Digital technologies provide us with a world of possibilities at our fingertips. Never before have we enjoyed so many opportunities to learn, exchange, participate and create. Yet, the Internet also opens up certain risks to its users – especially the most vulnerable ones, such as children: privacy concerns, cyberbullying, disinformation, exposure to potentially harmful content and predatory behaviours, to quote but a few.
We designed a STEM activity whose slogan “Together to have a better Internet” using the microcontroller micro:bit. In fact, we coded a Robot with three sensors for line fellower and one sensor for obstacle detector.
My students were very afraid of insects because they were in the pre-school age group. They didn’t know the insects. Based on this situation, I prepared a project about insects. Our aim in this project is for children to learn about insects. I wanted them to see that insects are not creatures to fear. I wanted them to see the insects as contribution to the world of science and their place in STEM.
In our school, we gave students information about the insects. We discussed with students about insects. We asked questions and received answers. We learned the definition of insects and explained the studies we had planned.
The 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign is a joint international initiative organized by Scientix that invites projects, organisations, libraries, schools, universities and youth clubs across Europe and around the world to celebrate careers and studies in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The tagline for this year’s campaign is “Innovative Trends in Education”. The main goal of the STEM Discovery Campaign is to showcase the magnitude of the efforts teachers and other people interested in STEM education make teaching STEM Subjects.
Everyone who would like to sharethe stories of implementation of STEM (online) activities in the (virtual) classroom are invited to do it on 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign blog. In response to the current situation, we are also very happy to welcome articles with tips and resources that teachers use to organise their online classes.
Publishing an online post on our blog will be considered as an activity for the STEM Discovery Campaign, therefore, everyone who wants to submit a blog or article first mustfill in the Activity and Action Submission Form.
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This blog is also a platform for all the education community to share, exchange and interact about the best practices of teaching STEM subjects. We encourage you to explore the blog, read about others teachers’ examples and get inspired!
The first activity we planned as a school within the scope of 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign Activities was “Unbreakable Egg” Experiment. We made the announcement of our activity to all our students. We received feedback from students with the Google form we created. 137 of our 259 students made a return that they wanted to participate in this activity. We divided 137 students into groups according to their ages. We carried out the first activity with 32 students in the 9-11 age group. By dividing these 32 students into 8 subgroups of 4 people, we enabled them to work together.
This STEM activity has been designed in order to contextualize the use of mathematics and statistics to understand the needs in our daily life at the same time the students learn to code and they code to learn how to improve their local environment. Using the microcontroller micro:bit, the work is focused on improving the bike lane next to our school. In several sections, a road crosses the lane in a poor visibility area for cars. The students have made a model to propose a regulated bike lane with sensors that prevent cars and bicycles from another vehicle is approaching. In addition, a micro:bit has been used to count the number of bicycles that pass through this site in order to promote the use of this sustainable transport.