eTwinning project Space Adventures

In the past year, my students and I have participated in an eTwinning project called Space Adventures. Our partners were from France, Italy and Poland.

The main aim of the project is to acquire knowledge of the planets of the solar system, of exoplanets and of the ways to detect them.

Meanwhile, we also hope that students will expand their scientific English vocabulary. Not only due to the specific multilingual glossary of astronomy but also due to the collaborative activities and teamwork through which students had to gather material on famous astronomers, on planets and their environments and on modern exoplanet detection systems.

Coding was also part of the project together with the programming of software like Stellarium and of robots or drones to explore the schools. Students should improve their skills in this area too.

Final products:

  • A multilingual glossary of astronomy
  • Videos of school exploration
  • Biographies of Galileo, Copernicus, Le Verrier and Noordung
  • Jigsaw puzzles on planets
  • A scale model of the Solar System
  • An E-book for a report on the conference with scientists working on exoplanets

We planned the following activities:

Activity 1 : What do we know about the other countries?
Activity 2 : Create and vote for the best logo.
Activity 3 : A collaborative multilingual glossary of astronomy.
Activity 4 : Astronomers’ biographies.
Activity 5 : School exploration by “robots”.
Activity 6 : A video conference or a visit from an astronomer/astrophysicist as a role model. A discussion with scientists (from France and form Slovenian about exoplanets.
Activity 7 : Games for students about astronomy

Events with scientists:

Mr. Sean Raymond is an astronomer working at the Laboratory of Astrophysics in Bordeaux. In video conference meeting he explane us how they can find exoplanets.

Dr. Marija Strojnik (Scholl) is a senior professor at the Optical Research Center in Leon, Mexico. She visited Slovenian school beginning March when she visited Slovenia. Students asked her questions about exoplanets and about her work in Mexico. The questions were prepared with the cooperation of all partners.

All activities are on our TwinSpace: https://twinspace.etwinning.net/47471/home

 

DIVERCIENCIA, a Funny Science Festival

 

 

Diverciencia Algeciras

DIVERCIENCIA…

…is a project supported by the Desqbre Foundation since 2011.

Diverciencia is a Science festival where 200 hundred students and 150 teachers explain about 10000 visitors the science projects that they have been working on during the course.

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For further information, you can visit the website here

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Thank you for your support to the STEM Discovery Week!

Evita and I were very happy to participate in a Scientix webinar about the STEM Discovery Week campaign with hundreds of educators in STEM education on 28 February 2018.

We enjoyed answering the large number of questions we received from the participants.. The main questions were about what kind of activities they could organise for the STEM Discovery Week, how they could disseminate the campaign and how to participate in its associated competitions.

A few teachers also asked us for examples of activities of previous campaigns. Well, this is the third time the STEM Discovery Week is organised so, if you want to get some inspiration, you can of course have a look at the winners of our competitions in 2016 and 2017.

One teacher also asked us how she could organise the best week. There is no golden rule or a formula for success, it all depends if your activity meets your intentions and the learners’ expectations. If you need some ideas for getting started, though, you can have a look at a recent blog by Evita Tasiopoulou here.

We are over one month away from the STEM Discovery Week of 2018, and we have already exceeded the number of events we had last year. That’s very exciting news for the campaign! Our aim is to reach 500 activities by 23 April and we look forward to reaching this target with you!

Watch the recording of the Scientix webinar about the STEM Discovery Week to learn more about the campaign and how you can participate.