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Science on Stage Greece continues to exchange best practice teaching ideas

Science on Stage Greece expandes their experience of last years festival by accepting the invitation of the Head of the Greek Mission and the Organizing Committee. They organised the 11th Panhellenic Conference on Natural Sciences in Pre School Education, that took place virtually on 07 November. The delegates of Science on Stage Greece held a workshop with the title "Energy: Look at its forms, find out its conversions, on a… fantastic bike rde!".

The following topics were discussed in this workshop:


1. Theoretical remarks on the concept of Energy, its forms and its transformations. Misunderstandings and alternative ideas of students on this topic.
2. Presentation of the construction and the parts of the bicycle with its conversion and transfer of Energy devices. Description based on photos, slides and live videos from the School Science LaboratoryofSerres.
3. Suggestions for didactic use of the bicycle and its experimental devices for students of preschool to high school level. Simulations, worksheets, collaborative environments, playful teaching methodology. Actionbound and Kahoot.
4. Evaluation of the project with multiple choice questions in the "Kahoot" environment, with the participation of 87% of the attendees and remarkable results.


The feedback of the participants rewarded our efforts of echanging best teaching ideas and promoting an experimental approach of teaching science. 

A part of the educational material of the Conference is available at https://bit.ly/3ldZ9tX (in Greek)

Report by:

Sotiris Mandiliotis, Head of School Science Laboratory Center of Serres, Greece
Eleni Paloumpa, Head of School Science Laboratory Center of Laconia, Greece 

25.11.2020

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Inspiring teachers - virtually

On the morning of Sunday, 1 November, three members of the Greek delegation at the 2019 Science on Stage festival, presented their work in a video conference organized by the laboratory centers of Crete.

Michalis Orfanakis showed his project "Optical Tweezers", which with he won the European STEM teacher award 2019. Furthermore Antonis Margaritis and Giorgos Marakis were present with their "Hyperbaric Chamber" and Astrinos Tsoutsoudakis with his "Control Moment Gyro". In the context of the dissemination of good practices in science teaching, they tried to inspire and motivate a total of more than 80 of their colleagues, who attended the virtual event.

Pictures and Report: Science on Stage Greece 

20.11.2020

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For Science on Stage Serbia the most important STEAM skill is problem solving

On Thursday, 22 October, Science on Stage Serbia and the Institute for Contemporary Education organized online lectures titled “Examples of the Best STEAM Teaching Practices in Serbia”. The lectures especially focused on understanding problem solving as the most important skill of today and beyond. The SonS webinar was attended by a record of 1100+ teachers from Serbia and the region. In addition, the SonS webinar included the lecture “Application of 3D Holograms in Teaching – Practical Examples of Using Holograms in Science Teaching in Elementary Schools”, which illustrated the implementation of technology in STEAM.

What is problem solving?

Problem solving refers to solving specific real-life problems whereby individuals or groups use previous knowledge together with other skills to solve a new, unknown situation. Interdisciplinary linking of natural sciences and problem solving enhances 21st-century skills and provides people with knowledge that leads towards innovation.

Problem solving is a combination of theory and practice that almost by definition yields multiple solutions. It comprises several steps: understanding a problem, researching and collecting information, creating a strategy and brainstorming, choosing the best solution, executing an action plan and reviewing the results.

Through problem solving, the SonS webinar connected STEAM skills and teachers throughout Serbia and the region. 

The Brainfinity Global Problem Solving Concept, launched by Science on Stage Serbia and the Institute, presented problem solving to children, parents and educators in Europe. The next big step is the Brainfinity problem solving week (7–13 December, 2020), when the practical use of problem solving in different areas will be discussed in workshops for students, teachers, parents, companies and schools.

28.10.2020

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Latvian teacher workshop about “Lilu’s House”

On 23 October, the Zemgale Region Human Resource and Competences Development centre (Latvia) organized a workshop for primary science teachers. They were introduced to the teaching material “Lilu's House: Language Skills through Experiments”.

11 teachers from Jelgava schools participated in the workshop and learned how to promote the basic scientific knowledge of primary school children while simultaneously training their skills in reading, writing and speaking.

The teachers practically performed several experiments from the brochure and discover how to integrate the material into their curriculum. 

The teachers acknowledge that the experiments were a good example how to implement a cross-curricular approach.

The material has been translated into Latvian by Skaidrite Bukbarde and the preschools and primary schools in Jelgava received the published version of the book.

The material is also available online: https://www.metodiskiedargumi.lv/  

 

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28.10.2020

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