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#SonS2019: Follow up event in the Ukraine

Just after the participation at the Science on Stage festival 2019,  Science on Stage Ukraine wanted to distribute the projects they had seen at the festival in their country, specifically to special-need schools. That’s why the Ukraine delegates started an "Educational Marathon". On 3 December 2019 they organised workshops at the Korolenko school for the blind in Kharkov, Ukraine.

The delgates realised and demonstrated impressive teaching projects for students with special needs and covered a wide range of subjects. 

Teaching maths using candies, funny physics hands-on experiments and impressive demonstrations with everyday household objects: These projects were presented to 56 teachers and their students. The main goal was to show that STEM can be teached to everyone. You just need the right way to do so. The participants were very content with the workshops. 

We also would like to share a wonderful video about the event. Watch it here

Written by Nataliya Kazachkova, Science on Stage Ukraine

20.07.2020

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Brainfinity: SonS Serbia realised the largest STEAM competition in their region

Science on Stage Serbia, organised Brainfinity, a unique competition in which elementary school students in years 5 through 8 solve real-life problems in teams using all the benefits of information technology (computers, tablets, mobile phones, etc.). The fact that 333 teams across Serbia and the region applied for the competition confirms that Brainfinity generated much interest among children, parents and teachers.

Brainfinity has two rounds. The first round (the Brainfinity Challenge) took place online on March 14. With help from their mentors, the teams had two hours to solve three tasks. The best teams qualified for the finals that took place on June 6 in Belgrade at two locations, Savremena Gimnazija and ITHS, where they solved detective problems.

The teams scored points not just for their answers, but also for their visual identity (team name, logo and email, as well as the points got on social media) and the public presentation in the finals in front of the jury which this year comprised 12 experts from various fields.


The winners of Brainfinty got valuable prizes, medals, tablets, vouchers for a language school and escape room, sweets and books, while their teachers/mentors got free membership for the Institute for Contemporary Education and vouchers for IQ testing.

Brainfinity applies STEAM principles, which develop children’s skills regarding science, technology, the arts and mathematics, as well as other academic and life skills (media literacy, resourcefulness and a proactive approach) designed to help the students prepare for the labor market.

 

Take a look at the finale in this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4nOQSjkBys

Learn more about Brainfinity here

15.07.2020

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Materials for outdoor classes

If the weather is nice, it is a good idea to have class outside. We provide you here with an overview of materials that are particularly suitable for this! All publications shown here can be downloaded for free. 

Football in Science Teaching: 

Let’s Get Physical – Measurement, Analysis and Improvement of Performance
The teaching unit ‘Let’s Get Physical’ shows how to combine sports, biology, computer sciences (ICT) and mathematics: Students measure and analyse in five different performance tests how regular and intensive training effects their speed, jumping power, strength, movement coordination, agility and endurance. This way they get familiar with the concept ‚performance‘ on different scientific levels. (physical education, physics, biology, mathematics, computer science)

Smartphones in Science Teaching: 

iSky: Smart Measurements of the Heavens:

The teaching unit ‘iSky: Smart Measurements of the Heavens’ inspires students to investigate the stars. Using various apps of their smartphones the students learn how to orientate themselves based on the night sky, how to measure the altitude of the sun or how to calculate the circumference of the earth. (mathematics, geography, astronomy)

Going for a Song: Measuring noise pollution with a smartphone: 

Do birds sing louder in the city, trying to drown the high background noise? With this question students are dealing in the teaching unit ‘Going for a Song’. Using smartphones and free apps they measure the amplitudes and frequencies of birdsongs in the city and in the countryside. This way the students analyse the direct effect of noise pollution on the behaviour of the animals. (biology, physics)

Spot the Physics: Analysing movements, acceleration and free fall by video:

With their smartphones students record various motion sequences during sportive activities like the throwing of a basket ball or the acceleration during a bicycle ride. Later the students analyse the recorded videos to determine which physical theories can describe the phenomena observed. (physics)

ICT in Science Teaching:

Length of a Day: Altitude of the sun, ecliptic & rotation of the earth:

In this teaching unit students measure or calculate the time of sunrise and sunset on a given day as well as the length of that day, and design the graphical representation of the heights of the sun on the horizon throughout the day. Students can also keep tabs with the data obtained for one day, then repeat the calculations for another day and compare the two. (astronomy, mathematics, physics) 

A look back on our virtual events

Social distancing and school closures also affected Science on Stage. As the largest network of STEM teachers in Europe, we bring together educators with innovative teaching ideas. We support them in their professional development through events like workshops and our festivals.

However, while these events have been cancelled in the past months, teachers had an urgent need for exchange and support regarding the special circumstances they found themselves in. Therefore, one thing became clear to us: we had to expand our digital offer.

The first step was to compile a selection of our teaching materials especially suited for home schooling and we were happy to see that this was well received.

To continue our support for teachers’ professional development, even in times without in-person events, we decided to extend our activities with virtual events and webinars.

Here, the speakers present exciting teaching projects, practical tools and new methods. True to the motto “from teachers for teachers”, all speakers are active in Science on Stage, have participated in one of our festivals with a successful STEM project or have been involved in one of our international teacher projects. Of course, the participants could also show their ideas.

The topics of the virtual events ranged from online resources for primary teachers, inquiry based learning online, the fascination of slow motion and time lapse activities for students to a primary teachmeet, where educators from different countries shared their ideas.

The response was very positive, and participants told us repeatedly how happy they were to be able to exchange ideas with like-minded colleagues. Encouraged by the success of the events, we will organise more virtual events after the summer holidays. The aim is to establish them as a more permanent part of our activities to reach and support more STEM teachers all over Europe.

We at Science on Stage are proud that we were able to adapt to the situation on short notice and could continue to support our teacher community. We could not have achieved this without the active support of our network. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude. We look forward to further events - whether offline or online!

29.06.2020

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