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Science on Stage festival 2015
Science on Stage went Britannia: From 17-20 June 2015, 350 primary and secondary school teachers from all over Europe and Canada were buzzing around over four days in London.
Under the motto “Illuminating Science Education” teachers enthused each other and shared experiments and teaching ideas for science, technology and mathematics education at stands, in workshop and on stage.
Science on Stage UK was proud to host the festival at the People's Palace at Queen Mary, University of London right in the heart of London's vibrant East End.
The participating STEM teachers have been selected in 2014 through competitive national events in 25 countries. National Steering Committees (NSCs) have been responsible for the calls for proposals.
More information on www.scienceonstage.org.uk.
Video of the Science on Stage festival 2015
Pictures of the Science on Stage festival 2015
Canada: The land is the teacher : Indigenous Pedagogy using Science as a door for interdisciplinarity
Diane-Marie Campeau (Université de Sherbrooke, Québec)
Using Indigenous Pedagogy, the land and its resources were used as a frame to do science the Indigenous way.
Czech Republic: Honey Kingdom
Renata Rydvalová (MŠ U Potůčku (Kindergarten), Liberec)
How to explore the World of Bees with help of Biology, Math, Physics, Chemistry and mostly practically in Kindergarten. More information here
Germany: Bodyheater, Heater Meals and Active O2
Gregor von Borstel (Alexander-von-Humboldt Gymnasium Bornheim), Andreas Böhm (Peter-Joerres-Gymnasium Bad Neuenahr), Manfred Eusterholz (Städtisches Gymnasium Hennef), Andy Bindl (Sankt-Adelheid-Gymnasium Bonn)
Experiment-based tasks which integrate contexts into a processoriented environment and aim at active handling of knowledge. More information here
Germany & Hungary: Worldwide Mountains – We move the Mountain to Europe
Through excursions, practical units and chemical experiments we explore the role of the Miner, in the current day and the past.
The Netherlands: A low budget sea aquarium in the class
Hans Mulder (Jan Tinbergen College, Roosendaal)
In this project students study the feeding habits of shellfish and/or Nereis virens (a harmless bristle worm) instead of the traditional disecting of mussels. More information here
Switzerland: Learning by doing in mathematics
The project offers several innovative, aesthetic, and playful learning scenarios in mathematics. More information here
United Kingdom: Natural alternatives to antibiotics: scientifically sound or muddled myth?
Colin Inglis (Boroughbridge High School, Boroughbridge)
Could natural alternatives to antibiotics, in the form of plant essential oils, be developed to treat infections caused by bacteria resistant to conventional antibiotics? More information here
Highly commended projects 2015:
Greece: The Optical System of the Human Eye from Georgios Marakis and Antonis Margaritis (Model Experimental General Lyceum of Heraklion)
Portugal: Meet our Neighbours! – A tactile astronomy experience from Liliana Fernandes (EB de Gême in Vila Verde, Braga) (More information here) and Undertake and learn from Honorata Pereira (PTOLIVA - Escola Profissional de Oliveira do Hospital, Tábua e Arganil)
Romania and Poland: Fascinating Physics from Corina Toma (Computer Science High School "Tiberiu Popoviciu", Romania) and Zenona Stojecka (Tadeusz Kosciuszko Secondary School of General Education, Poland)
See the poster here
All projects of the Science on Stage festival 2015 represented inquiry-based learning approaches.
The projects have been structured in the following guiding themes:
- Science and Our Sustainable World
Projects which use science to explore environmental and global issues.
- Inclusive Science
Projects which enable the active participation of students from every background.
- Innovation in Science Education
Projects which use new technologies and techniques in the classroom.
- Creativity in Science Education
Projects which are unusually creative in their approach to science teaching.
- Science and its Applications
Projects which build strong links to industry and applied science.
- Cooperation between countries
Projects developed by cross-border collaboration.
All participants presented their projects and experiments at stands in an exhibition, called fair. It is the main element of the festival. Other projects, selected by the programme committee of the festival, have been additionally presented in the categories workshop, seminar and stage performance.
All participants present their projects and experiments at stands in an exhibition. The fair is the main element of the festival.
Workshops (50 min)
Interactive hands-on sessions from teachers for teachers to work together to learn and practice new skills, develop activities or create resources.
Seminars (30 min)
Participants share teaching approaches and concepts through an introductory talk followed by a discussion.
Stage Performances (30 min)
Participants hold plenary presentations, performances or experimental lectures on a big stage.
Further categories are:
Exhibition of public and private enterprises, organisations, foundations and publishers.
- Social events
Opening ceremony, excursions, evening reception and other events.
An international jury evaluated the projects in the fair. The jury was divided into specialist fields and talks to each teacher about their project at their stands. The jury judged upon the participating projects by accounting the following criteria.
The ideal Science on Stage project
- promotes students interest in science
- refers to everyday life,
- has a sustainable effect,
- is feasible in everyday school life and can be financed with reasonable expenses,
- promotes inquiry-based learning.
The Queen Mary Mile End Campus is situated in London's East End, close to the Olympic Park. It offers the perfect surrounding for a Science on Stage festival: Short distances, a stunning stage, a spacious fair area and loads of lecture theatres for workshops. Participants will be accommodated in student dorms on campus.
Queen Mary University
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS