Keyrings for the aimal protector is a STEM task. It is a task of an eTwinning project.
The eTwinning project is called “social revolution“. The collaborators on the project are from Spain, Turkey, Germany, Greece and Portugal.
My name is María José Cayuela. I am a primary teacher. And I work in CEIP Ciudad de Ceuta. My students are in the first grade of Primary.
This task took place in March and in April. Here you are a page of the eTwinning platform. There, you can find the planning and organization of the task and some evidence of the result.
The task is an awareness campaing. It consist on creating keyrings. Students donate them to animal associations. And finally, associations can sell them to collect money. The money is to help animals to fight for their rights.
HOW TO CREATE KEYRINGS
First, students draw animals and design them. Secondly, they design them using a a digital tool. It is called “tinkercard“. Thirdly, they print the result using a 3d printer.
PACKAGE FOR THE KEYRINGS
After that, they design the package using a digital tool. It is called “geogebra“.
Finally, they create a sale catalog. They use a digital tool called canvas. It contains information about the keyrings in stock. The catalog also includes photograph of the keyrings and drawings of animals.
MATERIAL AND RESOURCES TO CREATE KEYRINGS
Students used material such as: 3D printer, a camera, 3D printer filaments of different colours, computer, internet conextion. They also use drawing materials, cardboard, paper to print.
The final product has been created in a collaborative way.
This task is multidisciplinary. Above all, it promotes STEAM areas. It is inclusive and include social values. And very important, it integrates key competences and XXI century skills.
HOW TO INVOLVE AUDIENCE
Students work online. In other words, they used digital tools eTwinning platform offers. They used digital tools to collaborate, communicate, interact and share ideas.
The school community and members of the animal association can follow the work process and the results. That is because they can visit the eTwinning platform.
Members of the association for the protection of animals collaborate on this task. Experts communicate with us through videoconference, for instance.
Moreover, families also collaborate. They sell the keyrings to collect money. Then, they donate it.
WHY TO USE THIS METHOD OR SIMILAR ONES
Other teachers should use this or similar methods with their students. As well as STEM approach. There are many reasons.
This approach combines classroom work with real life experience. In other words, students serve the community. Therefore, they are more motivated to create for a real reason. And as a result, they are motivated to learn and work. On the other hand, students develop key competences and XXI century skills, in other words, they increase creativity, computational thinking and problem solving. They learn to collaborate. And they improve their communicative and digital competences, digital competnece, among others.
The task is integrated in Primary Curriculum. It involves different areas, such as Science, Math, Spanish and English. It also includes cross curricular contents. The most important are social values such as emphaty, solidarity, help, respect, tolerance, equalty, love for animals. It promotes Science, Tecnology, Engineering, Art and Math.