In this study, Pandemic STEM village houses prepared for the eTwinning project were built. Students will explore how a village house can become self-sufficient by taking advantage of nature. They will design a house in harmony with nature. They will discuss how to benefit from sustainable energy sources while designing the house. As a result, students will use their research, discussion, collaboration, and production skills. They will design a self-sufficient home in harmony with nature.
1. Imagine a home compatible with nature
2. Discover sustainable energy sources
3. Give importance to the self-sufficiency of the house you are going to build.
The evaluation of waste is very important in terms of economy and environmental protection. Waste assessment and environmental protection education start in the preschool period. Studies have shown that the impact of environmental education given at an early age continues throughout life. For this reason, waste assessment and environmental protection activities are very important in raising awareness in child education.
Becoming aware of waste!
With this project, we aim at preventing six-year-old children from irresponsibly wasting different types of litter and raising awareness about waste in general. In the first part of the study, “good” litter and “bad” litter will be introduced to children via videos, slides, trip and STEAM studies. In the second stage, activities regarding “What should we do to protect the water?” will be carried out. In the third stage, aquatic animals contaminated with garbage will be investigated. Overall, we aimed to create environmental awareness in children with fun STEAM, travel, play, etc. studies.
Today, the importance of digital literacy has increased with the development of technology. Therefore, it is necessary to protect our next generation students from information pollution and misleading news. We divided our students into four groups at DIGI TV. The first group worked figured out positive and negative information about the news. The second group was an announcer and gave information about safe Internet use. The third group made a presentation about cyber and peer bullying. The last group gave information about conscious digital citizenship. As a result, they learned how to keep up with the digital age with the TV they made.
How did it start?
Our Digital STEM project aims to increase the interest of our students in the fields of science, technology, mathematics and engineering. Apart from this, it is aimed to train students who can think creatively, solve problems and have 21st-century skills by integrating STEM disciplines with each other. In our project, Ayşe attended the safe Internet lesson given in her school. In this lesson, they learned that not every information they heard on every television was correct and that they had to investigate. She decided to tell this information to her brother through play. Upon this, she became a news presenter by making a television.
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.
It is an undeniable fact that the time our children live will be very different from the time we live. So the knowledge and skills that our children need to acquire will surely be different. The aim of education in the 21st century is to raise individuals who are sensitive to the environment, respectful to nature, who feel responsible for the society and planet they live in, and who have a developed citizenship awareness. Because the world is changing at such a rate that even it is surprising! It is very important to raise awareness for our students in order to leave a livable world to new generations.
Have you ever thought what do we do if our world becomes uninhabitable?What if the world expels us one day, where do we go? What challenges do we have to deal with? How do we settle? Is it possible to live on another planet?
Here I wrote this learning scenario to learn the answers that my students will give to these questions. This learning scenario targets both the cognitive, psychomotor and affective development of students. It has been prepared to enable students to find solutions to possible future problems with STEM. If human beings do not take precautions and act sensitively, possible dangers await mankind in the future. This learning scenario was prepared to attract students’ attention and raise awareness. I am a design and technology teacher at a secondary school. This learning scenario is suitable for students in the 12-15 age group (5, 6, 7 and 8 grade of secondary school) and could only be partially implemented due to the pandemic conditions.