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Visiting Hungary: Finnish-Hungarian joint project follows on Science on Stage festival 2015

From 13-16 October 2015 Kirsi Rehunen from the Päiväkoti Satulaiva Preschool Puuhiset in Finland visited Márta Gajdosné Szabó from the Kempelen Farkas Gimnázium Budapest in Hungary after both of them met at the Science on Stage festival 2015 in London. At her stay Kirsi Rehunen attended a nature and a chemistry lesson at the elementary school Baross Gábor as well as a chemistry lesson at the Kempelen Farkas Gimnàzium. Together with Márta Gajdosné Szabó and the Hungarian students she also visited the Oroszlány Mining Museum and the Mining Museum in Gant.

Both, Kirsi Rehunen and Márta Gajdosné Szabó, now plan to design a Finnish-Hungarian joint project: Whereas Kirsi Rehunen will create a worksheet for children at the age of 6 - 10 years, Márta Gajdosné Szabó will sketch a worksheet for students at secondary school. The common subject will be to interconnect topics like the childrens' environment (e.g. local mining), real labour conditions and places of economy (e.g. local factories) with superordinate issues like for e.g. recycling (nominal value of metals and the human invested efforts to have them). 

We are curious about the development of this project in the near future!

 

Canadian-French follow-up project born at the Science on Stage festival 2015

As first part of a follow-up project born at Science on Stage London 2015 Festival, Anjuli Ahooja, from the Appleby College in Ontario, Canada, and Jean-Luc Richter, from the College J.J.Waltz in Alsace, France, both physics teacher, initiated a class to class skype session in school that took place on Tuesday 6 October 2015. 28 students from each country presented themselves, in english and french, shortly telling about their hobbies and favorite teaching subjects. With the « magic » of skype, they where able to shorten the 6400 km distance between their two classrooms.

After choosing pairs of students and setting up a collaborative work environement using Microsoft OneOne, the students will work on the concept of electrical power and energy. As the electrical infrastructure is very different in France and in Canada, the students will learn how this difference affects the electrical appliance and their cost of use. The students will focus on two main fields of study: cooking and leisure.

By studying for e.g. how much energy is used to cook a traditional family meal in France and in Canada, the students will gain knowledge about differences in the traditions of both countries and learn to better take account of electrical energy to minimize the waste of energy and the ecological impact of this use. Furthermore the students will hava a look at how the energy is produced in both countries and analyse how this can affect the CO2 emissions, an interesting introduction to the COP21 which will take place this winter in Paris.

As most students nowadays spend a lot of time playing video games, the study of energy used for leisure will make a connection on how the differences in electric AC frequency affect the refreshment of the pictures on TV connected game devices. This study will be extended to the relation of the number of images per seconds related to the human eye perception, as both countries students have to study the optical function of the eye.

The common project work will start in December and in the meantime, students will communicate using skype and social networks to better know each others.

 

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.

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