In the eTwinning project ‘Meeting STEM’, we designed intelligence games from waste materials with our students. Our students have designed games that will enable them to develop by having fun while protecting the environment. They designed and made games such as pentagon, mangala, word game and reversi from used materials such as bottle caps, cardboard and paper.
Why is recycling important to our environment?
With recycling, we protect both nature and our resources. We can use our natural resources such as water, forest, mines and oil, which are consumed more and more every day, by recycling, for a longer period of time. By recycling recyclable wastes, we can obtain new products without consuming our natural resources. For example, by recycling a ton of paper, 17 trees can be prevented from being cut down. As a result of the recycling of plastic packaging waste, oil savings can be achieved. For every ton of glass transformed, 100 litres of oil is saved. By recycling metal packaging and wooden packaging, we can protect our natural spaces intact.
People have always had the desire to learn more and achieve greater life skills. In the 21st century, it has become easier to gather information and as a result, the information age has arisen with the developing technology. Today’s world expects people to be productive. In order for individuals to be productive, new and different programs need to be applied to encourage people to question, think and create more.
Therefore education system needs to transform accordingly. In the 21st century, the competition in technological development has been accelerated.
In the USA and the member states of the European Union, many programs and projects were started for the reason of creating educational approaches which provide attainment of skills, preparing students for life, putting importance on the necessities and skills of modern business life. The latest program among them is STEM education and its applications. STEM education means integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education.
Turkey is located in a region of earthquakes. Many earthquakes occur in our country. On October 30, 2020, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 occurred in Izmir. Our students wanted to do a study on this subject. First of all, they started by doing research on earthquakes. What is an earthquake? How does it occur? They then discussed what they could do to minimize damage to homes from the earthquake. Due to Covid-19, all interviews took place online.
Our students used the following instruction as an example for this study.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR EARTHQUAKE RESISTANT BUILDING DESIGN
The strength and durability of our homes will ensure our survival in a possible earthquake. The design of earthquake-resistant structures is one of the important work areas of civil engineers. You are also expected to design and present an earthquake-resistant building model by thinking and working like an engineer.