Together We Can Make a Difference

“The world is not ours. We belong to the world.”

This event used “Together We Can Make a Difference“, one of the 11 original STE (A) M IT Learning Scenarios. The event was held with 20 students between the ages of 8-9. Turkey started distance education on 15 March 2021. For this reason, the activity was carried out with distance education. The training was done through ZOOM.


We live in an ever-changing world. How can we prepare our students for such a rapidly changing world? What should we teach our students today to help them live? What skills will they need? The answer to these questions is unknown, as no one knows what the world will do in the future.

In this activity, students were asked to think about the future and find solutions that would better protect the environment.

How can we reduce pollution levels (atmospheric, water, ocean)? What can we do to have more green spaces? They thought about how they could save energy to help air quality and ecosystems.

Subject (s) STEM topics:

  1. Natural science
  2. Mathematics
  3. Physics

Non-STEM subjects:

  1. Language
  2. Art

Aims of the lesson

Students will:

  • Raise awareness of threats to our environment
  • Develop environmentally friendly behavior
  • Developing skills and habits that help keep the world beautiful and clean
  • Learn through creative design, creation, inquiry and exploration processes
  • Improve communication skills and collaborative learning
  • How can we help planet Earth, the future of our environment. Finding the answer to the question

21st century skills

This course will develop the following skills identified as the 21st century among students.

Learning skills

Critical thinking: Students will be asked to reflect on everyday issues. Provide solutions for each problem given during the discussion

Problem-solving: Students will identify problems affecting the environment. And they will offer a solution.

Technology skills

Information literacy: Students will learn about the climate
It will help them create ideas and answers to real-life questions.

Life and career skills

Initiative: Students will take initiative to help their communities
Social skills: Students will develop positive attitudes, how to interact with them and
They will learn to value each other’s opinions.
Creativity: Students will develop their creative thinking skills by getting information.
They will create problem solutions from the analysis and criticism of a problem.
Communication: Students will engage in constructive dialogue and listen to each one.
Additionally, through the Art course, They will have the opportunity to produce materials for visual communication.
Collaboration: Students in the classroom will collaborate with each other to solve problems.
Productivity and accountability: Students will plan and manage time to do everything.
Responsibility: Students will be asked to propose feasible and realistic solutions.


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Scheduled subjects – The screenshot belongs to the Author – Attribution CC-BY


In this activity, we tried to find answers to the following questions.

What is the environment? What kind of environment is it healthy to live in? Is the technology we have today making our lives better and emerging or harmful? What are renewable energy sources and how can they be used? Are there solutions for how the world can be a better place, and what are some mistakes we need to fix to make our environment better, healthier?

1st Lesson

“The world is not ours. We belong to the world.”

Brainstorming and discussion began on the above sentence. And the subject of the script was introduced to the students. Environmental awareness

What kind of environment is required for a healthy life? Who and what pollutes our planet? technology
Does it heal or hurt our lives today? What
renewable energy sources and how can we use them?
What solutions are there to make the world a better place and
What are some bugs we need to fix for this to happen? It was shaped by questions.

2nd Lesson

Students’ homework: 30 years from now, they have been asked to think about what their country will be like in the future.Pollution, environment, climate change, energy, education. Each student wrote an article summarizing their own thoughts and views and explaining how these issues will have an impact on the future of the environment they live in. And they needed to think about potential solutions to how the Earth could be a better place and what some of the wrongs we need to correct. They wrote a class book from these articles. “What the future holds – our stories. Here it is.

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What the future brings – our stories ebook – The photo belongs to the Author – Attribution CC-BY

3nd Lesson

We have a white handkerchief, what will happen if we step on it?
Or if we put the handkerchief on the car’s tailpipe? The lesson started with these questions. As a result of the discussion, the students decided that the handkerchief would be dirty. Then;

  1. How does a dirty environment affect our health?
  2. Who should be responsible for the environment? Discussions were held on questions.

After the discussion; A video was watched on how to take care of the environment. Here is the video

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How Should We Take Care of the Environment? – The photo belongs to the Author – Attribution CC-BY

After watching the video, students received a self-assessment to see how much they care about the environment.

After talking with the students about the environment and nature,
students made a poster with their eco-messages. Posters with solutions on how to save the future of the world and people in general. The students gave the following messages on their posters;

  • Turn off power tools when not in use.
  • Replace plastic bags with linen
  • Separate waste and dispose of in containers provided
  • Choose hygiene products labeled as natural ingredients.

Students used the postermywall site to create their posters.

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Eco-messages – The photo belongs to the Author – Attribution CC-BY

4nd Lesson

This activity started by watching a video about renewable energy and energy sources.

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Video about renewable energy and energy sources – The photo belongs to the Author – Attribution CC-BY

After watching the video, we talked about energy and fuel. Energy types, renewable, non-renewable energy sources, where does the energy come from, types of fuels and the best for the environment, and why fossil fuels generated by the greenhouse. The students expressed their views on these issues.

Later, the students were divided into groups. Each group chose a renewable energy source.

  • Group1: Solar energy
  • Group2: Water energy
  • Group3: Wind energy

The groups explored the type of energy they were interested in. The research was about a brief description of the energy type, advantages, and disadvantages. They then posted their research results on a collaborative digital board “” and presented them to their friends. We thought of the table not only as a reference for students but also as a common valuation method.

The students worked in pairs and wrote suggestions on how to reduce energy on their post-it notes. Then they placed them on the digital board. And then
Energy action plan prepared: 10 easy ways to save energy (Annex 2)

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Digital Board Work Created by Students – The photo belongs to the Author – Attribution CC-BY

The students were given the task of building a windmill. Also Creating a short video explaining wind power.

Student Designs – The photo belongs to the Author – Attribution CC-BY

5nd Lesson

Before the students came to the class, they learned the amount of money paid by their parents (electricity bills for the last 3 months). Then they determined the electrical appliances they used at home, their condition, and the amount of electricity they consumed in the last 3 months. Using this information, they created 2 tables.

In Table 1, they wrote which electrical appliances they used, how often they used them, and the amount of electricity they consumed in the last 3 months. In Table 2, they made a 1-year energy estimate. They guessed what tools they could use and removed unnecessary tools. By comparing with Table 1, they analyzed how much their electricity consumption decreased when they removed the unnecessary devices from the list and came to a conclusion and took note of the results.

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Invoice Analysis and Savings – The photo belongs to the Author – Attribution CC-BY

6nd Lesson

Students were shown pictures of very crowded cities and non-urban places with significant industrial activities. The students argued over the question of how high the danger was. They saw that we can also destroy the environment outside the city.

Then the students were asked to draw 2 pictures. In the first picture, they drew what would happen in 30 years if we were not sensitive to the environment. In the second picture, if we are environmentally conscious, what can happen if we make an energy plan. The students then added the pictures they made to and displayed them to their friends.

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Environment in the eyes of the students after 30 years – The photo belongs to the Author – Attribution CC-BY


Students made the presentation and final pictures of the windmill with the online zoom tool. The evaluation was done using an online questionnaire. For this, the Kahoot tool was used. Kahoot is here.

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Kahoot! – The screenshots belong to the Author – Attribution CC-BY

Formative evaluation

Formative assessment in the first, third and fourth lessons, all learning outcomes, surveys, and quizzes to gather information was obtained.

The activities supported the development of students’ systematic problem solving, critical thinking, and analysis skills. They thought about daily matters, discussed, and came up with solutions. They have learned to value each other’s opinions by developing a positive attitude. Information and technology improved literacy.

They acquired creative thinking skills. Through art class, they had the opportunity to produce materials for visual communication. In cooperation, they produced rational solutions to problems.

Students became aware of threats to our environment and they developed environmentally friendly behavior. They have acquired skills and habits that will help keep the world beautiful and clean.

Schools switched to distance education due to the epidemic. For this reason, the events took place over the internet. The learning scenario has been adapted to distance education. It has been supported by some online tools. Generally, students and parents gave positive feedback on this diverse, informative approach and They supported the participation of students in STEM subjects.

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Şerife Takmaz

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My Green Energy Source

School: Science and Art Center in Konya, Eregli, Turkey
Participants: 9 – 10 years old
Implementation: 13-26 April 2021
Subject Science: Natural Sciences
Subject: Renewable and non-renewable resources, The Future of Cities

Student Design


This STEM event is one of several events of the “STEM Journey in Minecraft World” European eTwinning project, which is attended by Turkey, Greece, and Bulgaria. The project was established with the theme of “environmental sustainability”. Thus, the slogan of “Sustainability and Citizenship” of the 2021 STEM Discovery Campaign was emphasized. The project started in February 2021 and the activity started in April 2021. The event was held with 9 teachers and 200 students. The aim of the event; to draw students’ attention to environmental pollution. To understand the pollution phenomenon caused by energy production and to teach them how to plan. To raise awareness about renewable and non-renewable resources. To gain problem-solving and inquiry skills and to support design-based learning.

21st century skills we target at the event

To communicate and cooperate, to take responsibility,
• Creativity – Creating ideas
Digital skills – Using different online tools (Minecraft Education Edition, Tinkercad, Kahoot, Youtube, ebook)
• Critical thinking – Making conclusions, making judgments and decisions.


Brainstorming was initiated by asking what kind of resources we use in our daily life. Verbal answers were received. After a brief discussion, the students worked in pairs to write down on post-it paper which resources were renewable or non-renewable. Then, “Non-renewable energy” and “Renewable energy” videos were watched. After the video, what are the traditional energy sources? Do they affect the environment positively? What are the alternative energy sources in the world? By asking their questions, the students talked about the subject. Students were asked to research innovations that help protect the environment and present them to their friends through the “chatter pix” tool.

They also uploaded these presentations to our project area.
Later, we applied a questionnaire to our students. In the survey, “What do you think is the biggest problem that harms the environment?” We asked the question. The majority of the students decided that the problem was “Energy Supply Problems”. After determining the problem, we discussed how we can solve this problem. Ultimately, the students came to the conclusion that we can produce energy from natural resources.

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Working with Minecraft Education Edition

The students decided to design their dream school and generate wind-powered electricity for the school. For this, they used Minecraft Education Edition, which offers a Game-based learning environment. All students worked together in this activity. They built the wind turbine behind the school. Using Redstone in the game, they generated electricity from the wind turbine for the school. They designed the roof and sides of the school building to receive solar energy. Thinking like an interior designer, they planned the classrooms and corridors of their dreams. And, they created an eco-friendly school design. They have collected the stages of this design in an e-book. Here is the ebook.

While Students Work in Minecraft Education Edition

The world of “My Green Energy Source” created by students in Minecraft Education Edition is here.

Working with Tinkercad

Students used the tinkercad program to electrify the school they designed. Each student worked individually and designed a simple electrical circuit in the tinkercad program.

Working with Tinkercad

Distance education started after this stage of the event. We carried out the remaining activities through TEAMS.

Design and Build

Students made a model of the school using recycled materials. After painting it any color they wanted, they built wind turbines. They then wired an electrical circuit inside the school model. Using a blow dryer, they created wind and produced clean energy.

Student Designs

At the end of the event, a quiz on “Energy Resources” was held for students. KAHOOT was used for this game. Kahoot game is here.


In the “My Green Energy Source” event; It was learned what renewable and non-renewable resources are. It has been seen how to generate energy from these sources. It has been understood the importance of recycling and how to use natural resources rationally. Problem-solving and critical thinking skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented environment were acquired. The development of creativity skills was supported. It was ensured that they gain sensitive behavior towards the natural environment. Finally, they were taught how to use new technologies in growing technology.

The students enjoyed working in the “Minecraft education version”. Having fun with their friends, they designed the school of their dreams and provided clean electricity to their school. It was a pleasure for them to create this. KAHOOT! they wanted to play his game over and over again. They promised to participate in more sustainability-related projects in the coming years!

Note: Some of the materials for this event are available in the Scientix resource repository, “Future of the Skies: A Step in the Future!” It is taken from the learning scenario. Here it is.

Materials Cited: Non-renewable energy ” and “Renewable energy

For more information:

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Şerife Takmaz