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Press review on Spanish #SonS2017 project by Gabriel Pinto

On 25 June 2018, the Science Information Agency SINC (a service of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, FECYT) published the report 'A clay pot cooler for facilitating Nigerian girls attend school' where a research by Prof Gabriel Pinto, Ismael Díaz, and University student Carla Ortiz, is explained in detail with a very pedagogical video. The subject is a part of the project 'Engaging students with STEM learning through a magical substance: the water!' that Prof Pinto presented at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary, as well as at several workshops, e.g. in Switzerland 2017. The article reports about the pot-in-pot system: an evaporative cooling refrigerator device which uses a porous outer clay pot lined with wet sand, contains another inner pot, where within the food is placed. An important advantage is that this device does not use electricity. In the 1990s Mohamed Bah Abba developed this device for application in rural northern Nigeria. Thanks to his invention, among other multiple positive impacts on the population, and because of the ability to keep food fresh for longer periods, girls can go to market once a week rather than once a day, and there is more time for them to attend school. Read the full article here.

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:

 

Beyond the water: An Italian-British-Ukranian #SonS2017 follow-up project

In 2017 Federico Andreoletti from Italy, Emma Crisell from the United Kingdom and Nataliya Kazachkova from Ukraine met at the European Science on Stage festival in Debrecen, Hungary, and decided to develop an international teacher project called 'Beyond the water'.

This project involves students from 9 to 12 years and asks them to carry out four experiments about water and to share their activities with photos, videos, messages, suggestions. The four experiments are about 'Static soap bubbles', 'Oil drops in water', 'Non newtonian fluid' and 'Hydrogel water marbles'.

The main aim is not to explain water in itself but to arouse the students' interest in all the scientific laws they connected to water, for example about light and colors, gravity, life science, pollution or geometry.  The four experiments are

The project started already in October 2017. 

If you like to learn more about the project, please feel free to contact:

Federico Andreoletti
Istituto 'Don Bosco' - Brescia - Italy
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Picture © Federico Andreoletti

#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

 

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