STEM teachers from nine schools in six different cities in Turkey we have come together. And 50 students. For Sustainable Development Goals. Our aim is to provide 21st century skills. We carried out this project together with 3 schools from İzmir, 2 schools from Ankara. With one school each from Manisa, Kütahya, Eskişehir and Kocaeli cities. So this was a country project.
In the I Design with STEM project, we improved our problem solving skills. Our students discovered STEM fields and produced projects.They took responsibility and learned to express their feelings. They found solutions to problems with their peers from different cities. And learned to use technology wisely. Because they really needed it.
Activities and Projects
Our students learned the web 2.0 tools. Made various collaborative activities while living in a meeting and social environment. Because we wanted students to make a difference with STEM.
In addition, we discussed different topics in STEM activities every month in our project. Topics included: Recycling, Energy Conversion and Design, Technologies for the Disabled.
We also formed mixed teams at each event. Teachers and students changed teams in every respect. Students designed original products for real life problems and to make life easier. As a result of this, we produced 15 different projects in 6 months with teams.
Students STEM projects that make a difference
Rainwater recycle system: We collected rainwater from the roofs of the houses. We also recycled the waste water that went to the sewer.
Shelf organizer: We produced more useful furniture with recycled materials.
Nature friendly and economical building: We designed an nature friendly house that generates electricity from waste.
Waste battery box: We recycled the batteries so that they do not harm the nature.
Garbage separation system: We designed a system that collects and separates garbage automatically.
Geological village: We have developed an environmentally friendly village system that produces everything on its own.
Solar lighting system: We provided lighting with solar channels for buildings that need daytime lighting.
Technological animal shelter: We built an unmanned and intelligent animal shelter.
Solar home heating system: We brought sunlight to all four parts of the house and provided heating.
Smart prosthetic arm: We said it should be more than just one hand.
Smart wheelchair: This wheelchair simply cannot fly. For now.
Playground for disabled children: We designed special parks and toys for children with disabilities.
Special bus for the disabled: We built a barrier-free bus.
Smart home system: An nature friendly and safe smart home. Who would not want that.
We learned science, tech, mathematics and engineering disciplines with real life problems. We exhibited student work examples on the website we prepared.
Scientix Support for the Project
To support our project, Scientix Turkey Coordinator Dr. Tunç Erdal AKDUR and Scientix Ambassador Baki KARAKOÇ presented. From every city in Turkey for our presentation we had more than 300 participants. In this meeting, the work of teachers and students was introduced. We explained the project preparation techniques and STEM School Label application. Also our project was featured in the national and international press.
Partner and Article Author: Baki KARAKOÇ (Scientix Ambassador)
Founders: Fatma KARAKOÇ, Ahsen DOĞANAY
Emine GÜLMEZ, Gülcan APAYDIN, Gülnur KAPLAN, İ.Selin AYDOĞDU, Sultan YERLİKAYA, Zehra AKDOĞAN