Natural Resources (STEM Discovery Week 2019)

We have organised the STEM Discovery Week 2019 activities in 6 Nisan Anatolian High School. I am going to write about my experiences connected with the activities of bioeconomy.

What is bioeconomy?

Students watched a video about bioeconomy, “The Bioeconomy starts here!” Teacher defined bioeconomy as the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into food, feed, energy, chemicals and other materials. The EU definition of bioeconomy is “sustainable production and processing of biomass for food, health products, fibre products, industry, and energy”

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My contribution to the 1st Albanian Scientix Conference

Do you know ?

On 28 April 2018 we, the Albanian Scientix Ambassadors, carried out the first Albanian Scientix Conference. Was it easy? I am sure that while you are reading, you answer “of course not”. But we did it. This is the most important thing that we should remember in the future, more than the difficulties we had to face in order to achieve it.

I am so happy that I could contribute to this conference. In relation to this, my  activity during this conference consisted of two parts: a presentation of the Scientix portal, during which I could tell and show something about the STEM  activity with my students, and also a workshop during which I talked about online events happening on the Scientix portal.

In relation to my first activity, “Scientix portal presentation”, I first showed  teachers how to create an account on the Scientix portal, then I showed all the 9  sections of the portal, with all options inside each section. At the end of my presentation, I showed some pictures of our STEM activity at our school. During  my presentation I invited Albanian teachers to be part of this portal, following its pages on Facebook and Twitter by highlighting that; “Being a digital teacher may be your choice, but being a 21st century teacher is not your choice but a stubborn fact and you cannot do anything to change it”.

During my second activity, I trained teachers how to be part of online events, such as webinars, Moodle courses, how to attend a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and advised them to register on the MOOC “Opening minds to STEM careers”. For this, I invited and taught them how to create an account on the European Schoolnet Academy platform.

After the conference, I have seen many Albanian teachers that attended the Conference, frequently in the Facebook group “Science Teachers in Europe” so I think we did a good job, really we did, and I am happy that I had the possibility  to contribute to this conference. With this conference, we have contributed to increasing the quality of teaching in our education system. This is an important  fact.

Fethiye Özel Sena Fen Lisesi is here!

Fethiye Özel Sena Fen Lisesi is a private science high-school which is located in Muğla/Turkey. The school and its teachers, themselves, so dedicated to teaching- especially teaching by using different kinds of methods just as drama. Thanks to our Physics and Astronomy teacher Umut Güzel, we have also been hearing all about the recent unusually perpetual teaching and learning method: STEM.

So proud of being the only school-all around Aegean Region in Turkey- that is a part of STEM Discovery Week, here we are, saying YES to STEM!

We are so excited and can’t wait to share our experiences with you. Let’s keep in touch. Best memories yet to come. 


“STEM EE (Environmental Education) project” – The world without waste

STEM Discovery Week 2018 at our school.

This year, at my school, “Iordache Cantacuzino” Gymnasium School Pascani, an event dedicated to STEM education was organised between 26th and 30th March to provide opportunities in STEM subjects for young learners aged 6 to 14 and to make the link with Ecological Education (EE).

For five days, students learned about depleting resources, renewable resources, waste, met with environmental specialists, made experiments they discovered in the Scientix Resources section and created posters.

On the first day, students watched films about selective recycling to understand what it means to have a clean environment and get new products through recycling, how many resources can be saved if we know how to use waste.

On the second day, students aged 6 to 14 met with STEM professionals, asked questions about products and substances, and saw how workers and specialists work together to change the world! Now, they know more about the STEM professions.

The third day was dedicated to experiments! The students were one day teachers: they prepared an experiment and they did it with their classmates. Then they presented the conclusions of their colleagues. All the experiments were done by the children and they enjoyed the activity very much as they understood better some STEM phenomena!

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Learning Sciences through practice –

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The poor results in national examinations in mathematics and physics made us  encourage the students to learn better the meaning and the use of derived, using practical examples. The mathematics and physics teachers will introduce a mathematical problem with practical applicability. The students give other practical examples and then they will debate on the theoretical applicability of the theme. The main objective of the activity is to improve students’ school results.

Webpage of the activity

Fotografia postată de Voinea Axinte Costica.