In the past year, my students and I have participated in an eTwinning project called Space Adventures. Our partners were from France, Italy and Poland.
The main aim of the project is to acquire knowledge of the planets of the solar system, of exoplanets and of the ways to detect them.
Meanwhile, we also hope that students will expand their scientific English vocabulary. Not only due to the specific multilingual glossary of astronomy but also due to the collaborative activities and teamwork through which students had to gather material on famous astronomers, on planets and their environments and on modern exoplanet detection systems.
Coding was also part of the project together with the programming of software like Stellarium and of robots or drones to explore the schools. Students should improve their skills in this area too.
A multilingual glossary of astronomy
Videos of school exploration
Biographies of Galileo, Copernicus, Le Verrier and Noordung
Jigsaw puzzles on planets
A scale model of the Solar System
An E-book for a report on the conference with scientists working on exoplanets
We planned the following activities:
Activity 1 : What do we know about the other countries?
Activity 2 : Create and vote for the best logo.
Activity 3 : A collaborative multilingual glossary of astronomy.
Activity 4 : Astronomers’ biographies.
Activity 5 : School exploration by “robots”.
Activity 6 : A video conference or a visit from an astronomer/astrophysicist as a role model. A discussion with scientists (from France and form Slovenian about exoplanets.
Activity 7 : Games for students about astronomy
Events with scientists:
Mr. Sean Raymond is an astronomer working at the Laboratory of Astrophysics in Bordeaux. In video conference meeting he explane us how they can find exoplanets.
Dr. Marija Strojnik (Scholl) is a senior professor at the Optical Research Center in Leon, Mexico. She visited Slovenian school beginning March when she visited Slovenia. Students asked her questions about exoplanets and about her work in Mexico. The questions were prepared with the cooperation of all partners.
During the STEM Discovery Week, teachers from different cities in our country will work on their planned activities with their students. All Scientix Ambassadors of Albania will collaborate and create during the all-day Conference on 28 April, which will be held at the school “Flatrat e dijes”, Fier, Albania. Each of the Ambassadors have their responsibility to take part in the organisation.
What about the conference?
It will be an all day conference, starting at 09:00 am and ending at 16:00 pm.
During the conference, different speakers will have presentations they prepare.
A discussion panel with an invited person will be part of this conference and teachers will prepare questions they are interested in.
Parallel sessions of training for educators is another point of interest for educators which will inform about the Scientix platform and possibilities to get involved.
Lunch and the ceremony of certification for the invited teachers.
Who is going to be invited?
Different teachers from science subjects at school. There will be an open invitation to submit documents, where teachers can express their interest to take part. All Ambassadors can invite their colleagues from their schools too, but only a limited number of teachers will be selected.
Speakers of the conference?
Almida Cercizaj – first Scientix Ambassador of Albania
Adriana Laze – (Scientix Ambassador of Albania)
Dhurata Myrtollari – (Scientix Ambassador of Albania)