Author: Ayse Karaul Arslan
In this STEM event which was held on 20 – 28 April 2020, we exhibited on our Bilsem website the STEM products created by our children at their homes. Our pupils produced and shared with their STEM products. And then, other pupils voted for the best product. We organized 3 different STEM product categories.
1. My Rocket
2. My Fastest Vehicle
3. My Wind Turbine
As mentioned before, this event took place in our schools’ website.
Online exhibitions or online contests can always are suitable for all ages and levels. Covid-19 made the process to be held online mandatory. Since we have attended STEM Discovery Week 2018, students know the subject and we love to participate in it. We announced the event by informing student groups by sharing the information on social media. We involved the students at 3rd and 4th grades at the primary school level, also students from 5th, 6th and 7th grades at the secondary school level.
Participation in the event was voluntary and other students were encouraged to participate in the voting. With this activity, children were encouraged to make and offer their products in a confident manner. Gaining self-confidence is pedagogically important.
Actually, firstly, we designed this activity as an exhibition but our pupils needed more encouragement. We changed this activity into a competition and a lot of pupils want to join this activity.
In total, 17 pupils joined this competition, and I shared winners on Tricider.