Related to 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign activities, we wanted to emphasize the importance and necessity of “recycling” with our students. In the recent past, we wanted to raise awareness of serious environmental issues affecting the world. In order to achieve these goals, with TEMA Foundation Turkey (Turkey Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Resources Foundation), we conducted joint studies. Our activities were held in the period of 13 – 20 April 2020. As one of these works, we designed flower pots from recycled materials.
When the working process was examined, we prepared a work plan with the students first. In line with this plan, we made a distribution of tasks among students. Every week, a group of students completed their preparations and fulfilled the assigned tasks.
First, students created an awareness board on the environment and recycling. This board was prepared as other students in the school can see. There were interesting articles and pictures on the board.
Later, a different group of students prepared a presentation on water consumption in nature. Students made their presentations in the classroom. In the presentation, the problems related to water consumption, the amount of water required for each consumption material and the importance of the water cycle were mentioned. During the presentation, the students answered questions from other students. In addition, awareness tables about the amount of water required for each consumer item were created and various places in the school were hung.
As a team, we have been part of the ASTRO-STEM eTwinning Project and we started to search for solutions to the water problem in Mars conditions. We carried out a study within the project, in which 12 mixed country teams are included and different studies will be brought together. The “ASTRO-STEM” project is designed to raise students’ awareness with accurate information about astronomy and space sciences. It aims to explore the depths of the universe with STEM studies by having fun in open learning environments where students can express themselves comfortably.
With this project, students learned about astronomers, history of astronomy, constellations and mythological stories, our galaxy, sky atlas, telescopes, and astronomy diary. An important part of this project is based on the STEM approach. With the STEM approach, students are expected to reach their project goals. For this purpose, participation in “2020 STEM Discovery Campaign” has been encouraged within the scope of “ASTRO-STEM” project.
The Covid-19 pandemic influenced the whole world. We had to interrupt education in schools. We continued our courses with the help of the Zoom Web 2.0 tool. We designed the activity “I Learn With Stem I Code My Future” with our students for the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign as part of the eTwinning project.
When the outbreak began, people retreated to their homes. So nature started to renew itself. Air quality improved and vegetation revived. With the decrease of pollution, the diversity of living creatures increased in rivers, lakes and seas. This epidemic reminded us that we were consuming natural resources unconsciously. We discussed with the students what kind of awareness we can do on this subject. We asked the students to watch a movie on the natural environment we chose and a brief presentation of the information they obtained through Toontastic.
FCL is so inspirational for educators because it designed with the aim of gaining 21-century skills with 6 different learning zones. Many schools in Turkey are creating new learning environments. And all of these schools take inspiration from Future Classroom Lab (FCL). We have selected a lesson plan prepared as a FCL scenario from within Scientix Repository in order to give an idea to the schools that prepare new learning environments in our district. The name of the lesson plan is “ Growing plastic & new life for plastic Future Classroom Scenario” and we applied it in a school.
This scenario is part of the BLOOM School Box, which consists of a set of five Future Classroom Scenarios combining bioeconomy into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. In this way, we had data on which environments we need for STEM and inquiry-based learning. This lesson plan is prepared for students aged 11-18. There are articles, experiments, worksheets, video links and evaluation questions in the lesson plan.