As a part of STEM Discovery Campaign 2021, I implemented the learning scenario “Waste Management” with my students.
Climate change, biodiversity loss and degradation of ecosystems services are some of the biggest problems we face in the 21st century. Rising levels of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere are causing changes in our climate. Reducing waste and recycling are real ways to help mitigate climate change. It is important to minimize waste that reduce greenhouse gases. An alternative way to do this is composting food waste. We can use compost in urban gardening. This supports sustainable life.
Because of food wastes affect our environment negatively, we need to reduce food waste, use organic wastes in the most efficient way, eliminate wastes with the right methods. For all these reasons, our aim is raising awareness of students and developing positive behaviors. We also aimed that students plan and conduct research in the field of STEM in order to develop nature-based environmental, social and economic beneficial solutions, analyze, interpret, use their Mathematical knowledge and skills for research results and apply them to create solutions. Students can take action within their daily lives to reduce food waste at school and their homes and influence their families, friends and communities to make behavioral change.
Summary: Climate change is one of the biggest problems of our day and continues globally. It has negative effects on human life, nature, living things and the economy. It also affects water resources. Our goal is to reuse the water resources that decrease with the change of climate.
1. To draw attention to the importance of water
2. Evaluating rainwater
3. To raise the awareness of students about water saving
4. Utilization of waste water
Activity 1: Videos on climate change and the importance of water as a result of global warming were watched. He chatted with the children. “How do we protect our water?” Questions were asked and we aimed to find a solution to our problem with answers.
In this lesson, a plan is prepared for 8th grade students. The introduction to the lesson starts with a story. On this story; Mathematics and science subjects are included. Students then benefit from the discovery steps in the process and the informatics in deepening. They also acquire 21st Century skills. They see that new professional groups are not really foreign in life. It just got some technology involved. Working in the field, Ali helps his father and grows the crops. Crops are ground. Now they will produce new materials and put them on the market. Entrepreneurship and economy will come into play. Well, how many square meters of the owned field – how many trees and vineyards are in it. How many kilos have been collected from these grapes and how much is the amount of vinegar obtained. How to make a quality vinegar. You will learn these in the course content. If they want to increase their income, they will learn new agricultural techniques. He should research biotechnology. It will visualize the tree and vineyard planting in the field with the tinkercad. Maybe they may need to buy new agricultural equipment. What processes are required for vinegar, can you change the materials?
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Please list in detail the subjects taught in this lesson and briefly explain why specific subjects and teachers were chosen, including the link of the non-STEM subjects and their use in improving the lesson.
I am a science teacher, our topic is physical chemical change, so we worked with a science teacher, a mathematics teacher, a Turkish teacher, and an informatics teacher. Our science teacher explained how to create a hypothesis based on the example and how the changes occur in meals. The math teacher taught all problems to tabulate the gain to be obtained by proportionality method and percentage problems. The Turkish teacher exemplified story formation and inference. The Information Technologies teacher provided visualization of the event by designing. They discovered tinkercad and phet.
Teacher and School: Gülümser Şentürk Akkoyun– Meram Şehit Pilot Ayfer Gök Middle School – Konya / Turkey
Student Age: 13 -14 years
Number Of Students: 16
Formal Teacher Lecture, Analogy, Demonstration Method, Lecture, Discussion, Question and Answer, Problem / Problem-Solving, brainstorming.
Productive, Respectful to Self Values, Rational, Questioning, Creative, Complying with Ethical Rules, Sensitivity to the Environment, Managing Knowledge, Working Independently, Critical Thinking, Working in Teams.
This lesson plan includes STEM, NBS-PBS models. It is an ecological, renewable, nature friendly urban design for sustainable development. Students made original designs and worked collaboratively. Plan purpose; to create ecological life with renewable energy sources for a livable world. It is about transforming energy and building biomimic structures. Coding, we used 3D Tinkercad and Arduino. We followed the Hybrid Education system with web 2 tools for distance education.