MARS ADVENTURE WITH STEM / MA-STEM HOW DOES AN ASTRONAUT PREPARE FOR SPACE TRAVEL?

Author: Süheyla EVECEN

ASTRO-STEM is a project designed to raise awareness among students with accurate information about astronomy and Space Sciences. Students will explore the depths of the universe by having fun in democratic learning environments where they can express themselves freely. They will learn astronomers, history of astronomy, constellations and mythological stories and try to understand the universe.

Another important part of this project is that it is based on the STEM approach. With the STEM approach, it is thought that students will achieve their project goals. For this purpose, “STEM DISCOVERY CAMPAIGN” participation was encouraged within the scope of “ASTRO-STEM” project.

The event was planned with the participation of all project participants. This event is divided into 12 pieces. The reason for being divided into twelve parts is that there are 12 mixed teams in the project, coming from different countries. In these teams, two different schools are mentoring teachers.

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MaSTEM (Mars Adventure with STEM) – Space home design for those who dream of living on Mars

Author: Dr. Seyide EROĞLU

As a team, we conducted a project within the scope of the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign activities. “ASTRO-STEM” is an eTwinnig project. The “ASTRO-STEM” project is designed to raise awareness with accurate information about astronomy and space science in students. It is aimed to discover the depths of the universe with STEM studies by having fun in the open learning environments where students can express themselves comfortably. With this project, students learned about astronomers, the history of astronomy, constellations and mythological stories, our galaxy, using a sky atlas, telescopes and an astronomy diary.

Another important part of this project is that it is based on the STEM approach. With the STEM approach, it is thought that students will achieve their project goals. For this purpose, “STEM DISCOVERY CAMPAIGN” participation was encouraged within the scope of “ASTRO-STEM” project.

The event was planned with the participation of all project participants. This event is divided into 12 pieces. The reason for being divided into twelve parts is that there are 12 mixed teams in the project, coming from different countries. In these teams, two different schools are mentoring teachers. The students in the teams come from each project school.

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Teaching Science during Pandemic

Author: Cristina Nicolaita

For every teacher, the Coronavirus lockdown came with a big challenge, which for me was Teaching Science during school closure. We had to reshape our teaching style, taking into consideration our students’ needs during these days. The current situation of not being able to meet each other in our classes is a huge change. Our educational ministry has sent us a “letter of recommendation”. However, it was mostly up to every teacher’s creativity, skills and motivation to guide our students that are learning online. Sharing experiences with other colleagues helped a lot, like here, on the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign. This is why I would like to tell you about my experience, as a Physics and IT teacher.

Teaching Science online

My first concern was my students’ online security and how to make sure everyone in the online class feels comfortable. It is also important for everybody to understand the teaching material keeping their own individual pace. Being the eTwinning ambassador for a long time, I have already known the answer: eTwinning platform. With its great functionalities, it allows us to share resources, communicate and collaborate in a safe environment. It became a solution for my 6th – 8th grade students learning physics. Together with my colleague Marusia Gabriela Cobel, on 4 April 2020, we co-founded “The virtual class of Physics”.

About our virtual class

eTwinning virtual class of Physics
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Robot Quiz ‘Little Seekers’

Author: Georgia Lascaris

This STEM activity is one of the many STEM activities of the European eTwinning project “Little Seekers”. This project involved schools from Greece, Poland, Romania, and Turkey.

The 4o Primary School of  Pefkis (Athens, Greece) has been part of this project with students of the 4th Grade (9 to 10 years old). The project started in September 2019 and all activities were completed in March 2020. Our school has received a Lego Wedo2 set from the eTwinning NSS to take part in eTwinning STEM actions.

The project aimed to involve the students in STEM activities through collaborative, experiential, and problem-solving actions. Through those activities, they were able to gain digital competencies in line with the DigComp 2.1.Framework for Citizens. These also include information management, communication, content creation, digital safety, and problem-solving.

LegoWedo robots

Students created digital content, built and programmed robots, designed and printed 3D objects, created electrical circuits and learned how to use the Internet with safety.

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Literacy in Sciences

Author: Adriana Lefter

Stories, fairytales are one of the learning ways of children since they are young, they come into contact with life experiences, emotions, find themselves in these experiences and learn. If parents or grandparents were reading at first, when they learn the alphabet students can read by themselves to gain new knowledge, to exercise new skills and abilities and to develop new skills. We learnt to do this together with students and teachers from other 4 countries participating into an Erasmus Project Soft Skills for a better life.

Using the text Lars and the Husky puppy, students found the way to learn about the Universe, planet Earth, Continents and Poles, animals and inhabitants.

Even though the main characters of the texts were a polar bear and a husky puppy, it helped us a lot to research the life of the North Pole. Using the Scientix resource on MOST UNCOMMON ARCTIC ANIMALS the students thus discovered the not at all a simple life the animals are living.

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