Throughout history, artists have used materials in nature as a tool for themselves. We can be inspired by nature in our activities. People discovered nature. It obtained paint from plants in nature hundreds of years ago and used it in many areas. Our high imagination, curiosity and needs encouraged us to make inventions and obtain products.
We organized Nature-Based activities. We asked the students to explore nature and what they could do with the plants they found. As children make their own products, their interest in science and art increases. We created a problem situation for them. We waited for them to produce solutions. The age group of our activity is 4-6 years old and it continued for 2 days. It reached 8 students and 10 teachers in 95 schools in Turkey.
1- Integrating 21st-century skills into lessons 2- To give children a love of nature 3- Developing children’s imagination and creativity 4- Encouraging children to make inventions 5- To reveal the child who has an interest in art 6- To gain STEM skills
In our world, the winter season affects all living things negatively. For this reason, living things must have shelters in order to survive in the winter season. The aim of our project is to design water containers for our animals living on the streets and protection houses for animals. In addition, our students will design animal houses and water containers according to the STEM engineering design stages in our project. And as a result, we aim to provide animal love and empathy to our students, teachers and people around us. This sensitivity initiated in our schools will affect wider communities. Our age range of activities: 5-13 years old.
1 – To give the students in our class love of nature 2 – To understand that nature and the animals in nature have a right to life 3 – To teach the effects of climate change on living spaces of living things 4 – To increase the awareness that some of the waste from our homes will be recycled 5 – Solving problems they encounter in daily life according to engineering design stages (STEM).
TIME: 2 WEEKS
Students are asked to design shelters according to the Engineering Design Steps (STEM) for stray animals that are cold in winter.
Turkey is located in a region of earthquakes. Many earthquakes occur in our country. On October 30, 2020, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 occurred in Izmir. Our students wanted to do a study on this subject. First of all, they started by doing research on earthquakes. What is an earthquake? How does it occur? They then discussed what they could do to minimize damage to homes from the earthquake. Due to Covid-19, all interviews took place online.
Our students used the following instruction as an example for this study.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR EARTHQUAKE RESISTANT BUILDING DESIGN
The strength and durability of our homes will ensure our survival in a possible earthquake. The design of earthquake-resistant structures is one of the important work areas of civil engineers. You are also expected to design and present an earthquake-resistant building model by thinking and working like an engineer.
Finally, we decided to generalize the “Nanotechnology in schools” activities for the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign with student projects. This year our slogan is: Don’t hesitate-STEM is accelerate. During the last week of the 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign, STEM projects, prepared by secondary school students of the Republic of Azerbaijan at home and shared online on our project’s Facebook page, attracted everyone’s interest.
I also present the projects of our students for “SDC 2020 week” to you:
We are STEM teachers in Konya Human School Project.
Betül ESEN: Mathematics teacher
Filiz ŞENTÜRK: Mathematics teacher
Ülkü KALE KARAASLAN: Preschool teacher
Our aim is to increase the interest of teachers, families, and children, who are our education stakeholders, in STEM fields and to develop 21st-century skills. It is very important for us that our children develop their creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, communication, cooperation, critical thinking, problem-solving skills with their family.
Schools have been vacationed in our country due to the Covid-19 outbreak since March 23, 2020. In this process, schools, teachers, students, and parents adapted to the distance education process and started online education. As STEM teachers, we organized live broadcasts via Instagram to reach families and teachers in our city and carry out useful STEM activities with their children at home.
We shared with the necessary materials on social media before the live broadcasts. When the live time came, the children completed the event with their parents at home. After live broadcasts, they shared photos of their work with us at home. In this conclusion, we conducted 3 live broadcasts between 1 April 2020 and 24 April 2020.