This year we have participated in the STEM Discovery Week as a part of the initiative of a few Scientix ambassadors from the South of Serbia, called NiSTEAM. We held workshops and had some fun and engaging activities in 5 schools during this week.
In Maths lessons in our school, we are trying to teach about geometry in an interesting way and we always want to apply that knowledge, so students can see why is that useful. They like especially all activities that are connecting their knowledge with real life. Ways that we can connect maths with other subjects are limitless.
For this STEM Discovery Week, we wanted to connect math with geography and make a Universe using geometry objects made of paper and cardboard.
This activity is designed to connect STEM and Arts subjects, as a part of the CREATIONS project.
The main aim of the activity is at putting students’ knowledge of geometry objects and their properties into a real world context. Pupils of different ages, knowledge, sex and abilities participated in it. As part of this activity, students can deepen their interest in mathematics and other STEM subjects, and maybe even choose to become architects or engineers later in life, thus influencing their future professional orientation.
While the students created their own city, they also learned important mathematical concepts that will help them throughout life. Although this activity focuses on the subject of geometry, there are so many other elements of learning, including inquiry-based learning, problem-solving, collaboration, communication, independent learning, and more. There are also some components of social studies, writing, drawing, making collages, painting, recycling, researching about sustainability, problem solving and comprehension.
Students created a city using 2D and 3D geometry, practising with both plain and solid geometry.
This was a three months long project, with many workshops and activities, including:
Making 2D paper collages with triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons and circles.
Making paintings of the city.
Brainstorming about how to make models and what the model of our city should look like, what is needed in the city, how we can build it, which materials we can use, how the city will be supplied with food, water and energy, and how it can become sustainable.
A peer learning workshop, in which our students held a workshop presenting geometry collages to other students in Belgrade.
A workshop at the Centre for the promotion of science in Belgrade, in which we created 3D models by using 3D printers for wind turbines and 3D pens for houses. We also had the chance to visit the Technical Fair in Belgrade and check all new solutions and the principles of work for 3D printers. You can read more about this visit here.
See also the pictures from all phases of our project and all the workshop on Sway here below.