new WERD – “New way of educational research and development” is a project within the Erazmus+ program which is coordinated by SOU “Gimnazija Koco Racin”- Veles. The project itself represents a strategic partnership that includes exchange of good practice among four schools: Liceul Teoretic „Tudor Arghez“, a school in Craiova- Romania, I.I.S.S. ERASMO DA ROTTERDAM in Torino – Italy, , AGRUPAMENTO DE ESCOLAS DE BARCELOS from Barcelos, Portugal and SOU “Gimnazija Koco Racin”- Veles, Macedonia which is the applicant organization.
According to the project activities for implementation of the project, from 16-21 January, 2019, a 5-day training was held in Craiova- Romania.
The training included teachers from the four partner schools, and the goal was a teacher’s profile enhancement, as well as, learning new tools as a part of the STEM methodology, encouraging students’ motivation and creativity in implementing mathematics and technology when dealing with real problems in class.
The target goal of this training was to inspire young people to create models of real problems in physics and to find instruments for strengthening the connection between science and technology, to acquire knowledge and skills to research and find solutions, to use gained information, collect evidence and make decisions. These are the skills that students establish in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Three-dimensional (3D) modeling is a process of creating a mathematical presentation of a three-dimensional object. The result product is known as a 3D model.
Three-dimensional (3D) models represent a physical body using a collection of points in 3D space, connected by various geometric entities such as triangles, lines, curved surfaces, etc. Being a collection of data (points and other information), 3D models can be created by hand, algorithmically (procedural modeling), or scanned. Their surfaces may be further defined with texture mapping.
Today, 3D models are used in a wide variety of fields. The medical industry uses detailed models of organs; these may be created with multiple 2-D image slices from an MRI or CT scan. The movie industry uses them as characters and objects for animated and real-life motion pictures. The video game industry uses them as assets for computer and video games. The science sector uses them as highly detailed models of chemical compounds. The architecture industry uses them to demonstrate proposed buildings and landscapes in lieu of traditional, physical architectural models. The engineering community uses them as designs of new devices, vehicles and structures as well as a host of other uses. In recent decades the earth science community has started to construct 3D geological models as a standard practice. 3D models can also be the basis for physical devices that are built with 3D printers or CNC machines.
During the 5-day visit, the following activities were completed:
- A visit to Liceul Teoretic „Tudor Arghez“, a school in Craiova- Romania
- A presentation of automobile giant company “Ford”, its engineering and technicality
- School workshops: making a psychrometer and a barometer
- A visit to the Science Museum in Craiova
- A visit to Craiova Weather station
- A visit to the American department in “Alexandro Si Aristia Aman“ city library,
- A visit to Aerospace Engeneering – University of Craiova
- Official reception by the Craiova mayor
- A visit to Ranka mountain resort and museum
The benefit of this training was in the diversity of working environment, exchanging experiences among partner schools, and most importantly, learning through real context activities. The visits to the laboratories and institutions give students and teachers a deeper insight into the scientific world. The students and the teachers from the four partner schools work together to create work materials and to acquire knowledge and skills in STEM subjects.