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20,000 leagues under the sea: a Spanish-Portuguese joint project

Liliana Fernándes teacher at the Basic School nº2 Vila Verde in Portugal and Ana Villaescusa, president of the Association 'Friends of Science', Diverciencia in Algeciras, met at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary. Together with Palma Garcia Hormigo, a teacher of Puertoblanco School in Algeciras, they decided to work together and develop a joint project for pre-primary and primary school children called '20,000 leagues under the sea'. The project introduces students to the STEAM disciplines through the story by Jules Verne. 

Here comes a video with the summary of the first year of work with the joint project '20000 leagues under the sea' made with great enthusiasm and effort:

 

20,000 leagues under the sea: a Spanish-Portuguese joint project

Liliana Fernándes teacher at the Basic School nº2 Vila Verde in Portugal and Ana Villaescusa, president of the Association 'Friends of Science', Diverciencia in Algeciras, met at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary.

Together with Palma Garcia Hormigo, a teacher of Puertoblanco School in Algeciras, they decided to work together and develop a joint project for pre-primary and primary school children called '20,000 leagues under the sea'. The project is intended to introduce students to the STEAM disciplines through the story by Jules Verne.

 

Ana and Palma visited Liliana from 24 to 26 January 2018 to exchange experiences and carry out previously scheduled activities. At Liliana's school, activities are organized for students from 1-3 primary school grade. Together with the Portuguese students the Spanish teachers designed and decorated a homemade periscope, an interactive map with the Nautilus route and with a representative fact of each stage through a PowerPoint presentation with a playful introduction to the knowledge of the marine fauna, food chains and Gyotaku (technique of primer with fish). Liliana encouraged her students to explain through an experiment the immersion and emersion of a submarine.

The morning activities concluded with a lunch shared with teachers from the Portuguese center and with a just management team where experiences were exchanged on methodology and teacher training, as well as teaching material.

In the afternoon, Liliana, who is a volunteer at the Alberto Sampaio Secondary School, (Braga) took Ana and Palma to her robotics workshop. In this center they learned the way to implement robotics  through LEGO and bee bots in their project. In this institute, the director Lucio Botelho, showed the Spanish teachers around the facilities, stopping especially in the science laboratory.

At the morning of 26 January Ana, Palma and Liliana discussed the visit of Liliana in Spain. She will travel to come Algeciras in December 2018. They scheduled the activities that they want to carry out during this school year, discussed the materials that they want to use, the methodology that they are going to use and invitations to possible speakers.

The afternoon was dedicated in carrying out the activities related to the project in the school EB1 de Esporões of Braga, with third year primary students with whom Liliana also collaborates as a volunteer teacher. During this session Teresa de Jesus, one of the directives of the Alberto Sampaio Secondary School on which this primary school depends was present, congratulating the Spanish-Portuguese teacher team for this innovative initiative that links literature with science.

Ana, Liliana and Palma will present this project at the First Ibero-American Conference of Teachers to be held in Algeciras from 6-8 December 2018. It will also be presented at the Meeting for Ciencia en Acción to be held in Viladecans, Barcelona from 5-7 October 2018.

The main objective of course is to share the joint project '20,000 Leagues under the Sea' at the European Science on Stage festival 2019 in Cascais, Portugal.  

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Spain and the Netherlands: Joint project awarded with ‘gold’

Fantastic news from Spain: The Science on Stage Joint Project 'Phantoms or Physics' from Nuria Muñoz Molina from Spain and Silvio Rademaker from the Netherlands won gold. The project was presented at the schools science conference in Algeciras, Spain, and won 1st prize in the 16+ category. Nurias students presented the ideas and explained the physics behind with great enthusiasm and clarity. "It's not magic , it's physics you just don't see!" The project will also be presented at the European Science on Stage festival in Debrecen soon - Congratulations to Nuria and Slivio! Learn more about 'Phantoms or Physics' here.

Germany and Hungary: 2nd student exchange ‘Mining in Europe’ between Goslar and Budapest

The student exchange between the Kempelen-Farkas-Gimnázium and the Christian-von-Dohm Gymnasium (CvD) went into the second round. After the German students visited Budapest in April the Hungarian stundents and their chemistry teacher Martha now went for a return visit to the town of Goslar to work on the science based project 'Mining in Europe' which leads the students into the history of medivial and modern mining within the Harz mountains.

After a long bus tour with a stop over in Leipzig, where the students walked on the foot steps of Goethe and touched his right foot to improve their German skills the group spent the first day with their German families. On Saturday the students discovered with their German partners the old town (UNESCO world heritage site) of Goslar on five different theme tours like the founder of the German Gymnasium Christian von Dohm, medival walls and towers or modern art.  On Monday the group discovered the national park Harz mountains by hill walking and did some sport activities. The next day the group went to Wolfsburg. Here they visited the Phaeno science museum to learn more about different physical effects and laws. They also took a tour into the 'Autostadt' and learned about car production or the ecological footprint. Before going back to Hungary on Thursday the students visited the oldest mine in the world, the UNESCO world heritage mine and visitor museum Rammelsberg. The students took an underground tour into the mystic world of medival copper mining as well as of water and energy management. Then they took a workshop, designed by students from the CvD, about geology, mineralogy and metall chemistry. After that they visited the museum and the special exhibition 'Miner’s children', where different student projects of the cooperation between with CvD and the museum as well as the award winning 'Science on Stage' -project 'wwm – worldwide mining' (European Science on Stage festival 2015) is on display. On top of it the actual project of the CvD ('Child labour in mining' ) for the German Science on Stage festival 2016 in November is part of the exhibition.

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