Below we present the winners of 7 different competitions organised within the STEM Discovery Week 2019 campaign. You can find a brief description of each of the competitions and the names of the winners with a short summary of their winning entries. The STEM Discovery Week 2019 took place from the beginning of February until the end of April and gather more than 162,000 educators, parents, industry representatives, policymakers and pupils from 4,700 schools who participated in 980 activities all across the world. You can find more information about the campaign here.
Scientix organised two competitions this year: one competition invited participants to organise activities using Scientix resources. They were encouraged to choose their favourite resource from the Scientix Resource Repository, plan an activity with it and then tell us about how it went on the STEM Discovery Week blog. The other competition gathered activities that showcase best practices in STEM education across Europe. Co-organised with SYSTEMIC, this competition called on teachers to organise an activity that presents a good example to practitioners of STEM education, pin it on the map and then report back on it on the STEM Discovery Week blog. 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: http://sdw-blog.eun.org/
Selçuk Yusuf Arslan
STEM Camp was a two-day event for 20 secondary school students from 5 schools in 2 cities in Turkey. The students had an opportunity to attend 10 different workshops and 4 of them were based on the resources from the Scientix Resource Repository. Seven teachers and 14 high school students from Ataturk Vocational and Technical High School voluntarily supported the event which was a great and challenging experience for young STEM enthusiasts. STEM Camp also received help from Municipality of Altındağ which provided accommodation, Ankara Graduation Company which sponsored video and photo shooting and the parent- teacher association of Atatürk Vocational and Technical High School which covered catering for two days.
CSI: The brain collector serial killer case
“CSI: The brain collector serial killer case” is an Educational Escape Room (EER) activity with a focus on learning about human’s nervous system designed and implemented by 16-year old high school students from “Ekpaideutiki Anagennisi” in Afidnes, Greece on 19th of March 2019. The activity introduced the idea of gamifying learning experiences by offering engaging, challenging and interactive tasks which boost students' interest and motivation to study STEM disciplines.
STEM-Marathon in Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine
STEM Marathon had the goal of showing students that science is fun and exciting by performing a great number of activities during 2 weeks, from 15th to 26th of April. The main topic of the STEM marathon was "Air" and it consisted of a great variety of activities: STEM-lessons, maker spaces, visits of STEM-specialists, visits of the students to local enterprises, photo zones and exciting STEM-challenges. In addition to all these activities, the event was mentioned in the local TV.
STEAM Month celebrations ended with Girls winning awards at ICT workshop.
"It just takes one enthusiastic teacher to start the change". Everything started in November 2018 when the Science and Technology department at Internationella Engelska Skolan in Kista, Stockholm started the STEAM club with 3 teachers and 30 students. It was an initiative of the Erasmus + project ‘We are creating STEAM embassies’ and students have been participating in various STEM-related activities since then with the peak during the STEM month in April. The school hosted international student exchange dedicated to STEAM with many interactive sessions, STEAM fair, eTwinning workshop and a visit in the Nobel Museum.
SMS - Students meet Satellites
Cristina Iulia Angel
The aim of this activity was to explain students how satellites work in Earth observation missions from the point of view of the use of electromagnetic waves in receiving, analyzing and interpreting information. It was a great opportunity for students to discover how satellites work, what information they receive and transmit to Earth and how they transmit this information. The whole activity was based on resources from Scientix Repository and ESA.
Don’t Stop, Imagine, Discover, Produce
Enes Erdoğan Yaşa
During a big STEM event on 25th of April, all students of Yalova Kardelen Secondary school had the opportunity to attend 9 STEM workshops which they chose according to their interests. The workshops took place in the school's garden, in tents which were built for this occasion. Each of the workshops lasted 30 minutes and was attended by 4 students.They had to combine their theorethical knowledge with limited materials they received, in order to work on the tasks which were prepared for them.
To boost students interest in science and specifically physics, a school in Pitiesti, Romani has organised various extracurricular activities. In one of these, students were given the challenge to measure the circumference of Earth; in another students created electric circuits using a Scientix resource; and in the last one a science festival engaged students to guide each other through different physical phenomena.
STEM Discovery Week in Subotica
The activity titled "Mesés Kalandok" saw the collaboration of 4 countries engaging their students with digital tools and digital creation via storytelling. The fascination of students with this approach inspired teachers to continue their storytelling in science education and with this approach develop children's problem-solving skills.
Adalar STEM Activities
Activities in Adalar's STEM Discovery Week included a visit to Istanbul Techincal University Robot Center, students experimenting with the latest technology and experiencing a research environment. They have also organised local workshops where students worked on spreading awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals to the local community and other students. Finally, students continued their project towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals by turning waste materials into art.
Colours of STEM
Colours in STEM was meant to teach students not only about the different shapes and colours in our everyday lifes and what we can learn from studying them, but also about the underlying social concept that points out the value of people being different and possessing different habits, competencies and knowledge. Concepts were presented through games, digital tools and classroom discussions and was linked to learning the English language at the same time.
Pi & STEM. We found it everywhere!
This cross-curricular activity showcases it's value through applying a scientific concept throughout various subject and real-life scenarios. In this project-based learning approach, students were looking for pi in different contexts, while they improved their English language skills, used their creative thinking skills and applied mathematical problem solving in real-life.
In a project about the creative reproduction of the periodic table, students discovered the range of elements through co-creation with other grades of students and using exciting artistic techniques.
STEM Discovery Week – Kyustendil – Bulgaria
The Open House Day in a high school in Kyustendil, Bulgaria introduced a wide variety of activities in different subjects to students and teachers across the city and across the curiculum. The experiments, games and projects organised here had a focus on connecting different subjects to real life and therefore, increasing students interest in science education.
This year, STEM Alliance invited teachers to join the STEM Alliance Competition within the STEM Discovery Week 2019. The main idea was to demonstrate that STEM teaching is essential for STEM innovation and for shaping the future STEM workforce. Moreover, the competition aimed at the promotion of education and careers in these fields as an opportunity for everyone, regardless gender or grades in school. Participants were able to submit either activities or resources that contextualise STEM teaching, career guidance and the attractiveness of STEM jobs. Out of many inspiring and truly motivating submissions, seven activities and three resources were particularly remarkable and won the jury’s award. Find out more about the winners below:
Hasan Basri Özcan - Turkey
This was a workshop for the development of STEAM skills. We organized space themed events within the scope of STEM Discovery Week to awaken students' interest in science. First, students were expected to design materials as they could not observe the sky with the naked eye. Students prepared an animation to solve this problem by using the storytelling method and used Marbling Art to design their own sky. Then they designed their own Galileoscopes and prepared space costumes with recycling materials. They designed a space shuttle with Lego, Twin and Arduino to go into space. Teachers related to the discovery of the constellations made presentations.
VI Semana de la ciencia STEM Week
Lorenzo Castilla - Spain
For three days we organized workshops in which some students of the school showed scientific aspects to other students, so they can understand the relevance of science and learning school. In addition, three workshops were organised with experts. Besides, our students visited important companies in our city (Atlantic Copper) to get to know what their work is about. This is a good way to make students aware of STEM in real-life and connecting the worlds of work and school.
I Am a Mathematician
Iveta Manolova - Bulgaria
The workshop "I am a mathematician" was held at the National Vocational Secondary School of Computer Technologies and Systems in Pravets, Bulgaria. Maria Brauchle from the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences introduced the students to some leading aspects of applied mathematics and inspired them to study maths. Learning how to use the dynamic software GeoGebra sparked great interest among the participants. The students solved practical tasks from the Viva Mathematica Competition which is a part of Scientix's repository. At the end of the workshop, students created pulsating hearts.
Professions of the Future
Marina Stanojlović Mirčić - Serbia
Within the framework of professional orientation for 7th grade students, a presentation of the Aviation Academy of Belgrade was organized. The pilot, Zoran Starčević, introduced the pupils to the conditions of schooling, educational profiles and employment opportunities. After reviewing the slides and short discussions, the students began to make a mind-map at Coggle. We also organized workshops for designing and creating robot models, aircrafts, satellites, space stations etc. After the workshop we organized an exhibition of the items we had created. Thus, all of our school’s students had the opportunity to visit an exhibition in the school library about works from recycled material on the topic of the jobs from the future.
All-Ukrainian STEM-Education Festival Lviv
Marharyta Kaliuzhna - Ukraine
Participants attended lectures on relevant educational topics in STEM-oriented schools. The children were able to try themselves as STEM-researchers at workshops (to make work, to carry out chemical and physical experiments, to use innovative gadgets) and joined the competition of technical decisions. Participants also visited the exhibition of projects and took part in the drawing of gifts.
Lego We Do 2 with Ozobots
Eva Raffajová - Slovakia
This event dealt with the development of programming within lessons and not just informatics. The result of the project is, among other things, the creation of a padlet - a website with options for teachers, pupils, their parents and the general public. Likewise, pupils have learned to use different programming steps, languages, programs as well as software that serve not only to learn how to encode but also to develop technological skills. Finally, a class project was organized to collaborate in programming, code robots in a “computer ring” and present robots to the class.
Non-formal education of the learners through STEM projects
Olga Juravschi - Moldova
The event we organized was the first step to introducing STEM to our school. We invited the main education stakeholders from Anenii Noi district, representatives from Technical University of Moldova as well as the science teachers and students from other schools in our area. The conference included several speeches and 11th grade students introducing potential future careers addressing 21st century skills and possible jobs that don't exist yet. The students also presented their STEM projects that they created for this conference. Finally, experts from the Technical University of Moldova expressed their appreciation to the students for their projects. After that they told them about the STEM careers they can choose after graduate the University.
Requalification of dairy by-products
Honorata Pereira - Portugal
As a by-product of cheese production, whey is often discarded as effluent in water courses. In this resource, students engage in a bibliographical research and an analysis of social media. They study the fermentation processes of glucose and galactose and obtain alcohol from the sugars of the whey. From the waste resulting from the production of alcohol, students are asked to evaluate the possibility of obtaining fermented butter from whey fats. From the salt obtained by distillation, they evaluate the possibility of producing a cheese-flavoured salt.
What does a forensic anthropologist do?
Daniela Bunea - Romania
This resource introduces the job of a forensic anthropologist and the work on analysing the human’s DNA based on different types of materials, such as blood, bones, saliva or dirt. It raises awareness about the importance of STEM education and careers among fellow teachers and motivates students to choose a STEM career in the future, by using real-world examples as well as a TV show role model.
Profession: Software engineer
Gjorgjina Dimova - Republic of North Macedonia
This resource introduces students to the profession of a software engineer. It talks about the general job profile and what a typical working day looks like. The presentation also explains what one needs to study and what key skills are needed. Finally, it opens up possible places of employment, talks about challenges in the job and gives advice to teachers and parents.
Next-Lab aims at encouraging the implementation of inquiry learning processes and tools in primary and secondary schools across Europe, to support a positive attitude towards science and technology, especially with younger students. This year, Next-Lab encouraged teachers to join the Next-Lab Competition within the STEM Discovery Week 2019 by taking on the whole school approach. Participants submitted transversal stories illustrating the processes and impact of introducing Next-Lab as a teaching methodology at the school level. The most successful participants reflected on the increased interested in STEM-related topics amongst their students as a result of using Next-lab in their classrooms; increasing efficiency and saving time; and increase of collaboration between teachers of different subjects. Find out more about the winners here.
- Gökben Baykal, Açı Middle School, Turkey
- Olha Doskochynska, Lviv Secondary School, Ukraine
- Georgi Petrov Pregyov, Vocational High School of Transport, Bulgaria
- Panagiota Argyri, Evangeliki High School, Greece
- Oksana Okulova, Ivano – Frankove Secondary School, Ukraine
- Hatice Nur Sahin, Çamlıca Acıbadem Ortaokulu, Turkey
- Sonja Jankulovska, Dame Gruev, Republic of North Macedonia
- Federica De Vitoe and Daniela Leone, Il Guercino - Istituto Comprensivo 9 Bologna, Italy
The competition organised by Amgen Teach within the framework of the STEM Discovery Week 2019 invited Amgen Teach expert teachers to participate by creating lesson plans focused on Inquiry-based Science Education (IBSE). Our expert teachers have participated in the Amgen Teach programme over the years and have become experienced in implemented IBSE in the classroom. As forerunners of their communities, they were asked to design a lesson in IBSE that other teachers can make good use of. 3 winners were selected, based on the best plans to implement IBSE in a science lesson. Our 3 winners are:
- Joan Verdaguer (ES)
- Aytun Aydin (TR)
- Aysegul Tanriverdi (TR)
Find out more about Amgen Teach here.
The competition was open to the participants of the BLOOM Massive Open Online Course, who were invited to submit a learning scenario related to bioeconomy in STEM lessons.
After a two-stage evaluation and careful consideration, from the 36 eligible submissions received,.6 have been selected by the jury to be published in the BLOOM Schoolbox, a source of inspiration for teacher to integrate the concept of bioeconomy in their classroom and increase student’s interest in STEM subjects.
Discover the 3 winners
First Prize: ‘Don’t waste your waste! - Raising bioeconomy awareness’ is a learning scenario developed by Olga Grigoriadou and Eleni Voukloutzi. Through videos, games, and discussion, students explore the concept of bioeconomy, produce and test bio-products, discover careers in the field and become the ones raising awareness about bioeconomy.
Second prize: ‘Yeast, biofuels and novel biotechnology techniques’ is a learning scenario developed by Iro Koliakou and Afroditi Kalkani. Using discussion methods, lab experiments, data analyses, it gives students an introduction to bio-based product and their use for energy production.
Third prize: ‘Let's talk about bioenergy and our lives!’ is a learning scenario developed by Lorena Elena Olaru. It introduces students to the general concept of bioeconomy and bioergy. Students research the impact of fossil fuels and bioenergy and how their daily decisions about energy will affect their quality of life, personally and globally.
And the 3 finalists
‘The benefits of composting - How we can produce organic fertilizer in our school garden’ is a learning scenario developed by Olympia Bantouvaki and Niki Klonari. After an introduction about bioeconomy and its purpose, students learn about biomass and biomass-based products. Then, they compare chemical and organic fertilizers and discuss both positive and negative effects. Students also create their own composting with the school’s organic waste.
‘Biofuel production from fruit waste’ is a learning scenario developed by Mustafa Bozoğlan. Using different teaching methods such as digital classroom, collaborative, visual and search learning, students discover the basic concepts of bio-based fuels and fruit waste, conduct experiments in a laboratory environment, and continue to learn outside school.
‘Back to the Future’ is a learning scenario developed by Leyla Yağuş. This learning scenario introduces bioeconomy to students and gives them the opportunity to think about what they can do in the future. Linking theory to practice, students are asked to construct their electrical circuits by using various plants and compare their efficiencies.
|“Leonardo da Vinci’s Fables illustrated”|
European competition for 6-12 years old children based on selected Leonardo da Vinci's fables.
The winners of the competition:
- Fables about Water
a) The Water becomes Vapour
Theo Bain Casali, European School Munich (Germany)
b) The Snowmelts
Class P3 ITA (20 children) - European School Munich (Germany)
c) The Donkey and the Ice
Aryan Verma, Krithik Manivel - European School Karlsruhe (Germany)
- The Fire and the Water
Christina Körnig - European School Munich (Germany)
- The Butterfly and the Candle
Leyre Hernandez Jimenez - European School Parma (Italy)
- The Candlestick
Marilia Fragkopoulou, Fotis Chaimantos, Ioannis Grammatikas, Aggelos Triantafillou,
Vaggelis Boulousis, Ioanna Stratakou, Anastasia Troka - 32nd primary school Pireus
- The Fire and the Stone
Teresa Occhionero, Christian Ballerini, Viola Taciti - European School Parma
- The Privet and the Blackbird
1. Samuel Ryckebusch, Candice Strecker - Ecole internationale de Differdange et Esch sur
2. Matteo Galia, Omar Boufron, Alessia Palumbo, Florentina Ciobanica, Giada Siddi, Elodi Contri - Scuola primaria "Matteotti" e Scuola primaria ospedaliera" A. Meyer" Firenze (Italia)
- The Chestnut and the Fig tree
Zoe Werner - European School Munich (Germany)
- The Nut and the Crow
Class P5 EN (35 children) - European School Varese (Italy)
- The Willow and the Magpie bird
Jeimi De La Cruz, Cristian Parrella, Asia Stomeo - Istituto comprensivo Iqbal Masih di Bientina e Buti (Italy)
- The Razor and the Saw
Ralitsa Aleksieva, Filipa Karadzhova, Tsvetina Petkova, Daniel Parashkevov, Christo
Christov, Ivan Dinev - European School Brussels IV (Belgium)
|“Art & Science”|
European competition for 13-18 years old teenagers.
The winners of the competition:
- Circuit on Climate Change
Art & Science: Drawing & Painting, Climate & Environment
British School Brussels
- Dance inspired by Leonardo
Art & Science: Dance, energy
Dance school Cirié (Torino): Asia Anastasio, Alessandra Aprile, Elisa Busso, Alessandra Di Ruocco, Silvia Farina, Camilla Graglia, Carolina Graglia, Valeria Graneri, Virginia Lercara, Martina Lussiana Saracco, Giulia Norbiato, Chiara Pagliassotto, Aurora Pintimalli, Martina Quaglia, Cecilia Renda, Martina Salidu, Beatrice Serra
- 3D bottle installation and recycling
Art & Science: Sculpture, Climate & Environment
European School Rhein Main Nigel Chambers, Nikita Voigtländer, Luca Cipriani, Arthur Ohmüller
- Birds’ energy interaction with space
Art & Science: Drawing & Painting, Energy
British School Brussels
- Ability to concentrate on moving objects
Art & Science: Architecture & Design, Mechanics & Transport
British School Brussels
- Dance and music on evaporation of water
Art & Science: Dance, Music, Climate & Environment
2nd High School of Gerakas, Greece - Mina Stichiou, Magda Christidi, Evi Christidi, Eleni Mike, Vaggelis Pafilis
- Prostethic arm in wood
Art & Science: Architecture & Design, Mechanics & Transport
European School Rhein Main - Justus Rumpf, Ian Ortiz
- Apollo 21
Art & Science: Drawing & Painting, Aeronautics, Astronomy & Space
Spain - Patricia Ibarrondo, Julia Arránz, Elena Aguilar, Ebtessam de los Rios, Flavia
- Technical designs inspired by Leonardo
Art & Science: Drawing & Painting, Mechanics & Transport
Secondary School 116, Bucharest, Romania - Alisa Bordeanu, Andrei Ciobanu,
Denisa Dragu, Ingrid Enache, Marian Gheorghe, Adina Murzea, Ioana Noroc, Paul Paraschiv, Anamaria Petcu, Briana Sandu, Mario Sandu
- The survival of the Earth
Art & Science: Drawing & Painting, Climate & Environment
Liceul Tehnoogic "C-tin Cantacuzino" Baicoi, Romania, Romania
ALL SUBMITTED ACTIVITIES
About the STEM Discovery Week and the competitions
Starting from the beginning of February, with its peak from 22nd to 28th of April, the STEM Discovery Week 2019 was celebrated in 40 countries all around the globe, covering not only Europe but also reaching even Mexico, India and American Samoa in the middle of the Pacific Ocean! Following the hashtag #STEMDiscoveryWeek, both on Twitter and Facebook, we saw numerous inspiring STEM activities – workshops, STEM Festivals, study visits and many more, run by fantastic teachers, educators and organisations.
Moreover, seven different projects set up competitions in the frame of the STEM Discovery Week 2019 and we received 800 submissions in total! The awarded teachers are invited to participate in Science Projects workshop in Brussels in the Future Classroom Lab of European Schoolnet, which means that the winners and organisers of the competitions will get the opportunity to meet, discuss and share their experiences.
We would like to thank everyone who organised or participated during the STEM Discovery Week 2019! Reaching this impressive result would be impossible without many passionate teachers, educators and pupils who put great effort into raising awareness about STEM and attracting more and more people to choose a career in the STEM disciplines.
Stay tuned and follow Scientix for more details about the STEM Discovery Week 2019 results and save the date for the 2020 STEM Discovery Week with the peak of activities planned for 20 – 26 April 2020!