This Shelter STEM project is designed for children between the ages of 7 and 10. This activity has been designed within the scope of Step by Step STEM eTwinning project activities. Students learn the impact of climate change and global warming on our lives, towns, cities. They learn to measure temperature of some objects and the air on different places and they create a model of a shelter.
INTRODUCTION TO THE SHELTER STEM
Firstly the children (7 years old) discuss the story about elves (the class is called elves):
Our friends Elves, they live in the forests. They like cool and fresh air. They are going to visit our town and there are not many shelters to have cool air. So they will go and measure the surface temperature on different places. (worksheet1) https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ezHBAO94VoxCO4ktnwyY4HG-inbUCWzO/view?usp=sharing . Then they compare they results.
THE WORLD PROBLEM
Secondly, the children watch YouTube video about city warming. Then they discuss what they saw and they speak about their town – how do they feel about it.
Students are asked the following question: What shall we do for the towns to have more shelter and to reduce the high temperature? They discuss it again.
THE SHELTER STEM MODEL DESIGN
Thirdly the students have to design a shelter STEM from material in the classroom.(worksheets2) https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ezHBAO94VoxCO4ktnwyY4HG-inbUCWzO/view?usp=sharing .
Students draw the design they will make. They work in four groups of four students. They try to build the designs they draw with the materials they have chosen. At the end the students test their Shelter STEM designs in a “heavy rain” (they use the water jar to make a rain).
In conclusion, the students make presentations of their Shelter STEM designs and upload the images to the padlet.
It was a great fun for all of us. They have trained the team work and cooperation as well.
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