BIOECONOMY FOR OUR SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Author: Semih ESENDEMIR

Abstract

As a science teacher, I organized an online activity called “Bioeconomy for a Sustainable Future” with my students ranged in age from 9 years to 12 years between 6 – 19 April 2020. At the end of this activity, students are expected to learn the concept of bioeconomy and increase their awareness of bioeconomy. I believe that this awareness will have a great share in creating environmental awareness among students who will shape our future. I started my activity by introducing the concept of bioeconomy, a new concept for my students. I tried to draw attention by giving examples of the positive changes that can be achieved by using bioeconomy in our lives. To keep the attention and desire on the subject, I prepared videos, discussions, online educational materials, games, and experiments to prevent Covid-19 pandemic by preparing disinfectant from organic waste.

Figure 1: Preparation of citrus peels for bio-based disinfectant production

As a result of all these entertaining activities, my students actively participating in the process have recognized the concept of bioeconomy and have contributed to bioeconomy by transforming the organic waste they collected in their homes into new products that can be used. As a result of the feedback of my students, seeing that they look at their environment from a different perspective shows that this activity has reached its goal. I am more hopeful about the future.

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Stay home and learn about bioeconomy

Author: Georgina Dimova

Date: 10 – 28 April 2020

Organized by: Markova Velika – chemistry teacher and Gjorgjina Dimova IT teacher in “Strasho Pindjur” school  – Negotino

Materials used: Computers, OneNote ClassNotebook, Padlet, Microsoft Teams, Kahoot, vinegar, organic waste (orange peels)

  • Can you teach science from home?
  • Can you make a scientific experiment with your students being at home?

Two teachers of chemistry and computer science subjects collaborated on creating a learning scenario “Don’t waste your waste” for the BLOOM bioeconomy project.

The learning scenario is part of the BLOOM School Box. Students aged 13 – 14 years old learnt about bioeconomy, how it can change our community and help saving the environment.

Online tools for collaboration

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Natural Resources (STEM Discovery Week 2019)

We have organised the STEM Discovery Week 2019 activities in 6 Nisan Anatolian High School. I am going to write about my experiences connected with the activities of bioeconomy.

What is bioeconomy?

Students watched a video about bioeconomy, “The Bioeconomy starts here!” https://youtu.be/2xvXkOMRTs4. Teacher defined bioeconomy as the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into food, feed, energy, chemicals and other materials. The EU definition of bioeconomy is “sustainable production and processing of biomass for food, health products, fibre products, industry, and energy”

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