Game Design

by Theodora S. Tziampazi

STEAMulation Theory: The virtually awakening moment when you realize that you have been playing in a stimulating STEAM educational game for the last months.

Play in teacher-student mode

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You are in the map of STEM Discovery Week 2019 and spot an activity, titled Game Desing in Scratch, which took place in a small school of a small village of a small country of a small planet. Continue reading to watch me gamify my reflection.

Level 1

All you need is love for teaching and money for materials to introduce your students to an amazing world of robots. Unless you live in a parallel universe where your small public school thanks a generous educational policy, search for available programmes and apply for a grant from organisations which may support you. My version of the game has John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation in ‘thanks’ part. This is the way we collected educational robotics kits and books.

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Family STEM Night

Why this activity

I organize STEM-themed family nights in our school once a month. As a Scientix Ambassador, these meetings become an excellent way to spread STEM education model to a wider community. Since the STEM Discovery Week takes place in April, I see this as a great opportunity to combine our Family STEM Night activity for April with STEM Discovery Week 2019. In our Family STEM Nights students, teachers and parents meet and they all work together to accomplish the challenges specifically designed for that night. For the STEM Discovery Week 2019, our main scope is to learn about the physics, math, engineering, architecture, design and technology behind geodesic domes and create one as a team..

Introduction

Our activity began with a short video to attract the participants’ attention. Then we discussed about different roof and ceiling structures through the history such as ancient Greek temples (Parthenon), Egyptian and Mayan pyramids. With this approach we learned more about why the domes are more practical, beneficial, convenient and functional. Many architects and engineers throughout the history like Da Vinci, Mimar Sinan and Buckminster Fuller tried to build large domes to demonstrate their immortal masterpieces. We also examined world-wide famous domes from history to our days like Hagia Sophia, Astrodome, Climatron. (here is the link for the slides)

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Workshop Programming for the youngest on the Scientix Conference- Towards Responsible STEM Education

At the Second National Scientific Conference : Towards responsible STEM education, held at the Zira Hotel in Belgrade, Serbia, on 22nd and 23th February 2019, Mirjana Tisma and Tanja Olear Gojic, Scientix ambassador held for teachers a workshop “Programming for the youngest” and presented their work with the youngest in overcome the basics of programming, coding and robotics.

Coloring the Universe

Have you seen the first ever black hole image?

Have you heard about Katie Bouman, MIT’s student, whose algorithm helped to process Event Horizon Telescope data?

She is one of the numerous researchers and scientists involved in the EHT project from various institutions. Her engagement and success were actually the base for the event organized April 17th during this year’s STEM Discovery Week campaign – Coloring the Universe.

In the class with girls who showed great interest in astronomy (astronomy is not part of the curriculum), Katie Bouman’s story, her engagement and contribution within the EHT project was a good starting point for the realization of teaching activities. Katie was not only a role model but also an inspiration.

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STEM4all

For this year’s STEM Discovery Week the headmaster of Ano Syros Primary School Mr Nektarios Farassopoulos along with the students of the Fourth Grade decided to organize a peer learning activity about day and night for the students of the Special Primary School of Hermoupolis.

Firstly, all the pupils, (10 boys and 6 girls) studied a SCIENTIX resource (http://bit.ly/2Y1Xtb3) related to our topic. Then they visited the Special Primary School of Hermoupolis where students with disabilities attend lessons. For one day the pupils became teachers and tried to explain to the pupils of the Special Primary School how the day becomes night and vice versa using a SCIENTIX resource.

1. At the Special Primary School of Hermoupolis
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