Meet the winners!
Below we present the winners of the competitions organised within the 2021 STEM Discovery Campaign. You can find a brief description of each of the competitions and the names of the winners with a summary of their winning entries.
The 2021 STEM Discovery Campaign took place online from the beginning of February until the end of April, achieving a record-breaking number of activities never seen before: 2,166. It gathered 157,000 educators, parents, industry representatives, policymakers and pupils involved from 9,100 schools all across the world.
Scientix organised two competitions this year. The first competition invited participants to organise (online) activities that promote STEM in the context of any STEM subject in class and write a blog post in English on the STEM Discovery Campaign Blog once the activity was done. The second Scientix competition encouraged participants to plan activities based on resources available in the Scientix Resource Repository. For inspiration on how you can make your STEM teaching more engaging, and more information on the winning activities, you can still visit the blog here: https://sdw-blog.eun.org/
What about clouds?
Margarita Dakoronia (Greece)
As part of the eTwinning project, weather broadcast by curious detectives, three of the collaborating schools designed and implemented the activity, ”what about clouds’‘. Students from Estonia,Greece,Italy and Portugal observed the meteorological phaenomena,are keeping the data of the four countries weather,are creating meteorological instruments,are investigating in Europeana for information about Luke Howard types of clouds.
Young Scientists Working Together
Bénédicte Leduc (France)
This interdisciplinary activity that was implemented in multiple countries explained how math models can be applied to explain data such as the spreading of a virus. Several online tools and applications alongside programming languages like Python were used in the context of these lessons, and webinars and online lectures to disseminate the results of the lessons were delivered.
Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project...for citizens
Mario De Mauro (Italy)
This activity outlines the complete timeline of actions taken in a project about sustainability and climate change. It produced a learning scenario and provides in great detail the steps in organizing a series of events and trainings about the topic as well as examples of assessment in addition to a complete learning scenario.
YOUR PASSION-MY CHANCE-OUR BETTER FUTURE
Daniela Lungoci (Romania)
In this activity, very young students are introduced to interdisciplinary STEAM activities. Explanations and instructions are provided to teachers about what kind of tools they can use while planning the suggested activities.
Spring STEM activities
Kristina Krtalić (Croatia)
This activity introduced very young students to various STEM activities, including unplugged coding, coding activities to familiarize with the basic coding commands, pixel art and creation of graphic representations. During the implementation of the activities, the young students used a variety of applications and online tools.
Green city, happy life
Erviola Konomi (Albania)
Sustainability and urbanization are the two main topics on this activity. The author explains why these topics are relevant, gives examples of activities to be organized and methodologies and tools that can be used in classroom. Several examples of videos from the implementation and its outcome are also provided.
Let’s act local – Green solutions for our city
Silvana Jakimovska (Republic of North Macedonia)
With this activity that focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals, the author explains how several resources about statistics, climate change and sustainability can be used in the classroom to inform students about Nature Based Solutions.
STEM Activities with Resources
Şerife Takmaz (Turkey)
With this activity inspired following various training opportunities, the teacher is sharing ideas on how to introduce young students to programming, engineering, automata and chemistry. Instructions and suggestions of tools and materials are also provided.
Sabrina Nappi (Italy)
Mathematics, data research and analysis are the main topic examined in this activity. The instructors chose resources by Eurostat to introduce their students to mathematics concepts, while students had the opportunity to do research with accurate data about their own region.
Raise awareness about the plastic waste in the sea
Irena Ribinskienė (Lithuania)
Thanks to this activity developed in the context of the promotion of the European Blue School Network, students had the opportunity to learn about the various sources of water pollution, while other teachers received information on how to join the network, supported by the European Commission.
The Clean Tech Competition is a unique, worldwide research and design challenge for pre-college youth. The program encouraged scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources. For the 2021 competition, the Spellman HV Clean Tech Challenge was “Preserving Planet Earth”, focusing on participation in the global fight against climate change. Click below to see the finalist teams of the competition!
“The colours of Science – Atelier for STE(A)M 2” Erasmus+ Project invited teachers and educators to show how they continue teaching in these difficult times and organizes a new competition to highlight the best practices in STEAM learning. This year's edition aimed to know examples where remote learning is present to discover how we are adapting our work to this new reality, where we need to maintain active learning in a distance framework, to teach STEAM topics.
- Digital art with Weave Silk - Interactive Generative Ar
- Walking on a rainbow
- Light: From its creation to its application in everyday life
Viviana Stacco - Rossaba Degano
"STE(A)M IT Competitions 2021" is a STE(A)M IT project scheme that aims to highlight the importance of creativity in STEM education, as well as highlighting the importance of connecting STEM to all other disciplines and be taught in an integrated way. The competition was divided into two distinct competitions for primary school teachers and secondary school teachers. Both categories encouraged teachers to work with other teachers in order to create and test materials that promote integrated STEM teaching, making the lessons and learning scenarios more interesting and connected to real life for students.
Competition for Primary schools:
- Find your Own Direction
Fevziye Dönmez, Semih Esendemir and Selçuk Yusuf Arslan (Turkey)
- Technology to prevent Earthquakes, Safe Cities for all
Georgia Lascaris, Irene Papadopetraki and Stavroula Skiada, (Greece)
- UP IN THE AIR
Elena Corina Rogoveanu and Nicoleta Livia Barbu (Romania)
- Save parks and plant trees
Snjezana Markovic-Zoraja (Croatia)
- Doing Science in the Stone Age
Aliki Maria Makri, Iraklis Karagiannis, Nektaria Giakmoglidou, Nikolaos Makris, Roxanthi Nikou and Theoni Dimopoulou (Greece)
- Economic and social benefits of recycling
Ira Tuba and Danica Nikolic (Serbia)
Competition for Secondary schools:
- Let`s Rock! :with Python & Lego
Nikolaos Diamantopoulos and Ilias Spanos (Greece)
The “STEM Alliance & STE(A)M IT - Professionals Go Back to School Competition” encouraged the integration of STEM Career topics in class through Career Sheets and (virtual) visits from STEM professionals to classrooms. The call was for good examples of organising activities involving STEM professionals going back to schools and the creation of STEM Job Profiles based on regional/local STEM industry representatives, with whom the students in each country can more easily relate to.
The competition focused on teachers and volunteers from STEM industries to organize amongst others:
- Career talks with STEM professiona
- Collaborative activities in schools addressing STEM care
- Integrating and/or creating STEM Career Profiles
- Exploring STEM Careers
Kadriye Zobu (Turkey)
- It is raining rocks!
Nektarios Farassopoulos (Greece)
- Let’s Meet a Head of Medical Laboratory!
Jasin Hodzic (Bosnia & Herzegobina)
- Pediatrician- A STEM Job Profile
Zoe Kofina (Cyprus)
- STEM professionals go back to school to motivate vocations
Álvaro Molina Ayuso (Spain)
- Girls in STEM
Özlem Kahraman (Turkey)
- Leveraging International Women’s Day for encouraging Stem careers
Stella Magid-Podolsky (Israel)
The “Nature-Based Solutions in Education Competition for teachers 2021” encouraged teachers create and test materials that include Nature-Based Solutions (NBS), making the lessons and learning scenarios more interesting and connected to real life for students.
Results available soon
The non-profit initiative “Leonardo 4 Children 2021: Climate Action & Gender Equality” is dedicated to addressing the issues of climate change and gender discrimination while supporting children in need through art and science education. The initiative includes the following competitions across the European Union:
- European competition on “Fables on Climate Action” and "Fables on Gender Equality" for 6-12 years old children: Discover the winners here!
- European competition on “Art & Science on Climate Action” and "Art & Science on Gender Equality" for 13-18 years old teenagers: Discover the winners here!
The Europeana Education Competition 2021 is an educational competition, which is organized in a two-tiered manner.The first branch involves all members of the Europeana Education User Group of 2020-2021 (as part of the Europeana DSI-4 project). The second branch of the competition is open to all primary and secondary school teachers, museum educators or any other CHI professional – e.g. librarians, archivists, curators, etc. – from European Union countries and Horizon 2020 associated countries who implemented a learning scenario from the Teaching with Europeana blog in their educational activities, either online or face-to-face. Click below to see the winners!
How to teach animal welfare and animal testing in your STEM classes? This was the question behind “Three Rs in Education Competition for teachers 2021”, of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, which encouraged participants to develop teaching materials on the alternatives to animal testing in science. The competition called for teachers in Europe to submit their ideas on how to integrate the Three Rs principles (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of animal use in science) in STEM education
- Animals for Human Welfare and Humans for Animal Welfare
Doinita Belasoiu (Romania)
- Beauty and The Beast: The Ugly and Dark Side of Beauty Makeup
Emma Abbate (Italy)
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