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Greek Science on Stage festival 2019

From 15-16 February 2019 the national event of Science on Stage Greece took place at the Laboratory Centre of Physical Sciences of Aigaleo, Athens (E.K.F.E. Aigaleo).

At the 10th Hellenic Science on Stage fair the Greek STEM teacher delegation for the European Science on Stage festival 2019 in Cascais, Portugal was chosen. The event included an exhibition and contest of laboratory constructions and educational material on the topic 'Skills for the Future'. 

The festival was open for teams of students and teachers from all Greek schools. During the two-day event, all selected projects were shown to students, teachers and the general public.

The Greek Science on Stage festival was organised by the Greek NSC and the Laboratory Centre of Physical Sciences of Aigaleo. It was announced to all Greek primary schools and high schools by a document of the Greek NSC and the Laboratory Centre of Physical Sciences of Aigaleo, officially sent to schools by the Ministry of Education.

Find more information about the Greek event 2019 on this website

Report and picture by Eugenia Tsitopoulou - Christodoulides, Coordinator of the Greek National Steering Committee

Norwegian STEM teachers preparing for #SonS2019 in Portugal

About 30 teachers gathered in the Tekna Headquarters in Oslo on 15 March 2019 in preparation for the European Science on Stage festival in Portugal this year. David Featonby from the Executive Board of Science on Stage Europe and Siri Krogh who represented Norway in 2013 in Copenhagen gave a presentation on the European STEM teacher network and a workshop 'What happens Next?'. They also introduced the new teaching brochure 'Coding in STEM Education'.

Picture © David Featonby

 

Portuguese Science on Stage festival 2019

The Portuguese Science on Stage festival, the selection event for #SonS2019, took place from 19-20 January 2019, at Carcavelos Secondary School.

The opening session, led by Isabel Borges (NSC Science on Stage Portugal) and Rosa Doran (Chair of NUCLIO), had as special guests the Director of Carcavelos Secondary School, Dr Adelino Calado, and the Municipal Director of Cascais, Dr Miguel Arrobas. At the end of the session, fellow teachers from Spain presented a stage performance.

We had two very intense days, sharing and exchanging ideas, concepts and experiences in an environment of great conviviality.

The projects presented surpassed all expectations, revealing the great commitment and dedication of the teachers who followed the most innovative methodologies in an inquiry-based and, in many cases, interdisciplinary approach.

The jury of the national festival visited all the stands of the fair to get to know each project in detail, finding works of great creativity.

In the closing session, magic and songs took the stage.

Our teachers are fantastic! Congratulations to all the participants! We are waiting for you all on 31 October for the European Science on Stage festival, in Cascais!

Report and pictures by Teresa Direitinho, Science on Stage Portugal

Greece: Inspiring STEM activities for students and teachers

Last year Astrinos Tsoutsoudakis, former #SonS2017 teacher delegate for Science on Stage Greece and one of the authors of 'Coding in STEM Education', realised a wide range of activities for his students and teacher colleagues. In September he and his students team CURIEosity met the CERN researcher Yiota Foka who visited Crete. She and the CURIEosity team had met before in 2017 at the Beamline for Schools Competition. She briefed the team on the latest Particle Physics news and job opportunities in Germany and Switzerland.

Within the Prevention of Natural Disasters International Day in October the CURIEosity team was invited by the Natural History Museum of Crete to the City Hall of Heraklion. There they demonstrated a few experiments for the public including a Barton’s pendulum, a seismometer and the quake table they had built for the #SonS2017 festival in Debrecen, Hungary. On site they did even get interviewed by a local TV-channel!

At a STEM conference in Athens Astrinos was also invited by Eugenia Tsitopoulou-Christodoulides, main NSC of Science on Stage Greece, to present his project 'Wind turbine that exploits the Magnus effect (Flettner rotors)' to a very interested audience. 

Later on in October the Oloklirosi Lifelong Learning Center in Heraklion welcomed an international audience, i.a. from Lithuania, to a training programme about ''Teaching Science' in the context of Erasmus+ Learning Mobility of learners and staff'. As experience Science on Stage teacher Astrinos introduced the audience to our European STEM teachers network. 

Thank you Astrinos for your outstanding commitment to STEM education!

All pictures © Astrinos Tsoutsoudakis

29.01.2019

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