Science on Stage Ireland
Ireland has been participating in Science on Stage/Physics on Stage and bringing teams of Irish science teachers to the biennial European festivals since Physics on Stage 1 in November 2000. Every two years Science on Stage Ireland launches a national call to identify and select teachers that will represent Ireland at these festivals and disseminate Science on Stage at national science teachers conferences and events.
Ireland Science on Stage teachers are actively involved in public engagement in science and presenting these ideas and demonstrations at events such as National Science Week, Busking Physics, Festival of Curiosity and Dublin City of Science in 2012.
Science on Stage Ireland is grateful for the ongoing support for organisation and dissemination of its activities from the Centre for the Advancement of Science & Mathematics Teaching and Learning (CASTeL) at Dublin City University the Institute of Physics in Ireland (IOPI) and the Professional Development Service for Teachers.
The Irish Science on Stage team will present a workshop at the annual Irish Science Teachers’ Association conference on 8 April 2017. The theme for this years’ conference is 'Meitheal' which means 'Working Together' and the workshop will be presented by Irish team members from the European Science on Stage festival 2015 and the 2017 festival soon to take place in Debrecen, Hungary. Learn more at: www.ista.ie/ista-conference-2017
Get to know the Irish team for the European Science on Stage festival 2017 here.
Science on Stage Ireland invited primary and secondary school teachers to apply their with extraordinary science teaching ideas for the European Science on Stage festival 2017. The application process is now closed.
On 24 September 2016 the Institute of Physics teachers Conference took place at the Dublin Institute of Technology Grangegorman Campus. Philippe Jeanjacquot from France gave a workshop based on the new Science on Stage teaching brochure 'iStage 3 - Football in Science Teaching'. Find more information at the webpage of 'Frontiers of Physics 2016'.
The Irish Science on Stage team has presented a plenary presentation 'Looking Forward-Resources for the Classroom' at the Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA) National Conference on 9 April 2016 in Limerick Institute of Technology.
Paul Nugent, David Keenahan and Eilish McLoughlin, from the National Steering Committee, presented the aims of Science on Stage initiative which is designed to encourage teachers from across Europe to share best practice in science teaching. The presentation outlined the current and planned resources arising from the Science on Stage 2015 London festival as well as included some ‘fun favourites’ from previous festivals that inspire and re-enthuse science teachers. The presenters invited the participation of the teachers in future science on stage activities and provided details on opportunities for participating in the 2017 festival in Debrecen.
Irish organisers and sponsors are: CASTEL at Dublin City University, Institute of Physics, Professional Development Service for Teachers and Science Foundation Ireland.
Find further information at: www.istaconference.com
On 19 September 2015 the Irish Science on Stage Team had a big presentation with new ideas from SonS 2015 within the conference Frontiers of Physics at the School of Physics NUIG Galway, Ireland.
The team demonstrated some of the best ideas from SonS 2015. These form the basis of videos and other resources available from www.scienceonstage.ie.
A Canadian and an Irish teacher hold a workshop about their projects presented at the last Science on Stage festival 2013 in Galway on 27 September 2014. The teachers will give first-hand knowledge about how their projects can be implemented in class to Irish teachers.
These projects are presented:
- ‘Hands-on-Minds-on Inquiry Based Demonstrations that make you go Hmmm??’
(Paul Nugent, Ireland)
- ‘Modeling the hero scientist: The Sword and the Beaker'
(Johanne Patry, Canada)
Science on Stage Ireland is committed to the national dissemination of teaching ideas and demonstrations that are presented by the hundreds of European science teachers at European Science on Stage festivals.
A series of books from these festivals has been compiled and printed and distributed to every science teacher in the country with teaching ideas and demonstrations from Physics on Stage 2 and 3 and Science on Stage 1 and 2. These have proven to be an invaluable and much sought after resource be teachers.
Booklets and links to 211 Science on Stage demonstrations and teaching ideas can be downloaded in pdf format from www.scienceonstage.ie/resources.html
In 2012, Science on Stage recorded and launched their first set of 45 video resources of teaching ideas. A further set of 65 videos was recorded in 2013. These 100 videos are also available from the science on stage Ireland website, in both English and Irish languages.