Project financed by European Union.
We are creating STEAM embassies in the European schools network
Strategic Partnership Erasmus plus KA229 Project 2018-2020
SWEDEN LATVIA IRELAND ROMANIA ITALY TURKEY
‘We are creating steam embassies’ is a project granted by European Union to share best practices and increase digital competencies across 6 nations. IES is part of 6 schools across 6 countries who will create Steam clubs to promote Steam work.
Mobility to turkey
Day 1 - We started our journey from the Stockholm Arlanda Airport at 11.15 am. The journey was exciting and with the view of the sun setting in the background we arrived at Istanbul and took the next flight to Mersin. All of us were tired and went to bed directly after we reached the airport.
Day 2 - Students and teachers were taken to the school involved in the project. We were overwhelmed by the Turkish hospitality. We met the Principal to inaugurate the project. All the students and teachers from different countries went to the assembly hall and we were introduced to each other. It was very interesting to see each country coordinator introducing their school and the working portfolio. We could see the variety of educational systems in different countries working with the same goal. It was fascinating to see how all countries speak the same scientific language. All of us were very hopeful and confident that this project will help us all to grow interest in learners in the STEAM fields. A presentation by Dr Engin Karahan on ‘Stem and its misconceptions’ was conducted which enlightened us on different concepts of Stem and its usage.
After having a taste of Turkish lunch, students had team building exercises. Icebreakers helped bond the students to connect across countries. They enjoyed playing Mind-games while sipping hot chocolate.
Teachers in the meantime were taken for a tour of the Steam club and the Music room. We assembled again in the lullaby of the Turkish History room to enjoy a tea break while informally mingling with the teachers.We discussed on how to go about with the other mobilities, lots of discussion happened around how to merge the good practices in the Steam field. All the teachers looked very excited and involved in the discussions. We had Turkish interpreters working very closely which helped all of us immensely to understand every aspect of Turkish culture.
We went back to the hotel where we met the host families and children went to stay with the host families.
Day 3 - Dr Engin Karahan introduced us to concept of STEM in details the next day. The presentation was very informative and useful to set the goal for teachers and students. He also involved us into thought provoking activities.
The Pelican activity on making a nest that would protect the eggs perfectly, made the students think of how to build a unbreakable nest for a pelican with maximum eggs. The teachers and the students were instantly involved and we made a nest with 7 eggs. 5 eggs survived the ‘drop’ and we had the opportunity to talk discuss about trial and error involvded in learning of science and about the importance of cushioning the nest more to save the eggs in case the nest drops.
Designing a 'housing development project' was the second activity which made us to think about how to build a environment friendly community taking care of ‘Runoff’ issues. Our students designed a community that was capable of accommodating high income sources but also was equally innovative in dealing with runoff issues.
The day had a perfect balance between theory and practical understanding of STEAM. It ended with powerful winds hitting the seaside town. We still managed to enjoy the evening at the cafeteria and went to the hotel room for a blissful sleep.
Day 4 started with black clouds hovering over the city. This day was differently scheduled with more focus on working with scientific activities. In the morning session we worked with building simple circuits. Students made holiday cards to work with blinking colourful LEDs and presented their product in front each other. They were very appreciative of each others work sharing great ideas across.Dr Ganime Aidin conducted this session.
We tasted a wonderful turkish lunch served at the hotel. We went back to the second session packed with a lot of energy. Students started to explore electricity in depth. They went one step ahead to create series and parallel connections with LEDs making hand drawn cards for their families. It was a perfect mix of Science, technology and arts.
The day ended with a cultural night with music, dance and Turkish food. The host families cooked a lavish dinner for all the participants. We enjoyed the night at the Sports centre of Mersin where the cultural night was hosted. We also enjoyed a turkish drama. All the participants joined hands and danced together to end the ceremony.
Day 5- It was the day to design a car using materials provided. Students competed with each other to show which car can travel the fastest. Dr Hikmet Sormeli from the renowned Mersin University conducted the event.
We also met the Educational Director of Mersin where students received their Steam Ambassadors trophy.
In the evening, students enjoyed time with the host families and were really happy at the end to have been able to make new friends.
Day 6 - It was the last day. The certificate distribution ceremony was organized in the morning. All the countries exchanged gifts with each other. We all were thankful to the Turkey Coordinator for making our conference a huge success.
We went for a cultural visit to the old town of Tarsus to St. Paul’s Church and his birth place. The guide was very informative and we tasted delicious Turkish tea at the Bazaar.
It was evening and time to say goodbye to each other. We wished each other a safe journey. We are now looking forward to meet the countries here in Stockholm in April.
Day 7 - We took the flight home and safely landed Arlanda where the parents were waiting patiently. It was a very exciting trip to Turkey and we look towards the next trip with an eagerness to learn more about STEAM and get more connected across nations.