ARE WE ENERGY?

Design of the project

“Are we energy?”

This is the first question we use to introduce our Project.

At Escola Mestre Gibert, teachers believe all knowledge is connected.
Thus, 4th level Primary School teachers have decide to plan an interdisciplinary Renewable Energy Project, where all subjects can be included. The name of the project will be “Human Activity is Energy”.

Critical thinking, cooperation, creativity and communication are our skills

To engage the children, we use inquire based-learning. We build the project while creating challenges that they will solve and answer along with adding achievements.

As a result, teachers create and launch a collaborative project, where students’ experiments prove that energy is everywhere. Consequently, all subjects can contribute to build meaningful and comprehensive energy learning.

In this way, through Arts, Physical Education and Music, children can experiment how to show and to play with their energy.

In subjects such as Science, Technology, English Language and First Language, students build knowledge about energy and its uses. The English Language is the vehicular language to transmit the result of the learning process.

Moreover, a father of a student whose task is related to Clean Energies, will come to deliver a speech as an expert.

The challenge of students’ teamwork is the study of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, doing an internet research. They use the DRIVE platform to organize their work and organize an exposition in class. In this activity, the peers assessment will be very important.

Project evaluation

As we mentioned before, co-evaluation among peers is very important in order to obtain a good assessment. Students have to participate actively in all the learning process and until the end. Children use rubrics to pay attention to peers’ exposition and to express their opinions.

Finally, the children will perform a choreography to conclude the project, playing with multi-colour satin ribbons. For the soundtrack, previously we will record children’s voices singing a song called “Energize”, especially composed for the final show.

The song’s message is about Energy Resources and Earth Planet Health. Children enjoy singing the song and are engaging with its message:

On the last day of the project, students and teachers will gather together for a manifestation with banners, all spread around the playground, shouting messages such as: “save the Planet”, “we must use sustainable energy”, “SOS, planet Earth needs us!!”.

To conclude, we are convinced the project will engage the children, because they will be the protagonists of their learning process.


STEM Education vs Traditional Education

Author: Alketa Barjami

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.

Resource: SCIENTIX WEBINAR: QUIRKY IDEAS TO PIQUE AND PROMOTE STUDENT INTEREST IN STEM CLASSROOMS.

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…

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What are the Contributions of Asteroid Mining or Space Mining to the World Economy?

Authors: SERGİN ŞAHİNOĞULLARIGİL and HATİCE GERGİN

The eTwinning project for Astro-Stem was carried out to promote astronomy and space sciences. This was done through the deeply-rooted work of the students, who learnt with fun and discovered the mystery of the universe.

With the AstroStem project, astronauts will get accurate information about the history of astronomy, constellations and mythological stories, and try to get to know the universe.

The teams worked collaboratively in the AstroStem project. One of these activities, “MaStem”, is the work dedicated for the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign. Thus, we are participating in the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign, with “The ADVENTURE OF STEM with Mars”, the joint STEM work of our project.

The project has 24 partners, 24 teachers and 24 schools coming from Turkey and from Europe. In total, 170 students were involved in the project.

In the “ADVENTURE OF Mars with STEM” event, we tried to explain how a team planning to travel to Mars manages this process through the distribution of tasks.

The work to be done by the teams was divided into 12 parts:

Mars through the eyes of an astronaut.Team 1
What do people need to know to live on Mars?Team 2
Space home design for those who dream of livings on Mars.Team 3
Repairing a system damaged by sandstorms on Mars.Team 4
Elimination of psychological and social adaptation problem to Mars.Team 5
What are the contributıons of asteroid mınıng or space mining to the World?Team 6
What are the characteristics of vehicles sent into space?Team 7
How does an astronaut prepare for space travel?Team 8
Solving the problem of food under Martian conditions.Team 9
What are the things you should take wıth you on your way to Mars?Team 10
Finding a solution to the water problem in Mars conditions.Team 11
What are the characteristics of an astronaut suitable for Martian conditions?Team 12
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“There is STEM at Home” challenge

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Author: Çelebi Kalkan

Distance teaching due to Covid-19 outbreak can be challenging. Being Scientix ambassador to Turkey and willing to engage students in STEM education, together with 85 teachers, on 13 April, 2020 we started the challenge project “STEM at Home”. As during the pandemic students are learning from home we wanted them to develop their problem-solving, creativity, communication, presentation and entrepreneurship skills. I joined this challenge with my 7 years old students that are in 1st grade. Please see their works in the video format below.

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Nanotechnology in schools

Author: Aliya Ahmadova

When 2020 STEM Discovery Campaig was announced, we had already planned and implemented our first live workshop for 01.02.2020 . The tagline for this year’s campaign is “Innovative Trends in Education”, that’s why we thought and did a workshop on how nanotechnology, as innovative trend in STEM education, can be applied in schools.

What did we do?

  • We added our project and activity to SDC20 activities’ map http://www.stemazerbaycanda.com
  • We have reached an agreement with Baku Engineering University (in Azerbaijan Republic) to support us in SDC20.
  • The registration process for the selection of teachers for the SDC2020-Training Technology Workshop, scheduled for 01.02.2020, was opened.
  • 35 teachers from 12 regions who applied for registration, were selected to participate in the new content- Nanotechnology workshop, which was held for the first time in Republic of Azerbaijan.
  • The planned workshop was mainly organized and managed by Aliya Ahmadova, STEM PD Ambassador for Azerbaijan.
  • Finally we promoted all this procces in our project’s Facebook page.
SDC 2020-Training Technology Workshop 01.02.2020
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