Polar glaciers are losing space, and land glaciers continue to melt around the world. This event shows that ecosystem change is starting to accelerate.
Although our world has been exposed to climate changes due to natural causes in the past, since the beginning of the industrial revolution, human beings increasingly continue to release CO2 and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by using fossil fuels.
Therefore humankind urgently needs to review this and similar patterns of behaviour that increase climate change and threaten our Earth. Climate scientists acknowledge that it is not possible to stop or reverse climate change, but it is argued that reducing emissions of greenhouse gases can overcome global warming.
With the increase of the pandemic all over the world, as a result, protective equipment usage has increased considerably. The masks usage has reached a threatening level for the environment. For this reason, we decided to produce nature-friendly, recyclable masks.
The Natural Mask project is prepared for eTwinning and Tubitak, which is also a STEM project. Considering the environmental pollution, it is obvious that single-use masks are a threat to the environment. Based on this, we designed a disinfectable mask at home using organic Arçelik, which is a Turkish brand, filament in a 3D printer. The students have witnessed every stage of the process and the project was implemented.
The results of this activity with primary school students are as follows:
First of all, the students discovered the environment. We asked some questions to the students. Can you do something about the garbage? What are recyclable materials and what are the measures to be taken for less waste? We did an online course activity through Zoom and asked some questions. We shared photos of our natural and artificial products with Padlet. Students thought and designed what they could do with artificial materials for the “Garbage Museum”. They organized an online exhibition for the resulting natural and artificial objects. I wanted them to explore the environment, realize the damage they caused to the environment, find solutions to these problems and exhibit the concrete examples they prepared in the museum.
In this study, it is aimed to create awareness about “Covid-19” by taking STEM education into consideration. The students were asked to evaluate “Covid-19” with different aspects. These dimensions are listed below.
1. The effects of Covid-19 in the world and in our country, 2. Covid-19 disease progression, symptoms, source (information), 3. Methods of protection from Covid-19, 4. Ways to stay at home / spend time effectively at home, 5. The importance of science in combating the epidemic. 6. Occupations needed in the “Covid-19 process”:
Artificial intelligence machine quality control element
Robot welding operator
Technical maintenance for electric cars
Language speech therapist
Solar system technical staff
Cyber security expert
Software support specialist
Three-dimensional graphic animator
Together with the students, the above dimensions were examined in detail. Later, students were asked to design a poster describing any of these dimensions. In this process with students, general features of STEM disciplines – viruses (science); statistical calculations (mathematics); creation of posters with web 2 tools (technology); introducing poster design (engineering); were taken into consideration when creating posters.
For the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign, I organised few activities. They are listed and described below.
“STEM Education vs Traditional Education”
Type of activity or action: Training session Date: 20/04/2020 – 24/04/2020
STEM helps to turn new ideas into better education. Timely education during PANDEMIC showed that STEM in home conditions, with the presence of the Internet, brought solutions to online education. Traditional education allows the student to receive formal education and teaches to focus on the topic in question.
For me, it was the first time I designed and implemented a lesson plan on Scientix, but it was not difficult … I could enrich it over time. The difficulty for students was that it was the first time they used online tools to build online puzzles. We could apply it for some more projects this month because we needed to learn online more…