STEM workshop: From drawing to programming at Mensa’s Projects’ Fair in Serbia

In Novi Sad, a city in Serbia, on Sunday 22nd April 2018, we presented our work at the STEM workshop “From Drawing to Programming” at Mensa’s Projects’ Fair in Serbia.

This was a workshop for pre-schoolers that I made together with Mirjana Tišma. During our workshop, we played and coded, using educational robots DOC. This is just a small part of the project called “From Drawing to Programming”, which started as an eTwinning project.

This workshop was organised as part of SIG UcenIQ (Special Interest Group) in Mensa, Serbia, in which I am a coordinator. Our SIG is dedicated to students and improvement of IQs.

Children learned how to command the robot to reach a specific destination. The basic commands that are circled are: forward, turn left and turn right

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Teaching English via STEM

Hello from Hasan Ali Yücel Ortaokulu,

Today, we had an activity focusing on the effect of science on learning with 5th grade students.  We divided a paper into 12 boxes by drawing. We painted each two boxes in same colour. It was an enjoyable activity to paint the paper in different colours. We wrote the names of animals inside the boxes. Then, we imagined the animals in the colour of their boxes and created a story by making the connection between two animals of the same colour. For example, For the green box: we wrote “fly” and “frog”. Our story was that: There is a green fly flying over the lake. A green frog sees the green fly and tries to catch it. The green fly flew away. The green frog is hungry and sad. We imagined the story in our mind and heard the voices of the green fly and the green frog. We felt a pity for the green frog. We did similar things for other animals,too.

Finally, it was time for a game. I had a paper only with colours, not with the names of the animals. Each turn, three students came up to the board. I said the name of a colour to each of them. The student had to remind themselves of the animals in that colour and had only 5 seconds. It was really exciting and challenging.

It was interesting that the students went on asking about the colours to each other even during the break time.

The aim of the activity is the following. When we set up a story or any connections related to a word that we want to memorize in our brain, learning becomes more easy and enjoyable. Using the colours as tools for connection made the event more challenging. They also reinforced the meanings of the colours.



STEM week in Zadar Croatia

Day 1 of the three day STEM Discovery week workshops planned in Zadar, Croatia, kicked off today. The opening ceremony was held at the University of Zadar campus area and several biology workshops were held for teachers and students.

  1. What would nature do, and what wouldn’t it do?
  2. The role of bees in the ecosystem.
  3. Deep secrets of the ocean.

At the Osnovna škola Petra Preradovića school, the representatives of FabLab visited us and introduced to us the concepts of 3D printing. The children listened to a presentation about the history of 3D printing and then embarked on a practical Sketch-up workshop.

Tomorrow, we continue at the University with the afternoon devoted to geography, information technology and computer sciences. Of course, we continue our 3D printing adventure at our school but will also learn how to use laser cutting and thermal printing.

The exhibition “Discover Arduino!”

The exhibition “Discover Arduino!”

The project: Creative robotics workshop
Date: 24.04.2018 -25.04.2018
Location: Laboratory of Computer Science, room 20, Technical College “Gheorghe Cartianu”, Piatra-Neamt
Participating Classes: 9G, 10F, 11K, 11G, 12G (90 participating students)
Organization Team:
1. students:
-Irimia Alin Constantin, Irimia Petru Dorin –  11G
-Azoitei Adrian Constantin, Badanga Alexandru Nicolae, Mihailescu Lucian, Nistor Ciprian Alexandru – 9F
-Azoitei Andrei,  9G
2.teachers: Horlescu Gabriela-Brandusa, Stanciu Carmen Simona
The works presented maked with the help of the educational platform Arduino:
– the Blink app
– Arduino Solar Tracker
– Arduino – Traffic Light Simulator
– automatic irrigation system
– line sensor
– servo motor
– HC-SR04 sensor – ultrasonic sensor
– Dual L298N Motor Driver Module
– Graphic LCD 84×48 – Nokia 5110
– Obstacle Avoiding Robot
– Arduino Line Follower Robot
– Bluetooth Controlled Robot Using Android Mobile
– light commercials

Be a biotechnologist for one day

Open Lab from Domus keep on doing science activities during the STEM Discovery Week! Students from 16 to 17 years old came to the museum to experience how it is to be a biotechnologist for one day… or maybe for many more days in their professional future!

They participated by searching for a solution in the treatment of atherosclerosis through a bacterial transformation and investigated if the vaccine for AIDS, which scientists from the IrsiCaixa Institute are working on, could be effective to protect the population all across the world.