The primary cause of global warming is vehicles burning fossil fuels such as gasoline and diesel. However, since natural gas and oil are not entirely of organic origin, we can call them hydrocarbons in general. Based on the fact that electric vehicles do not burn hydrocarbons, we can say that they are more environmentally friendly and do not emit toxic exhaust smoke and greenhouse gases that cause global warming. If we use electric or magnetic tools to protect our environment and prevent global warming, we can make our environment more livable.
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, the batteries of Ahmet’s car run out and cannot be changed. remembers that they can walk with the magnetic effect of the magnet. He moves his car with the method of trial and error.
During the distant education on pandemic days, our students have been usually passive in front of the screen. Ensuring their “active participation” in the lesson has been the main goal of our AKUZE (Active Participation Distance Education) project. Our project has aimed at achieving one of the outcomes of Social Studies, namely, ‘Developing ideas for designing unique products based on the needs of the environment.’ In this sense, our students have been encouraged to find creative solutions to their daily life problems, and they have been asked to shoot a commercial for marketing their designs as an entrepreneur. The project has been planned gradually so that the students could take an active role in the project. The first phase has been about preparation, the second phase has been about implementation and presentation, the last phase has been about developing a project song and a game for the project by collaborating with other partner schools. AKUZE project has been prepared and implemented for primary school students and has included a structure that can be easily integrated into the secondary school technology design course. With this project, a project-based and an interdisciplinary approach have been integrated through collaborative studies.
The implementation of the phases are as in the following:
Purpose of the Lesson Plan: We call it zero waste, we make (Collecting Machine ) “TOTALS” with waste bottles. We have fun and learn by collecting in Stem Discovery Week.
ENGAGE: The Collector Machine, designed using waste bottles, was built to raise awareness among students about preventing global warming and reducing the use of plastic. In addition, we realized our engineering design by contributing to the mental development of students with concrete operations in mathematics. During the Stem discovery week, they learned the gathering process by having fun
The teacher shows a card with a plus (+) sign to the children and asks about the meaning of this sign. After the answers of the children, it is explained that the sign is a plus sign and it is used in incrementing operations. (The plus sign is used in addition in mathematics. Addition means the increase of numbers and objects.
In the eTwinning project ‘Meeting STEM’, we designed intelligence games from waste materials with our students. Our students have designed games that will enable them to develop by having fun while protecting the environment. They designed and made games such as pentagon, mangala, word game and reversi from used materials such as bottle caps, cardboard and paper.
Why is recycling important to our environment?
With recycling, we protect both nature and our resources. We can use our natural resources such as water, forest, mines and oil, which are consumed more and more every day, by recycling, for a longer period of time. By recycling recyclable wastes, we can obtain new products without consuming our natural resources. For example, by recycling a ton of paper, 17 trees can be prevented from being cut down. As a result of the recycling of plastic packaging waste, oil savings can be achieved. For every ton of glass transformed, 100 litres of oil is saved. By recycling metal packaging and wooden packaging, we can protect our natural spaces intact.
On our journey from the STEM club to the STEM school, which we carry out on the eTwinning European School Community platform, we organise out STEM practices in our class throughout the year with the parents of the children. We celebrated our work by participating in the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign initiative. For the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign, this year we had to update our activity due to the worldwide Covid-19 outbreak. We planned online activities with teachers and students, involved in the project. We held a meeting for the activities with the project teachers.
We planned a joint event during the meeting. We wrote a common STEM lesson plan. Teachers implemented this lesson plan online. We created virtual classrooms for students. Interviews were made in the online event. The lesson plan was implemented online. The aim of the lesson was to teach students how to design scales. As a result, students designed the scales and also challenged their friends to do so. At the end of the activity, students prepared banners using the information they learned. It is an honour for the teachers to organize an online STEM event for the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign and use the resources in a live lesson. Our activities were held on 20 – 26 April 2020.