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#SonS2019: pre-selection process in Spain in full swing

Last March the Exporecerca Jove fair took place in Barcelona. A jury of four people from Ciencia en Acción awarded two teams with a participation at the national Science on Stage festival that will take place within the 19th edition of 'Ciencia an Acción' at the Cubic, Viladecans, Barcelona, from 5-7 October 2018. At the event in October the Spanish STEM teacher delegation for the European Science on Stage festival #SonS2019 in Cascais, Portugal, will be chosen. Joel Romero Hernàndez with his project "Seeking for the principles behind non-invasive Early Cancer Detection by the use of nanoparticle SERS and probabilistic analysis" as well as David Fernández Prieto, Jorge GarcíaVázquez and Bruno Barreiros Paredes with their project "Study of the efficiency of poto (Epipremnum aureum) and tape (Chlorophytum comosum) in the elimination of volatile organic compounds in homes" will take place in the national finale - maybe, we will also see them in Portugal. Good look!

For further information on the Spanish Science on Stage festival and the application process, visit cienciaenaccion.org.

 

Take a workshop: Norwegian #SonS2017 project going to Switzerland

On 17 March 2018 Stefan Preisig and Gjertrud Jenssen from Trondheim, Norway, were invitied by Science on Stage Switzerland to take part in the Life Science Symposium at Gymasium Bäumlihof, Basel, in Swtzerland. On site they presented their project 'Sustainable development of biofuel' as a workshop to Swiss, French and German teachers. With this project Stefan and Gjertrud also represented Norway at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary.

The objective of the project is to calculate and produce renewable energy from wood. The students measure and calculate the volume of several types of wood, learn about the different energy contents of the tree types and use this to calculate the total energy content of a given volume of wood. The project is transdisciplinary, the subjects mathematics, combined sciences and the core subject of the agricultural curriculum have to be combined to solve the problems.

At the workshop the participants got an introduction about the school and the energy situation in Norway which was of importance as the two countries have different approaches to energy use.

For calculating the energy content of a given tree its volume and the calorific value of the specific tree type was needed. The calorific value could be found in a list while the height had to be 'calculated' using different options, such as geometrical mathematics, a clinometer or an app (Measure height). The height measurement took place outside in the school yard.

Back in the classrom the particpants calculated the volume of the tree and the energy content. Using this, they could estimate the number of trees which are necessary to warm a normal family size house. In the last part of the workshop the participants have learned about the weight and density of different types of wood. The density is directly linked to the calorific value – e.g. is a birch cube heavier than a pine cube.


All pictures © Stefan Preisig 

02.05.2018

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#SonS2017 Follow-up: Finnish-Slovakian teacher exchange

From 30 January to 3 Feburary 2018 Kalle Vähä-Heikkilä went to see his colleague Iveta Stefancinova at her school Gymnázium Jána Adama Raymana in Slovakia. Both teachers met at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary as delegates of Science on Stage Finland and Science on Stage Slovakia where they decided to develop a project together. The project is about measuring the 'Physical properties of the snow', like density, friction, sound and thermal conductivity of the snow and also about getting the students understand how snow influences the living.

On the first day of his visit Kalle presented his Lauttakylä upper secondary school and his country Finland to Iveta's students. Iveta, in turn, presented her school to Kalle. After that both introduced the Slovakian students to the project 'Physical properties of the snow'. Kalle and Iveta also went to visit the University of Kosice where they discussed their project with lecturers of the Departmet of Physics Education with a special focus on didactics. They also spoke about similarities and differences of physics teaching in Finland and Slovakia.

On the second day Kalle and Iveta went to High Tatras to get some ideas on how to measure physical properties of the snow. Iveta pointed out how importat snow is for the tourism in this area and showed Kalle one of the ski resorts.

On day three the first snow arrived to Presov and Kalle and Iveta made some measurements. They also designed sort of equipments they will use in the project. Moreover Iveta showed Kalle an exhibition on Slovakian physicists and he learned about the history of physics in the Austrian-Hungarian era and physics during Socialism.

After Kalles stay in Slovakia Iveta went to visit Finland to continue the project over the whole winter. Lately the University of Turku (FIN), Joensuu (FIN) and Lund (SWE) organised a Science Cruise on 24 April 2018 and Kalle and Iveta were invited to present 'Physical properties of the snow' - a great success. Both will continue with their collaboration in the future and work on new projects.      


All pictures © Kalle Vähä-Heikkilä

 

Take a workshop: Greek #SonS2017 project going to Cyprus

From 16-18 March 2018 the 7th Pancyprian student-teachers conference too place at Lordos Beach Hotel in Larnaca, Cyprus. At the event Vasilis Noussis from Greece presented a series of experimental activities based on his project 'Did Ritchie Know Blackmore Physics?' which he already presented at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary. In total more than a hundred students and teachers participated in the workshop. The results were splendid, the students were excited and took part in most of the experiments since electromagnetism is included in their curriculum.

Learn more about Vasilis project on Youtube.


Picture © Vasilis Noussis / Science on Stage Cyprus

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