Industry as a role model to inquiry-based method at school

I want to describe my experience of the STEM Discovery Week 2018. In addition to my job as a teacher, I also work as a teachers’ trainer at the Faculty of Science Education at Technion, the Israel Institute of Science and Technology.
During the STEM Discovery Week, I did an activity with pre-service teachers and students from the 9th grade, who came to Technion for a visit.

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Renewable energy of the future

My name is Stella Magid-Podolsky. I want to tell about my experience during the STEM Discovery Week at my school in Israel. The activity took place at the 8th grade.
During two days, students from the 8th grade science class learned, explored and checked alternatives to regular energy usage. Students were divided into teams, in which each team worked on a different source of renewable energy. On the second day of the activity, each team presented their research and outcomes to the audience of students and teachers.
The students’ reflection on this activity was great. This activity took place instead of a final exam and the students informed me that they liked this kind of assessment very much. During the activity, the students had a chance to express variety of skills, such as creativity, team work, brainstorming and presentation skills…..all skills that are so important in the 21st century.
Also, as a teacher, I enjoyed this activity very much!!!!!!
I had the chance not only be a transformer of knowledge, but also a mentor of every team.
Hope to do more activities as this one. The experience was great!!!

Arduino programming and creation of mobile applications for robot management and gaming


The results of the students’ activities carried out during the participation of the “Moravice Railway Technical School” were presented within the STEM Discovery Week campaign.

The basic objective of participating and marking this event was to popularise the STEM area and to bring it closer to the school’s staff and pupils. The abbreviation STEM in its acronym conceals 4 subjects, namely Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These are the areas that the modern labour market has recognised as a necessity. Knowledge, skills and competences acquired within STEM are a prerequisite for quality future workforce. ŽTŠ Moravice possesses good materials and technical equipment when it comes to modern technologies and participating in this initiative, emphasising the openness of the school to the application of innovative ways that are supported by technology in the teaching process.

Within the framework of this activity, students had the opportunity to acquire knowledge through a research and educational model that encourages them to solve problem tasks and apply critical thinking and ultimately disseminate the results.

Class II.e students, under the tutorship of Professor Miroslav Loncar, made several projects on the Arduino platform and used AppInventor2 tools, created robotic control applications, as well as simple game applications.

Those projects made on the Arduino platform included:

Sound emitting diode for blind and partially sighted people
Electric piano
Darkness detector
Electronic dice

Entertainment and playing apps included:

Fidget spinner
Criss Cross game
Catche the ball game
Flappy bird

It should be noted that at the level of the Republic of Croatia, only nine schools attended the STEM Discovery Week and recognized the importance of this initiative. Realisation of the activities was preceded by a detailed planning and organisation which was ultimately worth it because the students of the 2nd grade in cooperation with professor Miroslav Loncar and school counselor Mateo Havaić made a great effort and were extremely pleased with the achievements.

Link to photos from the activities:


We completed our activity which was part of the ”STEM Discovery Week” on 28th April with the participation of 20 teachers and 50 students. 4 different STEM events were organised for students within the scope of the event.

My contribution to the 1st Albanian Scientix Conference

Do you know ?

On 28 April 2018 we, the Albanian Scientix Ambassadors, carried out the first Albanian Scientix Conference. Was it easy? I am sure that while you are reading, you answer “of course not”. But we did it. This is the most important thing that we should remember in the future, more than the difficulties we had to face in order to achieve it.

I am so happy that I could contribute to this conference. In relation to this, my  activity during this conference consisted of two parts: a presentation of the Scientix portal, during which I could tell and show something about the STEM  activity with my students, and also a workshop during which I talked about online events happening on the Scientix portal.

In relation to my first activity, “Scientix portal presentation”, I first showed  teachers how to create an account on the Scientix portal, then I showed all the 9  sections of the portal, with all options inside each section. At the end of my presentation, I showed some pictures of our STEM activity at our school. During  my presentation I invited Albanian teachers to be part of this portal, following its pages on Facebook and Twitter by highlighting that; “Being a digital teacher may be your choice, but being a 21st century teacher is not your choice but a stubborn fact and you cannot do anything to change it”.

During my second activity, I trained teachers how to be part of online events, such as webinars, Moodle courses, how to attend a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and advised them to register on the MOOC “Opening minds to STEM careers”. For this, I invited and taught them how to create an account on the European Schoolnet Academy platform.

After the conference, I have seen many Albanian teachers that attended the Conference, frequently in the Facebook group “Science Teachers in Europe” so I think we did a good job, really we did, and I am happy that I had the possibility  to contribute to this conference. With this conference, we have contributed to increasing the quality of teaching in our education system. This is an important  fact.