A NEW BALANCE

Authors: Daniele Brioschi, Marco Levera, Domenica Notaro, Ivana Lazzaro, Luigi Manara

We made this video to involve our students and colleagues in a new challenge, “how can science help us find a new balance in these troubled times?

The goal was to experiment with the concept of balance by producing imaginative structures. The rules were:

  • the structure had to be either laid onto or tied via a single supporting point. The supporting point could not be strengthened with glue or other materials to fix its position;
  • the structures had to always be free to spin and oscillate around the supporting point;
  • the completed structure had to maintain its own stable and balanced position on all its levels;
  • the students were allowed to use any material, and they were encouraged not to waste it.

We reached our 11-14 years old students using Google Classroom. The students, in their turn, sent in their work as both a photo and a short video (max. 15 seconds) to show their structures and demonstrate their balancing.

This activity allowed our students to analyze, plan and engineer a simple solution to a given problem via a hands-on approach. They worked by trials and errors using creativity, their previous knowledge of physics and the new knowledge coming from first-hand experience.

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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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Online meeting “STEM: Science, Technology, ENGLISH and Math”

Author: Aleksej Peržu

Due to the current situation of a global health crisis, teachers are faced with new challenges of how to successfully operate and navigate with distance learning.

Video presentation project at Vilnius Alexander Pushkin gymnasium was initiated by English teacher G. Kuzborskaja and biology teacher A. Perzhu, to help students develop their English skills within the framework of biology and IT academic disciplines, as well as to build their confidence beyond the boundaries of the classroom.

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Maths in the Solar System

Author: Malgorzata Konik in cooperation with Daniele Brioschi

Introduction

A series of 4 workshops were a part of a 5-day Learning Teaching Training Activity of Erasmus+ project INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS’ STATION held in Poland on 10 -14 February 2020 with the representatives of 4 partner schools from Italy, Poland, Portugal and Romania on 10 – 14 February 2020. The 4 workshops were held in the period of 10 – 12 February.

The whole school week was dedicated to extending the participants’ knowledge of different aspects of the solar system as well as exploring the solar system as a means of teaching various science issues. Thus, among other activities (e.g. visiting science museums, school observatory, radio telescope centre etc.), the series of 4 workshops were organised to explore what the solar system provides us with in the field of Maths.

The first 3 workshops were prepared and carried out by six 16-years-old students of the Portuguese school for their 12-14 years old mates, coming from the other partner schools. The fourth workshop, with an original idea of a teacher from Italy, was prepared by the Polish students and involved all the participants (at different levels) to complete it. During all 4 workshops, the students worked in mixed international groups so that they used English as a means of communication in learning scientific issues.

Workshop 1 – Where are the Planets of the Solar System?

Aim: making a solar system model on a scale to have students practise calculating ratio and converting units of measurements.

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Ma-Stem Events: What do people need to know to live on Mars?

Author: Eda Ekşioğlu

The AstroStem eTwinning project is a project designed to raise students’ awareness with accurate information about astronomy and Space Sciences. Students will explore the depths of the universe through their work by having fun in democratic learning environments where they can express themselves freely. Astronomers will learn the history of astronomy, constellations and mythological stories and will try to understand the universe. We have performed many activities as a team within the scope of the project. One of these activities, “MaStem”, includes the criteria for the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign, which we planed as part of the STEM activities.

At this event, “We tried to explain how a team planning to travel to Mars managed this process. As a team, we discussed our duties with our team and explored what we could do.

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