STEM Discovery Week 2019 – Best practices in using innovative STEM resources

STEM Discovery Week 2019 is a joint international initiative that invites projects, organisations and schools across Europe and around the world, to celebrate studies and careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The tagline for this year’s campaign “Best practices in using innovative STEM resources” with the aim to highlight best practices in current STEM teaching across Europe through using innovative resources.

On the STEM Discovery Week 2019 blog, participants of the Scientix and the SYSTEMIC & Scientix competitions are invited to report on their STEM Discovery Week activities and actions.

To learn about the guidelines of participating, read the terms and conditions here:

This blog is also a platform for teachers and other education practitioners to share, exchange and interact about their STEM practices. We encourage you to explore the blog, see others teachers’ examples and get inspiration from the community for your teaching.

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About Agueda Gras

I am the Science Programme Manager of European Schoolnet. As Head of the Science Education Department at European Schoolnet, I am in charge of overseeing and coordinating all the STEM education projects in which European Schoolnet is involved, including day-to-day management of Scientix, the community for science education in Europe. I have a PhD in Astrophysics from Trinity College Dublin, which I carried out at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies in Ireland.

14 thoughts on “STEM Discovery Week 2019 – Best practices in using innovative STEM resources

  1. Students from the Secondary School of Voievod Neagoe Basarab in Bucharest Romania will celebrate the STEM Discovery Week 2019 through exhibitions with their Physics and Art projects.

  2. How does a living creature become a fossil?
    WORKSHOP #1-What Are Fossils?
    These exercises explore the mysterious processes that keep evidence of past life.
    Through thinking, children will be able to explain much of the mystery surrounding fossils and fossilization . In these mysterious processes, students will come with the help of biology teachers – how they are created-creating fossils, geography sedimentary rocks, physics and chemistry -fossil fuels.They will also be helped by the book Evolution that is used by Scientix resources.
    WORKSHOP #2 Investigate animal fossils
    The investigations of this standard have many hands-on activities. They will help students know what the different fossils are a some activities also compare fossils to living organisms of today to see if the organisms still exist or are extinct.
    WORKSHOP #3 Making your fossil
    This practical involves students making fossils from shells or plants using plaster.
    Demonstrate how to make a fossil by modelling the process to them and using the video
    Your challenge is to making fossils
    The continual advances in technology are changing the way students learn, connect and interact every day. Skills developed by students through STEM provide them with the foundation to succeed at school and beyond.

  3. Stem Keşif haftasında eTwinning Stem Kulübünden Stem festivaline projesi ortakları stem challenge etkinliği yapacaktır.

  4. “We will organise several activities in STEM Discovery Week. Our activities are now in STEM Discovery Week 2019 Map.
    1. Natural Sources
    2. Solving Problems Using Technology
    3. Augmented Reality of Social Activities
    Teacher: Işıl Gülmez
    School: 6 Nisan Anadolu Lisesi
    Bursa / Turkey

  5. Hello from Prince & Princess Island Istanbul.

    We are organizing Adalar #STEM Festival on 23th April İn #Buyukada.
    There are many exhibitions, workshops and competitions for #SDW.

    You can see all of details on Facebook our Event page.


    #adalarhalkegitimmerkezi #Buyukadasehitmuratyukselikokulu

  6. Hi, Turkey Çorum Lachin District of career discovery stem the week we attended the 2019 week. E twinning stem from the project ”Stemle Öğreniyorum Geleceğimi Kodluyorum” within the scope of the project with our partners. We created our boards in our schools. We distributed the space dome plow. We divided our classes into five groups.Our students researched about space. They decided which geometric objects to use. They decided which decorations to use in our space dome. They made artistic structures. They gave a presentation. We built the space dome in our classes. we exhibited our work in our classes. We have presented these works in other classes. We have published on our school’s website.
    Our website:
    blog of our

  7. Hi I’m Primary School Teacher at Edirne-Enez Cumhuriyet Primary School. In the 2019 STEM discovery week, we did the following:
    We designed 4 materials aiming to draw attention and leave a mark on the field of recycling food. We designed “Rain Collecting Purifier” to transforming rain water to drinkable water, “From Fruit Rinds to Fertilizer” to save rotten or uneaten fruit or fruit rinds, “Recycled Animal Food” to prevent stale bread to become trash and provide food for Street animals and also “Banana Miracle Cream” to make use of the banana rinds and to use the beneficial parts of the banana.
    For our project, we used various sources such as Science Coursebook of 4th graders, and The information that our coursebook provides such as there is a waste of 5 millon kilos of bread in Turkey is one of the things that has inspired us to start this Project.
    After we prepared our materials, we invited the other students of our school and all the parents to present our project materials and we displayed what we accomplished on 24th of April, 2019.
    What we aimed for our students to learn during this project is identifying a problem by using brainstorming, searching for information and collecting data; designing a material fort he solution of the problem and finally presenting the outcome. This process helps the students to learn by experience.
    This project is really good fort he students’ learning process. The students discover how to collect data and then analyze it. By designing the materials, students develop their skills on Maths and Engineering also they learn to combine the two fields. In addition, the project enables the students to develop their self-confidence by presenting materials to audiences.

  8. One of the events in Malta for STEM Discovery Week 2019 sees two girls schools using STEM driven workshops, of 40 minutes duration each, linking Sciences and Maths to Art. At the same time students have the opportunity to meet the presenters who work in labs, Science research industries, University of Malta and different NGOs (non-government organisations) and relate to STEM careers from their presenters’ shared experience on their role/ career.

    Each workshop is made up of a team of 12 students who after a short introduction on STEM careers would be introduced to a practical problem and encouraged to explore a solution using different resources and creativity. Use of dice, games, role play, drawing, blocks, etc… link to DNA, height of a mountain, buildup of charges and circuits, sound and what is happening in the ozone layer.

    An event where STEM fun in a TEAM gives STEAM!

  9. hello
    türkiye,rize,tobb ilkokulu,30.04.2019
    Stem Discovery Week
    we made the stem challenge with 1st week students.students became 4 grops.produced solutions to the given scenario.
    They compete, they share design.we made the stem festival

  10. STEM DISCOVERY WEEK 2019 at “Zinca Golescu” College from Pitesti.
    Physics Teacher – Roman Iuliana
    This is the second year in which our school organizes activities during STEM DISCOVERY WEEK.
    Between February and April 2019 we have organized 3 extracurricular activities meant to boost the interest of our students towards science in general and Physics in particular.
    First activity took which place on 22nd of March, 2019, was to repeat the Eratosthenes method in order to measure the circumference of the Earth. This activity was carried out by the 7-grade students who measured the length of the shadow cast by a 1-meter stick – gnomon- on the ground. The students had the opportunity to apply what they have learned in their Maths, Geography and Physics classes, to use different sites to perform necessary calculations and to communicate with other foreign students to obtain the radius of the Earth.

    The second activity was a demonstrative lesson, Electric circuits, held at the 6th grade, on 10th of April, 2019. This was inspired by a Scientix resource ESTABLISH IBSE TEACHING AND LEARNING UNITS: PHYSICS ( which contains IBSE teaching and learning materials developed by the ESTABLISH project, and created for professional development together with activities for direct use in the classroom. The teaching and learning materials included in this volume are: “Light”, “Sound”, “Heating and Cooling: Designing a Low Energy Home” and “Direct Current Electricity”. From this precious resource we have used ideas presented in Activity 1: Electric current, battery and bulb as well as those from Activity 5: Electric elements in a DC circuit.
    The third activity, Scientific Toys, held on 17th of April reunited middle school student with high school students, in a science festival. The first part of this activity was a Science Fair, the second one consisted of workshops in which older students helped the younger ones to understand better the physical phenomena on which some scientific toys rely on. Students moved around 8 stations, they had the opportunity to play, explore and learn. And here we have used some ideas from the Scientix repository, ESTABLISH, Activity 1.3: Understanding shadows, Activity 1.4: Exploring white light and filters, Activity 1.5: Exploring primary colours.

    The toys we have used in this entertaining activity: for Optical instruments construction Optik Cabinet, electric circuits construction kits Hot Wires, Reflection- refraction – Laser Maze, and Mirascope, Magnets sets, Plasma Ball, etc.

    At the end of this activity, we had the great satisfaction of getting very positive feedback from our students. They said they have enjoyed all the time spent together, at the same time learning a lot of things about physics, and that they wished to organise again, as soon as possible another meeting.

  11. We made our STEM Discovery Week 2019 activities which we prepared as the Köşk 100th Year Atatürk Middle School (Köşk 100. Yıl Atatürk Ortaokulu) STEM Coordinator on 25th April with great excitement.
    Our students have enjoyed the discovery in all activities in the guidance of our science teacher Burçin Çelik, mathematics teachers Hasan Basri Özcan and Mehmet Kazanci, Visual Arts course teacher Alev Yenice, Information Technology teacher Volkan Seçkin.

    Click here to watch our promotional video:

    Our students designed their own sky with the art of marbling, designed galileoscopes, spacecraft, exhibited space suits and discovered constellations.

    It’s impossible to express our feelings exactly about what we’re doing here. We recommend that you do this event because the happiness of being able to teach to our students and give a meaning to their basic informations about the Space is invaluable.

    Click here to watch a section of our event:

    We would like to thank all the students and teachers who contributed to the Köşk 100th Year Atatürk Middle School ( Köşk 100. Yıl Atatürk Ortaokulu) as a part of the day-long activity, and wish them success in the Stem Alliance Competition.

    Click here for the presentation of the event:

    Please click here to access all our activities:

    As we said on the first day of our journey, our motto is always the same:
    ”STEAM is born of love!“


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