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The Primary Science Education Conference in Edinburgh

Primary teachers from around the world came together at the Primary Science Education Conference in Edinburgh, hosted at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, from June 6th – June 8th by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

The PSTT are sponsoring some of the UK Science on Stage delegation travelling to Cascais Portugal later this year. Over 400 delegates came together to listen to keynote speeches from the likes of Jim al Khalili, Laura Schulz and Kate Bellingham. 

Workshops were led by a whole host of teachers including several of the UK Science on Stage delegation, many meeting for the first time, this included: Paul Tyler on Primary Science Capital, Sarah Eames on Premier League Primary Star Primary Science and Robin James.

It was particularly nice that Robin James was given a Primary Science Teaching Award for his continuing work in a primary physics particularly around ‘The Hula Hoop Hundreds and Thousands Hadron Collider’, relating to his visit to CERN.

Robin was presented his award by Stuart Farmer, Chair of the Science on Stage UK National Steering Committee in his role as Education Manager for the Institute of Physics, sponsor of the award. David Keenahan, of Science on Stage Ireland, along with his daughter Valerie, shared their work on Science Enquiry through Demonstrations drawing on a number of activities from previous Science on Stage Festivals.

It was also good that Heidrun Boll of Science on Stage Germany presented a session on 'Lilu’s House: Language Skills through Experiments', a SonS resource which is all about developing language skills through science experiments.

For more information about the event: www.primaryscienceconference.org

Report by Kulvinder Johal 

Photo by Primary Science Teaching Trust

Premier colloque universitaire sur l’enseignement des sciences et du génie

On 25 May the Premier colloque universitaire sur l’enseignement des sciences et du génie - the first university colloquium on science and engineering education - took place in Montreal, Canada. 

The colloquium was organised by the Québec Association for the Teaching of Science and Technology. Together with a colleague, Johanne Patry, a member of the NSC of Science on Stage Canada, gave a practical workshop on digital tools for an online didactic approach, such as Moodle, an open-source learning platform.

At the end of this workshop, participants gained an operational knowledge of the online didactical approach which will enable them to be introduced to distance education design for their students.

Report and Photo by Johanne Patry 

Science on Stage Albania on Tour

Science on Stage Albania was really busy in the last couple of weeks, spreading the word about Science on Stage and the European Code League throughout Albania. The target groups of their events were students as well as teachers.

In Tirana, the capital of Albania, they organised the event "Leaders of the future" for students who are interested in coding. They introduced the attendees to Science on Stage and encouraged them to participate in the Code League.

In addition, they invited the most innovative STEM teachers from all over Albania to a conference, where they presented them the many opportunities the network offers. Science on Stage Albania was able to gain new coordinators for its activities and together they plan to create coding clubs all across the country. 

Report by: Mirjeta Domi

Photocredit: Science on Stage Albania 

27.05.2019

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Take a workshop to your country: Lilu visits Italy

Heidrun Boll, ambassador and part of the BackStageTeam of Science on Stage Germany e.V., was invited to Bolzano in Italy, to conduct a teacher training on 15 and 16 April. Here, she demonstrated her project "Hebelwerkstatt", which was awarded at the International Science on Stage festival 2017 in Hungary in the category "Natural Sciences for Primary School". She also presented the published teaching material “Lilu’s House: Language Skills through Experiments”, on which she had worked as an author.

The training was organised by Monica Zanella of Science on Stage Italy. 20 primary school teachers from all over Italy took part. The participants were able to experience for themselves how stimulating action-oriented and research-oriented learning can be. They've learned how much language there is in natural sciences and which difficulties, for example, children with a migration background have to overcome in order to be able to follow a specialized class.

The feedback from the participating teachers was therefore very positive. One participant commented: "It was a great training, very close to everyday-lessons with an extremely motivated and competent lecturer!" They hope that in the future, more trainings of this kind could take place in Italy. 

You can order the brochure “Lilu’s House: Language Skills through Experiments" here for free or download it as a PDF file.

 

Photocredit: Elisabeth Wieser 

Report by Monica Zanella

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