STEM Alliance is glad to announce that it has now awarded 17 teachers who supported and organised activities in the frame of the STEM Discovery Week 2018 campaign. A pedagogical expert reviewed all submitted activities and the organisers of selected activities were contacted for further information.
The selection criteria were the following:
- The successful use of two existing STEM Alliance schemes – Professionals Go Back to School and Teacher Placement
- The use of STEM role models and career aspirations
- Focus on gender equality (female role models, initiatives of industry partners focused on involvement of girls in choosing STEM careers)
- Pedagogical approach and methodology behind activities' organisation
The winners are invited to participate in the 23rd Science Projects Workshop at the Future Classroom Lab (SPW23), held in Brussels, Belgium, from 22 to 24 June 2018. This workshop is co-organised with the Scientix project. You can also find the winners of the Scientix competion here.
3D Design for real world Math, Lecture
Seda Adıgüzel from Turkey
Description: This project aimed at engaging school students in innovative and making activities following the "Maker Movement" trend in education, a global drive that encourages young people to be creative with technology. The project infuses Arts into STEM, links STEM to real life and engages students in product design and making practices. Product design is chosen as a practice that integrates STEM disciplines, is a creative process providing links to Arts and is also reflected in industrial practices immersing students in entrepreneurial thinking and in the business culture.
The project aims at providing responses to the needs. It draws upon several studies assuring that digital fabrication, making tools, 3D modelling and 3D printing can support product design and combined with the theories of Constructivism and Constructionism can provide interactive learning experiences that enhance basic skills in STEM disciplines while promote students' creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, and problem solving skills - essential in the workplace of the 21st century.
A successful career, Expert visiting school
Liliana Aflorei from Romania
Description: The activity took place in "Ion Luca" Highschool of Vatra Dornei with the participation of over 150 students. The activity aimed at advising students at their career orientation, encouraging STEM studies and improving the communication between students and teachers outside of the traditional learning environment. Mr.Dan and Mr. Mihai, professors of the "Stefan Cel Mare" University of Suceava, visited the school and advised the students on how to choose their future career. Moreover, they held a seminar about knowledge and the evolution of knowledge, being specifically addressed to the humanities classes. They also held a seminar with practical applications in the computer automation field, being dedicated to the students from the Mathematics-Informatics profile.
Lviv STEM Festival in Lviv Secondary School 62, Scool visit to company
Olha Doskochynska from Ukraine
Description: Students of secondary school visited IT-companies of Lviv such as Soft Serve. They had the chance to work with programmers and testers, listen to interesting lectures, attend a workshop and get interesting information about IT- sphere – virtual reality and artificial intelligence.
Professionals 75th Anniversary of Anatolia: The questions in the mind about astronomy and space science find solutions …, Expert visiting school
Seyide Eroğlu from Turkey
Description: Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences, ERU Dr. İbrahim KÜÇÜK visited the school to inform students about career choices and offer a career orientation overview. The following topics were discussed during the event: work opportunities related to astronomy and space in the country, STEM areas in astronomy and space sciences. qualifications required in the field, work opportunities for graduates of the Department of Astronomy and Space Science.
Seppe Hermans from Belgium
Description: Spectrumschool, a technical and vocational school opened its doors to young students between 11 and 15 years old. They got a VIP tour of the workspaces, different STEM-workshops and demonstrations. During the breaks, they also had access to the makerspace and become full-fledged engineers!
Meeting with the representative of the industry, Expert visiting school
Tsetsa Hristova from Bulgaria
Description: The activity included a school visit of the manager of Axxon firm Aleksey Mendelev. He presented a new version of state-of-the-art intelligent video management system Axxon Next 4.0. During the presentation, students learned about video surveillance as software and prospects for training and realization.
Say YES to STEM KPL, Meeting
Elvan İnan from Turkey
Description: This activity included a school visit of Bandırma Onyedi Eylul University members to the school to present and discuss with students about the effects of their STEM professions and the working opportunities of STEM studies.
Meeting with astrophysics Marija Strojan, Debate
Tatjana Gulic from Slovenia
Description: Ms. Marija Srtojnik, a senior professor at the Optical Research Center in Leon, Mexico explains to students how she became a professor of astrophysics. She will also talk about about exsoplanets and how scientists are researching about them.
Open Lesson, Workshop
Irina Maistruc from Moldova
Description: This activity included four workshops for students related to STEM: 1. Young Engineers: confronting different technologies and automobiles, assimilating new concepts as energy, motion, power, different constructions and laws of physics. 2. Mathematics: showing how interesting and easy can math be through imagination and Lego Constuctions. 3. Robotics: teaching how to program and build different types of robots, offers the possibility of creating ingenious science projects, to explore cosmos, hi-tech. 4. Science and Technologies: showing how the real world works through physics, mechanisms, and many devices. It teaches how energy, strength and physics function.
A Trip to Knowledge, Workshop
Alexandra Marinescuv from Romania
Description: The activity is designed to attract students and make them understand the importance of science in everyday life. Not only does it address students, but also teachers who want to develop their skills through the workshop using Physics and Chemistry. A variety of topics was presented throughout this activity and the students presented their products and brainstormed different ideas concerning their projects.
Preparing for the future- STEM professions, Scool visit to company
Cornelia Melcu from Romania
Description: Students aged between 10 to 11 visited Ina Schaeffler S.R.L, a company specialized in industry and automotive in order to know more about STEM professions. Then they presented some of the professions to the rest of the class. They made experiments and presented their conclusions by creating posters.
STEM PRO- Panel, Expert visiting school
Alexia Micallef Gatt from Malta
Description: This activity included a STEM PRO-Panel to introduce students to a variety of STEM Careers through discussions with professionals. The school invited 5 professionals from the areas of Pharmaceutics, Health, Game design, Engineering and Mathematics in Banking. Each professional delivered a 10-minute introduction about his/her sector. Students then joined 1 professional of their choice for a more in-depth discussion about the opportunities available in the sector, job descriptions as well as requirements in terms of education and skills. Through this STEM PRO –Panel the organisers aimed to introduce the students to the relation of science subjects to potential careers and understand how theory covered in schools is translated into the world of work. The ultimate goal was to inspire students to pursue STEM careers following the selection and appreciation of STEM subjects at school.
Festival of science and technologies, Festival
Ventsislav Nachev from Bulgaria
Description: The school ‘Festival of science and technologies' included various activities related to STEM such as:
- Night of Physics and Astronomy-
- Participation in robotics technical exhibition
- Visit to a science museum, accompanied by lectures and demonstrations
- Meeting with representative of industry
- Compass project competition
The organiser also opened its doors to students from other schools and included in the school premises robotics exhibition, robotics competition and a Kahoot test on STEM subjects.
Do You Have a Dream Career?, School visit to company
Lorena Elena Olaru from Romania
Description: 8th-grade students visited local companies (such as SAMARCU SRL, Drinking Water Plant etc.) where they learned about different STEM professions. After that, the students worked in a team to create a project related to the professions such as the educational path, the necessary skills, the responsibilities and activities, the science involved etc. The projects were presented to the students from 7th and 8th grades and were published on a blog dedicated to STEM Discovery Week.
Girls and ICT, Youth event
Olena Sukhoverkhova from Ukraine
Description: This event included a school visit of female young professionals that work in ICT professions in order to inspire more girls to pursue careers in ICT.
Life without science - No, Science at school – Yes, Conference
Vesela Todorova from Bulgaria
Description: The topic of the conference was "Life without science - NO, science at school - YES". The event was attended from students of the 8th to the 12th grade from schools of the Pazardzhik district in Romania. Participants developed biology, chemistry or physics projects under the guidance of a teacher/supervisor. The aim was to provide an opportunity for creative expression of students with knowledge, acquired practical skills and competences in the field of science.
Drawing engineer activity with teachers, Meeting
Selda Topal from Turkey
Description: The activity was about the definition of an engineer and the female work professionals in the field.