Our Spacecraft

Author: Derya Ozturk

Our schools are closed due to the “Covid-19” pandemic that covers the whole world. However, we continue the education remotely.

We held this activity in our virtual classroom. From time to time we organized activities and events that even being in their homes students can participate in, have fun and be in touch with STEM. We organized events that children could use in their homes in order to have fun and to be intertwined with STEM.

“Our spacecraft” event was one of them. Approximately 40 students attended the event. Each student formed a group with their parents. Our event was held between 6-10 April. We wanted to draw attention to what can be done at home in this process we are in. And we found it appropriate to share our results with you. This activity was made for better understanding of the working principle of the spacecraft. Thanks to the pushing force of the air, they understood how an object could move.

For this activity, students and their parents used the materials they could find in their homes for this activity. Paper cups, straws, garbage skewers or pasta, tape and scissors to name a few. The students realized their designs with their parents and tested whether the design worked or not.

In STEM activity, the aim was to use the materials available and to create unique designs by using the mathematics and science knowledge of each student. Students do not stay away from STEM education with these applications during their time away from school.

Like this event we held, the activities continue both before and during the 2020 STEM Discovery Capmaign. Thanks to the STEM activities that we have integrated into our lessons, we aim to raise individuals with problem solving skills, curious, inquisitive and self-confident, and we also practice with these activities teaching remotely. We have demonstrated our creativity with these activities. We increased our curiosity by using the SYSTEM. Because STEM is everywhere.

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