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The Latvian delegation has been selected

On 5 September 2020 the Latvian Science on Stage festival took place in Jelgava. The event was organised within the framework of the technology and innovation festival "Mehatrons" that is organised every autumn.

During the festival 18 teachers presented their teaching ideas to the jury hoping to become a part of the Latvian delegation for the European Science on Stage festival, that will take place in March 2022.

The participants, coming from various parts of Latvia, presented their ideas on how to teach science through the art of performance, mathematics with the help of music, how to make a rainbow using natural colours, how to get to know plants through games and how to teach coding in an engaging, exciting way. 

These are the member of the Latvian delegation for the European Science on Stage festival 2022: 

  • Aleksandrs Smirnovs, Josifs Spirts – Jelgava Secondary School No 5 („How it works? Development of science and technology competencies”)
  • Kaspars Antonevičs, Ivars Bahmanis - Jelgavas Secondary school of Technology („A repeatable educational model based on Industry 4.0 competencies, entrepreneurship and family values")
  • Lilita Svirževska, Laura Timša- Riga Young Technicians centre („Getting to know plants using plant detectors and board games”)

This event was also supported  by the European Regional Development Fund project "Latvian Science in the European Research Area" implemented by the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia.

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

11.09.2020

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A lookback on Science on Stage Serbia’s webinars

In summer 2020 Science on Stage Serbia started a series of webinars to train ducators and teachers. With "Examples of the best STEAM teaching practices in Serbia" the team wants to introduce the Science on Stage network to teachers and potential partners.

The webinars are organized in two parts. First the speaker presents their examples of good STE(A)M teaching concepts. After the presentiation the participants get the chance to communicate directly wiith the speaker and each other, ask questions and discuss. 

In the last two months three webinars were held. The topics were: 

1st webinar, 08.07.2020

Make your city (architecture and connecting mathematics

Anica Trickovic, mathematics teacher, presented how mathematics can be learned outside the classroom, how this subject is used in student professional orientation, interpersonal connections, developing team spirit and affirmative relations in the classroom. But also shows how students from fifth to eighth grade can easily calculate the areas of all mathematical figures with understanding.

Do we really need nuclear power plants? - practical IT tools in physics teaching

Our lecturer Mladen Sljivovic, physics teacher, presented a presentation "Do we really need nuclear power plants?" - practical IT tools in physics teaching ”, which won at the Scientix competition for innovative approach in education, but also by national award for the best example of the use of ICT in teaching scientific subjects in high school.   

2nd webinar:  24.07.2020

When can Eratosthenes, so can we (Eratosthenes experiment)  

Tatjana Markovic Topalovic, a physics teacher, presented the history of the Eratosthenes' experiment and emphasized the importance of connecting history and philosophy with modern education. Mathematics teacher Snezana Tosovic presented how we can use Eratosthenes' experiment as an example for project teaching, with students from elementary school to high school. Danilo Borovnica, a teacher of mathematics and informatics, shared his  experiences from participating in aglobal experiment of measuring the circumference of the Earth by meridians, in which, together with his students, he used various tools and STEAM applicable knowledge to prepare and implement the project.

3th webinar: 10.08.2020

Mathematics and poetry

The presentation showd how poetry and mathematics can be connected in teaching with the aim of acquiring mathematical knowledge. Webinar participants were encouraged to look for inspiration themselves and to start writing mathematical poetry. Presented by Natalija Budinski, Mathematics teacher.

Introducing the micro:bit and its capabilities

How can the micro:bit be used as a teaching tool for developing critical thinking and problem solving in the upper grades of primary school? Dalibor Todorović computer science teacher, shared his experience on using micro: bit as a teacher, as well as a consultant on the development and adaptation of manuals for Coding Clubs in the Western Balkans. 

The response of teachers was excellent, about 250 teachers all across Serbia participated at each webinar. 

 

The future activities: 

In the first webinars, presentations were done by members of Science on Stage Serbia in serbian language, but, in the future, SonS ambassadors and supportes will be included. The target group are primary and secondary school teachers.

Find here an overview of the coming webinars:

Webinars will take place on the 2nd and 4th week of every month, until the end of the year. 

  • 10.09.2020: Games for developing algorithmic thinking for the kids 
  • 10.09.2020: NET cabinet
  • 24.09.2020: Scientific phenomenon of the circle in the folk tradition of our region
  • 24.09.2020: Logifaces cubes
  • 22.10.2020: Holograms in STEAM teaching
  • 11.11.2020: Scientific pantomime
  • 09.12.2020: Logarithms in the land (connecting mathematics, chemistry and archeology)

Registration will be possible on the SonS Serbia website, seven days before each webinar.

28.08.2020

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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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