Coloring the Universe

Have you seen the first ever black hole image?

Have you heard about Katie Bouman, MIT’s student, whose algorithm helped to process Event Horizon Telescope data?

She is one of the numerous researchers and scientists involved in the EHT project from various institutions. Her engagement and success were actually the base for the event organized April 17th during this year’s STEM Discovery Week campaign – Coloring the Universe.

In the class with girls who showed great interest in astronomy (astronomy is not part of the curriculum), Katie Bouman’s story, her engagement and contribution within the EHT project was a good starting point for the realization of teaching activities. Katie was not only a role model but also an inspiration.

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20 questions with…NASA Astronaut Dr Jeanette Epps

In collaboration with the US Embassy in Malta, St.Paul’s Missionary College students experienced a live video conference call with Dr Jeanette Epps.

On Thursday 25th April 2019, a group of 35 12-year-old students were invited to visit the US Embassy. The purpose of this visit was to have a STEM Careers chat… with a NASA Astronaut!

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Travellers Through Time

29 Romanian students, aged 11 and 12, learners of English as a foreign language (current level: A1+ on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), owners of a make-believe time travel agency, worked together in this classroom activity of 50 minutes and came up with recommendations for their (prospective) customers to visit various places in the past, as by travelling there they could find out more information about important events, sights and people connected to STEM careers. This was Katalin Lörincz’s idea – see the blog post here: http://blogs.eun.org/teachwitheuropeana/history/tta-time-travel-agency-ls-hu-02/. We implemented part of her learning scenario (to be found here: https://blogs.eun.org/teachwitheuropeana/files/2019/01/Europeana_DSI_4_Learning_Scenario-Kati-pdf-2.pdf), adapting it to my younger students – the final products were not brochures, but posters.

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STEM Discovery Week 2019

I am a vice-principal and a computer science teacher from Turkey. We are organising 3 STEM week activities in 6 Nisan Anadolu Lisesi (6 Nisan Anatolian High School ) between 22.04.2019 and 28.04.2019. Our activities are now in the STEM Discovery Week 2019 Map.

1. Natural Sources

The EU’s definition of bioeconomy is “sustainable production and processing of biomass for food, health products, fibre products, industry, and energy” European Network For Forest Pedagogy, internet-platform that intends to develop as an European-wide forum for information and communication about forest pedagogics, offers basic frames of standards to describe what is required in order to deliver environmental education for sustainable development. The standard describes six steps of pedagogical approaches with activities to increase environmental maturity; learn to enjoy outdoors, experience and observe nature, understand the ecological web, understand the interplay between man and nature, make decisions on environmental issues, be responsible for nature.

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Make What’s Next & STEM – The Global and Multilingual #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet

The Global and Multilingual #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet

At the beginning of March I was invited to be the Polish host in the global discussion led by Microsoft Education – #MSFTEduChatTweetMeet about Make What’s Next & STEM.

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