1st Albanian Scientix Conference

STEM Discovery Week 2018 at Albania

1st Albanian Scientix Conference – Hold on Fier, Albania

 

Idea: Dentila Garipi

Coordinated by: Dentila Garip

Co-workers: All Scientix Ambassadors of Albania and the STEM teacher Erviola Konomi

Moderated by: Dentila Garipi

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During the STEM Discovery Week, teachers from different cities in our country will work on their planned activities with their students. All Scientix Ambassadors of Albania will collaborate and create during the all-day Conference on 28 April, which will be held at the school “Flatrat e dijes”, Fier, Albania. Each of the Ambassadors have their responsibility to take part in the organisation.

What about the conference?

  • It will be an all day conference, starting at 09:00 am and ending at 16:00 pm.
  • During the conference, different speakers will have presentations they prepare.
  • A discussion panel with an invited person will be part of this conference and teachers will prepare questions they are interested in.
  • Parallel sessions of training for educators is another point of interest for educators which will inform about the Scientix platform and possibilities to get involved.
  • Lunch and the ceremony of certification for the invited teachers.

Who is going to be invited?

Different teachers from science subjects at school. There will be an open invitation to submit documents, where teachers can express their interest to take part. All Ambassadors can invite their colleagues from their schools too, but only a limited number of teachers will be selected.

Speakers of the conference?

Almida Cercizaj – first Scientix Ambassador of Albania

Adriana Laze – (Scientix Ambassador of Albania)

Dhurata Myrtollari – (Scientix Ambassador of Albania)

Erviola Konomi – (Active STEM teacher)

Trainers of the conference?

Almdia Cercizaj

Adriana Laze

Valbona Mata

 

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Fier, Albania ; 28 April 2018

1-st Scientix Albanian Conference

                    AGENDA

28 April 2018

9.30 am to 10.00 am

Registration

10:00 am to 10.05 am

Opening ceremony

10:05 am to 10:20 am

Presentation:  “ STEM Motivation”

                          Almida Cercizaj (First Albanian Scientix Ambassador

10:20 am to 10.35 am

Presentation: “How to create your account on scientix
platform.

 

 

10.35 am to 10.50 am

                           Adriana Laze (Albanian Scientix Ambassador)

Presentation: “Scientix Moodle e te mesuarit online”

                         Dhurata Myrtollari (Albanian Scientix Ambassador)

10:50 am to 11:00 am

Coffee break

 

11.00 am to 11:15 am

Presentation: Practices in Math,

                       Erviola Konomi (Activie teacher on STEM project)

 

11:20 am to 12.00 pm

Discusion panel  


Invited from different field of STEM interested

12.00 am to 12. 20 pm

Presentation:

12:40 pm to 14.00 pm

 Lunch

14:00 pm to 14:45 pm

Parallel session training

       “STEM at primary school” – Trainer A. Cercizaj

       “Online event on scientix” – Trainer A. Laze, V. Mata

14:45 pm to 15:00 pm

Closing conference

All Ambassadors that are giving their contribute to organise the conference:
  1. Almida Cercizaj
  2. Alketa Bajrami
  3. Adriana Laze
  4. Dhurata Myrtollari
  5. Dentila Garipi
  6. Rovena Hoxha
  7. Luljeta Koci
  8. Valbona Mata

 


 

The ice is melting

Activity 1

Earth observation satellites help us to see our world in a new way. They can
observe different features than those we can see when we look at our
planet from the ground. Studying these features can tell us about the health
of the Earth, our weather, our climate, and topics such as global warming, ocean
acidification, and much more.

Pupils will learn:

• Where ice can be found on Earth
• That the amount of ice on Earth is decreasing
• The difference between land ice and sea ice
• That melting sea ice does not affect sea levels
• That melting land ice does affect sea levels
• That it is colder on areas of ice (white) than on land and water (dark)

Pupils will improve:

• Their experimental skills
• Their ability to work in a group
• Their ability to plan an experiment
• Their ability to describe and explain physical effects that they see

Equipment

Information sources, such as the internet, an encyclopedia, or an atlasInternet connection.

Exercise

Pupils can use the information sources to research this topic and answer the questions on their activity sheets.

Discussion

Once pupils have completed their worksheets, they can discuss the answers as a class. You could ask for ideas about:

• The temperature at which water freezes to form ice (0°C).
• The different forms of frozen water (snow, hail, ice cubes, etc.).
• Where ice can be found on Earth (mostly at the North and South poles, Greenland, Siberia).
• We can find ice at the South pole (mainly land ice), at the North pole (both land ice and sea ice).
• The North Pole includes Greenland, which is land ice.
• Why the North pole has shrunk so much in recent years.
• The possible results of ice melting (e.g. sea levels rising).

 

Activity 2: Will sea levels  change?

Equipment (per group)

• 2 small plastic cups
• 2 small plastic plates
• 2 ice cubes
• Enough water to fill the two cups
• Modelling clay

Exercise

Pupils should first complete questions 1 and 2, where they predict what will happen as a result of ice melting. Then pupils split into groups of four in order to carry out the practical experiment.
Hand out the equipment and explain that the water represents the sea. Ask pupils to follow the instructions on their activity sheets.
Note that it may take quite a long time for the ice to melt. You can speed up the process by using lukewarm water, or putting the cups on a sunny windowsill.

Results

The water in cup 1 should stay at the same level, whereas the water in cup 2 should overflow.

Discussion

• Melting sea ice does not cause sea levels to rise, whereas melting land ice does.
• In ice form, the sea ice is already contributing its volume to the oceans. Thus, when it melts it does not increase the volume of the oceans.
• In ice form, land ice is not contributing to the volume of the oceans. When it melts, it flows into the ocean, increasing the overall volume.
• It is misleading to say that melting ice overall leads to rising sea levels. It is melting land ice that mostly leads to rising sea levels.
• Note that indirectly, melting sea ice can lead to rising sea levels, through changing properties such as the salinity, density, and current. But these effects are less extreme, and less measurable than the changing volume as a result of melting land ice.
• Ice is special because it is one of the few materials where its solid form is less dense than its liquid form, so it floats. This means that in ice form, the sea ice takes up more space than it does in water form.

 

A growing STEM Discovery Week campaign every year

This is the third time the STEM Discovery Week is organised. This year, one of the main aims is at bringing projects, organisations and schools together to raise awareness about studies and careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). And it is fun to see how more and more partners are joining the campaign every week!

Thanks the initiative and support from the Scientix project, which is funded by the Horizon 2020 framework of the European Union for research and innovation, and SYSTEMIC, which is funded by the Erasmus+ programme, it is now possible to have a platform where various partners can share their activities in STEM education. Thus, the various projects, organisations and schools that are running initiatives in STEM education, can better learn from each another and pool their resources.

A campaign like the STEM Discovery Week is very important for increasing and strengthening collaboration in the field of STEM education. The hope is that this year, the STEM Discovery Week can facilitate 500 activities in STEM education, reaching 10,000 schools. For this to happen, a support from partners is essential. Already we can see how more and more such activities are being added to the map. So, in this one place, the STEM Discovery Week partners and anyone else who is following the campaign can find and/or add information about STEM activities all across the world!

Right now, the STEM Discovery Week is proud to present a diverse mix of partners that come from many different countries in Europe and beyond. All the partners agree to jointly disseminate the campaign through their networks, hence creating a multiplier effect that goes way beyond their area.

The lesson from this campaign so far is that projects, organisations and schools can achieve much more in partnership. Hopefully, the STEM Discovery Week can become a sustainable model for raising awareness about STEM topics as an integral part of our annual calendars. Download the call for projects and organisations to find out how you can become a partner here.