Our next SDC 2020 activities

Author: Aliya Ahmadova

Finally, we decided to generalize the “Nanotechnology in schools” activities for the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign with student projects. This year our slogan is: Don’t hesitate-STEM is accelerate. During the last week of the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign, STEM projects, prepared by secondary school students of the Republic of Azerbaijan at home and shared online on our project’s Facebook page, attracted everyone’s interest.

I also present the projects of our students for “SDC 2020 week” to you:

Please visit our Facebook page for more students’ projects made for SDC20!

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Nanotechnology in Schools: the importance of ethical points and values in STEM education

Author: Aliya Ahmadova

Another online activity that I organized for #SDC20 was STEM-based online webinar for the teachers involved in the STEM project and those coming from eTwinning. The information about the upcoming webinar was published on the project’s Facebook page and eTwinning website.

What can nanotechnology, a topic which is not included in the curriculum of secondary schools, give to students and educators?

  • Encourages scientific thinking – students and young people familiar with the concept of nanotechnology are more likely to turn to STEM subjects for scientific research. ‘S’, which is the first letter of the abbreviation ‘STEM’ and means ‘natural sciences’ encourages us to study the scientific basis of the events happening in the surrounding world.
  • A new and “untouched” topic – an exciting and different nanotechnology project will expand the opportunities for high school students who want to work and show high learning outcomes to discover, learn and apply their potential.
  • The presence of many examples of nanomaterial around us (medical substances, photo-sensitive colouring, water filtration, nano-medical tapes, nano-fabrics, etc.) allows students to work on nanotechnology-related projects to achieve the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and bring innovation by making little steps.
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Supporting STEM teacher’s in Azerbaijan: virtual classroom tips

Author: Aliya Ahmadova

As many countries close schools and some of them have turned into online teaching, our “STEM in Azerbaijan” project team would like to support the teachers handling remote teaching activities. We are providing useful tips on how to work online and sharing with a list of online tools facilitating the switch from the actual classroom to the virtual environment.

  • In a period of social isolation, cultivating the collaboration skill via digital learning environment can be challenging. It is clear that it is difficult to turn an idea into an innovation without collobration. This support video answers the question: “why it is important to perform STEM activities and build collaborative skills in a time of limited opportunities and social isolation?”.
Video is about how to manage STEM activites in virtual classrooms whith different online tools
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Nanotechnology in schools

Author: Aliya Ahmadova

When 2020 STEM Discovery Campaig was announced, we had already planned and implemented our first live workshop for 01.02.2020 . The tagline for this year’s campaign is “Innovative Trends in Education”, that’s why we thought and did a workshop on how nanotechnology, as innovative trend in STEM education, can be applied in schools.

What did we do?

  • We added our project and activity to SDC20 activities’ map http://www.stemazerbaycanda.com
  • We have reached an agreement with Baku Engineering University (in Azerbaijan Republic) to support us in SDC20.
  • The registration process for the selection of teachers for the SDC2020-Training Technology Workshop, scheduled for 01.02.2020, was opened.
  • 35 teachers from 12 regions who applied for registration, were selected to participate in the new content- Nanotechnology workshop, which was held for the first time in Republic of Azerbaijan.
  • The planned workshop was mainly organized and managed by Aliya Ahmadova, STEM PD Ambassador for Azerbaijan.
  • Finally we promoted all this procces in our project’s Facebook page.
SDC 2020-Training Technology Workshop 01.02.2020
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SDW 2019 in Azerbaijan

Greetings to everyone. I am Aliya Ahmadova. Finally, SDW 2019, which we long foresee, begins. I am the manager of the “STEM Azerbaijan” project supported by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan. As a project manager, I intend to provide active participation of Azerbaijan’s STEM teachers in the STEM Discovery Week 2019 events. For this purpose, we decided to organize the “My best STEM Lesson Plan” competition.

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