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Georgia: #SonS2017 follow-up workshop in Tbilisi

On 9 January 2018 Science on Stage Georgia organised a workshop for STEM teachers at SALiS center at Ilia State University in Tbilisi. This was the second workshop from Nino Saakashvili and Tamar Doborjginidze following-up on their participation at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary. In the workshop they shared their experience and impressions from the festival. The participants of the workshop were teachers from different cities of Georgia, also student teachers of Ilia State University.

Workshop “Cross-curricular projects for learners and teachers” in Latvia

On 28 December 2017 a workshop "Cross-curricular projects for learners and teachers" was held in Latvia at Marupe elementary school, particularly for teachers of Pieriga region, to inform about the opportunities in Latvia and in Europe to participate in projects and competitions and to share practical ideas for lessons. Basically, the workshop provided information on the Science on Stage competition in Latvia and Hungary in 2017. The workshop was led by the teachers Māra Miķelsone (ex Rabante) and Daiga Krieviņa - in 2017 they represented Latvia at the European Science on Stage festival in Debrecen, Hungary with a presentation and performance on stage.

16 school representatives from seven schools in Pieriga (Baldone Secondary School, Marupe Elementary School, Jaunmārupe Elementary School, Ādaži Secondary School, Upesleju Boarding School, Saulkrasti Secondary School and Zaķumuiža Primary School) attended the workshop. Among school representatives were teachers of different subjects and fields: science and mathematics teachers, language and social science teachers, literature teachers, and a librarian.

School representatives were introduced to the work of Science on Stage Europe, its official homepage, as well as to the information contained therein: training materials, the competition in 2017, requirements for successful participation in the festival and evaluation criteria. The videos and practical lesson ideas from the festival were presented to teachers. Mara and Daiga informed about their way to the festival in Latvia and Europe. Presentation material was sent to school representatives so that it could be distributed to other teachers.

In the second part of the workshop teachers worked in groups on real project ideas. Since the workshop was attended by teachers from different subjects and fields, 6 new and creative projects for lessons were prepared, perhaps these project ideas could inspire teachers with new ideas for future competitions.

In the end, the teachers also received informative materials about the opportunity to participate in the Latvian Science on Stage competition, which will be held in September 2018 at the Metal Festival in Jelgava.

From Italy to Iceland: Teacher Exchange on GeoQuest

Last summer Sabina Maraffi and Ásdís Ingólfsdóttir met as teacher delegates of Science on Stage Italy and Science on Stage Iceland at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary. Sabina presented the project 'Who killed Maya Foster? A CLIL CrimeQuest, interactive computer class Role Playing Game'. Now she and Ásdís came up with the idea to do a teacher exchange and develop a new project together which combines the idea of Sabina to use computer games in STEM classes and to do research on geology and geography.

For developing the GeoQuest project Sabina went to see Ásdís in Iceland where she learned about the Icelandic school system, visited Ásdís school and did field trips to experience the Icelandic geology, geography and nature. Sabina also met with Haraldur Gunnarsson, a teacher and professor of Earth Sciences who is joining the project too. On site Sabina gave geology lessons with the GeoQuest project to second year students. Therefore she chose several interdisciplinary science adventures about the Vesuv for the Icelandic students, so they would not only improve their STEM skills but also gain knowledge about nature, history and culture of her own home country Italy. Furthermore, Sabina shared the game with other Icelandic teachers.

As a next step Ásdís will visit Sabina in Italy. But before she is going to develop a GeoQuest game with her students on Iceland's geology and geography for challenging the Italian students.

 

Science on Stage workshops in Georgia

Lately Science on Stage Georgia organised three workshops on 'Teaching Inquiry with Mysteries Incorporated' for Georgian science teachers together with the senior lecturer Dr. Peter Childs from the University of Limerick, Ireland. The two workshops with 50 teachers participating were conducted in Tbilisi, at SALiS Center of Ilia State University, and one workshop was done in Telavi with 30 science teachers. As you can tell by the statements of the participants the workshops were a big success: 'I got a lot of new ideas after this workshop. I’ll implement them in my practice' stated one teacher and another: 'I liked the workshop very much. These materials and approach used on the workshop give me the possibility to plan and conduct innovative lessons.'

Nino Saakashvili and Tamar Doborjginidze, who were part of the Georgian Science on Stage teacher delegation in Debrecen, are going to conduct a further workshop on 11 November 2017. They will share the experiences they got during the #SonS2017 festival in Hungary. 

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