As the COVID-19 pandemic has shown, access to education is proving, more than ever, to be essential to ensuring a swift recovery, while promoting equal opportunities for all.
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, so do the risks we face. The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped at national borders. It has affected people regardless of nationality, level of education, income or gender.
Students from privileged backgrounds, supported by their parents and eager and able to
learn, could find their way past closed school doors to alternative learning opportunities. Those from disadvantaged backgrounds often remained shut out when their schools shut down.
The situation is the same in our country as the others. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our students and teachers could not receive training face-to-face. Especially STEM, Coding, Artificial Intelligence and Scratch trainings are very important for our students to gain 21st century skills. We wanted to reduce the negative effects caused by the Covid-19 pandemic with the training events for students, which we organized during STEM Discovery Week. In STEM Discovery Week, we aimed to create STEM awareness among our students and teachers. We organized practical training events for these students and teachers.
As Muğla Provincial Directorate of National Education; we organized five student training events and 5 teacher training events by distance education tool, mainly Zoom. Within the scope of STEM Discovery Week of 23-30 April; 1327 students were trained on game design with Tinckercad, Scrach, Practical STEM Activity, Game Design with Artificial Intelligence. We aimed students work with their family with one of our events called “I do STEM with my family.”
For the teachers, counted 1030; the main topics were Scientix Portal Introduction, training to add activities to the STEM Discovery Week map, how to become a STEM School? Practical STEM Activity, STEAM project presentations.
How is dirty water cleaned within the scope of the annual theme in applied STEM student and teacher education? We started out from the problem. Our teachers and students who are connected online conducted STEM work to solve the problem. We drew their attention by using the drama technique about the formation of water in student education.
We have enabled them to design water cleaning games in artificial intelligence and scratch games.
With the work we organized for preschool students, called “I do STEM with my family”, we enabled our students to do STEM work with their families at home. Our little students got acquainted with the interdisciplinary approach.
Summary Video of the STEM Discovery Week
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