Bilge YILMAZ I have been working as a Mathematics Teacher (Istanbul, Turkey) since 2008. I love teaching. I also have an Computer Technologies Counseling Education. I have been doing eTwinning projects for 8 years. I am a Scientix Ambassador and also work as the Istanbul eTwinning Ambassador. I have done STEM, eTwinning, EU youth projects, Environment and Social Responsibility and Mathematics projects and workshops. I am interested in doing STEM projects.

# Smart City Solutions with STEM-Smart Parking

Bilge YILMAZ

Every day, an average of 15 thousand vehicles enter our district of Beyoğlu, the heart of Istanbul. That’s why we thought we needed to find a solution to the extra traffic congestion that occurred while looking for parking. Based on this problem, we thought of designing a mobile phone application. With our application called Smart Parking, vehicles will be able to see the occupancy rate in the parking lots without entering the traffic. This app will also allow users to make reservations. Students created the correct algorithm for the solution of the determined problem. The students were divided into two groups and designed a parking lot model. A group digitized the model with the Tinker Cad application. The other group made a car park model out of cardboard. They first worked on these parking lot prototypes they designed. An image processor was built into the parking lot prototype. Codes were created using the Raspberry Pi and it was ensured that the empty and occupied areas in the parking lot were detected. Students classified vehicles according to their types and calculated the approximate area of ​​a vehicle coming to the parking lot using rectangular area formulas. Using the rectangular prism volume formula from the volume formulas of three-dimensional objects, students approximate the volumes of these tools. With the calculations made, they found how many vehicles can fit in a parking lot with a certain area and volume. The students were divided into two groups, one group was called dystopia and the other group was called utopia. They imagined how this problem would look in the future world. Students wrote dystopia and utopia stories about the parking problem. The stories written were made into e-books. They learned the definition of artificial language. They analyzed the impact of technology on our needs and emotions, and the impact of our emotions and needs on technology. They understood the importance of bringing practical solutions to life problems in the formation of artificial languages. They realized that new professions envisioned in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics are now closely related to coding and mathematics.