Team Members

  • Katarina Tolić (work package manager)physics teacher (numerical modeling), Croatia
  • Romana Halapir Franković, biology teacher, Croatia
  • Ivan Novosel, physics and computer science teacher (robotics), Croatia
  • Dorotea Vrbanović Lisac, biology teacher, Croatia
  • Gabriel Anastasiu, info teacher (numerical modeling, robotics), Romania
  • Catalin Mihailescu, biology teacher, Romania
  • Lucia Bordeianu, maths teacher (numerical modeling), Romania
  • Marina Bozhinova, computer science teacher (robotics), North Macedonia
  • Dijana Micevska, North Macedonia
  • Eva Šajn, biology teacher, Slovenia
  • Marina Trost, computer science teacher (robotics), Slovenia
  • Tjaša Bajc, mathematics teacher, Slovenia
  • Klemen Bajec, computer science teacher, roboticsSlovenia

GOALS

Katarina Tolić

The goal of the package is to enable teachers to enrich the offer from the STEM field and approach teaching in a different way so that they can offer their students broader knowledge and enable the development of key skills for a higher level of education in the field of natural sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics. A large number of students studying in science and mathematics high schools wants to continue their further education in this direction, which is why it is crucial to develop the knowledge and skills essential for the STEM field in specific examples and problems. Some of these skills are, for example, planning and conducting research, observing natural processes, analyzing results, creating and analyzing models that describe research results and the behavior of certain systems, testing and applying models, drawing conclusions, etc. Also, part of technology and engineering is poorly represented in subjects that we meet in schools of this type in Croatia. In order to be able to fully integrate STEM into education, students should also be offered something that enables them to develop knowledge and abilities that will be useful for further education in this direction. The goal is to create materials and activities that will support teachers in developing students’ knowledge and skills in STEM education and, during this process, bring together teachers from different fields in order to succeed in developing quality materials. At the same time, the activities from this package would also develop digital skills that will help teachers and students involved in the project in their further professional development. After the completion of the project, everything designed and tested during the project can be used in the STEM education of students of any interested school with an emphasis on science and mathematics.

The main output of the package will be materials and activities that can be used in the STEM education of students and implemented in the curricula of schools focused on STEM education. The development of materials and activities would go in three directions:

 ROBOTICSNUMERICAL MODELING„ABOUT BIOLOGY…“
DESCRIPTIONRobotics as an interdisciplinary branch that encompasses a wide range of knowledge from technology and natural sciences. In the school environment, robotics provides an opportunity for students to see, on specific examples, how knowledge from the STEM field is connected, as well as the implementation of technology in the STEM education of students.Numerical modeling as a technique used in natural sciences, engineering and technology to model, understand and predict the behavior of a particular system. In this way, students can develop additional computer and mathematical knowledge and skills useful for STEM education (programming and creation, analysis and testing of models).“About biology…” which refers to enhanced biology, within which will be presented topics from the fields that are represented in the most common career choices of science-mathematics high school students (medicine, dentistry, biotechnology, veterinary medicine, etc.).
MAIN RESULTThe main results will be teaching aids in the form of manuals for acquiring knowledge and skills in electronics, mechanics and programming, plans for practical exercises in the form of small projects (30 exercises), plans for more complex robotic projects (one project for each class to practice planning skills and execution of a more complex robot).The main deliverables will be a handbook showing the basic methods used for numerical modeling in the form of a minimum of 8 lessons and materials for 10 projects/assignments where groups of students will apply these methods.The main results will be materials and activities (4 topics with 4 activities per topic made for 2 school hours each) that would be used to deepen knowledge in biology with an emphasis on specific application and connecting areas of interest with opportunities for employment and professional development.
ELABORATION OF PLANNED
DEVELOPED MATERIALS
– digital manual
– 20 simulations as a support for the manual
– key units would be accompanied by short video lessons
– 30 exercises in the form of written instructions for students
materials for four robotics projects that would contain student instructions and teacher recommendations
– manual (which covers basic methods used for numerical modeling)
– materials for a minimum of 10 projects: for each project, there will be an activity guide for students and a proposed solution to key parts of the project to support teachers
– manual with exercises and worksheets for students and support for teachers, in which 16 activities will be covered
– one video  for each topic (eg a recorded activity, a conversation with an expert or a visit to the institute) as a support for the manual