“CSI: The brain collector serial killer case” is an Educational Escape Room (EER) activity with a focus on learning about human’s nervous system designed and implemented by 16-year old high school students from “Ekpaideutiki Anagennisi” in Afidnes, Greece on 19th of March 2019. But …. what is an EER?
What exactly is an Educational Escape Room?
Escape rooms are live action, team-based games where players discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks in one or more rooms in order to accomplish a specific goal (usually escaping from the room) in a limited amount of time. Over the last year, there’s been worldwide growth in creating and introducing into the classrooms Educational Escape Room activities (EERs), facilitated by educators that have adapted the initial concept to fit the needs of their students.
What makes these activities special compared to other examples of gamification in education that have been studied in the past regarding their educational impact on the learners, is the fact that they can provide a thrilling, immersive learning experience that can intrigue students’ minds and assist them to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The incorporated collaborative elements of these activities and the limited time frame that students have at their disposal promote the development of their social and team-working skills that are necessary for them in order to succeed.
With the help of Lego educational kits, we make more interesting form of our story about the use of renewable energy sources and the preservation of the Earth by recycling. By inter-subject correlation, learning will be more interesting
In our class of first grade ,,Dragan Luksic” Primary School in Belgrade, we celebrated STEM Discovery Week 2019 on April 24 during project class with the story of keeping our planet by not polluting and recycling certain materials and by using renewable energy sources. Each group presented one energy source. So we are talking about the energy of water, sun, wind and earth…
FCL is so inspirational for educators because it designed with the aim of gaining 21-century skills with 6 different learning zones. Many schools in Turkey are creating new learning environments. And all of these schools take inspiration from Future Classroom Lab (FCL). We have selected a lesson plan prepared as a FCL scenario from within Scientix Repository in order to give an idea to the schools that prepare new learning environments in our district. The name of the lesson plan is “ Growing plastic & new life for plastic Future Classroom Scenario” and we applied it in a school.
This scenario is part of the BLOOM School Box, which consists of a set of five Future Classroom Scenarios combining bioeconomy into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. In this way, we had data on which environments we need for STEM and inquiry-based learning. This lesson plan is prepared for students aged 11-18. There are articles, experiments, worksheets, video links and evaluation questions in the lesson plan.
Inspired by the activities of teachers from the Scientific community and in the event of STEM Discovery Week, UcenIQ, with the support of Mensa Serbia, organized its first Winter camp for children from the 1st to the 4th grade in two cycles (2 x 3 days): the first since 5th to 7th of February and the second one from 12th to 14th of February, in Belgrade. The half-day program included workshops from the program: “Learning is easy, because we know how to” “We learn in the museum” “STEAM” creative workshops (STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics)
Especially interesting was the visit to the Museum of Nikola Tesla and interesting activities of learning about electricity. We learned: what is electricity; how to make an electric circuit; what materials conduct electricity, and which it does not; What is Tesla’s ball …
STEM is an interdisciplinary method and helps the students to gain engineering skills. So that STEM takes the interest of teachers. There are some teachers who work on STEM in Turkey. On the other hand there are a lot of teachers who are curious about STEM. However, I see from my observations that our teachers need sample lesson plans for good STEM examples.
Scientix is a very useful portal to find good materials. For this reason, I have searched for STEM plans which will be suitable for our primary school students within the Scientix repository. Among them, I selected a lesson plan named “What is time”. I asked a primary teacher, who works with 4th grade students, to apply this lesson plan in his class. Of course, this teacher is an enthusiastic and curious teacher to apply new methods. We talked about how the plan should be implemented. This activity is adequately crafted for the teacher. Nonetheless, teachers who decide to apply this kind of lesson plan may find it difficult to use instructions if they don’t have enough knowledge about inquiry-based learning. This lesson plan, which we found in the repository, also includes a worksheet for the student. This was very useful for measuring student gains.