Wardrobe Challenge

How much water do you have in your wardrobe??? Do you know how much water is being used to produce just a basic t-shirt? It is an awareness activity to remark water consumption on clothes production. As we are on the edge of a severe water shortage in our near future, we want to raise awareness on reducing our water footprint.

Introduction

School: Ipekcilik Anadolu Imam Hatip High School
Age of students:13-17
Date of  activity: 30/04/2021
Coordinator: Zerrin Tasdemir Sirin (English Teacher)

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Combating Climate change

Teaching in current times

The new situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has brought big changes in the teaching in the virtual classroom compared to the usual teaching. Online teaching has set new requirements for the rapid implementation of ICT and the integration of digital technology without time to learn about the possibilities and principles of using a particular web tool. The question of choice, approach and way of working arises. Teachers quickly set out to select the appropriate technology for teaching activities and certain groups of students while achieving the planned educational outcomes and expectations of cross-curricular topics.

Time to contribute in solving global problems

As part of the school course Socially Responsible Business, students of the 2nd grade of the profession economist with their teacher Nada Ratković, prof. mentor participated in many national, European and international projects solving global problems the world’s most important challenges: climate change. Through the school year students are participating in national projects „E-student for a greener tomorrow“, EU project „Students actions-Fighting climate changes“, eTwinning project „Breathe deeply & Think clearly“, international projects „Climate Action project“ and „SDG goal project“. The projects are significant because they can be presented for any general education and vocational subject. Every age, topic and school requires a different approach and gives students the future they deserve.

eTwinning project “Breathe deeply & Think clearly”
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Make a Paper Mars Helicopter

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Students making paper Mars helicopters

Let’s dive into space!

Boundless, fantastic, mysterious – so distant and at the same time so close, so native and at the same time so alien space attracts us, inspires and motivates us to never stop exploring the space around us, ask difficult questions and seek answers, dream of discovering new worlds and believe in the existence of something really unexpected.

If you are interested in space, construction and research, then this post is for you! Our activity today is to create a cardboard rover for our own space mission.

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Listen to the Sound of Water

Age range: 5-6

Date: April 2021

Summary:  Climate change is one of the biggest problems of our day and continues globally. It has negative effects on human life, nature, living things and the economy. It also affects water resources. Our goal is to reuse the water resources that decrease with the change of climate.

Goals:

1. To draw attention to the importance of water

2. Evaluating rainwater

3. To raise the awareness of students about water saving

4. Utilization of waste water

Activity 1: Videos on climate change and the importance of water as a result of global warming were watched. He chatted with the children. “How do we protect our water?” Questions were asked and we aimed to find a solution to our problem with answers.

A selection of pictures is the authors’ own – (attribution CC-BY)
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STEM and the real world

“STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are linked to real lessons while students apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics in contexts that form links between school, community, work and the global enterprise that enables STEM literacy development and with it the ability to competes in the new economy “
Tsupros, 2009.

Participation of OECD countries in STEM studies, source: OEDC website

STEM has evolved exponentially in new human history. We have become experienced users of technology, but most of us do not really understand the scientific discoveries of the everyday objects we use.

If we look back, we will notice that STEM was present very early. Approximately 3,000 BC man invented the wheel. Using the laws of physics, this great invention made people’s daily lives easier, while today it is the basis of most of the machines we use every day. The hard work of human hands in production was replaced by machines during the first industrial revolution in the second half of the 18th century, which led to an increase in industrial production. The most important STEM invention was the steam engine. In addition to many large factories, new cities were established, which resulted in the development of new modes of transport, such as steamboats and steam locomotives. Important energy sources came with the discovery of oil and electricity in the mid-19th century. The period of the second industrial revolution followed – a period of great progress in science and many discoveries without which we cannot imagine today’s life – light bulb, telephone, aircraft, radio, etc. During this period, the greatest discoveries were in the field of medicine – the discovery of penicillin, an antibiotic that saved millions of lives. The second half of the 20th century brings the period of the third industrial revolution, which is based on further digitalization of machines, which leads to an increase in mass production. The third revolution had a great impact on the media, with the advent of the Internet, but it also affected jobs in production. Most of the work previously done by factory employees was taken over by engineers, IT experts and designers. Therefore, new technologies require different skills.

In everyday life we ​​can see, touch and use hundreds or maybe thousands of products, applications and devices that have become thanks to STEM. Some of them are really easy to spot: for example, STEM helps us connect with people from all over the world via the Internet, telephone, etc. Thanks to new scientific methods, more powerful parts of agricultural machines are created, genetically produced hybrid plants produce more food, and new, stronger fertilizers are developed every day. Chemists are also improving and creating new packaging materials, such as plant “plastic”, which is more environmentally friendly. Moreover, engineers have managed to produce clean energy using renewable sources. Civil engineers design buildings, roads, bridges, airports, sewers and railways more efficiently, with greater durability in natural disasters such as earthquakes or floods, using STEM. Also, biologists, doctors and medical staff help improve our health and well-being. Now medicine can cure diseases that, not so long ago, were fatal. For example, polio has affected millions of people since prehistoric times and has led many to death, by the middle of the 20th century and the invention of polio vaccines.

Quoting Bernard Mara: “We are on the threshold of the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0.” Humanity is on the verge of gaining all the benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a commodity, but this also raises some questions:

  • Does the availability of AI mean that people will be completely displaced in factories and if so, how to prepare for future skills?
  • Will handmade obsolete and whether the skills of laborers become unnecessary?
  • Can education support all future students?

Lecture and discussion with participants, students and teachers from Serbia and the region, was led by Milijana Petrović, computer science teacher and Scientix Ambassador from Serbia, as well as the National Ambassador of Science on Stage Serbia network and a member of the Institute for Modern Education.

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