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Take a workshop: Greek-Cyprian #SonS2017 follow up

The workshop took place on 28 February 2019 at the St. Paul & St. Peter High School, in Limassol, Cyprus. Several students and teachers from the current and nearby schools attended it. The activities presented were based on the educational escape room project 'Nemesis virus: the pandemic', developed by Georgios Villias from Greece. It focuses on the learning of biological concepts like cells’ structure and functions, electron microscopy and viruses, through a thrilling and engaging educational approach that can make science learning more appealing and meaningful to students. The project had been previously presented at Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary. Students and teachers alike had the chance to experience first-hand what is like to participate in an educational escape room. During the workshop, teachers also learnt how to develop activities of this type, but also how to facilitate their implementation in their classrooms.

Report and picture by Georgios Villias

#SonS2017 follow-up: Cyprian-Greek teacher exchange

At the last European Science on Stage festival 2017 Christina Aristodimou, teacher delegate of Science on Stage Cyprus, met Georgios Villias, teacher of Science on Stage Greece. After the event both decided to do a teacher exchange and develop together EER (Educational Escape Room) activities on STEM courses for students. This December Georgios went to see Christina at her school in Cyprus to implement their project ideas with her students - the first EER activity in biology.

It focused on vertebrates' circulatory system with a special focus on human heart anatomy, circulatory routes, blood vessels' structure and blood disorders. Regarding the physics track, the intention was to create a fascinating space adventure during which students would have to use their knowledge in linear motion (analysing graphic representations and making calculations on translocation, velocity, or acceleration), and their skills in accurate mass and length measurements using precision scales and digital vernier calipers. This EER activity focusing on physics was planned to be implemented during another teacher exchange in January 2019.

Christina and Georgios managed to implement the biology EER activity on two different groups of students. Christina had also the chance to familiarise herself with the facilitator's role in EER activities. Students had the time afterwards to participate in a debriefing phase and provide their feedback regarding the activities. 

Pictures © Georgios Villias

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

‘20,000 Leagues under the sea’ gets Honorable Mention at Open Science of Cambre

From 15-16 September 2018 Spanish-Portuguese teacher team Palma Garcia Hormigo, Ana Villaescusa and Liliana Fernandez from Portugal participated in the contest 'Open Science of Cambre' (A Coruña, Spain). On site they presented their #SonS2017 follow-up joint project '20,000 Leagues under the sea'. The focus of the project is on children of pre primary and primary school and introduces them to scientific knowledge with simple STEM experiments (chemistry, physics, biology or robotics). Another aim of the project is to encourage the children to a develop a consciousness on how important it is to conserve the marine environment, to work together as a team and to pay respect on the opinion of others. The voyage of the Nautilus, the submarine created by Jules Verne for his novel, is the guiding thread of this project. A jury of experts selected the project among the winners of this contest. 



Picture © Palma Garcia Hormigo

At their stand the Spanish-Portuguese team moved the sea to the fair and hundreds of visitors explored how a periscope works, invesitgated the morphology of fish through the Japanese technique of Gyotaku, manufactured slime, learned about the marine trophic chains or about the different species that populate the Oceans through which the Nautilus sailed.

Palma Garcia Hormigo, Ana Villaescusa and Liliana Fernandez were very pleased that their work was highlighted among the more than 70 exhibitors who attended the fair, which was organised by Professor Jose Viñas de Cambre and his Xentde100cia Club team.

Open Science has been catalogued as an event of scientific interest at a European level on the Scientix platform.

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