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Getting prepared: Teacher training for Turkish #SonS2019 delegation

On 5 January 2019 Science on Stage Turkey organised a teacher training for the Turkish STEM teacher delegation that will represent the country at the European Science on Stage festival 2019. The event took place at the Alumni Association of Middle East Technical University in Ankara.

The faculty member Prof Dr Safure Bulut and Hacettepe University faculty member Assoc Prof Dr Meral Hakverdi Can volunteered the training. During this intensive training process, the #SonS2019 delegates deepened their knowledge and practical skills on writing scientific reports.

Nilgün Erentay, main NSC of Science on Stage Turkey: "We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Prof Dr Bulut and Assoc Prof Dr Can for their devoted contributions".

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Canadian Science on Stage festival 2018

Science on Stage Canada held its 6th edition of its biannual festival in Saskatoon from 9-12 August 2018. Educators from different corners of the country got together to share and learn from one another.

The event was hosted by the College of Education of the University of Saskatchewan. The major professional development stream offered to the participants was the Canadian Light Source which houses the 170 m synchrotron. The educators had the opportunity to visit the installations and to learn about this cutting-edge science and technology.

Participants also had the privilege to be introduced to the First Nations interpretation center in Wanuskewin Heritage Park where they were presented indigenous dances, science approaches, and meal.

During Science on Stage Canada events pedagogical discussions seeks to engage participants to share their views, opinions and solutions regarding important issues in the field. In this year’s event, the main question submitted to the participants was “Given the evolution of STEM, STSE, ESTEEM and now STEAM, how can the A for Art  be integrated into science teaching and learning?” You may read a synthesis of the discussion on our website at www.scienceonstage.ca.
 

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09.01.2019

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#SonS2017 follow-up: Cyprian-Greek teacher exchange

At the last European Science on Stage festival 2017 Christina Aristodimou, teacher delegate of Science on Stage Cyprus, met Georgios Villias, teacher of Science on Stage Greece. After the event both decided to do a teacher exchange and develop together EER (Educational Escape Room) activities on STEM courses for students. This December Georgios went to see Christina at her school in Cyprus to implement their project ideas with her students - the first EER activity in biology.

It focused on vertebrates' circulatory system with a special focus on human heart anatomy, circulatory routes, blood vessels' structure and blood disorders. Regarding the physics track, the intention was to create a fascinating space adventure during which students would have to use their knowledge in linear motion (analysing graphic representations and making calculations on translocation, velocity, or acceleration), and their skills in accurate mass and length measurements using precision scales and digital vernier calipers. This EER activity focusing on physics was planned to be implemented during another teacher exchange in January 2019.

Christina and Georgios managed to implement the biology EER activity on two different groups of students. Christina had also the chance to familiarise herself with the facilitator's role in EER activities. Students had the time afterwards to participate in a debriefing phase and provide their feedback regarding the activities. 

Pictures © Georgios Villias

Tbilisi: Georgian Science on Stage festival 2018

The Georgian Science on Stage festival 2018 took place on 8 December 2018 in Tbilisi at Ilia State University. It was the first national event in Georgia. 25 STEM teachers presented their ideas and more than 100 teachers from different regions of the country visited the festival as well as the Deputy Minister of the Georgian Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, Mrs Irina Abuladze. 

At the event the three projects with four Science teachers were selected to represent Georgia at the European Science on Stage festival 2019 in Cascais, Portugal.

Pictures © Science on Stage Georgia / Ilia State University Tbilisi

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