Augmented Reality of Social Activities – STEM Discovery Week 2019.

A teacher asked students to solve a problem using technology. Students said that no one reads texts on school boards so they planned to add some interaction to school boards.

Research

Our students researched the ways to interact with photos and text on school boards. Then they came up with the idea of using augmented reality. They used some tools and chose ROAR tool to implement in this project.

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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!” https://youtu.be/2xvXkOMRTs4. 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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Solving problems with use of technology

My students determined a problem and solve it using robotic technologies. I presented renewable energy resources to the students.  I used a web page https://goo.gl/RmHNp2 and asked students to design a model which will use a windmill or a solar battery to produce energy. Students designed models and presented them in a class. Students thought how they can produce energy.

STEM Week 2019 Solving Problems Using Technology

Our activities: https://youtu.be/lFt9BD5EXvM

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Next-Lab math ILS with contents created by students

Inquiry Based Learning is a very effective pedagogical approach for STEM education: the Next-Lab project gives the opportunity to use digital resources, simulations and apps for creating online activities based on the IBL methodology. Inquiry-based learning activities can be implemented following several models, one of them is the “find the mistake” scenario: appropriate mistakes are presented to students in order to let them investigate to find a correct explanation.

Mathematics skills in lower secondary school are evaluated every year by INVALSI national tests. Questions from previous tests are often used to train students as exercises. Since INVALSI data are also used by schools to analyze typical errors or misconceptions in math learning processes, they can also be proposed as investigation subjects for a “find the mistake” inquiry.

To be included in a typical Next-Lab activity, these resources have to be made interactive, adding a “digital remake” in order to give students a feedback when used online and combined with other Next-Lab applications and tools.

GeoGebra is the most used tool for math active learning at Istituto Comprensivo 9 in Bologna. Students have been engaged in preparing interactive GeoGebra contents based on INVALSI multiple choice questions in order to “animate” correct and wrong answers about fractions.

To complete their task, they had to reflect about different representations of fractions: as parts of a figure, as number ratios, as distances on a units line and so on. In order to represent multiple answers, they could analyze the most common misconceptions and compare them with the correct representation of concepts. Different representing solutions could be chosen by students, depending on their own learning styles.

The best students’ works have been published online in the GeoGebra site, in order to be linked in the Next-Lab online activity afterwards.

This reflective and creative process went on with the support of special observers: a group of undergraduate math students of Bologna University, who visited our school for a training workshop included in their course of pedagogy and mathematical education. They were invited to interact with lower secondary students and give them support in explaining and implementing the representation of their own ideas.

The Next-Lab Inquiry Learning Space “Fractions: find the mistake” is going to be published on the Next-Lab site after completing the implementation with other resources and tools, and after following a testing phase with a different group of younger students who should give a feedback on its pedagogical effectiveness.

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Athens Science Festival 2018

Science without Borders
Technopolis City of Athens
24th – 29th April 2018

Athens Science Festival (ASF18) returns for the 5th consecutive year with a program beyond… limitations, full of new ideas and creativity. As an educative and cultural landmark that has enthused the audience of Athens and the whole of Greece with Science, Technology and Innovation, this coming April ASF18 aspires to present the most exciting, attractive and creative scientific advancements free of limitations, prejudice and political conventions to people of all ages.
From the 24th to the 29th of April, at Technopolis City of Athens, a diverse program with a rich set of exhibitions, presentations, workshops, screenings and discussions – speeches by prominent Greek and foreign scientists, will give visitors the opportunity to engage with and celebrate the liberating power of science. With this year’s motto “Science without Borders” we will all indulge into how scientific discoveries can go beyond geographic, cognitive and conceptual boundaries and create new perspectives and new ways of exploring the human intellect.

The Athens Science Festival is organized by

  • the educational non-profit organization in Science Communication, SciCo,     (Theo Anagnostopoulos, PhD Founder and General Manager, SciCo, Ashoka Fellow m:+306977431304 | e:theo@scico.gr | w:www.scico.gr)
  • the British Council,
  • Technopolis City of Athens,
     the Onassis Foundation Scholars’ Association and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology.
  • It is launched in collaboration with academic, research and educational institutions.
    Leading people in the world of science are present at the Athens Science Festival  at Technopolis City of Athens 94 interactive events (50 interactive and 46 experimentalexhibitions) 35 workshops for children | 22 workshop for adults | 45 speeches |5 competitions and many moremorning and evening artistic events for all ages How do great scientists explore the great mysteries of the universe at CERN? How will our digital future be? Why should we be interestedin Martian pebbles? These and many more exciting questions will be answered to visitors of Athens Science Festival who are returning this year, more dynamically, for the 5th consecutive year.

From the 24th to the 29th of April, people of all ages will attend an exciting program with more than 200 different events, which will hopefully excite every advocate of knowledge and scientific avant-garde.

Some of the outstanding speakers will be:

Vasilios Nassis, an academic and a successful entrepreneur, founder of Netronix and pioneer in the field of Internet of Things. He will explain why millions of objects available online – from watches and cars to refrigerators and pressure gauges – can change the world, but also what business opportunities can arise through the vision of the Internet of Things.  Title: IoT: The Evolution of a New Industrial Revolution || Date & Time: April 25, 20:00 * With the support of the US Embassy in Athens.

James Beacham is one of the “stars” in experimental high-energy physics and a talented musician and movie director. In his speech he will explain how and why CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) can solve universal mysteries such as: What is Dark matter? Why gravity is so weak compared to other physical forces?
Title: A Big Bang on the Moon || Date & Time: April 29, 20.00

Vassilis Ntziachristos, an award-winning scientist, is the director of the Biological Imaging Center at Munich’s Polytechnic University. He will discuss about innovative applications and uses of light in medicine and biology that have opened new paths to diagnosis, treatment, and have led to the advancement of medical science. Title: Light and Sound: Magic, Science and Entrepreneurship || Date & Time: April 29th, 6pm * With the support of Goethe-InstitutAthen.

Carsten Mahrenholz, the co-founder of ColdPlasmaTech, will present a revolutionary product from this award-winning German company. By exploiting the properties of cold plasma, he has devised a bandage that activates the body’s own-repair mechanisms, enabling healing of chronic wounds and repairing serious skin lesions. Title: Med Tech: Science Fiction in Medical Practice || Date & Time: April 27, 19.00 * With the support of Goethe-InstitutAthen.

Joseph Sifakis, is a world’s leading computer scientist, who has been awarded the Turing Prize, or what is called the “Nobel Prize in Informatics”. A very exciting talk on the ways in which modern and emerging technologies improve our quality of life and help protect the environment. Title: Understanding and Changing the World || Date & Time: April 25, 19.00

Gábor Domokos, an award-winning academic and head of the Department of Engineering, Materials and Structures at the University of Technology and Economics in Budapest. He will share with us his fascinating experience duringhisquestfor the existence of bodies with stable and unstable points of balance – the Gömböc bodies, that were initially only theoretically proved to exist but eventually were discovered for real on planet Mars! Title: Gömböc, Earth and the gravel on Mars || Date & Time: April 25th, 6pm * With the support of the Hungarian Embassy in Athens.

With the help of science and people working in it andlook into things with no constraints or conventions, our world is changing.

Come and find out how, at the Athens Science Festival 2018.

Join us to discover a world free of boundaries, stereotypes and conventions at the
Athens Science Festival 2018.

Soon, with more science news in a festive mood! Stay tuned!

Days & Hours of Operation:
Tuesday 24 April: Opening Ceremony at 18.30
Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th April: 09:00 to 23:00
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 April: 11:00 to 23:00

Information:
http://www.athens-science-festival.gr/

http://www.athens-science-festival.gr/en/press/

Technopolis City of Athens: Pireos 100, Gazi, 213 0109300, 213 0109324
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