Colours of STEM


We colour the world, not with the darkness of our pasts, but with the rainbow of our hope.


Jenim Dibie

Summary:
There are many challenges in today’s world. The primary role of the teacher is to teach, but also enable children to live and fully understand the world. Sometimes, certain concepts are easily understood and taught. Other times, teachers need to use a different approach, a metaphor, to present certain concepts.

Our activities focused on colours and shapes. The basic, core idea was to teach children colours and shapes through math and games in their mother tongue and foreign language (English language).

The underlying concept was to teach children to accept differences, break stereotypes and see under the surface. Colours and shapes were used as a metaphor for differences among people; their appearance, beliefs, habits, competencies, capabilities and knowledge. We are all different colours and shapes. We colour the world.

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Together for the Global Goals

STEM Discovery Week 2019

The aim of this project is to:

– develop competencies that empower students to reflect on their own actions, taking into account their current and future social, cultural, economic and environmental impacts, from a local and a global  perspective

– integrate cultural heritage into science lesson

– enhance 21st – century skills in students learning including communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity

By implementing the ideas above, we have prepared a few mini projects. The activities took place between February and April 2019.


Digitally illustrated climate change – working with Europeana Collection and Pulitzer Center Education Resources 

Using text from “Losing Earth” by Nathaniel Rich and George Steinmetz (published in the New York Time Magazine) and a work of art or image from the Europeana Collection, students created a visual that conveys a part of the history of the climate change debate. Students shared their creations on their personal accounts – Twitter, Instagram, Facebook to showcase all students’ creations together.

Through their stories and the choices that they made, students gained a better understanding of the effects of climate change and our capacity for resilience.

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STEM ELECTRICITY PROJECT

Our 7th-grade students are going to present their “STEM Electricity project”. The project also includes concepts of social responsibility, awareness and saving.

The students created a living space project by associating what they learned about the way the electrical circuits were connected with the problems they encountered in their daily life. They built a walking track, shopping centre or playground by using the lighting system. They used led lamps to prevent light pollution. They tried their circuit design in their tablets by using “phet collorado electricity simulations”. 

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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

Hello!
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!!!

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