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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

Promoting Science on Stage: National Conference on Physics Education in Bulgaria

Тhe 46. National Conference on Physics Education, organized by the Union of Physicist in Bulgaria took place from 13-15 April 2018 in the historical town Pleven. The conference is annual and in general on physics education in schools and universities. This year - because of the Bulgarian Presidency at the European Council - the general theme of the conference was 'European dimensions of the Bulgarian physics education'. Hence sharing and comparing professional experiences and good practices on education in Europe was the goal that made the announcement of the national Science On Stage festival just in time and on the subject.

Just after the official ceremonial opening Dr Ana Georgieva, head of the Bulgarian Science on Stage NSC, gave a presentation about the Bulgarian Science on Stage festival and invited the teachers to the forthcoming national event, which will be held from 26-28 of October 2018 for the sixth time in a row in the town of Sevlievo.

Than with the help of Dr Jitka Houfkovа from the Department of Physics Education in Charles University in Prague, member of the Executive board of Science on Stage Europe and a buddy of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian delegation to the International festival in Debrecen, 2017, four special presentations took place during the event:

First Nadja Kiskinova from Stara Zagora gave a follow-up report about the last European festival Science On Stage in Debrecen, Hungary. They gave a detailed presentation on the past event, full of illustrational photos. She talked in details about the whole Bulgarian participation at the festival, starting by the common journey in a minibus, continuing by all the events during the festival and ending by great selection of interesting experiments.

Than an exhibition of posters on the projects that Bulgarian delegation presented in Debrecen took place during the whole second day and many participants of the conference stopped by and looked at them with great interest.

During the plenary session after the opening Jitka Houfková gave a teacher training called 'For Teachers From Teachers: Sharing of Inspiring Physics Experiments For All Ages'. Jitka introduced the international dimension of Science on Stage and the impact of the Science on Stage network to the science teachers. She showed a lot of experiments like a model of a beer tap, a model of lungs and a diaphragm, a model of step voltage inspired by Zoltán Sebestyen and Imre Sánta’s project from Debrecen or interference of light on thin surface created by nail polish, that was presented by different participants at the Science on Stage festival 2015 in London as well as in Debrecen 2017.

On the second day of the conference, a workshop on 'Scientific experiments for children: Suitable and quality foods' was presented by six 4th grade pupils of Daniela Georgieva from 6. primary school 'Hristo Botev' Kyustendil. The experiments demonstrated by the kids are part of the joint project of Daniela Georgieva and the teacher José Luis Olmo Rísquez from IES 'Azuer', Manzanares (Ciudad Real), Spain, which they would like to present at the forthcoming European Science on Stage festival 2019 in Portugal. The project is related to healthy eating and contains various experiments that show how to check the suitability and quality of the foods and types of water that we buy and consume in our daily lives.

Report by Ana Georgieva and Jitka Houfkova

Picture © Science on Stage Bulgaria


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#SonS2017 Follow-up: Swiss-German Teacher Exchange

At the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary Dieter Schmidt, teacher delegate of Science on Stage Germany met Reto and Felix Speerli, two teachers of the team Science on Stage Switzerland. After the event they decided to do a teacher exchange. From 30 March to 4 April 2018 Dieter Schmidt went to see his Swiss colleagues at the Obersee Bilingual School in Pfäffikon. Purpose of the exchange was to merge the Swiss IKARUS project (European STEM Teacher Award 2017) that teaches basic space-science to primary school students and the experiences of Dieter Schmidt who participated with his 9th graders in the German CanSat-contest 2017 that designed an Arduino-based mini-satellite which collected weather- and climate-data. 

Before the visit of Dieter Schmidt Reto Speerli began a coding class with his 6th graders at the beginning of this school year. The students used Scratch and the Picoboard and built their weather station with analog sensors. These they presented to the German teacher who in turn introduced them to Arduino and electric circuits. The knowledge of the Swiss students was now supposed to be transferred to the Arduino-environment and the scratch-like programm 'mBlock' to code their own weather-balloon-projects.

Reto Speerli will travel to Oyten in autumn and show the German students how to construct a weather balloon.

Picture © Dieter Schmidt / Reto Speerli

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