Author: Gülcan Akyürek
Event Name: Floating garden
Participants: students, parents
The Covid-19 pandemic influenced the whole world. We had to interrupt education in schools. We continued our courses with the help of the Zoom Web 2.0 tool. We designed the activity “I Learn With Stem I Code My Future” with our students for the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign as part of the eTwinning project.
When the outbreak began, people retreated to their homes. So nature started to renew itself. Air quality improved and vegetation revived. With the decrease of pollution, the diversity of living creatures increased in rivers, lakes and seas. This epidemic reminded us that we were consuming natural resources unconsciously. We discussed with the students what kind of awareness we can do on this subject. We asked the students to watch a movie on the natural environment we chose and a brief presentation of the information they obtained through Toontastic.
The students shared their preliminary studies and presentations on the subject in the WhatsApp group. We decided on the design of the product to be created with activity and what kind of materials it will consist of. We designed our product as a floating garden consisting of three-dimensional geometric shapes. This islet, floating in water with some soil, will obtain the necessary water for agricultural production by distillation from the sea.
The students introduced their products online through Zoom platform. The teacher received the students’ opinions about the subject. We determined the positive-negative and developable aspects of the activity. They shared videos and pictures that summarized the process. Class members made a collage using pictures as promotional material.
In this activity, we focused on the basic disciplines of STEM education. We aimed to develop the skills of planning and designing the students. We aimed to change the prejudices of the students to these disciplines by applying mathematics and geometry lessons in a fun activity.