ARE WE ENERGY?

Design of the project

“Are we energy?”

This is the first question we use to introduce our Project.

At Escola Mestre Gibert, teachers believe all knowledge is connected.
Thus, 4th level Primary School teachers have decide to plan an interdisciplinary Renewable Energy Project, where all subjects can be included. The name of the project will be “Human Activity is Energy”.

Critical thinking, cooperation, creativity and communication are our skills

To engage the children, we use inquire based-learning. We build the project while creating challenges that they will solve and answer along with adding achievements.

As a result, teachers create and launch a collaborative project, where students’ experiments prove that energy is everywhere. Consequently, all subjects can contribute to build meaningful and comprehensive energy learning.

In this way, through Arts, Physical Education and Music, children can experiment how to show and to play with their energy.

In subjects such as Science, Technology, English Language and First Language, students build knowledge about energy and its uses. The English Language is the vehicular language to transmit the result of the learning process.

Moreover, a father of a student whose task is related to Clean Energies, will come to deliver a speech as an expert.

The challenge of students’ teamwork is the study of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, doing an internet research. They use the DRIVE platform to organize their work and organize an exposition in class. In this activity, the peers assessment will be very important.

Project evaluation

As we mentioned before, co-evaluation among peers is very important in order to obtain a good assessment. Students have to participate actively in all the learning process and until the end. Children use rubrics to pay attention to peers’ exposition and to express their opinions.

Finally, the children will perform a choreography to conclude the project, playing with multi-colour satin ribbons. For the soundtrack, previously we will record children’s voices singing a song called “Energize”, especially composed for the final show.

The song’s message is about Energy Resources and Earth Planet Health. Children enjoy singing the song and are engaging with its message:

On the last day of the project, students and teachers will gather together for a manifestation with banners, all spread around the playground, shouting messages such as: “save the Planet”, “we must use sustainable energy”, “SOS, planet Earth needs us!!”.

To conclude, we are convinced the project will engage the children, because they will be the protagonists of their learning process.


Designing a spacesuit for the Moon mission

Author: Ferhat Ayranci

Our mission to the Moon continues in our astronomy club, which we have been conducting online during these weeks. As the second part of our ‘The Moon Mission’ project, our future astronauts designed their spacesuits.

During this second phase of our project, we implemented the ‘Let’s Design a Spacesuit’ lesson plan from Space Awareness website. This spacesuit part of our project took 3 weeks to be completed. You can find the lesson plan here.

The plan helped us so well through an inquiry-based lesson flow. In the first 2 weeks, students answered the questions and followed a route towards designing their spacesuits. They first made research and discussed the conditions in space and on the Moon which then led them to drawing a blueprint of their spacesuits.

This part of the lesson helps students revise their data to be able to start their designs

Students presented their work during the third week of the designing phase. They drew their spacesuit design as a homework assignment and presented during our online class.

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Apollo 21 mission and beyond…

Although the idea of the project arose in the previous academic year, it is being shaped now.

Apollo 21 Blogmasters Team: Flavia, Alejandra and Elena

One thing that is very important in the realization of a STE(A)M project are the connections that are made between students, teachers, educational community and external agents (scientists, institutions, companies, industries, etc.).

In the definition and design of a project, I like to draw a general guide that allows the natural growth of the project. Throughout the project new ramifications will arise, new ideas will be added and people will be added as collaborators and partners.

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