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Welcome Science on Stage Serbia

Our Science on Stage Family is growing. We proudly welcome Science on Stage Serbia as our newest member! 

The representatives of Science on Stage Serbia are the Institute for Contemporary Education and Savremena primary and secondary schools, located in Belgrade. 

We are looking forward to working with you! 

Learn more about Science on Stage Serbia here

 

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10.12.2019

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Greek delegation for #SonS2019 received by the Greek President

The 11th European Science on Stage festival took place from 31 October to 3 November 2019 in Cascais, Portugal, at the Estoril Congress Center. At the largest European educational fair for STEM teachers around 450 primary and secondary school teachers from over 30 countries came together to exchange best practice teaching concepts. Teachers from Greece also participated successfully in the event. They made contacts, presented their great teaching ideas and two of them, Michalis Orfanakis and Mikis Mylonakis, even won the European STEM teacher award. 

And now, the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos, met on December 7, 2019 with the members of the Greek delegation at the Presidential Palace. The President congratulated the teachers for their successful presence at the festival.

In his greeting, the President has said, among other things, the following: "I ​​congratulate you on the great distinctions that were bestowed upon you at the 11th European Science on Stage Festival under the motto 'Skills for the Future'. I also want to tell you that what matters even more - and I congratulate you even more on this - is that you take part in this Initiative which is of immense importance, going far beyond the borders of our country, and is a pan-European initiative, as you know better than I. I congratulate you that through this Initiative, you, the Primary and Secondary Education Teachers, are engaged in the teaching related to the education of students in the field of Natural Sciences through the Laboratory. In this way you attract young people to the field of Natural Sciences, widening their horizons and helping them to understand the value of Science and, at the same time, teach them the great importance of Technology."

What an honor! 

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09.12.2019

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EU Code Week: Robots for Kids

EU Code Week 2019 is in full swing! Last year, Science on Stage offered funds for STEM teachers to take part in the EU Code Week 2018.

Here, we would like to present the results. This funding programme was kindly supported by the MAECENATA Foundation and SAP SE.

Robots for Kids

PrimeTech, the robotics club of our school, decided to organize a workshop for our colleagues and college students.

We, as a team, competed in the First Tech Challenge for two years, and we knew we should rebuild our community in a way. In one of our meetings, a member of the team suggested we should teach others about the fundamental principles of robotics. The participants were students of the "Tiberiu Popoviciu" High School of Informatics.

The team members made demonstrations for students of the 6th and 8th grade. There were 52 small students who drove a robot, and practiced driving on a computer simulator. The robot made a demonstration tracking a white line on the field.

Ana, Robot Team Programmer, held an Android presentation as a coding system for our robot for 20 PrimeTech members. The technical team has made the field where the robot is tested to be ready for the next competitions.

The students have created a few plates with the 3D printer. 12 students have developed some models with 3D design.

We have decided that the best way to keep everyone focused was through practical demonstrations. A few days earlier we built a robot that he or she could test. They have come up with questions about various aspects of building a robot. We were ready to answer any questions. The robot programming aspect was among the preferred topics as well as hardware and 3D modelling. We gave short lessons about the Android operating system and what we use to schedule the machine to do what we want.

The most important part of this event was the fact that we made the presence of our robotics club more visible in the school and we taught the community a part of the aspects of this club that we are most passionate about.

Report and picture by Gabriela Balan, Tiberiu Popoviciu High School in Cluj Napoca, Romania

18.10.2019

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EU Code Week: Microbit4all

EU Code Week 2019 is in full swing! Last year, Science on Stage offered funds for STEM teachers to take part in the EU Code Week 2018.

Here, we would like to present the results. This funding programme was kindly supported by the MAECENATA Foundation and SAP SE.

Microbit4all

Under the title Microbit4all we launched a workshop for six 2nd grade class pupils (14 yr) at our school. For most of the pupils this was the first time they came in contact with coding. Even one of the teachers did not code before but had enough confidence in the support to give the workshop. With the support of a technical assistant and with teaching materials developed by one of our teachers and additional materials from: https://microbit101.nl/ everyone was able to write their first code and experience the possibilities of writing your own code.

What started as a highly structured lesson with lesson plans evolved quickly in a pupils directed adventure. This meant that pupils developed ideas and tried to figure out how to realize these using code. Some of the pupils discovered the possibility to code music, others started to code a small game. Mobile phones were frequently used to film the output on the micro:bit and shared on social media. An often heard statement was whether any other lessons were planned where the micro:bit would be used and how expensive the micro:bit was, and where to buy theme.

Where we allowed the more confident students to explore the possibilities of the micro:bit themselves, the quick start cards supported the less confident students. These cards indicate the task, show the code which has to be used but also stimulates creativity using additional tasks. With more than 10 different quick start cards, we had enough material to support even the quickest students.

Due to the success of these workshop, we will use the micro:bit in lessons in physics lessons in which electricity and electronics are the central themes. We’ve also introduced an extracurricular activity in which pupils can further develop their understanding of coding.

Report and picture by Freek Pols, ISW's-Gravenzande, Netherlands

15.10.2019

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