Carmen Diez Calzada
Ernest Lluch Library - Vilassar de Mar, Spain
Carmen Diez Calzada teaches Science and Technology to pupils aged between 8 and 18 years. She has over 40 years of experience in teaching. Carmen is a cathedratic of physics and chemistry, and is also active as scientific disseminator, researcher and collaborating in European projects.
Carmen is an active use of ISE resources and participates regularly in ISE activities in Spain. She also submitted an entry to the 2014-2015 Learning with Light competition, which was considered to be one of the top 5 entries to the competition by the judges. During the Science on Stage festival in London on 17-20 June 2015 she was announced joint winner of the competition.
ISE Summer Academy 2015
It wasn't a dream. All things are possible participating in European Projects
I had just arrived from Summer School 2015 in Greece in the context of the International Year of Light.
I was excited and had a pressing need to bring to my colleagues and friends all that offers a European education project.
I dialled the number of my friend Maria, a teacher, and suggested to interview me with the coordinator of her school, and to talk about the European projects to promote technological scientific studies.
"What’s in it for you?", she asked.
My response was swift and spontaneous:
"What do I get? That other teachers can enjoy and grow as I have grown, enjoy as I enjoyed, know what I have come to know, establish connections with wonderful teachers from other countries as I have done."
I don’t know if the right expression is STEAM scientific popularizer, STEAM ambassador or making disciples in STEAM. Any of these is good if it encourages to participate.
And still the question:
“And what do I get, as a teacher, if I make my life more difficult with these projects?”
Each level of the pyramid of Maslow inspires my answer.
Learning with Light competition entry
Carmen’s entry to the competition is called "Starlight tell us who you are". Describing her entry Carmen says:
Focused on the Big idea on Universe and cycle life of stars, students work the importance of light and their technology apps. Questions, several concepts, and three different scenarios (Darkness, modelisation of fusion and wave_particle duality , and an Astronomy virtual Lab) develop STEM interest.
The project has engaged me on Astronomy. I have been transported by the universe hidden behind the Astronomy as science in the IYL.
The main difficulty has been to simplify content: they are many, all are interesting and intertwined. The greatest satisfaction the discovery of the life cycle of stars Pending subject: keep working to delve in the mysteries of the universe.
A reality (no difficulty): the teacher should develop data on students of this age. Students have moved comfortably in the topics and experimentation simplified simulator stars. No calculations have validated their hypothesis.
Here are some of the resources Carmen used in her entry:
Inspiring Science Education offers the possibility to develop e-learning with experimented resources, work with scenarios that include inquiry-based learning, bet on innovation, find, among multiple online labs, the best fitted for one’s class, coordinate with works already experienced in other countries, share material in ODS (Open Discovery Space).
All of this, on various project platforms such as Go-Lab, quantum spinoff, CEYS, Discover Cosmos, Creat-IT, Inspiring science, Creat-IT. And sharing our experiences during the Summer School 2015 in Greece.
CREAT-IT underscores the need to combine the work of scientists and technical content with artistic skills such as music, drama and format, to put together scientific expertise and the interpretation and format of coffee gatherings.
Possibly we are already working on some of these designs. So I encourage you to do so within a European project. European projects place us in Europe, open borders for us and project us into the STEAM future, making science education more challenging, more playful and above all more imaginative and inspiring for today's students, the citizens of tomorrow's world.