Our STEM activity was realized in the ‘masAl deSTEM’ project on the eTwinning platform. The project is jointly owned by Azerbaijan and Turkey. The project started in November 2020 and will end in May 2021. In our work, we draw attention to daily life problems and make STEM-based engineering designs. Due to the epidemic process, we carry out our activities sometimes face-to-face and sometimes online. In our studies, our students are a STEM study that solves the daily life problem in the fairy tale written by our teams and enables them to think critically. We did our work for Discovery Week in April. You will find all the stages below.
This activity, we have prepared the simplest way to teach each student the measurements of length such as meters and centimeters in a concrete way through a fairy tale. We tried to give these concepts with story. Our students will learn the units of length measurement while designing their model hands.
The following fairy tale with daily life problem is read to children;
As in every summer vacation, Kumsal went to his grandfather living in the village with his family. He and his cousins ran and played in his grandfather’s garden full of huge fruit trees. While playing hide-and-seek, the peaches hanging from the tree he was hiding under whipped his appetite. When the game was over, he called his friends and showed the peaches. No matter how long the children reached out, they could not pick the fruits from the tree. Fruits were too high and their height was not long enough.
This section, you can have students brainstorm by asking questions that will help them explore. Now I ask you to help the Beach in the fairy tale, and asked questions like the following.
- What would you do if you were in the place of Kumsal?
- What are the measurement units of length?
- How do we move our fingers?
- As. You can diversify as well.
- Ask them to prepare the ingredients.
- Encourage designing with materials.
The product is shaped as a result of the answers. At this stage, the students prepare the materials (straw, glue, rope, cardboard) during the distance education with the support of their parents. When they put strings in their hands, seeing the movement of their fingers excites them.
The designed robotic hand can also be used to maintain social distance.
Ask your students the following questions after the design is finished;
1-Did your design meet the needs of Kumsal?
2-In which part of your design did you use length measurement units?
3-Is your robotic hand useful in daily life?
4-What else do we measure the lengths with? Etc.
Record the answers to the questions on a piece of paper