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The Chemistry is right: Italian-German teacher exchange with Science on Stage

The chemistry between these two chemistry teachers was right when they first met at the Science on Stage festival 2013: Here, Jens Viehweg from Meißen/Germany and Fancesca Butturini from Verona/Italy exchanged their projects and teaching ideas. To deepen the contact and to exchange even further, they met again in Verona using a Science on Stage travel scholarship.
Here's a short interview with Jens Viehweg and his impressions:

What happened during your exchange in Italy?
We held a workshop for teachers with our festival projects: Francesca’s “Chemical Equilibrium of the Kipp apparatus” and my project “Chips are not equally Chips”. Besides, we worked together with students to detect the chemistry of food components of potato, tortilla or crab crisps in class.

Will you use ideas gained at the exchange in your own classes?
Absolutely! I will use the Kipp experiments for a number of ambitious lessons at home. We also had enough time to test experiments with the Italian colleagues and to exchange about didactic and methodical aspects.

Have you thought of applying for the next Science on Stage festival with a joint project?
Indeed: we thought of developing a project that connects many subjects, is relevant for cross-border cooperation and for which we instantly found several experiments. This much can be revealed: It will have to do with H2O.

What was special about the exchange with a teacher abroad?
Student experiments aren’t the order of the day in Italy. Therefore, we aim to not only exchange in form and content in the future, but also technically in terms of how to organise group work, writing protocols and evaluations with students.


Want to go abroad as well?
Participants of the Science on Stage Festival 2013 can still apply for a Travel Scholarship and teacher exchange to meet colleagues of the festival again!

 

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