Jim McDonald, President, Council for Elementary Science International (CESI)
Jack Holbrook, University of Tartu, Estonia
Romain Murenzi, Director, UNESCO Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building
Julia Heiss, UNESCO, Education Sector
Kadir Demir, Georgia State University
Dennis Chisman`s Oration:
Jack Holbrook, University of Tartu
Workshop # 1 Enriching Science and Technology Courses with Arduino
Bahadir Yildiz, Hacettepe University STEM & Maker Lab, Turkey
Orhan Curaoglu, Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey
The aim of this workshop is to develop course materials to measure environmental variables (temperature, light, smoke, gas, humidity etc) and use the obtained data in science and technology courses.
Workshop # 2 Creative Science Workshop for Early Childhood Learning
Dee Jean ONG
Head of Curriculum and Training
REAL Education Group Sdn Bhd
2-6 Jalan SS19/1G, Subang Jaya
47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, MALAYSIA
Deputy Director, International College,
Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Bangkok, THAILAND
Research shows that a child’s mental growth is most rapid before age of 12. It is recognized that hands-on experience through practical work is an essential component for creativity development. The first step to do this is to arrange creative learning atmosphere so that the kids can enjoy learning how to use their 5 senses (Eyes, Ears, Nose, Tongue and Skin) to get information from things or phenomena around them in daily life. By using inquiry process, they will be stimulated to make connections from information they receive from different senses to form links in their brain for their future use. The second step is to setup an exploring atmosphere so that they can use their brains for thinking out of the box, brain storming as well as making connections of information.
The main activities in this workshop is to introduce some creative activities of using 5 senses (Eyes, Ears, Nose, Tongue and Skin) for kids to explore things or phenomena around them in daily life in a fun way. We use SCAMPER (S-Substitute, C-Combine, A-Adapt, M-Magnify/Minify, P-Put to other uses, E-Eliminate, R-Rearrange /Reverse) activities to explore things or phenomena. The workshop will show how to use sensing organs to get information from nature.
Information from various sensing organs:
Eyes-Classification of things and animals, Color, shape, numbers, places, etc.,
Ears: Animal sounds, Sound in nature, languages, music, etc.,
Nose: Smelling from different sources like flowers etc.
Tongue: Taste of food and drink like orange, sugar, salt, etc.
Skin: Shape, surface and temperature
With these activities, we also introduce method of observation, arousing curiosity as well as using sense of humor and amusing toys in a fun way. The kids will learn how to explore nature and how to form links of information in their brains with fun and their can remember things around them in daily life better.
Workshop #3: Using Lo-cost Science toys to Teach School Science
Sudhakar C Agarkar
VPM’s Academy of International Education and Research, Thane, M S, India
Pendhakar College of Arts, Commerce and Science, Dombivali, M S, India
Sardar Patel Mahavidyalaya, Chandrapur, M S India
Although science is often called as a practical subject, it is often taught without any activity in the classrooms of many developing countries. The main culprit being the lack of resources. In order to overcome this problem a low cost laboratory programme has been designed. An important aspect of this low cost experimentation is related to making of science toys. They are made using either throw away or easy available material. As a result, every child can get engaged in activity and make one for himself/herself. In doing so they learn the principles of science involved.