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About Ülkü KALE KARAASLAN

She works as a Preschool Teacher. She is also an Ambassador for Scienetix. She conducts research and projects in the field of STEM and Mathematical Modeling. She has written chapters in many published studies on STEM in Preschool Education. It also provides STEM teacher trainings.

FROM REAL INSECTS TO ROBOT INSECTS

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Scientists warn that serious declines in the insect population can have devastating consequences for the life of humanity, recalling that we depend on insects for the foods we consume.If we imagine ecology as a machine, then each insect that buzzes, crawls and flies acts as a impeller in this machine. Small, individual efforts bring enormous benefits to the livability of the world.Ways to preserve nature and take advantage of it need to be learned from an early age.Early childhood education is the basis of life. Therefore, at this age, priority should be given to studies related to the love of nature and inspiration from nature.

Exploring the Topic

The students were first asked to investigate an insect of their choice.When we talk about forest fires in the classroom, students’ curiosity about this increases when we talk about the importance of insects for the revival of burning forests. After that, the teacher asks them to investigate a bug they want. Everyone chose their bug and they prepared their bug presentations at home under the guidance of their parents. They got ready for class with a picture of their bugs.

BÖCEKLER – YouTube

After making a presentation in the classroom, the teacher reads the story of Eric Carle’s Hungry Caterpillar to the students with the interactive book reading technique.After the story of the Hungry Caterpillar, a trip to the “Insect Workshop” was organized in the Tropika Butterfly District of the Seljuk Municipality to learn more about insects. During the trip, the expert introduces the children to the twig beetle after giving them information about the insects. Children who want to take the twig bug in their hands. With the butterfly garden trip, the part of learning about insects is completed.

Selçuklu Municipality Tropical Butterfly Garden Trip – YouTube

Since the topic of insects came out of forest fires, the teacher specifically mentions the dung beetle, which takes an active part in the transportation of seeds. Videos about the dung beetle are viewed. They do rounding emulations like that. The bug rondu is played.

Seed ball design with Dung beetle – YouTube

The prepared seed balls are then left to nature by the children.

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Our Workshop

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How can you drop seed balls in places inaccessible to people in forest fires? so the question will be asked. The answers that came in were usually airplanes,helicopters and robots. Information was given about the location of insects in robot design. Yavuz Özdoğan, Teacher of Information Technologies at our school, was invited to the class. Our guest told the children about the work of robots. He showed me how it works with the Arduino set.

How do robots work? – YouTube

Design Process

The teacher then reads the children a story about setting up an electrical circuit. Set up a circuit i.in salt ceramics are kneaded and the design is made. The completion of the circuit is explained by lighting the LED lamp via the design. It’s time to design a robot insect. Children who draw their designs prepare parts for the teacher that they will make themselves in the design. The teacher supports the children in the difficult parts and the designs are completed.

Electrical circuit building and insect robot design – YouTube

The designs were tested by running.

Evaluation

At the end of the study, children learned about the benefits of insects to nature.
They have learned the working systems of robots.
They have acquired skills related to the installation and operation of electrical circuits.

Water’STEM


Author: Ülkü Kale Karaaslan

Water’STEM is an eTwinning project. The purpose of our project was to encourage our students to learn about water from a young age and make it a habit to use water economically.

In our project, the attention was drawn to every environment in which we are facing the danger of running out of water resources in the future. Also, to raise awareness about preschool education and to support STEM activities.

The objectives of our project were:

  • To teach students the importance of water in our lives from a young age
  • To provide students with information about water consumption
  • To increase environmental awareness about water consumption
  • To produce solutions to water problems using the STEM approach

The project was co-founded in Turkey and Slovakia. Teachers from schools in Slovakia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey were involved in this project as partners from five different countries. From Turkey, the schools from Konya, Istanbul, Ankara, Nigde and Sakarya provinces joined. The project has 15 partner, 9 coming from Turkey and 6 from Europe. In total, 250 students were involved in the project.

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FAMILY WORKSHOP

Author: Ülkü Kale Karaaslan

“Let’s teach and learn STEM” eTwinning project was founded in August 2019 by Ülkü Kale Karaaslan and Ayşe Ünlü.

The aim of the project is to create STEM awareness among preschool teachers and to enable STEM applications from early childhood. Over a hundred female teachers were involved in the “Family Workshop” project where teachers were given STEM training. The teachers who received the training prepared the activity plans according to the 5e learning model in teams and applied them in their classrooms.

The “Family Workshop” (which is part of the project) was planned for the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaigning. On 5 March 2020, it was held simultaneously with 27 provincial 100 schools, 100 teachers, 2020 students and 2020 parents involved. The information on STEM Discovery Campaning has been provided to all participants.

What is STEM to parents? The families designed balloon cars with their children. The cars were tested as a result of the design process. Schools communicated with each other via social networks during the event.

We announced the event on our Facebook group.

The information about the event can also be found in this blog: “Let’s teach and learn STEM”

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