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Europe Code Week: Coding with Arduino and MBlock in Italy

On 11 October 2018 Michele Tognini from Italy organised a coding event at his school in Avenza Carrara. A group of students learned how to use Arduino modules to create light games. They worked with the software MBLOCK and some components, such as led and wires of different colours. With MBLOCK they also wrote some simple programs to move Mbot robots and to switch their led lights on. Michele Tognini was supported by his colleagues Roberto Biasci, Fusani Sara and Federico Galeazzi.

Pictures © Michele Tognini

This Coding event was organised within the Europe Code Week 2018 and funded by Science on Stage Europe. The Code Week activity grant by Science on Stage was kindly supported by MAECENATA foundation and SAP SE.


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Albania: Science on Stage introduced at scientific conference

On 8 September 2018 Edu Act Albania organised the 3rd Scientific Conference, with teachers from Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro and Macedonia. In this conference Science on Stage Europe was introduced via a workshop for teachers and students. For the first time Science on Stage Albania participated with a group of innovative teachers who worked hard to promote the network in Albania. Supported by the Albanian NSC team the teachers prepared posters, developed experiments and coding activities for students. Learn more:



Latvia: Researcher’s night in Jelgava

Lately the Zemgale Region Human Resource and Competences Development Centre participated in the Europe-wide initiative 'Researcher’s night'. This event is dedicated to popular science learning and boosts public awareness of the positive role of research in society, especially among young people as it attracts them to science and engineering. The target audience of this event as stated by the organizers are families with pre- school children and junior form students.

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The participants were offered more than 20 workshops on various themes: the power of magnets, how to teach a robot to speak and to draw, to observe the balance, various experiments with colours, how a vulcano works, how to make static electricity, making a simple barometer to observe weather, etc.

The event was organised in cooperation with the National Steering Committee of Science on Stage Latvia and Jelgava schools. More than 300 children with families attended the event.

Jelgava Technology High schools offered two workshops and the vice director of the school Kaspars Antonevics admitted:

“The children at the same time are learning programming, robotics, mathematics and the Latvian language. When playing with robots, they figure out schemes themselves, figure out relevant codes for these schemes”.

The mother of one of the participants  told:

“Today we realized that our daughter actually likes and manages programming. In a few minutes she figured out and found three ways to do the task - how to get with the car in the scheme to the first letter of her name”.

The kids had a possibility to use 3-D pens, to experiment with everyday products: for example they tested that apples contain iron and they found out what our fingerprints can tell if you look at them through a magnifying glass and microscope. 

It was also a new experience for senior class students who demonstrated experiments and led workshops. The participants of the Latvian Science on Stage festival shared their experience on innovative teaching methods how to make science teaching exciting, attractive, and amusing.

Report by Skaidrite Bukbarde


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Coding and Football in STEM Education: Presentation at Spanish Science on Stage festival

From 5-7 October 2018 the Spanish Science on Stage festival took place within the 19th edition of 'Ciencia an Acción' at the Cubic, Viladecans, Barcelona.

On site Imma Abad and Pere Compte gave a workshop on the new international Science on Stage teacher project 'Coding in STEM Education' that will be presented next March 2019 in Vienna, Austria. In this workshop one of the teaching units called the 'Coala' project by Mirek Hancl and Julia Winkler was tested by a Spanish team. Also 'The remote captain' got explained. A large audience has been interested in this experience.

Pictures © Science on Stage Spain

Also Miguel Angel Queiruga Dios took part in the event. He presented the project of 'Building physics through football' based on 'iStage 3 - Football in Science Teaching'.

Picture © Miguel Angel Queiruga Dios


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