Poster of the project:
About the Project :
The population of the world is increasing day by day, however the clean water supplies are disappearing. It is very important to save water since the drought will effect agriculture. Population is expected to increase to over 10 billion by 2050 and this population will need food. But if we do not save water, there will be no agriculture. Our international eTwinning project “The Silent Scream of Water” aims the importance of water and water saving. We study with international mixed school teams consisting of 2 schools from Portugal, 1 from Spain, 1 from Poland, 1 from Lithuania, 1 from Bosnia and Herzegovina and 10 from Turkey, consisting of a total of 17 teachers and 137 students.And as the April event, we study about “Water and Life” with mixed school teams.
THE AIMS OF THE PROJECT:
With this STEM project we aim to create an awareness on our students about the sustainability of water in agriculture based on STEM.
Our topics as the second mixed team:
- How will agriculture be affected if water resources are reduced?
- Is there an alternative substance to water for agriculture?
- How does an increase in the salt content in the soil affect living life?
- What are the reasons for increasing salinity in the soil?
- How can we prevent the salinity that leads to drought in the soil?
- Developing a solution to this problem
We raise awareness about the impact of drought on agriculture and we do this by observing the solutions to the drought in agriculture around the world. Also we will use animaker web 2.0 tool for this. Animaker is an enjoyable and useful web 2.0 tool, therefore the students used animaker for the presentation.
We give topics to the students and asked them to search for the information about the topics of our project and they prepared an animation presentation by editing the information collected from different sources. So first of all, they got the necessary information about the topics.
Also the students made an animation to understand the importance of water in the past, now and in the future:
Water is a compound formed by bonding two hydrogen and one oxygen atoms to each other. In this process, energy is also released. Energy is needed to seperate water into its components. This reaction is called “electrolysis”. You can break water with simple materials. We made an experiment to break the water into its components, because it helps students to understand the chemistry of water for the agriculture:
Our students measure the Ph of water, so they understood the Ph of drinkable water. Also they learnt how to measure the Ph of water for agriculture:
Water filter constitution helps us to use dirty water,so in this experiment the students learn to filter the water in an easy way. :
The students designed a digital escape room game so they draw attention to the importance of drought and water for the soil. They designed the game by preparing a story-based scenario about “the importance of water to the soil, drought and increase in salt content in the soil”. All project members have launched a challenge. The students played the game they have prepared, so the impact of such a project reached more student audiences .
This video is about water and its effects on our lives. With this video our students remind us the ways of water saving:
The students prepared presentations about drought-stricking countries around the world and they used “Genially-web2.0 tool”. Our goal was to observe the situation clearly, so our students found all the information and the images of the countries around the world. These countries are suffering from water shortages and are currently experiencing drought. Drought is the whole world’s problem. If we do not protect the water, the soil will dry up, the salt content in the soil will increase and there will be no agriculture … We understand the importance water with this project because students see the visuals of the drought.
They draw comics as a water recovery plan, so they understood the importance of water saving and found solutions for it:
We have done a webinar and we talked about the steps of our studying :
INTEGRATION INTO COURSES:
English teachers can easily integrated this project into literacy and writing studies in English courses with the curriculum of all countries.
One can use drought in agriculture in Geography courses, so Geography teachers can use it in their courses.
The Biology teachers can integrated this study in Biology courses as it is related to living things.
In chemistry courses, you can use it as the increase in the salt content caused by dryness in the soil is related to chemistry.