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…
A “side effect” of COVID19 in education is schools’ closure. As a result, working with students online synchronously through a video conference is a big challenge. Among the issues that need special approaches are:
holding students’ interest
create and support interaction among teacher-students, and teaching material.
Shifting an online classroom to a “gaming platform” is a practice that confronts many of these issues. It boosts the students’ interest and masks the teacher’s aim to provide knowledge.
A well-designed game with a structure based on pedagogical strategies creates a tool easy to use it synchronously or asynchronously. Such strategies are students’ collaborative involvement in the creation of the game, guided search, direct feedback.
Astro-Stem is an eTwinning project. Between September 2019 and May 2020, an international project that briought together astronomy and STEM disciplines were realized.
About The Project
The project is compatible with the educational curricula of 5 different countries: Turkey, Poland, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia. The project was carried out with interdisciplinary interaction of teachers of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Computer and Technology. See the map showing all schools involved.
Under the guidance of 24 teachers,187 students in the 15-18 age range participated actively in the project. The project designed astronomy activities with STEM aimed to raise awareness about space sciences in students. Thus, the project inspired them to become interested in the science of astronomy while planning future professional careers.
Mixed country teams were formed and students carried out their activities through collaborative activities. Thus, the communication of students living in different countries of the same age group was provided and foreign language development was supported. In addition, cultural ties between countries have been established and a democratic learning environment has been established.
The project included studies on astronomy, space, telescopes, constellations, black holes, other planets, our galaxy, the moon and solar eclipses, as well as information and crops. Each study started with STEM questions and continued with students’ research and applications. By using a different web tool at each event, students’ technology literacy skills were improved. In this project, Scientix Resources “Building a Space Habitat in the Classroom” and “The Solar System” were used.
The activities took place with two different working groups, school teams and mixed country teams.
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.
On our journey from the STEM club to the STEM school, which we carry out on the eTwinning European School Community platform, we organise out STEM practices in our class throughout the year with the parents of the children. We celebrated our work by participating in the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign initiative. For the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign, this year we had to update our activity due to the worldwide Covid-19 outbreak. We planned online activities with teachers and students, involved in the project. We held a meeting for the activities with the project teachers.
We planned a joint event during the meeting. We wrote a common STEM lesson plan. Teachers implemented this lesson plan online. We created virtual classrooms for students. Interviews were made in the online event. The lesson plan was implemented online. The aim of the lesson was to teach students how to design scales. As a result, students designed the scales and also challenged their friends to do so. At the end of the activity, students prepared banners using the information they learned. It is an honour for the teachers to organize an online STEM event for the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign and use the resources in a live lesson. Our activities were held on 20 – 26 April 2020.