Family STEM Night

Why this activity

I organize STEM-themed family nights in our school once a month. As a Scientix Ambassador, these meetings become an excellent way to spread STEM education model to a wider community. Since the STEM Discovery Week takes place in April, I see this as a great opportunity to combine our Family STEM Night activity for April with STEM Discovery Week 2019. In our Family STEM Nights students, teachers and parents meet and they all work together to accomplish the challenges specifically designed for that night. For the STEM Discovery Week 2019, our main scope is to learn about the physics, math, engineering, architecture, design and technology behind geodesic domes and create one as a team..

Introduction

Our activity began with a short video to attract the participants’ attention. Then we discussed about different roof and ceiling structures through the history such as ancient Greek temples (Parthenon), Egyptian and Mayan pyramids. With this approach we learned more about why the domes are more practical, beneficial, convenient and functional. Many architects and engineers throughout the history like Da Vinci, Mimar Sinan and Buckminster Fuller tried to build large domes to demonstrate their immortal masterpieces. We also examined world-wide famous domes from history to our days like Hagia Sophia, Astrodome, Climatron. (here is the link for the slides)

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Pi & STEM. We found it everywhere!

Subjects: Mathematics, Geometry, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Architecture, Natural Science, Astronomy.

Teacher: Erviola Konomi

Data: 13/04/2019 – 26/04/2019

AIMS: This cross-curricular activity is about making maths more interesting to students. The idea is, after lesson ” Geometry shapes in geometry solid” to set numerous interesting activities where students have to do research, use the Internet and different online tools working in international team (eTwinning project), sharing ideas, developing interest in mathematics, stimulating creative activity, gaining new experiences, in order to find how number pi (3.14), integrate in different subjects.

Project-based Learning: Students get fact-based tasks, problems to solve and they work in groups. Students will develop an inquiry-based learning project.
Students have the opportunity to get friends from other countries in eTwinning project and they will improve their foreign language skills, increasing their creativity, build and encourage their problem solving skills in a fun way, supported related role modelling, career aspirations and gender equality.

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