The 2021 STEM Discovery Campaign

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Dear participants,

The 2021 STEM Discovery Campaign has already kicked off and we can’t wait to receive and read your stories about how you designed and implemented your STEM activities in the various competitions!

Read the instructions and the guidelines on how to write an engaging blog post and if you have any questions or doubts, or if you face technical issues please contact gergana.andonova@eun.org, eleni.myrtsioti@eun.org and inna.agadzhanova@eun.org.

Kindly consider the steps that you need to take in order to be eligible for the various competitions that run during the Campaign:

  1. Read carefully the Terms and Conditions of the competition you wish to take part into. You can find them all in the main page of the STEM Discovery Campaign and the Competitions section.
  2. Make sure you comply with all the requirements: you have permission or consent to share visuals, photos, information and materials.
  3. If you are preparing a Learning Scenario make sure to use the appropriate Learning Scenario template, which is indicated in every Terms and Conditions documents.
  4. Please make sure to submit your activity only through the Activity Submission Form (yellow button). Submissions through other services by Scientix, such as the Repository, will not be accepted.
  5. Blog-posts related to activities you have submitted will be published on the STEM Discovery Campaign blog only. You can receive an invitation for an account by indicating that you need one in the registration form.

We cordially thank you for your support and for your commitment to improve STEM education in Europe. If you have questions, feel free to reach out.

The Scientix team

The concept of integrated STE(A)M education

In education, interdisciplinary teaching refers to teaching in various subjects, based on the development of knowledge and skills, in order to enrich the entire educational experience. There are many benefits of an interdisciplinary approach, such as: helping students to think critically, developing lifelong learning and problem-solving skills, increasing the desire to learn, and developing communication and creativity. Although the word STEM can be interpreted as an abbreviation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, it can also be treated as a whole, representing interdisciplinary teaching and learning in the natural sciences.

STE(A)M

Although STEM subjects are included in the curricula in all European countries, the teaching of STEM subjects mainly refers to time dedicated to only one subject, and mostly according to studies, teachers do not work together. Consequently, students may not be able to combine and link knowledge acquired in more than one STEM or other subject. In this regard, it is necessary to address the lack of integrated STEM teaching by creating and testing a conceptual frame of reference for integrated STE (A) M education.

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FLY TO THE MOON

This Learning Scenario is targeted at children from 9-10 years of age but may be adapted for older children. In this Learning Scenario, children will be learning about rocket flight and how we leave Earth, fly to the Moon. Children will be able to identify the key features of rockets which are required for them to fly into space and do so as safely as possible.

This  activity is based over 1 lessons, both lasting approx. 60 mins

Part 1 concentrates on the learning of processes involved in the flight of rockets to space, identification of rocket features and the progressing to designing, drawing and labeling a rocket. This will be used to assess children’s knowledge & understanding of key features and terms discussed during lesson. New words: gravity, aerodynamic, gravitational pull, thrust,

Part 2 concentrates on the construction of a straw rocket that will be launched and then reviewed on what went well and why and what would be changed and why.

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Fly me to the Moon
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RECYCLING FOR REFLECTING

STUDY

Recycling is the process of reusing objects to prevent the waste of useful materials. Today’s children should learn this process to save the environment. In this study, our goal is to enable our students to use natural resources consciously. Recycling for reflecting is a project theme where students can create ideas for reusing.

This way, they can take action based on what they have learned in their immediate surroundings. We will guide our students to get to know their natural resources. We want them to investigate the areas that can be used as natural resources in their daily life. Using limited resources our expectation is that the students discover how nature and the environment are affected. We use Padlet, WordWall, Drive, and Okuvaryum as resources they can get help. The students will use recyclable materials in this project. And, we will hold meetings with the students for 3 hours a week through 6 weeks.

AIM

We aim to develop students’ thinking, communication, research, and self-management skills. According to do this, we expect the students to take the needed responsibilities starting from their own environment. We want our students to show the things they have learned. By using their sensitive behavior and creativity, they produced materials that meet their needs from waste.

We believe that inquiry-based learning creates more permanent and life-related learning. We would like to encourage other schools and societies to use this project and method.

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What If One Day The Water Runs Out?

1-How will people and Animals be affected if water resources are reduced?

2-What will be the negative effects of thirst on humans?

3-How do you think we can develop a solution to this problem ?

4-What are the precautions?

As agricultural production declines, people will have a hard time finding food. Biodiversity will be negatively affected. Drought and increased evaporation will adversely affect wetlands, streams, lakes, forests, grasslands and coastal ecosystems. Because of the drought, ecosystems such as lakes, streams and reeds, swamps have completely dried up, invertebrate species such as fish, salamanders and some frog species such as dragonflies and damselflies have completely died out.

Drought can also put at risk the reproduction of some species that migrate to other locations for reasons such as spawning. Drought causes not only aquatic creatures, but mammals and other vertebrate-invertebrate species, especially birds that use wetlands for food and water needs.

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A STEAM PLAN ON HEALTHY DIET

“Trace Minerals as Pillars of a Healthy Diet”  is a three-session  (in-class or online) Scientix  LS which enables one to work on 4 different disciplines: Chemistry, Biology, Maths and English as a foreign language. There is one complimentary activity between the 2nd and the 3rd, which is designed as a non-class one.

  • What is it about?

The main real life question it raises is how to do conscious shopping with the aim of having a healthy, balanced diet. With the increasing rates of obesity, this is one of the most critical issues of today’s world.

  • What educational trends does it follow?

As one will see when the activity steps are unfolded, the LS proves to be a sound example of some of the important educational trends and all the 4C’s: peer-learning, collaborative learning, BYOD and edutainment,  critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity.

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