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A year full of Science on Stage

The last 15 months have been an exciting time for Emmanuel Thibault, physics teacher from Lycée Jacques de Vaucanson in Tours, France.

It all started with a solar balloon, a project that he developed with his students. The special thing about it was that they found a way how to steer the movement of the solar balloon. This idea brought him from the French national event to the Science on Stage festival 2013 in S?ubice – Frankfurt (Oder).

For Science on Stage Germany Thibault’s idea was so fascinating that they invited him to hold a teacher training in Berlin to show it to German teachers in March 2014.

Besides this, Emmanuel participated in Vienna and Berlin as part of the working group of iStage 2: Smartphones in Science Teaching, where he develops teaching materials for the use of apps and smartphones together with 21 international like-minded teachers.

In June 2014 he travelled to Israel – again with a connection to Science on Stage: As an award winner at the Science on Stage festival with the solar balloon project, intel invited him to take part at the International Education Conference 2014 in Jerusalem.

Right after Jerusalem Thibault flew to Québec, Canada, to attend the Canadian Science on Stage national event: “It was a great moment of sharing and conviviality! I was able to exchange with extraordinary people and I was able to notice that Canada was ahead of schedule on Europe regarding pedagogy”, he stated afterwards.

Merci beaucoup, Emmanuel for your dedicated work for the Science on Stage community!

17.09.2014

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STEM is a roller coaster

Curve sketching, acceleration or free fall: Amusement parks are a wonderland to think about science teaching concepts. At the Italian Mirabilandia amusement park in Ravenna, science teachers recently came together not only to ride roller coasters, but to discuss their new ideas for STEM education (“Nuove Idee per l'Insegnamento scientifico"). Among them were several Science on Stage teachers.

 


Giovanni Pezzi, participant of the Science on Stage festival 2013, presented his ideas of how to do video analysis of the dynamics of roller coasters using the computer program Tracker to the teachers at the conference.

Find Lorenza Resta and Giovanni Pezzi's Science on Stage festival 2013 project here: Matebilandia - Experiencing Mathematical Modelling in an Amusement Park 

Lorenza Resta, who also participated in the last festival, presented her ideas about how teachers can measure acceleration and velocity by using smartphones on amusement park attractions. Lorenza will publish these teaching ideas in the upcoming Science on Stage Germany brochure iStage 2 - Smartphones in Science Teaching, which will be launched in December with the support of SAP.

As coordinator of the project, Jean-Luc Richter introduced iStage 2 and the Science on Stage smartphone fun fair competition, which is still open to interested teachers.

The participating teachers also had the chance to test the newly acquired teaching ideas at Mirabilandia amusement park. Their students are surely looking forward to their next STEM classes.

17.09.2014

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Shine a light on the next festival location: General Assembly in London

The motto of the Science on Stage festival 2015 at Queen Mary University of London is “Illuminating Science Education”. Recently our country representatives from Cyprus to Sweden and Portugal to Slovenia met at the next festival location. We are happy to share a first enlightening glimpse of where the Science on Stage magic is going to happen.

Besides the campus tour, we have also thought about new programme elements for the festival and how to enable even more enduring teacher exchange.

See more pictures of the festival 2015 location on facebook!


 

The General Assembly takes place every year. The National Steering Committees of the Science on Stage countries present their national activities and think about new ways to broaden the network and how to connect teachers across borders to ensure that science teaching all over Europe with Science on Stage is growing further.

02.07.2014

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Picnic with Science on Stage Poland - 18. Science Picnic in Warsaw

If someone of you would like to have fun, adventure and sciences at the same time – you should have appeared one week ago on 18th Science Picnic in Warsaw organized by Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre.

On the 31st of May this year crowds of visitors came to The National Stadium in Warsaw to get the feeling of what is science. Picnic visitors got a chance to watch over 1,000 shows on over 200 stands. They could see e.g. world’s fastest vehicle or learn how to quickly detect blood on crime scene. In this Europe–largest outdoor scientific event participated over 150 polish and foreign institutions. Among numerous stands of universities, students societies as well as scientific and cultural institutions there was also present Science on Stage Poland Team.

Science on Stage Poland Team appeared under the patronage of Physics Department of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (UAM) and was led by Prof. Wojciech Nawrocik and Dr Krzysztof G?bura and was represented by teachers – delegates to Polish and foreign SonS Festivals.

(From left: D. Jesiak, E.Dzikowska, H. Moczko, K. Paprzycki, K. G?bura, J. Bartol – Baszczy?ska)

The leading topic of this year Picnic was widely understood time. In line with that on the SonS/UAM stand visitors could check their speed of reaction and find out if they potentially could be the pilots of F-16 airplanes – experiment prepared by Kazimierz Paprzycki was getting a lot of interest. Especially attractive for whole families were numerous colorful experiments under motto „Colorful chemistry and physics not only for kids”.

Our colleague Danuta Jesiak presented to kids how to paint own T-Shirt using chemical reactions. Among experiments prepared by Hanna Moczko and Edyta Dzikowska there were levitating balloons and based on that understand Bernoulli’s Law (see picture).

Colorful non – mixing liquids were also very interesting and attracted lots of visitors to our stand. Another colleague Justyna Bartol – Baszczy?ska invited kids to common experimenting, where they could on their own create and take home post cards painted with centrifugal force. A lot of fun has the whole Team as well as visitors while checking how many kids can be placed on 30 air – balloons.

Large interest mostly within students and future teachers received the idea of Science on Stage as the European platform for science teachers.
All interested were also invited to visit Poznan during 6th Festival Sciences on Stage, which will be held between 19th and 20th of September 2014 on Physics Department of Adam Mickiewicz University.

We hope that our visitors will keep in mind for a long time our interesting and colorful stand.

Edyta Dzikowska
Science on Stage Poland

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