A Math Lesson: Homes for sustainable cities and communities.

Sustainable development enables the needs of future generations to be met without consuming natural resources by establishing a balance between human and nature. Moreover, it is a concept that has social, ecological, economic, spatial and cultural dimensions. Our global goals for sustainable development include sustainable cities and communities, accessible and clean energy, wealthy families, clean environment, healthy and clean life, improving soil structure, reducing pollution, improving life on land and water, and reducing unemployment.

Since more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities, our urban areas are shrinking and the living standards of the society are gradually decreasing. Therefore, we need to significantly change the way we build and manage our urban spaces for sustainable cities and communities. One of the goals of the mathematics lesson is to find solutions to real-life problems. From here, students are given a STEM project scenario-based on project-based learning in mathematics lesson to solve the problem mentioned above.

As a preliminary preparation for the project, a STEM-related questionnaire is applied to them since they will participate in a STEM project for the first time.

The survey link and results are given below.

Survey Link: www.wooclap.com/IDCAKD

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People have always had the desire to learn more and achieve greater life skills. In the 21st century, it has become easier to gather information and as a result, the information age has arisen with the developing technology. Today’s world expects people to be productive. In order for individuals to be productive, new and different programs need to be applied to encourage people to question, think and create more.

Therefore education system needs to transform accordingly. In the 21st century, the competition in technological development has been accelerated.

In the USA and the member states of the European Union, many programs and projects were started for the reason of creating educational approaches which provide attainment of skills, preparing students for life, putting importance on the necessities and skills of modern business life. The latest program among them is STEM education and its applications. STEM education means integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education.

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