My name is Stella Magid-Podolsky. I want to tell about my experience during the STEM Discovery Week at my school in Israel. The activity took place at the 8th grade.
During two days, students from the 8th grade science class learned, explored and checked alternatives to regular energy usage. Students were divided into teams, in which each team worked on a different source of renewable energy. On the second day of the activity, each team presented their research and outcomes to the audience of students and teachers.
The students’ reflection on this activity was great. This activity took place instead of a final exam and the students informed me that they liked this kind of assessment very much. During the activity, the students had a chance to express variety of skills, such as creativity, team work, brainstorming and presentation skills…..all skills that are so important in the 21st century.
Also, as a teacher, I enjoyed this activity very much!!!!!!
I had the chance not only be a transformer of knowledge, but also a mentor of every team.
Hope to do more activities as this one. The experience was great!!!
Monday 23 April 2018, nature passionate students from Bacau’s Childrens Palace made some investigations about the impact of trees on air quality. They used a special device (an analyzer for carbon dioxide amount) to find out the concentration levels of CO2 on a very busy street in the town. After that, the whole group went into a forest. Here, they measured again the same air quality parameter. The value decreased by 70% compared to the measurements they made in the town. This way, they learned in the middle of the nature about the photosynthesis process and the beneficial role that trees have for humanity.
What’s more, they planted some trees (fir trees) with the support of specialists of Bacau’s Forestry Department.
It was a very good start of STEM Discovery Week! They said with a loud voice “YES to STEM”.
You can have a look at pictures from the activities in a public post here
Our daily challenge as disseminators of scientific knowledge is to bring this knowledge to the students in a meaningful way, so that this facilitates that, through an internal process, they use it in the development of a competence. This is the main reason for organising a science fair.
It has been a pleasure to participate in the inauguration of the Second fair of science of Tarifa, showing the project of “Physics and Flamenco”, a winner of Diverciencia 2017 and Science in Action 2017. With this project not only the physics is transmitted in a significant way of sound, but also the transformation of something physical, like sound, into something as human as art, in this case flamenco, representative of Andalusian culture and intangible heritage of humanity. Thanks to Ana Villaescusa Lamet, Andrés Luis Martín, Ezequiel Andréu and Manuel Salazar Miranda.