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Languages, IT and Science: Canadian-French joint project on students cooperation via Skype

Anjuli Ahooja and Jean-Luc Richter, two physics teachers from Canada and France, met during the Science on Stage Europe festival 2015 in London and shortly after that agreed on a special joint project: With fifty four students from College J.J.Waltz, Alsace, France, and Appleby College, Oakville, Ontario, Canada, they initiated an international students collaboration project using OneNote Class Notebook, PowerPoint, and Skype. The aim of the project was to learn about various methods of production of electrical energy in Canada and France. Via class to class skype sessions in school the 'digital' exchange students communicated e.g. about their private consumption of power while cooking meals or playing computer games and after that analysed the results regarding also the costs and the ecological impact in each country. As a final task the students had to create a PowerPoint presentation including all the documents they had already produced: OneNote personal presentation, Excel files with appliance costs related to power, duration and energy cost, how energy was produced in both countries and a feedback on the project. 

Find the full report here.

Greece-Romania: New joint project about experimental physics

From 2 to 6 February Laszlo Papp from the Scoala Gimnaziala in Romania visited Panagiotis Lazos at the 26th Senior High School of Athens-Marasleio in Greece. There he presented four experiments to about 25 students that also got involved in explaining the observed phenomena. Afterwards the students performed the experiments on their own, showing devices that they constructed for different activities. 

Laszlo Papp and Panagiotis Lazos now want to continue the eTwinning project that they initiated a few months ago and agreed to prepare a joint project about experimental physics and sciences for the next European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Hungary. The eTwinning platform will be a useful tool in synchronizing the activities between the two schools and to present new ideas and activities. In a next step, Panagiotis Lazos will visit Laszlo Papp in Romania for further collaboration.  

Both teachers have attended the Science on Stage festival 2015 in London.

The teacher exchange is a follow-up activity of the European Science on Stage festival.

Meet up at the Science on Stage Portugal Regional Events!

Already since December 2015 Science on Stage Portugal started to run a programme of regional events planned for five different cities from north to south of the country.

The first event happened in Lisbon at 5 December 2015 with great success. That day started with a teacher training at a 'NUCLIO Pilot Day' at the Centro de Interpretação Ambiental da Pedra do Sal in S. Pedro do Estoril near the sea shore of Lisbon and by evening went on a Café Science & Art in Lisbon Planetarium Calouste Gulbenkian a Ciência Viva Science Centre. One of the Portuguese delegates of the former European Science on Stage festival 2015 – Liliana Fernandes – presented her teaching project 'Meet our neighbours' and described her experience during the festival in London. The NSC coordinator then presented the organisation of Science on Stage, the networks activities as well as the opportunities for Portuguese teachers. The training went on with activities about 'Inquiry Based Science Learning' and communication about the project 'Digital Schools of Europe'. In the evening in the planetarium an intimate setting took place between 'comet' tea, coffee and cookies. Participants heard secrets about lasers by the scientist Gonçalo Figueira (from IPFN and Instituto Superior Técnico), advises how to photograph the sky by Miguel Claro (Dark Sky Alqueva)and listen to music from 'Skylight', a 'Global Science Opera' by conductor Oded Ben-Orin. Before the end of the day NUCLIO with Mario Ramos toasted us with night sky watching through telescope.

The next regional event took place in Águeda, Coimbra in the Instituto de Educação e Cidadania (Mamarrosa) on 16 January 2016 with more than 20 teachers attenting a teacher training about inquiry based learning, the European platform Science on Stage and the project Go-Lab. The event was organised by Álvaro Folhas. He and Honorata Pereira, were two of the Portuguese Delegates that attended the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London and on that day had the opportunity to present and discuss their educational projects with participants.

The NSC coordinator Isabel Borges spread the spirit of Science on Stage also for the next European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen. In the evening some families and general public went to the Café Ciência about black holes and their mysteries.

The dates for further regional events in 2016 are

13 February 2016 – Loulé, Algarve

20 February 2016 - Braga

27 February 2016 - Setúbal 

Kick-off: Press conference on the Science on Stage festival 2017

The Hungarian organizing committee of the Science on Stage festival 2017 held a kick-off press conference on 16 December 2015 in Agora Science Center, Debrecen. It was announced that the city of Debrecen won the right of organization of the festival. The press conference was organized by the mayor’s office. Representatives of several electronic, printed media and television channels as well as numerous interested teachers, head teachers and possible future industrial sponsors were present.

The opening talk was presented by Dr. Csaba Sükösd, the head of Science on Stage Hungary, who introduced the festival and gave a short outlook. As a second speaker Dr. László Papp, the Mayor of Debrecen, went into detail how important the Science on Stage festival is and insured the audience about the full support of the festival. Dr. László Csernoch, the vice chancellor of the Universityof Debrecen, talked about the event from a higher educational point of view, while Béla Somogyi, the director of the Agora Science Center, put emphasis on the importance of the presentation of interesting and catching science experiments in education. Márta Gajdosné Szabó, the Hungarian winner of the European Science Teacher Award 2015, shortly introduced her price-winner project and encouraged all teachers to apply for the Science on Stage festival 2017. 



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