Milica Aleksić, an English teacher at Savremena Gimnazija, participated in the International Educational Festival for STEAM teachers, held in Prague.
Science on Stage Europe organises the biggest biennial educational festival in Europe for STEAM teachers. Every time it is organised in a different country. The twelfth festival, this year, was organised 24 – 27 March in Prague (The Czech Republic). The Festival gathered about 350 STEAM teachers from all of Europe so they could share and exchange their ideas and concepts regarding efficient scientific syllabus throughout primary and secondary education.
This international festival was preceded by the First National Festival Science on Stage held on 18 September 2021 in Belgrade, at Primary School Savremena. Eighty teachers participated in the first competition round, and the expert jury consisting of educational leaders in Serbia selected 35 STEAM projects for the finals. In the final stage of the Festival there were four winners, chosen to represent the national team at the Science on Stage Europe Festival in Prague.
These teachers were the Serbian team members:
- Tanja Olear Gojić, Primary school Dragan Lukić, Belgrade;
- Lana Nikolić, Grammar school Lazarevac, Lazarevac;
- Biljana Uskoković Brković, Primary school Milica Pavlović, Čačak;
- Milica Aleksić, Savremena Gimnazija, Belgrade.
The project on raising awareness of importance of driving safely
In the category Variety in STEAM education Savremena Gimnazija teacher Milica Aleksić presented the project Drive Safely, with the aim of raising awareness among teenagers of the importance of driving safely.
Having in mind that a large number of 18-year-olds are obsessed with the plans of taking a driving test, the idea was to provide students with the insight into driving from the point of view of as many different school subjects as possible. Thus, the students could realise that some seemingly quite abstract topics in chemistry and physics can be practically applied to everyday situations, such as those relevant to participation in traffic. There were actually seven subject teachers who took part in the project, who made an effort to prove the connection between driving and their subjects.
The teachers adjusted their lessons in the following subjects:
- biology (human brain and driving);
- chemistry (combustion-related chemical processes and poisonous gases);
- physics (the laws of physics and driving);
- civic education (moral dilemmas and driving-related prejudices);
- physical education (first aid);
- informatics (QR codes);
- English (Alive at 25 and writing newspaper articles).
The end project product was a leaflet that provided some basic information, but also had a QR code which links readers to a web magazine containing interesting articles about the things the students had learnt.
Milica Aleksić – a Science on Stage ambassador
The teachers who had the opportunity to learn about this project at the Festival in Prague were truly positively surprised by its scope, the number of school subjects included, the way an everyday topic, such as driving, was connected to science and the fact that the initial idea originated from students’ interests.
At the Festival numerous contacts were established with schools and teachers from all over Europe, which will enable further cooperation through eTwinning and Erasmus projects. Teacher Milica Aleksić was recognised as a Science on Stage Ambassador as the result of the project having been carried out successfully and Serbia’s first participation at the Festival SonSEu.