Cloud Hunters Specialists (“Look Up – Cloud Hunters”- Competition)

For the “2022 STEM Discovery Campaign”, projects “GLOBE Program Elementary K-4″ and “Science Picnic/Znanstveni piknik 2022” announced their first competition – The “Look Up – Cloud Hunters”! The contest allowed the children and teachers to explore the possibilities of the mobile application „GLOBE Observer“ (GO App) https://observer.globe.gov/about/get-the-app by observing clouds and atmosphere conditions and taking photos of interesting clouds by mobile phone camera or tablet as an art activity with STE(A)M approach. 

    The competition was based on the methodology of the international GLOBE Program (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) and using the GLOBE Observer application (GLOBE®). More about the GLOBE Program: (source: https://www.globe.gov/about )

GLOBE Vision: “A worldwide community of students, teachers, scientists, and citizens working together to better understand, sustain, and improve Earth’s environment at local, regional, and global level.”

GLOBE Mission: “To increase awareness of individuals throughout the world about the global environment, contribute to an increased scientific understanding of the Earth, and support improved student achievement in science and mathematics.”

„Look Up-Cloud Hunters „Competition is a non-profit initiative of the international project „GLOBE Program Elementary K-4“ (https://bit.ly/3xwbhN2 ) together with the project “Science Picnic / Znanstveni piknik 2022” (http://znanstvenipiknik.weebly.com/ ).

The project „GLOBE Program Elementary K-4“ was launched in June 2021 as an unofficial activity of the international „GLOBE Program“. Science Picnic / Znanstveni piknik is a 2-day science popularization event that gathers dozens of associations, schools, and institutions that present their science popularization activities to thousands of visitors. The event celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2021 -. The „Look Up-Cloud Hunters“ competition was coordinated by three Croatian non-governmental organizations: Professor Balthazar Association, Amateur Scientists Association, OUI (Empower-perfect-integrate for development). 

  The competition duration was from 25 April to 29 April 2022. The formal promotion of the competition started just a few days before the start of the competition, and regarding the short period for the promotional activities, the competition was successful. Thankfully to the #SDC22 team we overcame some technical difficulties and succeeded to organise the competition in time. Special thanks to a very active member of the GLOBE community, Mr. Brian Andrew Campbell (https://smdepo.org/user/211 ) NASA Senior Earth Science Education Specialist from Wallops Space Flight Center, for helping the promotion of the competition internationally.

   Twelve elementary/kindergarten teachers from four countries responded to the call (5 elementary schools and 7 kindergartens). Only a few of them are already GLOBE schools, but the observations were made by citizen science accounts on the GO App.

One kindergarten in that short period joined officially The GLOBE Program and also the international project “GLOBE Program Elementary K-4”. Two kindergarten teachers wrote the #SDC blog about cloud activities.

For many of them, it was the first encounter with the international “GLOBE Program”, “GLOBE Observer” app, the citizen science movement, and also with Scientix and the #SDC22. Teachers, over a very short period, managed to get through the wast sea of information contained in the “Terms and conditions” document of the “Look Up – Cloud Hunters”- Competition. All those great teachers together with children, and some parents joined a 5-day journey of a cloud hunting activity and managed to catch 65 artistic photos of clouds in different locations on planet Earth. 43 photos were taken during the activities with teachers. 22 photos were taken by children with their parents (some parents joined the GLOBE Observer measurements), and some of the photos even got the names: “Heart”, “Shark”, “Boot”, “Train”… 

About the data and measurements:

We were informed about 30 measurements submitted by GLOBE Observer App, 5 schools/kindergartens decided to join the “Look Up-Cloud Hunters” GLOBE Observer’s Team and as a team submitted 10 observations in the period from 25 April to 29 April 2022. The rest of them sent us a screenshot of the observation on the GO App.

Observed data were: 

Overal Sky Conditions observations-Total sky:

  • Cloud cover: No clouds, Few, Isolated, Scattered, Broken, Overcast
  • Color of the sky: blue, deep blue, light blue, pale blue
  • Sky clarity: Unusually clear, Clear
  • Opacity: opaque, translucent, transparent

Clouds and contrails: 

  • High-level clouds: Cirrocumulus, Cirrostratus; no contrails were spotted
  • Middle-level clouds: Altocumulus, Altostratus 
  • Low-level clouds: Stratus, Stratocumulus Cumulus
  • Rain cloud: Cumulonimbus

Surface conditions spotted: Standing water, Dry ground, Leaves on Trees, Muddy

An example of citizen science GO App observation screenshot

The aim of the competition was not only to introduce a wider audience to different science concepts represented by different organizations and projects but also to encourage people to go outside and open their eyes to the beauty of the world around them and widen their perception of the synergy and diversity of phenomena on the planet Earth. By doing competition activities all the teachers and children contributed to helping worldwide scientists and NASA for a better understanding of the Earth as a harmonious system. We hope it also helps to expand the mindset of students aged 5-11 years regarding the reflection on sustainable future and scientific methodology and to broaden civic competencies. So we can announce that all the participants of the “Look Up – Cloud Hunters”- Competition 2022 are winners and deserve the title “Cloud Hunters Specialists”!

 Check out beautiful photos recorded by 5-11 years old children on the Wakelet collection „2022 STEM Discovery Campaign-STEM for All; Look Up – Cloud Hunters Competition“: https://wke.lt/w/s/UgZ9de

https://wke.lt/w/s/UgZ9de

2022 STEM Discovery Campaign-STEM for All – “Look Up – Cloud Hunters” Competition- Wakelet collection

Do the GLOBE Observer, be a citizen scientist, play with STEM activities, appreciate nature and let it be STEM for All!

More Atmosphere K-4 resources:

Vesna Lampić, Amateur Scientists Association

LIFE WITH STEM

As the 15 Temmuz Ortaokulu , we prepared a stem discovery campaign exhibition.

Before we prepare our posters and invitations.

Our school’s art street studies were carried out. Our teachers worked very hard for the stem exhibition.

 

STEAM and Art Street work was carried out in the corridors of our school under the leadership of our school Technology and Design Teacher Zeynep KAYA and by Visual Arts Teacher Melih Ulaş Kılınç.


Thanks to (Zeynep KAYA ), Visual Arts Teacher( Melih Ulaş Kılınç) and students for their work.

Exhibition works of our school science teachers.

While we were making our exhibition, all our teachers worked very eagerly, and the students worked towards sustainable development goals.

The students exhibited model houses they made with solar energy panels as a solution to the goal of sustainable development (climate action).,With our exhibition, we partially achieved the goal of quality education, one of the sustainable development goals and our students had the chance to exhibit the materials they produced by doing and living. bridges with cultural significance, structures of historical importance, simple machines, and kindergarten students exhibited their eTwinning projects about recycle in our exhibition.

 

15 TEMMUZ ORTAOKULU STEM DISCOVERY CAMPAIN 2022

STEM EXHIBITION TEAM

  • Zeynep KAYA (TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN)
  • Buket İLERİLER (SCIENCE TEACHER)
  • Meltem SITKI (SCIENCE TEACHER)
  • Lütfiye DOĞANAY(SCIENCE TEACHER)
  • Ayla MAHMUT(TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN)
  • Melih Ulaş KILINÇ (VISUAL ARTS)
  • Filiz ÇİÇEKSAY(KINDERGARDEN TEACHER)
  • Bilge GEZER(KINDERGARDEN TEACHER)
  • Yazgül AKAT(TURKISH TEACHER)
  • Kamil KUŞKAPAN ( P.E TEACHER ,SCIENTIX AMBASSADOR)

The opening of our exhibition was held by our mayor and the district director of national education, and it attracted great interest from students and parents.

This exhibition was to increase students 21st century skills and raise awareness of real life problems. Participation was intense as parents, students, tradesmen and neighborhood. Our exhibition came to a very successful conclusion. Thanks to everyone who contributed.The school administration supported our work and always helped us, we also thank them.

OPENING CERAMONI

SAVE COASTS FROM EROSION

Author: Gonca Köseoğlu

School: İhsane Tuna Dıravacıoğlu Primary School, TURKEY

Participants: 2nd-year students (8-9 years old)

Applicable age groups: 8-20 years

Occurring Date: March 2022

Applied Methods: Blended learning, Group study, Individual Study, STEM-based based on 5E learning cycle model events,

Pedagogical Approaches: Exploratory learning, problem-based learning, project-based learning, experimental activities
Inquiry-based learning and student-based learning approaches such as learning with

INTRODUCTION

Small rises in sea level threaten coastal homes, lands, and habitats. Moreover, the risk increases especially in large storms. Floods are inevitable. Additionally, the sea level is rising day by day. We know from recent satellite measurements that Earth’s mean sea level has increased by 10 to 20 centimeters over the past century. But over the last 20 years, annual sea level rise has increased to 3.2 millimeters per year. Namely, that’s almost twice the average value of the last 80 years! In the last century, large amounts of greenhouse gases have been released into the environment.

The atmosphere is caused by the use of fossil fuels, human activities, and various natural events. The oscillation caused the temperature of the Earth’s surface to increase. Eighty percent of that excess heat is absorbed by the oceans. As a result;
Small rises in sea level threaten coastal homes, lands, and habitats. Especially in big storms, the risk increases. Also, flooding is inevitable. Because the sea level is rising day by day.
We decided to solve this problem with STEAM learning.

GOALS

– What is Coastal Erosion?
– To know the causes of Coastal Erosion
– To know the consequences of coastal erosion
– To become aware of concepts, such as sea wall, breakwater, spur (groin), beach bait, and cultivated sand dunes
– To express one’s ideas clearly
– To develop inquiry skills
– To develop collaborative and creative thinking skills
– To develop engineering skills
– To solve the Basic Problems of Daily Life

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Copyright: https://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/konyaalti-sahili-60-yilda-35-metre-eridi-bir-havluluk-yer-kaldi-1752671

After examining the photos with the students, we asked the students the following questions, especially:

1- Do you have a summer house on the beach? Would you like to have a house on the beach very close to the sea? Why?
2-What could be the reason for these images you see in the pictures?
3-What is the reason for the damage to the buildings on the beach?

They analyze the change in the coastline in the years 2009-2014 and 2019. Additionally, reflect and brainstorm the reason.

STEP 1:

The teacher draws the attention of the students by hanging pictures, posters, and posters about coastal erosion that he prepared before the children come into the classroom. Attention was drawn to the issue of coastal erosion. Concerning, the teacher gives the students an experiment on what erosion is.

Nature Based City with Steam of Green Hearts-Coastal Erosion – YouTube The video is the author’s own- (Attribution CC-BY).

It increases the awareness and importance of the subject. the teacher opens a related video and asks them to take notes on terms they have not heard before.

They took note of the terms that caught their attention in the video. The homework was given. We said to them: What are the different methods people use to control coastal erosion? These: beach feeding, sea wall, rock wall, gabion baskets, groins and breakwaters.

STEP 2:

They submitted a research paper. Different methods that people use to control coastal erosion, students. Namely, we found the answers in the research results.

STEP 3:

The story of animals living on the beach:

Tern Migratory Bird Sumy could not find the eggs she laid on the beach, but she was sure she had left him here in the dune. Just ahead, she saw the Sea Turtle Carety. The turtle was happy to see it. He asked Carety about her eggs. Sumy was surprised at Carety’s answer. She was looking for her eggs in Ceraty.

At this stage, let’s ask the students: How can we help the heroes in the story?

Why might the eggs be missing? Discuss on the subject, until the answer to coastal erosion comes. The teacher explains that similar creatures such as Tern and Caretta prefer the sand dunes on the beach to lay their eggs. Sand dunes are also said to be a viable solution to prevent coastal erosion.

STEP 4 – MAKING DESIGNS AS A SOLUTION TO COASTAL EROSION

At this stage, we expect students to decide on their designs. They are also divided into groups according to research topics and interests.

• 1st Group: Works on sea walls.

• 2nd Group: Works in the moles.

• 3rd Group: Works on Spurs.

• 4th Group: Designs by working on beach food and vegetated dunes.

Students were given materials and designed.

Materials :

Cardboard box

Bags, waste materials

Waste plastic cans and bottles

Paper cups, tongue sticks

Cloth scraps and burlap

Adhesive tape

Silicone gun

Rope, gravel, sand

Cardboard, floor cardboard, craft paper

The picture is the author’s own – (Attribution CC-BY) – Coastal Erosion
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The picture is the author’s own – (Attribution CC-BY) – Coastal Erosion

STEP 5 – EVALUATION

Each group shares the product with other groups and their teachers. Furthermore, students have the opportunity to examine products or drawings designed by other groups. The aim here is to enable students to evaluate their products by comparing them with other products. The spokesperson of the group briefly explains the product in class. Additionally, if school conditions are appropriate, the prepared products are exhibited and shared with other students and teachers in the school.

1st group presentation: Student Çınar

Student solutions to coastal erosion – YouTube The video is the author’s own- (Attribution CC-BY)

2. Group Presentation: Students Azra and Elif

2nd team -Artificial Island soluiton to prevent coastal erosion student presentation – YouTube The video is the author’s own- (Attribution CC-BY)

Presentation:Students Elif , Aybike , Ahmet, Nur

4th team-Solutions for Coastal Erosion – YouTube The video is the author’s own- (Attribution CC-BY)

3rd group presentation: Students Elif and Aysu

5th team -Breakwater soutions fır coastal erosion – YouTube The video is the author’s own- (Attribution CC-BY)

Moreover, we had students who found a different and creative solution, which is something we want. The student created the breakwater, which also produces electricity

Zekeriya’s Presentation

Wavebreaker solution to coastal erosion that causes electricity damage – YouTube The video is the author’s own- (Attribution CC-BY)

Resources Used:

Inspired by the Scientix Resource:

http://www.scientix.eu/resources/details?resourceId=29317&fbclid=IwAR0IZTgRUwm12TSYb6Irp3VMHzRzB8jbx3MK1ZlysjeEhrnYnSPa3QGGn88

and by: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/sea-level-rise/

Zübeyde Hanım Kindergarten Learning with STEM

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In 2021, Denizli Zübeyde Hanım Kindergarten received the STEM School Label. This year, we participated in the 2022 STEM Discovery Campaign with the “Zübeyde Hanım Kindergarten Learning with STEM” event we organized throughout April in order to bring the STEM … Continue reading