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Ciencia en Acción XVIII in Eibar and Ermua

Ciencia en Acción was held from 6-8 October 2017 in Eibar and Ermua. At this event prizes were awarded to the winners of the science education and communication program, in which 447 projects participated in its more than 20 modalities. Together they presented some 167 projects with activities and outreach work from seven countries (Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Andorra, France, United States, and Colombia), scientific demonstrations carried out by teachers and students of primary, secondary and university, to the attending public.

There they presented some of the most surprising experiments, plays, and other shows to bring science closer to the youngest. The citizens visited the fair in the Izarra Center. The staging that took place at the Music Kiosk in San Pelayo Square, as well as the out-of-competition activities that delighted all those who approached the market square. 

As a closing conference, 'Mathematics: passion and profession' was taught by Dr. Enrique Zuazua Distinguished Senior Researcher of DeustoTech (Bilbao - Basque Country - Spain) & Professor of Applied Mathematics of the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) about some of the discoveries and advances developed by some of the greatest figures of science and popularization such as Richard Feynman or Isaac Asimov.
The inaugural ceremony was presided over by the mayors of both cities: D. Carlos Totorika, Mayor of Ermua and D. Miguel de los Toyos, mayor of Eibar who were accompanied by Rosa Maria Ros, director of Ciencia en Acción and main NSC of Science on Stage Spain

With this events Ciencia en Acción had a great impact on the population to increase public appreciation for science and scientific vocations, as well as involving the entire Spanish educational and scientific community as well as the disseminators. It also enhanced innovation in science education, preparing teacher educators.


Learn more: www.cienciaenaccion.org

13.11.2017

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Spain and the Netherlands: Joint project awarded with ‘gold’

Fantastic news from Spain: The Science on Stage Joint Project 'Phantoms or Physics' from Nuria Muñoz Molina from Spain and Silvio Rademaker from the Netherlands won gold. The project was presented at the schools science conference in Algeciras, Spain, and won 1st prize in the 16+ category. Nurias students presented the ideas and explained the physics behind with great enthusiasm and clarity. "It's not magic , it's physics you just don't see!" The project will also be presented at the European Science on Stage festival in Debrecen soon - Congratulations to Nuria and Slivio! Learn more about 'Phantoms or Physics' here.

Barcelona: Science on Stage at the Youth Mobile Festival YoMo

From 27 February to 2 March 2017 the Youth Mobile Festival YoMo took place in Barcelona under the motto 'Science+Tech meets Mobile'. Up to 20,000 10-16 year olds from across Catalonia and Spain joined the event. Pere Compte presented at the stand of Ciencia en Acción the materials of Science on Stage and invited STEM teachers to implement the teaching ideas of the brochure iStage 3 - Football in Science Teaching in their own classrooms within in the European STEM League.
 

Visiting the Netherlands: Spanish-Dutch joint project proceeds

From 15-18 December Nuria Muñoz Molina from La Inmaculada School in Algeciras, Spain, visited her teacher colleague Silvio Rademaker at the Amadeus Lyceum in Vleuten, Utrecht. They both met at the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London as delegates of Science on Stage Spain and Science on Stage Netherlands. Together they started to work on the joint project 'Phantoms or Physics'. Find here the full report of Nuria on the latest exhange:

"On Thursday, 15th December, I travelled to Utrecht, The Netherlands, to collaborate and exchange in person with my colleague Silvio Rademaker in our joint project 'Phantoms or Physics'. On Friday Silvio and I went straight to school where I got to meet the principal and colleagues. After this nice and warm welcome we headed off to a large classroom where I met the students that are involved in the project. I had the opportunity to show them the part that my students have already developed throught our joint project and they explained their research regarding the same thing to me. I also visited most of the departments. I was pleasantly surprised about the facilities that the Amadeus Lyceum can offer to its students. The atmosphere at the school is really friendly. The educational system is quite different to the one that we have in Spain. Therefore I have brought new ideas that I have already shared with the headmistress and my colleagues at my school. It was well worth a visit!

The next topic on the agenda was about going to participate in the 51ª Conference for Physics Teachers. We stopped on the way to the conference because we had to attend to a phone call from a Spanish radio station and Silvio and I were interviewed to explain all about our joint project and my experience during the visit to The Netherlands. At last we got to the WND Conference with its nearly 600 physics teachers. Silvio and I did our workshop in the evening. I explained how 'hidden science' was used in magic shows and theatres during the 19th century and how performers used science as an art in their productions. We were so lucky that David Featonby from Science on Stage UK was there too.

Afterwards we shared a fantastic dinner with teachers that came from Belgium and The Netherlands. We had the opportunity to exchange ideas and future projects about science. Therefore it was very inspiring to hear new ideas and different approaches concerning the same subject. After dinner we participated in a big Science market where we could enjoy drinks while we were visiting different stalls, some of them with scientific books, others with experiments, and other ones with scientific toys. We also had the chance to chat to many teachers in a very relaxing atmosphere.

On the last day, Silvio and I attended David Featonby's workshop entitled 'What's next?'. He did lots of amazing experiments, in a very didactic way so we took photos of everything and we took advantage of being able to bring back ideas to our classes. I feel that I was very priveledged to participate in this unique experience and I'm grateful to the fact that thanks to Science on Stage I had the opportunity to meet Silvio and carry out a joint project and meet new colleagues and friends such as David Featonby. For more information regarding our experiments that we demonstrated throughout our workshop, please visit the webpage phantomsorphysics.wordpress.com."

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