Hello, I am a primary school teacher in Turkey. I and my students participate in eTwinning projects that involve STEM education.
In the activity that I organised on 6 – 10 April 2020, we covered the issue of helping people around us or, in other words, solidarity. Our activity is based on the acquisition of life science skills. We asked the students to observe their home places. Students observed their families for a week. They listed the issues their families faced. Then we wanted to choose the most important of these issues.
Then, the subject of geometric bodies was studied in detail. We taught students concepts such as cube and square prism in math class. Then we asked the families to design a solution product. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, students drew and later made their 3D designs at home. At this stage, they used waste materials at home.
Water’STEM is an eTwinning project. The purpose of our project was to encourage our students to learn about water from a young age and make it a habit to use water economically.
In our project, the attention was drawn to every environment in which we are facing the danger of running out of water resources in the future. Also, to raise awareness about preschool education and to support STEM activities.
The objectives of our project were:
To teach students the importance of water in our lives from a young age
To provide students with information about water consumption
To increase environmental awareness about water consumption
To produce solutions to water problems using the STEM approach
The project was co-founded in Turkey and Slovakia. Teachers from schools in Slovakia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey were involved in this project as partners from five different countries. From Turkey, the schools from Konya, Istanbul, Ankara, Nigde and Sakarya provinces joined. The project has 15 partner, 9 coming from Turkey and 6 from Europe. In total, 250 students were involved in the project.
“Let’s teach and learn STEM” eTwinning project was founded in August 2019 by Ülkü Kale Karaaslan and Ayşe Ünlü.
The aim of the project is to create STEM awareness among preschool teachers and to enable STEM applications from early childhood. Over a hundred female teachers were involved in the “Family Workshop” project where teachers were given STEM training. The teachers who received the training prepared the activity plans according to the 5e learning model in teams and applied them in their classrooms.
The “Family Workshop” (which is part of the project) was planned for the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaigning. On 5 March 2020, it was held simultaneously with 27 provincial 100 schools, 100 teachers, 2020 students and 2020 parents involved. The information on STEM Discovery Campaning has been provided to all participants.
What is STEM to parents? The families designed balloon cars with their children. The cars were tested as a result of the design process. Schools communicated with each other via social networks during the event.
Distance teaching due to Covid-19 outbreak can be challenging. Being Scientix ambassador to Turkey and willing to engage students in STEM education, together with 85 teachers, on 13 April, 2020 we started the challenge project “STEM at Home”. As during the pandemic students are learning from home we wanted them to develop their problem-solving, creativity, communication, presentation and entrepreneurship skills. I joined this challenge with my 7 years old students that are in 1st grade. Please see their works in the video format below.
We decided to participate in the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign during the “Science and Technology week” celebrated in Turkey in March 8 – 14.
We used TWIN SCIENCE materials in our effectiveness because it was the theme of “Innovative Trends in Education” and it contains very creative STEM materials for preschool and primary school students. The name of our project was “TWIN Science Sustainable STEM” in the 21st century, as STEM education aims to develop and deliver innovative solutions to global issues that are directly related to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.