STEM4you(th) seeks to produce a comprehensive, multidisciplinary series of courses presenting key STEM discipline challenges to support young people, primarily high school students aged 14-19, formal and informal education.
The content will be organized around 7 STEM disciplines: Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Engineering and Medicine. For each discipline 7-9 challenges will be presented largely through their practical applications and their impact on our everyday life and work. Also it will be shown which specific skills and competence STEM education develops and how these skills address the current and future European labor market needs.
In the effect project will provide a helicopter view of STEM disciplines and job characteristics associated with these disciplines to help young people in taking conscious decisions on their future (subject of, field of study and finally career path to pursue).
The scope and tangible results of STEM4you(th) are:
- A multidisciplinary guide developed for different exploitation channels (more formal: extra-cirricular activities at school and informal: science festivals, university organized lectures and web open accessible self-study materials)
- Formal and informal methodologies and tools tailored to present the scientific challenges in an attractive way (learning by experiment, gamin, citizen science at schools)
- Recommendations on STEM learning best practices and formal school curricula (input to the EU education policy)
- Plans on project result exploitation on a large scale by Scientific Communities (like SCIENTIX), educationalnetworks, teacher associations and partner networking.
STEM4you(th) is a strong consortium with experience in educational methodologies, economy and societal content.
STEM4you(th) THE ASTRONOMY COURSE
Research Paths has developed within the context of the STEM4youth project an astronomy course for secondary school students, based on the principles of STEM.
OBJECTIVES OF THE ASTRONOMY COURSE
- To develop 10 lessons of astronomy to 14-15 year old students
- To raise students’ interest and motivation about astronomy
- To enhance their scientific skills and their creativity
- To promote an interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of astronomy
- To develop their emotional understanding through the use of educational tools such as storytelling
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE ASTRONOMY COURSE
The astronomy course consists of:
- Three lessons that introduce the students to general astronomical themes such as the history of the theories about the universe and the structure of the solar system (our views about the Cosmos, the Sun, the solar system).
- Four lessons that deal with questions that about space exploration but also with matters of vital importance to our lives (e.g. How was the construction of spacecrafts and satellites made possible? How do satellites affect our lives? How important is the Greenhouse effect for life on earth to exist?)
- Three lessons that introduce the students to some of the basic notions of epistemology such as the concept of a scientific law and the notion and the application of the scientific method.
Τhe astronomy course together with all the materials that have been produced in the STEM4You(th) project are uploaded on the digital platform of the project at https://olcms.stem4youth.pl/discipline
The lessons are the following:
1. OUR VIEWS ABOUT THE COSMOS
2. THE SOLAR SYSTEM
3. THE SUN, THE ONLY STAR THAT MATTERS IN OUR LIVES
4. THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT AND CLIMATE CHANGE
5. TRAVEL IN SPACE
6. ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES AND THE MODERN PROFESSIONS I
7. ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES AND THE MODERN PROFESSIONS II
8. ASTRONOMY AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD I- GRAVITY
9. ASTRONOMY AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD IΙ – KEPLER’S LAWS
10. ASTRONOMY AND THE APPLICATION OF THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD
CONFERENCES – PUBLICATIONS:
The results and conclusions of the project related research were presented in Greek and International Conferences. Indicatively:
- Stefanidis, K., Bampasidis, G., Panou, E., Verdis, A., Kasoutas, M., Papaspirou, P. & Kokkotas, S. (2018) “The STEM4youth project: The Astronomy course” in the proceedings of the 5th Panhellenic Conference «Neos Paidagogos», Αpril 28-29, 2018, Athens, Greece.
- Verdis A., Kokkotas S. & Panou E. “Rasch analysis of a collection of astronomy items”, in the proceedings of the 2nd conference of the Hellenic Society of Educational Evaluation, 11-13 May 2018, Athens Greece.
- Panou E., Stefanidis K., Bampasidis G., Verdis A., Kokkotas S., Papaspirou P., Kasoutas M. & Xenophon Moussas “Astronomy in Greece’s secondary education: The STEM4you(th) project”, in the proceedings of the 10th Jubilee International Conference of the Balkan Physical Union, 26–30 August 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria.