A Math Lesson: Homes for sustainable cities and communities.

Sustainable development enables the needs of future generations to be met without consuming natural resources by establishing a balance between human and nature. Moreover, it is a concept that has social, ecological, economic, spatial and cultural dimensions. Our global goals for sustainable development include sustainable cities and communities, accessible and clean energy, wealthy families, clean environment, healthy and clean life, improving soil structure, reducing pollution, improving life on land and water, and reducing unemployment.

Since more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities, our urban areas are shrinking and the living standards of the society are gradually decreasing. Therefore, we need to significantly change the way we build and manage our urban spaces for sustainable cities and communities. One of the goals of the mathematics lesson is to find solutions to real-life problems. From here, students are given a STEM project scenario-based on project-based learning in mathematics lesson to solve the problem mentioned above.

As a preliminary preparation for the project, a STEM-related questionnaire is applied to them since they will participate in a STEM project for the first time.

The survey link and results are given below.

Survey Link: www.wooclap.com/IDCAKD

According to the results of the questionnaire, information is given about the STEM project in online math lesson. For example: Scenarıo, How does an engineer work? What is STEM? What is Math? Would you like to make a project for real life problem ?

Powerpoint Presentatıon for online lesson:


  • The science of measurable and countable properties of sizes. # Encyclopediè Methodique.
  • Mathematics is a way of describing reality and understanding how the world works. It is a universal language.

STEM refers to learning based on technology and engineering design that integrates the concepts of science and mathematics with the concepts of technology and engineering education (Sanders, 2012) and it is based on combining these disciplines in a classroom based on the connections between real-world problems and topics (Stohlmann, Moore, and Roehrig, 2012).



Dear Children,
In order to achieve our Sustainable Development goals, we need to significantly change the way we build and manage our cultural spaces .
We know that more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities. By 2050, this number will be 6.5 billion, or two-thirds of the world’s population . This creates a serious problem for the planet Earth.
In our S TEM project, you are asked to design Smart Homes for sustainable cities and communities to solve this problem .
Good tasks.

• Time : 180 minutes
• Cost : 20- 200 pounds
• Materials to be used: Play dough, wooden blocks (game material), waste materials, scissors, tape, adhesive, silicone, solar panel, 2 batteries.
• Product : Smart house design


STEM Project Time: 6×30 minutes. This project continues from March to the end of April.

Age: 10-11 years

  • Our project achieve the following goals:
  • Learning objectives of the Sustainable Development Turkey
  • Developing solutions for cities and communities for our country.
  • To be able to draw the houses to be designed in 2 dimensions on paper
  • To be able to apply engineering design processes
  • Learn to use collaborative work tools to create multimedia contents that facilitate remote working.

Promoting professional vocations within and outside the STEM field among the participating students.

       My students could not always come to school due to the Pandemic. Therefore, the classroom Whatsapp group was created for the STEM project. Script posted before whatapp. it was announced in an online lesson. The students divided into project groups and determined their tasks. They set up a Whatsapp group, shared their research and assignments under my guidance, and held talks with video conferencing Zoom. I also attended these meetings.

In order to develop all the work included in this project, the following phases have been defined


In our STEM project, students researched the following questions and produced solutions. They first shared these solutions over whatapp, so it was easy to establish a relationship with mathematics and science in our online course. All our work was collected in Padlet and shared on the school page.

Reseach’s guestions for project


Many imagine of my students came to light. If I want to give an example,for example: Poster, banner, videos, 2D and 3D home design, presentation… As a result of our research for the project, we decided to draw our dreams on paper.


Students hold a meeting about the project and the material and infrastructure information they will need to implement this project, and also clarify design stages within the group.Interviews to decide on the material and background information they will need to implement the project. The other important part is the materials. Decides on the design materials to be used.

Materials to be used: waste materials, Play dough, wooden blocks (play material), waste materials, scissors, tape, glue, silicon, solar panel, 2 batteries.



Some students have produced a joint product with their friends in the School Garden. Other children build sustainable homes at home with family support. All research and result production was done by Whatsapp and Video conference (Zoom).

Student’s Padlet link: https://padlet.com/besenmat84/60r3qnqr0k4v


Students made presentations in the online class. Students published their work on the School page.

School Website:https://mustafabulbul.meb.k12.tr/icerikler/mustafa-bulbul-ortaokulu-stem-kulubu-etkinlikleri_11357715.

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About Betulesen

Betül ESEN, one of Turkey's Scientix STEM Ambassadors, completed her graduate degree in mathematics education. She presents her studies on STEM and mathematics education at national and international congresses. In 2020, within the scope of the project, three primary schools, a secondary school, a science center and a school development organization were visited by the Konya Provincial Directorate of National Education sent to STEM schools in Cardiff, United Kingdom/Wales with STEM curriculum. He is currently working as a mathematics teacher in Konya. She is passionate about trekking, one of the nature sports, and integrates her hobbies with her profession as a trekking trainer. She has made it a lifestyle to travel domestically and abroad, to follow her dreams.

5 thoughts on “A Math Lesson: Homes for sustainable cities and communities.

  1. During the pandemic, the most efficient work that can be done online has been done. I congratulate you and your students. It is very nice to do STEM approach studies to students even in this process.

  2. It is great to integrate Mathematics and technology, despite the difficult conditions!
    We need skills-oriented training.

  3. You are one of my professors who do the best in integrating mathematics with STEM. Good for your labor.

  4. A well-prepared lesson plan to raise awareness. Thanks to the applicable events, we can all benefit from this plan. Congratulations. 👏🏻

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