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Biology and STEM teacher and secondary school at high school. Teachers' trainer at the faculty of Science education at university

Life Terra workshop: My experience as a STEM teacher

Life Terra

The author: Stella Magid Podolsky

The Dates of the activities:

Event: Life Terra “The right tree in the right place”  Online Workshop (SPOW): 15.4.21,.22.4.21

The activity in class (following the workshop) which was called:

“Planting trees in our neighborhood “ took place on Monday, April 26 and Tuesday , April 27.

During the “2021 STEM Discovery Campaign” I attended a 2 day online workshop which was organized by Scientix:  (4 hours in total) : Life Terra “The right tree in the right place” . The topic of this workshop is very important for the future of our planet, for sustainability and for awareness for our environment. Also, it is very important to expose our students (future adults) to significant issues regarding our planet. Trees are very important for our climate and environment,  and it is extremely important to safeguard them and to plant them.

 It was an amazing workshop! I enjoyed it so much! It was a very diverse workshop that contained many activities: Lectures, an active workshop, collaboration activities…

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Leveraging International Women’s day for encouraging Stem careers

An Author:Stella Magid-Podolsky

Dates the activity took place: March 8-April 30

Introduction

From March 8 (International Women’s day) and until the end of April, 7th grade students were exposed to the different opportunities for future in STEM careers. This awareness raising activity was laced with scientific trivia questions while taking advantage of STEM ALLIANCE and STE(A)M IT guide and resources.

Explanation about the activity

This activity was held weekly for a total of seven sessions (in the middle of the period there was a spring Passover vacation of 2.5 weeks). The activity was a hybrid activity as some of it was face-to-face and some of it was an online. Three 7th grade classes (25 students in each class) participated in this activity. Students were exposed to:

  • Women in Science (“Then and now”)
  • Connection between Science and STEM careers
  • Different STEM careers (IT careers, Space careers, the connection between Chemistry & Physics and careers in a Medicine fields).
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“The Moon Landscape”

“The Moon Landscape”

The activity took place on 22 April 2020

Auther: Stella Magid-Podolsky, STEM teacher and educator in Israel

Scientix resources that were used for this activity:

This activity took place during the week of Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel.  7th grade students were introduced to the sad story of the Jewish boy Petr Ginz and his painting “Moon Landscape” which he drew during World War II while living in the ghetto. Through Petr’s personal story students were introduced to the Lunar Landscape. After that, students studied further about the moon through activities which were taken from Scientix Resource Repository: “Lunar phases” and “Lunar landscape”.

The activity was divided into 4 lessons.

During the lesson number one, students were required to learn about Petr Genz’s biography. They read about his life and his passion for Science and Space and they had a chance to see his painting which he drew before his death in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Also, students were introduced to the special connection between the first Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon and Petr Ginz. At 2003 Ilan took Petr Ginz’s painting “Moon Landscape” with him to the space mission. Unfortunately, he was killed in the crash of the Columbia shuttle.

Students were introduced to the first part of the activity through this website.

After that they got the following assignment:

Look at the painting “Moon Landscape” and answer the following questions:

“Moon Landscape”

A. What feelings do you have as you look at the painting?

B. If you could meet Peter Ginz today, what would you tell him about inventions, innovations and discoveries in space?

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The advantages and disadvantages of Nuclear Energy: The Chernobyl disaster-Never again!

Author: Stella Magid-Podolsky, STEM teacher and educator in Israel

The activity took place between 20 February – 26 April 2020

The activity that I want to describe in this blog is called: “The advantages and disadvantages of Nuclear Energy: ┬áThe Chernobyl disaster-Never again!”. This is a long term activity which took place from the end of February till the 26th of April (the date when the Chernobyl disaster had occurred 34 years ago).

I did this activity with my 8th grade students during STEM lessons when my students began to learn the topic of alternative sources of Energy. The activity was divided into two parts. The first part of the activity took place at the school (that was before the Covid-19 outbreak). The second part of the activity began during the quarantine period, so it was held in the form of digital remote learning.

During the first part of the activity, 29 students were divided into 7 groups. Each group got an assignment to pick one alternative source for Electrical energy, conduct an inquiry about their chosen source and present their outcomes to their peers in the class. Most of the students picked Nuclear Energy and when I noticed that this topic interested many students and that many of them watched the HBO television miniseries “Chernobyl”, I decided to continue with the activity, focusing on the Chernobyl disaster.

I believe in the theory that if the teacher is interested in a specific topic, he or she will be more motivated to teach this topic in an interesting way and the process will also increase students’ interest and motivation for this topic.

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Industry as a role model to inquiry-based method at school

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I want to describe my experience of the STEM Discovery Week 2018. In addition to my job as a teacher, I also work as a teachers’ trainer at the Faculty of Science Education at Technion, the Israel Institute of Science and Technology.
During the STEM Discovery Week, I did an activity with pre-service teachers and students from the 9th grade, who came to Technion for a visit.

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