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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

20,000 Leagues under the sea at the First Iberoamercian Congress of Teachers

From 6-8 December 2018 the First Iberoamerican Congress of Teachers took place at the Algeciras Polytechnic School, University of Cadiz. The Spanish-Portuguese Science on Stage teacher team of Palma Garcia Hormigo, Ana Villaescusa and Liliana Fernandez was invited to present its #SonS2017 joint project 20,000 Leagues under the sea on site. 

The congress brought together more than 1100 teachers - virtual and face-to-face. 550 of the participants from 21 Ibero-American countries, Italy, USA and Belgium traveld to the Spanish city Cadiz to join the event in person. The main objective of the congress was to unite, to join forces, and work as a team, to jointly devolpe and publish projects, activities, and didactic experiences such as the '20,000 Leagues under the sea' joint project.

Palma Garcia Hormigo, Ana Villaescusa and Liliana Fernandez appreciated the experience at the First Iberoamerican Congress of Teachers. They are already further developing their project, adding new activities, which follow the wake of the Nautilus hand in hand with the work of Jules Verne.

Pictures © Palma Garcia Hormigo

Bulgarian Science on Stage festival 2018

From 26-28 October 2018 the Bulgarian Science on Stage festival was hosted for a 6th consecutive time in the town Sevlievo. The fair and all the accompanying events took place in the renovated secondary school Vasil Levski, the oldest school of the town. All the pedagogical staff and many of its students took part in the organization of the event. Co-organizers were the Ministry of Science and Education, the Unions of the physicists, chemists, biologist and mathematicians in Bulgaria and other NGO’s.

The festival was officially opened in the late afternoon on 26 October 2018 with some official greetings from the local municipality institutions and a lively short program from the schools’ pupils’ 'Musical atelier'. The first day ended with all the stands arranged according to the guiding themes of the projects and the first plenary public lecture: 'Who needs science', presented by Alexander Angelov and Dr. Gergana Raygekova from the Center for Creative Training /CCT/, Sofia.

The next day continued with three more public lectures as follows: 1. 'A Worldview, Science and Values' from Iglika Angelova from the CCT, 2. 'Bulgaria – a cosmic state' by assistant prof. Tanya Ivanova from the Institute of Space Research and Technologies of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 3. 'Short history of the universe' by prof. Leander Litov from the Physics Department of Sofia University and 4. 'Animals - actors' by assist.prof. Stoyan Lazarov from the National Museum of Natural History. The lectures gave not only an overview of the latest scientific achievements in the respective fields, but also demonstrated the prospective in sciences development and the attractive ways that could be used to present them to the public.

Then the real festival began with the presentation of the teachers’ projects at stands, in workshops and on-stage. The jury under the leadership of prof. Ivan Lalov, one of the founders of the Physics on Stage in Bulgaria and honorary member of the National Steering committee, started its rather hard work. It was divided in three groups for the 3 forms of presentation of the projects. 43 projects took part in the competition, all presented at stands. 13 of them were as well presented as workshops and 27 as on stage presentations. The projects came from the Sofia University, The American College in Sofia, 29 schools, 2 kindergartens, 2 centers for work with children, from 29 towns and even villages in the country. The total number of participants was around 160 out of which there were 60 theachers, educators and school directors and around 100 pupils, not counting the staff and students from the hosting school 'Vasil Levski', which were very helpful and really contributed for the perfect organization and pleasant atmosphere of the event.

Picture © Science on Stage Bulgaria

In the Bulgarian festival pupils and children are allowed to participate with their teachers. They mainly present the projects on the stands or at the on stage performances and take part in the workshops as participants. One can see from the above statistics that many of the projects were presented except at the stands as workshops and/or on-stage. This second day was really full of excited students who made new contacts and discussed interesting projects and with enthusiastic teachers exchanging new ideas and new approaches to teach natural sciences in a way to attract more students to careers in sciences and technologies. All presented projects were outstanding and it was a really difficult task for the jury to make a final decision and to choose the seven projects to represent Bulgaria at the next European Science on Stage festival in Portugal. But the three parts of the jury evaluated the projects in each category and at the end of the day the whole jury met and synchronized their evaluations according to the application criteria given from the Science on Stage Europe board members.

The following projects were selected to represent Bulgaria in Cascais 2019:

  • 'Small Science – The Demonstration Experiment Closely' by Nasko Stamenov, National Natural Sciences and Mathematical High School, Sofia
  • 'Recycle, play, explore or an alternative to expensive toys' by Svetlana Hristova, Kindergarten Radost (Joy), Sevlievo
  • 'Playing on electricity' and 'Liquid world' by Nikola Karavasilev / Kalina Krasimirova (representative of the team), Sofia University and First Private Mathematical High School, Sofia
  • 'Planetarium in the classroom' by Ivo Djokin, Municipal center for extracurricular activities and interests in the village of Baikal, Pleven region
  • 'Cheap Science - True Physics' by Antoniya Petrova , First Natural Sciences and Mathematical High School, Stara Zagora
  • 'Folk Astronomy and Meteorology by Radka Kostadinova, Secondary School Ivan Vazov, Varshets
  • 'Natural Pharmacy' by Rumyanka Galchavova, Secondary School Vasil Levski, v. Glavinitsa, Silistra region


Substitutes or additional delegation members (in order of placement)

  • 'ROBODANCE' by Kremena Dyulgerova, English Language School Geo Milev, Ruse
  • 'Butterfly’s feast' by Vasilka Krusteva, V-th Primary school Hristo Botev, Kyustendil

 
Two more incentive prizes were awarded to the projects with themes 'Inclusive Science' to Iveta Krasteva from the Vasil Levski High school, Sevlievo for the project 'Chemistry for everyone' and Krasimira Tomeva from Vocational High School of Mechanical Electrotechnics, Sevlievo for the project 'Food under a magnifying glass'.

The selection of the projects took into account the recommendations of the board of Science on Stage Europe: most of the awarded projects are to the first time participants in the festival and there is a good education level and discipline balance. 

On the last day of the festival the decision of the jury was announced, and prizes were awarded to the winners. The participants were acknowledged for their fabulous projects and wonderful presentations, the local organizers were thanked for the perfect organization of the event as well as the 15 members of the jury, who worked very hard for the selection of the best projects.


Science on Stage - Bulgaria would like to thank the Ministry of Education and Science and all the NGOs, for their continual, not only financial, support without this activity would not have been possible.

Report by Ana Georgieva, main NSC of Science on Stage Bulgaria

Turkey: Successful teacher training in Istanbul

On 17 November 2018 Science on Stage Turkey organised another successful teacher training in Istanbul. It was a very intensive program with presentations on Science on Stage Europe and LUMA StarT, a coding workshop, a physics experiments workshop and nature education.

As the Turkish Science on Stage community is growing fast and the enthusiasm and interest in teacher trainings is very high, the number of seminars held in Turkey will be increased. The next one is already planned for spring in Mersin!

Pictures © Science on Stage Turkey

27.11.2018

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