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Science on Stage Turkey at the European Researchers’ Night 2015

Wonderful news from Turkey: The European Researchers' Night at the Ayd?n University in ?stanbul on 2 October 2015 was a big success with many young students attending, interested in STEM. Also Science on Stage Turkey took part and did a wonderful job in introducing Science on Stage Europe to the audience and in presenting some international projects from the Science on Stage festival 2015 in London. On top ?brahim Kasapo?lu from the Turkish national ?#SonS2015 delegation team gave an insight on his project 'Experimenter' in a robotic workshop - as you can tell by the pictures provided: with lots of fun! Thank you, Science on Stage Turkey for spreading the idea and spirit of our network.

All pictures © Nilgün Erentay

Italy, France and UK: Coming together for a teacher training in Naples

From 11-12 September Science on Stage Italy organised an Italian-French teacher training on 'Smartphone & Science' at the Città della Scienza in Naples. Based on the brochure iStage 2 various workshops on the use and benefit of smartphones in science teaching were offered. Course instructors were Jean-Luc Richter from Science on Stage France as well as Lorenza Resta and Immacolata Ercolino from Science on Stage Italy who assisted in the development of the brochure. As you can see by the pictures, the teacher training was not only very well-attended but the participants also enjoyed themselves at the workshops. Also invited to Naples was Alessio Bernadelli from Science on Stage UK: As part of the Science on Stage follow-up programme 'Take a workshop to your country' he presented his project 'Developing Science understanding through misconceptions' from the Science on Stage festival 2015 in London.

Budapest meets Goslar: Student exchange follows successful teacher exchange

From 02-07 September Márta Gajdosné-Szabó from the Kempelen Farkas Gimnazium in Budapest and four of her students went for the student exchange ‘Mining in Europe’ in Goslar. They were welcomed by Ute Eckhof and Dr. Walter Frank from the Christian-von-Dohm-Gymnasium, both teachers for chemistry. Together with their German exchange partners the Hungarian students went to examine the Rammelsberg, a former mining area and World Heritage Site and participated in laboratory experiments on chalk at the research facility of the FELS-Werke GmbH in Goslar.

The visit of the Hungarian students is a return visit: Last June the German students from Goslar were already invited to Budapest.

The student exchange ‚Mining in Europe‘ is part of the German-Hungarian teaching concept ‚Worldwide Mountains‘, jointly initialised by Ute Eckhof and Dr. Walter Frank and Márta Gajdosné Szabó. At the Science on Stage Festival 2015 in London the German-Hungarian Joint-Project was rewarded with the European Science Teacher Award for its enthralling idea how to combine metals science in chemistry with local mining.

iStage workshops at GIREP Conference in Wrocław July 6-10

GIREP, the International Research Group on Physics Teaching, regularly arranges international meetings of concerned individuals to encourage the renewal of Physics teaching. Last July the GIREP Conference 2015 took place at the University of Wrocław in Poland.

Maria Dobkowska from Science on Stage Poland and Gerhard Rath from Science on Stage Austria were taking part at the conference and presented two workshops based on the brochure iStage 2 to an international group of participants. The idea of the iStage booklets raised a great amount of interest and there was a strong demand on the brochures.

In her workshop Maria Dobkowska presented a classroom practice on 'Oscillatory motion – visualization and analysis': Using accelerometer applications on their smartphones the participants collected data on oscillation, transformed the save data and step by step learned how to create their own graphs. In the acoustic part of the workshop the participants calibrated their smartphones and measured the different volume of sound spectra created by music instruments, replayed voices of birds and cicadas. By using rotating whistles the participants were also shown how to observe the Doppler effect with their students in a simple and effective way.

Gerhard Rath presented a workshop on distance measurements with smartphones. He showed the participants how to use various apps in order to measure an unknown distance. In this way students can try to investigate for example the height of the sun and compare the results with given values or other results of measurements. In another part of the workshop Rath demonstrated the participants how to record a movement by using a smartphone, how to draft a acceleration diagram and analyse the motion.




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