Posted 04/05/2021 by Hans-Martin Hilbig, Ian Galloway
On February 18, 2021 billions of people from all over the world held their breath when NASA’s Perseverance Rover landed safely on Mars. This event inspired Hans-Martin Hilbig, a retired engineer and T³ instructor to stage a TI-Rover landing on Earth, using his DIY drone.Read more...
Posted 03/18/2021 by Stephan Griebel
In 2021 we are celebrating the 25th birthday of the teachers' network T³ - Teachers Teaching with Technology. At the end of the 1980s, the first graphing calculators appeared on the market. Two professors for math education, Bert Waits and Frank Demana, realized that the real potential of graphing calculators lay in the educational opportunities. Within a decade the developing new didactic possibilities excited many teachers and the T³ network was founded.Read more...
Posted 03/18/2021 by Fernanda Neri, physics and chemistry teacher, Escola Secundária de Amares, Portugal
How can my students work on the lab experiments that are mandatory in the Portuguese curriculum during lockdown? As a physics and chemistry teacher I would like to share my experiences of switching to virtual lessons because of the global pandemic. Learning by doing is important to me; this is how students get a true understanding of physics and chemistry. When I get the chance, I sneak into a lab to use practical examples to explain scientific concepts, even during my regular classes. When I didn’t have these options during lockdown, I worked on solutions with the help of TI-Nspire CX technology.Read more...
Posted 02/05/2021 by Ian Galloway
In 2021, our biennial conference Sharing Inspiration will go virtual. For the first time Sharing Inspiration also offers year-round activities for teachers, such as quarterly conferences and monthly webinars. On January 21, the first of these quarterly conferences was held. Read a report on this conference which focused on ‘Applying Research in STEM Classrooms Concretely.’Read more...
Posted 01/20/2021 by Dirk Ritschel
To enthuse others, you must yourself be enthusiastic. Anyone who comes across Frank Liebner – be it in his classroom or as part of a teacher training programme – can see his passion for his subject, chemistry. However, for him, the highpoint is not the show effect of an experiment. His goal is to train students to reproduce and analyse scientific phenomena, for themselves, to eventually improve their overall understanding. And for him that means encouraging as many other teachers as possible to hand over the reins in the classroom to the students, so they can make their own discoveries.Read more...
Posted 12/01/2020 by Ian Galloway
Understanding heat is central to understanding global warming. Let me introduce an experiment that was first conducted in the 18th century and is still fun to do with your chemistry class or integrate in a STEM-project today.Read more...
Posted 10/23/2020 by Sónia Reis
Separating out metal, developing greener ways to collect waste, fishing plastic out of water, washing glass and compressing domestic rubbish — these are the sustainable waste solutions which the students worked on. Using scrum, they were able to work independently, and this gave them the freedom to solve problems. “It’s challenging for both teachers and students,” said physics teacher Cathy Baars, who devised the project, “because the resulting product is not fixed.”
Posted 07/17/2020 by Sónia Reis
A final school year project to develop a wheelchair controlled by head movements won five Portuguese high school students the trip of a lifetime to NASA earlier this year. The ‘Telepathy Physics’ project used motion sensors connected to the robotic vehicle Rover and took first prize in a national science competition initiated by the University of Lisbon. “The students were so motivated to help their fellow pupils with disabilities,” says teacher Alexandre Gomes. “At the same time, this real-world problem also helped deepen their interest in maths.”Read more...
Posted 07/06/2020 by Ludovic Duchenne, Maths and computer sciences teacher Lycée Touchard Washington, Le Mans
Wouldn’t it be a cool school project to write code to control a plane? And would it not be even cooler to do this for a military fighter jet like the French Rafale? I thought of developing this activity – while reliving the movie Top Gun in my head – as early as 2018. The coronavirus lockdown was a good opportunity for me to finally start working on the project. I was keen to get back to school after lockdown to surprise my computer science and technology students with a very different end of the year activity!Read more...
Posted 07/02/2020 by Stephan Griebel
STEM education can play an important role in creating a sustainable future. Understanding issues relevant to sustainable development requires mathematics, including statistics and programming. To help facilitate this, an ambitious new project has been set up by T3 Europe involving content co-creation. We want to design classroom activities and content with STEM and sustainability in mind. That’s why we are calling on teachers to develop activities for this T3 Europe STEM sustainable development project.Read more...