Exploring STEM Careers

As Amasya Şehit Ferhat Ünelli Science and Art Center, we established an eTwinning project called Exploring STEM Careers. 16 different schools and more than 100 students from 7 different countries participated in our project. Within the scope of the project, firstly we prepared projects in accordance with the STEM approach within the scope of a theme we determine every month. Secondly we invited experts from this field for a career talk. In addition, every month students from different schools made presentations to their peers introducing their future professions.

STEM Careers Talks

‘Space’ was chosen as the theme between February 15 and March 15. Therefore we had an online career talk with the academician Astrophysicist Selçuk Topal from Van Yüzüncü Yıl University.

Nearly 300 students between the ages of 10 and 17 from different cities attended the conversation. Dr. Selçuk Topal gave information to the students about space, astronomy and future professions in these fields. After that the students sent all the questions they were curious about to our guest. Our guest answered all questions with great care.

Space themed STEM Projects

Within the scope of the Space theme, our students prepare STEM projects throughout the month. Even during distance education periods due to the pandemic, they come together with online meetings and design their projects. After that our students shared their projects they prepared with other students in the online meeting. In addition They asked each other about the projects. They shared their suggestions.

The phases of the moon
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STEM Discovery Week 2021 in Duzce

Ayşe Arslan ( Science Teacher)

This activity includes the stem activities that students carry out for 1 month at Duzce Science and Art Center. These activities are aimed at raising awareness about the environment & energy and also promoting sustainability from February 2021 to April 2021.

First Activity: Rain Storage and Greenhouse

We moved to our new school and wanted to make our own greenhouse in our new school. Our first week’s event was a greenhouse design. With this greenhouse, we designed how we could build our own rain storage and the students tried to understand how the rain storage system works. They have learned to make a list of materials required for this design and calculate the cost.

Second Activity: Seed Planting Machine


I asked them to design a seed planting machine for planting work in the garden of our new greenhouse. For this purpose, a system that can lay seeds at 5 cm intervals was designed by creating a vehicle system with cardboard, bottle caps, cardboard box, straw, and tape.

Third Activity: Drip Irrigation System


The system, which is designed by taking advantage of the open-air pressure, is designed to be done with plastic bottles and little hoses. In this design, a system was created with tiny valves and rods holding the bottle upright.

Fourth Activity: Wind Turbine for Greenhouse


In this event, we aimed to create a wind turbine for the greenhouse. Turbines that can work with propellers have been designed to observe the conversion of motion energy into electrical energy.
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Snowflake Crystals

This activity shadows the eTwinning Project entitled “Adventures of Atmosphere” which was founded with the teachers from Turkey and Italy including Sakine Rüzgar, Enise Ulu Çoğalan, Yıldız Kanlıöz and Eleonora Burnete.

The aim of the project is to engage our students with understanding the atmostpheric events such as snow, rain, hailing, wind or tornado with this STEM challenge.

Age of students: 9-12.

Time: 30’+30’+30’+20

Activity date : Between 12th-16th of April ,2021

Abstracts

Teachers will conduct preliminary investigations in order to help the students in terms of gaining knowledge on cloud formation, snowflake crystals and the role of clouds in the growth of snowflake crystals. Additionally, they will also help them how to explore TRMM images and data; and the role clouds play in the Earth’s radiant budget and climate.

What is Snowflake ?

When people say snowflake, they often mean snow crystal. The latter is a single crystal of ice, within which the water molecules are all lined up in a precise hexagonal array. Snow crystals display that characteristic six-fold symmetry

Objectives

  1. Being creative to solve a problem,
  2. Knowing how to clearly express their thoughts in an organized way,
  3. Learning how a snowflake grow up in the clouds,
  4. Giving students the opportunity to learn about the fact via snowflakes simulation and hands-on learning
  5. Developing science skills like observation, classification, measurement
  6. Improving foreign language skills.
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INNOVATION WİTH AKUZE

During the distant education on pandemic days, our students have been usually passive in front of the screen. Ensuring their “active participation” in the lesson has been the main goal of our AKUZE (Active Participation Distance Education) project. Our project has aimed at achieving one of the outcomes of Social Studies, namely, ‘Developing ideas for designing unique products based on the needs of the environment.’ In this sense, our students have been encouraged to find creative solutions to their daily life problems, and they have been asked to shoot a commercial for marketing their designs as an entrepreneur. The project has been planned gradually so that the students could take an active role in the project. The first phase has been about preparation, the second phase has been about implementation and presentation, the last phase has been about developing a project song and a game for the project by collaborating with other partner schools. AKUZE project has been prepared and implemented for primary school students and has included a structure that can be easily integrated into the secondary school technology design course. With this project, a project-based and an interdisciplinary approach have been integrated through collaborative studies.

The implementation of the phases are as in the following:

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Tornado in a Jar

TORNADO IN A JAR

In our eTwinning Project Adventures of Atmosphere, our aim is to make meteorological observations using the basic methods used by meteorology, data collection, evaluation, analysis and synthesis. Pupils get to know atmospheric events and precipitation types, evaluate and interpret them by absorbing their formation processes and characteristics. They will develop creative and critical thinking skills, learn by trial and error, develop research and invention skills, and increase problem-solving skills based on the STEAM approach, focusing on science, mathematics, engineering and arts.

With this project, project partner teachers will learn to make an interdisciplinary STEM plan in accordance with the curriculum-integrated (gain-oriented) 5E model.

In our lessons, project partners will learn how to plan, design products, and apply STEM plans. With STEM studies, pupils will gain the skills of collaboration, teamwork, inquiry, research, critical thinking, solving daily life problems and analyzing with 21st-century skills.

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