Together with our students, we conducted research on environmental pollution during the STEM discovery week. Our students have determined that the water resources in our neighborhood and in the world are polluted with too much solid waste. They began to look for solutions to this problem. They concluded that in the long run it is necessary to educate people and raise awareness about environmental pollution. In the short term, they showed that the surface of water resources can be cleaned with technological tools. They put forward a robotic study in which they used robotic arms, sensors and microcontrollers related to this idea, and they called this project an “Environmental Protection Automation System (EPAS).
Together with our students, we conducted research on the needs of disabled people living around us during the STEM discovery week. Our students came to the conclusion that our immediate environment and the tools produced should be reorganized by taking into account the needs of people with disabilities. They began to look for solutions to this problem. They concluded that in the long term, a wide range of developments are needed, from the restructuring of all production processes to the reconstruction of cities. In the short term, they put forward the idea that daily life can be made much more comfortable for disabled individuals with the help of technological tools. They produced 3D models, robotic studies using sensors and microcontrollers, and computer programs for people with disabilities. For example, they carried out activities such as walking sticks for the disabled, vocal education programs for the visually impaired, and education programs for the hearing impaired, all supported with subtitles.