The promotion of CREST Awards and its STEM & enquiry based learning approach for students

Engaging young and curious minds in experiments to extract DNA as part of Biyoakademi at the Konya Science Center. Photo credit: Konya Yatay

STEM is a growing movement in education all around the world. STEM-based learning programs are intended to increase students' interest in pursuing higher education and careers in those fields. STEM education typically uses a newer model of blended learning that combines traditional classroom teaching with online learning and hands-on learning activities. This model of blended learning aims to give students the opportunity to experience different ways of learning and problem-solving. By this way students can improve their skills on many scientific fields and get easier approvals from successful universities.

British Science Association is a registered charity, incorporated by Royal Charter. Its flagship educational programme is CREST Awards. It inspires young people to take on the role of scientists and engineers. CREST is suitable for a wide range of age groups (with six levels to suit students age 5-19) and abilities. Through creative, engaging and rewarding STEM projects and activities, with tangible links to everyday life, students experience enquiry-led learning and – in addition to increasing their interest in science – develop skills such as teamwork, communication and problem solving. The scheme is widely recognised by educators and employers, and can enhance UCAS applications.

Biyans has experience on STEM-based laboratory applied activities and science centre projects. The company has attended many science fairs and organised Biology and Chemistry experimental based workshops, and worked with IB teachers. Additionally, Biyans successfully completed some thematic projects which are supported by Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council.

The partnership between these parties are covering; (1) the introduction of CREST Awards and its STEM-based activities into the Turkish schools, (2) trainings for STEM teachers to carry out Crest Awards experiments, (3) the promotion of enquiry-based learning approach for students through CREST Awards, while offering an opportunity to enhance their UCAS application.

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