a discussion on the content of the research paper was provoked by the students – e.g. CERN experiments.
An extensive part of the presentation was dedicated to the selection of the text editor; some information about LaTeX/ ShareLaTeX online editor was shared to students. As students worked with Romanian and French peers on their research topics, ShareLaTeX seems to be the perfect editor as it allows students to work collaboratively on a research paper which contains many mathematical expressions. There were many discussions about specific issues related to STEM research papers but also about the STEM research in Romania and Europe, about STEM research jobs, etc.
In the planning stage, we thought that students will have some time, during the activity, to plan their work on writing their research articles. However, because of the discussions provoked by the participating students – which I enjoyed as they were so much related to STEM research – there was no time to start planning the writing of the research articles …. We’ll do it next week.
The students enjoyed the presentation and the discussions with the researchers – one of them took notes, some other asked for the presentation, many of them saved on their cell-phones links (e.g.: ShareLaTeX link).
We love professionals coming back to school 🙂 . We learnt a lot new stuff directly from the “source”.
The researcher was impressed by the students’ eagerness to learn about STEM research & STEM research papers. He enjoyed the freshness of the students’ ideas and their curiosity.
I couldn’t imagine students are so curios and know so many things about stuff they don’t really study in school.
Navigating to relevant activity searches this week, students focused on demonstrative videos from YouTube.
I call my students # My Innovative Scientix.
Such are they, after they tried to be researchers in the subjects of physics and chemistry this semester. They tried to formulate the generalisation of the experiment and test the jumping hypothesis.
They left … Yes, Yes they left.
The exchange of knowledge about atmospheric printing, fluidity of fluids, proportional ratios in mathematics, and errors made in measurements are unquestionably presented to the cellular apparatus and advertised in social groups.
This exchange continues even more throughout STEM (STEAM) Discovery Week. We are competitive, both within the school, the community and the entire European community throughout this scientific week. In the video, students speak in Albanian, one of the oldest languages in the Balkans, but communication through experimentation makes us understand more.
Children feel motivated, look more beautiful, clearer, do not make mistakes on their experimental performance, do not be fooled by mathematical calculus actions, look nice in the picture that they will create a video for the entire experimental school bank …
How much emotions all groups have been followed by this activity …
With this project we aim to plan, test, apply and produce a complete Learning Project, using Inquiry Methodology, aimed at Pre School and Primary School Students, about the Earth’s Oceans features. From the book “20.000 Leagues Under the Sea”, Students will be lead to research, formulate and test hypothesis and share knowledge with their classmates in their local communities, as well as exchanging ideas with other students from a different country. Thereby, they would be able to learn another language, share each other’s culture and discover the local environment. In this way we would expect to widen our students knowledge opening new horizons and motivating them to protect our planet’s natural marine resources. This project also aims to improve the use of STEAM methodologies both in Pre School and Primary School, by encouraging the students to use ICT and Robotic resources, to recreate scenes, test hypothesis and share conclusions from the story read. Students will also be expected to investigate, learn and discuss about Aquatic Transportation. By stimulating students natural curiosity, we would try to produce a wide range of resources to teach them and others about Earth’s Ocean’s features and needs. Last but not least…this project will produce new material available for everybody to see created by the children themselves, sharing a valuable multilingual resources bank (Spanish, Portuguese, English) about the oceans, their animals and plants, at the same time.