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Greece-Romania: New joint project about experimental physics

From 2 to 6 February Laszlo Papp from the Scoala Gimnaziala in Romania visited Panagiotis Lazos at the 26th Senior High School of Athens-Marasleio in Greece. There he presented four experiments to about 25 students that also got involved in explaining the observed phenomena. Afterwards the students performed the experiments on their own, showing devices that they constructed for different activities. 

Laszlo Papp and Panagiotis Lazos now want to continue the eTwinning project that they initiated a few months ago and agreed to prepare a joint project about experimental physics and sciences for the next European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Hungary. The eTwinning platform will be a useful tool in synchronizing the activities between the two schools and to present new ideas and activities. In a next step, Panagiotis Lazos will visit Laszlo Papp in Romania for further collaboration.  

Both teachers have attended the Science on Stage festival 2015 in London.

The teacher exchange is a follow-up activity of the European Science on Stage festival.

Meet up at the Science on Stage Portugal Regional Events!

Already since December 2015 Science on Stage Portugal started to run a programme of regional events planned for five different cities from north to south of the country.

The first event happened in Lisbon at 5 December 2015 with great success. That day started with a teacher training at a 'NUCLIO Pilot Day' at the Centro de Interpretação Ambiental da Pedra do Sal in S. Pedro do Estoril near the sea shore of Lisbon and by evening went on a Café Science & Art in Lisbon Planetarium Calouste Gulbenkian a Ciência Viva Science Centre. One of the Portuguese delegates of the former European Science on Stage festival 2015 – Liliana Fernandes – presented her teaching project 'Meet our neighbours' and described her experience during the festival in London. The NSC coordinator then presented the organisation of Science on Stage, the networks activities as well as the opportunities for Portuguese teachers. The training went on with activities about 'Inquiry Based Science Learning' and communication about the project 'Digital Schools of Europe'. In the evening in the planetarium an intimate setting took place between 'comet' tea, coffee and cookies. Participants heard secrets about lasers by the scientist Gonçalo Figueira (from IPFN and Instituto Superior Técnico), advises how to photograph the sky by Miguel Claro (Dark Sky Alqueva)and listen to music from 'Skylight', a 'Global Science Opera' by conductor Oded Ben-Orin. Before the end of the day NUCLIO with Mario Ramos toasted us with night sky watching through telescope.

The next regional event took place in Águeda, Coimbra in the Instituto de Educação e Cidadania (Mamarrosa) on 16 January 2016 with more than 20 teachers attenting a teacher training about inquiry based learning, the European platform Science on Stage and the project Go-Lab. The event was organised by Álvaro Folhas. He and Honorata Pereira, were two of the Portuguese Delegates that attended the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London and on that day had the opportunity to present and discuss their educational projects with participants.

The NSC coordinator Isabel Borges spread the spirit of Science on Stage also for the next European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen. In the evening some families and general public went to the Café Ciência about black holes and their mysteries.

The dates for further regional events in 2016 are

13 February 2016 – Loulé, Algarve

20 February 2016 - Braga

27 February 2016 - Setúbal 

Kick-off: Press conference on the Science on Stage festival 2017

The Hungarian organizing committee of the Science on Stage festival 2017 held a kick-off press conference on 16 December 2015 in Agora Science Center, Debrecen. It was announced that the city of Debrecen won the right of organization of the festival. The press conference was organized by the mayor’s office. Representatives of several electronic, printed media and television channels as well as numerous interested teachers, head teachers and possible future industrial sponsors were present.

The opening talk was presented by Dr. Csaba Sükösd, the head of Science on Stage Hungary, who introduced the festival and gave a short outlook. As a second speaker Dr. László Papp, the Mayor of Debrecen, went into detail how important the Science on Stage festival is and insured the audience about the full support of the festival. Dr. László Csernoch, the vice chancellor of the Universityof Debrecen, talked about the event from a higher educational point of view, while Béla Somogyi, the director of the Agora Science Center, put emphasis on the importance of the presentation of interesting and catching science experiments in education. Márta Gajdosné Szabó, the Hungarian winner of the European Science Teacher Award 2015, shortly introduced her price-winner project and encouraged all teachers to apply for the Science on Stage festival 2017. 

 

 

Romania and Poland: Fascinating Physics - The story of a joint project

The aim of Science on Stage is to bring people together, to give them a plattform for the exchange of ideas and to encourage them to make a difference. Recently our team received a report from Corina Toma from Romania and Zenona Stojecka from Poland about their two year experience with Science on Stage and about the joint project that evolved from their acquaintance via our network. This article we now want to share with you.

Corina Toma, Romania:

'Do you want to begin a joint project with a teacher from another country? We want to share with you our two year experience and we believe that this article will give you new ideas about how you can make and improve your further projects. 

Me and Zenona are two very lucky teachers because we had the chance to meet each other twice at the Science on Stage Festivals: in Copenhagen (2011) and then in Slubice (2013). We realised that we have the same expectations from our students and the same kind of thinking about the way of teaching Physics. After the second festival we decided to work together and in order to be more efficient we chose to take some students with us because meeting each other in Poland and Romania they had the chance to share ideas, find similarities and differences in teaching Physics. They could also learn much more from the visits and then for example repeat the most interesting experiments in their own countries.

We completed the application forms - Travel Scholarships for Teacher Exchange, which were approved and financially sustained by Science on Stage Germany. Then we organized two exchange trips. Polish students visited Cluj Napoca (Romania) in October 2013 and Romanian students arrived in Wielu? (Poland) in April 2014.

During the first meeting at the Computer Science High School “Tiberiu Popoviciu” the Romanian students presented some interesting experiments like: how to find the rotational frequency with the Smartphone, optical illusion or the Kirlian Effect and the Polish ones presented results of their researches too. Students were taught some sequences with ICT - Space Travel and Oscillations – teaching units from the iStage project - ICT in natural science teaching. We also visited The National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies Cluj Napoca where students were surprised by the atomic force microscopy and CERN GRID net.

During the meeting in Tadeusz Kosciuszko High School in Poland we spent a lot of time in the physics lab doing together different experiments, for example: Leonardo da Vinci’s bridge, spectra observation using self-made spectroscopes, etc. We did on-line computer experiments with Coach Lab II interface at school and at Computer Assisted Education and IT Centre in Warsaw, as well. We were also experimenting and having a big fun in Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw. About these activities you can find more information on the eTwinning platform.

For the second year we filled in another application form for a new joint project. The main aim was to continue to boost students’ interest in learning Physics. We worked via internet, both on the same topics, discussing and analysing our results. For example: measuring the distances and heights with smartphones, measuring the Earth’s magnetic field or different ways of calculating the speed of the electromagnetic waves.

We published 31 self-made educational materials on the eTwinning platform. The materials were done with the help and participation of our students. If you want to see them and to use them as a starting point of your classes enter the platform and find our project “Let’s Make Physics More Enjoyable”.

We organized Science Festivals in each school and also asked the students to make short videos and Power Point presentations with the most interesting experiments and find interesting video documentaries for Physics classes. For one day, our students even became teachers for their younger colleagues.

After two years of fruitful mutual cooperation we both were invited to take part in the Science on Stage Festival London 2015, where “Fascinating Physics” was considered a highly commended project.

Conclusion

Due to this project and the methods we used to accomplish it we considerably increased our students’ interest in studying Physics. As far as the teachers are concerned the above mentioned project was a real challenge because we had to organize the trips in both countries taking all the responsibilities of such an approach. The outcome of the visits made us forget all the difficulties we encountered.

One of Polish experiments was the construction of da Vinci’s Bridge which can be considered a symbol for our project. That is why we could say that „Fascinating Physics” was the bridge which united us, the teachers and the students from Poland and Romania.'

Learn more about the project at twinspace.etwinning.net 

 

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