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Beyond the water: An Italian-British-Ukranian #SonS2017 follow-up project

In 2017 Federico Andreoletti from Italy, Emma Crisell from the United Kingdom and Nataliya Kazachkova from Ukraine met at the European Science on Stage festival in Debrecen, Hungary, and decided to develop an international teacher project called 'Beyond the water'.

This project involves students from 9 to 12 years and asks them to carry out four experiments about water and to share their activities with photos, videos, messages, suggestions. The four experiments are about 'Static soap bubbles', 'Oil drops in water', 'Non newtonian fluid' and 'Hydrogel water marbles'.

The main aim is not to explain water in itself but to arouse the students' interest in all the scientific laws they connected to water, for example about light and colors, gravity, life science, pollution or geometry.  The four experiments are

The project started already in October 2017. 

If you like to learn more about the project, please feel free to contact:

Federico Andreoletti
Istituto 'Don Bosco' - Brescia - Italy
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Picture © Federico Andreoletti

Balıkesir: Two-day teacher training seminar in Turkey

From 12-13 May 2018 the annual 'Teacher Training STEM Seminar & Hands on Science Workshop monitoring on the theme' took place at Balıkesir, Turkey.  

Teachers from all over the country participated in this two-day seminar organized by Nilgün Erentay, main NSC of Science on Stage Turkey. At the event the Science on Stage network, its activities and exemplary STEM teacher projects were presented to the participants. Also four other workshops, one fieldwork for observing sky at night and one day trekking and field work at Kaz Mountains were offered to the participants. 

Zağnospaşa Secondary School hosted this event in collaboration with Science on Stage Turkey, Balıkesir Municipality and National Education Directorate of Balıkesir Province.

At the first day of the seminar, two presentations and three workshops were realised: Examples of Science on Stage projects at schools, an Arduino Coding workshop for teachers, an outdoor game for teachers at nature called 'Magic Tower' and the workshop 'Ebru Art'. After that the participants were invited to a night- sky observation with telescope.

At the second day of the seminar, a full-day trekking trip to Kaz Mountains was organised and the flora of the mountains were examined by the teachers. Nilgün Erentay gave a field workshop on how to conduct water quality tests at the Sutüven waterfall.

The participants teachers developed new skills  about science, technology and art and made friendship at this two-days seminar.

Nilgün Erentay thanks Zağnospaşa Secondary School and their partners for hosting this Science on Stage Turkey teacher training seminar so well!

Picture © Nilgün Erentay / Science on Stage Turkey

29.05.2018

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Ljubljana:  Second seminar ‘From School Experiments to Experiments at Festivals and on Stages’

On 12 May 2018 the second part of the seminar 'From School Experiments to Experiments at Festivals and Stages' was organised by Science on Stage Slovenia and took place at the UL Pedagogical Faculty in Ljubljana. The focus was on workshops on practical experiments.

First Edvard Kobal, director of the Slovenian Science Foundation, welcomed the participants and invited them to apply for the 24th Slovenian Science Festival with international participation in September 2018. At this event also the Slovenian teacher delegates for the European Science on Stage festival 2019 in Cascais, Portugal, will be chosen.

A one-hour experimental presentation on 'Water over the head' by Maša and Miha Kukec followed. After that Maša Sojer presented interesting innovations with wood.

After the break, all participants split into two groups: one group examined biofuels and did further experimental research on fermentation (alcoholic fermentation). The second group investigated the 'act of murder' with experiments related to forensics (chemistry solves murder) and the identification of fingerprints. After an hour, the groups switched.

The participants were very satisfied with the content and organization of the second part of this seminar. They have gained a lot of experience and useful knowledge.

All pictures © Nika Cebin / Science on Stage Slovenia

German-French teacher exchange on Racing SolarMobiles

From 27-29 March 2018 Kirsten Biedermann, teacher of Science on Stage Germany, went to visit Philippe Jeanjacquot from Science on Stage France at the Lycée Charlie Chaplin in Lyon for a teacher exchange. On site Kirsten presented the Racing SolarMobile which he and his students developed at the Widukind-Gymnasium Enger. Based on this Racing SolarMobile he and Philippe decided to develop a course for students in both countries with a special focus on increasing the students motivation in STEM, on integrating the use of smartphones or ipads and a budget-friendly planning. To get a better impression of the French way of teaching with ipads Kirsten attended STEM lessons in Lyon. He and Philippe decided to document the project development in their countries with videos and to plan a little competition with the Racing SolarMobiles built by their students. Of course the students will also have to give a little presentation about their projects. We are looking forward to the final report! 


Picture © Science on Stage Deutschland e.V.

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