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A weekend for sustainability

Two questions shaped the last weekend at Science on Stage: “How can teachers implement the Sustainable Development Goals in their STEM lessons?” and “Can we transfer one of our international teacher project meetings from in-person to virtual and make it personal, productive and fun?”

The answer to the second question is a resounding yes. 21 primary and secondary teachers from 14 countries came together virtually for the first work-meeting of our current teacher projects about sustainability in STEM education. 

In previous projects, the work meetings were always in-person to give the participants a chance to get to know each other and make personal connections. A meeting in Budapest was also originally planned for this project. Due to the current situation with COVID-19, of course this was impossible.

After months of planning and preparation by the project coordinator team and the Science on Stage office, last weekend was a meeting full of personal exchange, funny moments and productive discussions. The participants discussed how important topics like climate change and pollution could be integrated in STEM lessons and how they could promote sustainable behaviour in students and encourage them at the same time to be proactive in reaching the 17 SDGs by educating and shaping their environment.

They also prepared short videos in advance to introduce themselves and their ideas and everyone had the chance get to know their colleagues before the meeting.  In connection with the enthusiasm of the participants to meet new people, cooperate to find new ideas and learn from each other, this made it possible to start quickly with the work in smaller groups to brainstorm ideas and form collaborations on different topics that will be developed and internationally tested in the coming months.

We are very happy that another great international teacher project is on the way, thanks to the great motivation and commitment of the participants and the coordinators. Of course, we are looking forward to an in-person meeting in the future, but it is incredibly encouraging to see that teachers in the Science on Stage community can come together despite all the difficulties to develop innovative teaching concepts about such an important topic. The project is organised by Science on Stage Germany and proudly supported by SAP.

05.10.2020

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The digital events of our member countries

Corona has fundamentally changed everyday life for all of us. But the volunteers in our member countries are still active and organise their events - just online.   

Belgium: 

Despite the obstacles Covid-19 imposes to us, Science on Stage Belgium does not remain inactive.

Indeed, the festival Playful Science 14 will take place in a virtual way on 24 October 2020. About twenty biology,chemistry and physics projcts will be presented.  At the end of the presentations, the participants can ask their question in a chat.

You can register under following links. The deadline is the 18 October. 

In French: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdBaT8QxCple0jbhqzBki9-mGrFCyh9XIwI5oQXL7g2GWozyg/viewform

In Dutch: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe_mxQmYw7WX-W0A8ie56OjvLa4LYnuNf-ECXz3Pk2-JwlWNg/viewform

Spain: 

The Spanish festival will take place from 2-4 October 2020. At this event, the Spanish delegation for the European Science on Stage festival 2022 will be chosen.  We will keep you updated. You can participate through their YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLp0EWP-kPSqvHll4DxTOln5ZhIdi9Cozc.

UK: 

Science on Stage is a unique event. It brings together teachers from across Europe sharing teaching ideas and projects that delegates have been involved in. The UK has a number of delegate places and teachers from across the UK can submit a project idea - primary or secondary. Successful projects will then be invited to join the delegation to go to Prague in 2022.

This online event will bring together successful delegates from past festivals to share their experiences, good teaching ideas they saw at past festivals, and some of the teaching ideas they themselves shared with teachers from across Europe.

You can register for this event here

30.09.2020

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The Latvian delegation has been selected

On 5 September 2020 the Latvian Science on Stage festival took place in Jelgava. The event was organised within the framework of the technology and innovation festival "Mehatrons" that is organised every autumn.

During the festival 18 teachers presented their teaching ideas to the jury hoping to become a part of the Latvian delegation for the European Science on Stage festival, that will take place in March 2022.

The participants, coming from various parts of Latvia, presented their ideas on how to teach science through the art of performance, mathematics with the help of music, how to make a rainbow using natural colours, how to get to know plants through games and how to teach coding in an engaging, exciting way. 

These are the member of the Latvian delegation for the European Science on Stage festival 2022: 

  • Aleksandrs Smirnovs, Josifs Spirts – Jelgava Secondary School No 5 („How it works? Development of science and technology competencies”)
  • Kaspars Antonevičs, Ivars Bahmanis - Jelgavas Secondary school of Technology („A repeatable educational model based on Industry 4.0 competencies, entrepreneurship and family values")
  • Lilita Svirževska, Laura Timša- Riga Young Technicians centre („Getting to know plants using plant detectors and board games”)

This event was also supported  by the European Regional Development Fund project "Latvian Science in the European Research Area" implemented by the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia.

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

11.09.2020

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A lookback on Science on Stage Serbia’s webinars

In summer 2020 Science on Stage Serbia started a series of webinars to train ducators and teachers. With "Examples of the best STEAM teaching practices in Serbia" the team wants to introduce the Science on Stage network to teachers and potential partners.

The webinars are organized in two parts. First the speaker presents their examples of good STE(A)M teaching concepts. After the presentiation the participants get the chance to communicate directly wiith the speaker and each other, ask questions and discuss. 

In the last two months three webinars were held. The topics were: 

1st webinar, 08.07.2020

Make your city (architecture and connecting mathematics

Anica Trickovic, mathematics teacher, presented how mathematics can be learned outside the classroom, how this subject is used in student professional orientation, interpersonal connections, developing team spirit and affirmative relations in the classroom. But also shows how students from fifth to eighth grade can easily calculate the areas of all mathematical figures with understanding.

Do we really need nuclear power plants? - practical IT tools in physics teaching

Our lecturer Mladen Sljivovic, physics teacher, presented a presentation "Do we really need nuclear power plants?" - practical IT tools in physics teaching ”, which won at the Scientix competition for innovative approach in education, but also by national award for the best example of the use of ICT in teaching scientific subjects in high school.   

2nd webinar:  24.07.2020

When can Eratosthenes, so can we (Eratosthenes experiment)  

Tatjana Markovic Topalovic, a physics teacher, presented the history of the Eratosthenes' experiment and emphasized the importance of connecting history and philosophy with modern education. Mathematics teacher Snezana Tosovic presented how we can use Eratosthenes' experiment as an example for project teaching, with students from elementary school to high school. Danilo Borovnica, a teacher of mathematics and informatics, shared his  experiences from participating in aglobal experiment of measuring the circumference of the Earth by meridians, in which, together with his students, he used various tools and STEAM applicable knowledge to prepare and implement the project.

3th webinar: 10.08.2020

Mathematics and poetry

The presentation showd how poetry and mathematics can be connected in teaching with the aim of acquiring mathematical knowledge. Webinar participants were encouraged to look for inspiration themselves and to start writing mathematical poetry. Presented by Natalija Budinski, Mathematics teacher.

Introducing the micro:bit and its capabilities

How can the micro:bit be used as a teaching tool for developing critical thinking and problem solving in the upper grades of primary school? Dalibor Todorović computer science teacher, shared his experience on using micro: bit as a teacher, as well as a consultant on the development and adaptation of manuals for Coding Clubs in the Western Balkans. 

The response of teachers was excellent, about 250 teachers all across Serbia participated at each webinar. 

 

The future activities: 

In the first webinars, presentations were done by members of Science on Stage Serbia in serbian language, but, in the future, SonS ambassadors and supportes will be included. The target group are primary and secondary school teachers.

Find here an overview of the coming webinars:

Webinars will take place on the 2nd and 4th week of every month, until the end of the year. 

  • 10.09.2020: Games for developing algorithmic thinking for the kids 
  • 10.09.2020: NET cabinet
  • 24.09.2020: Scientific phenomenon of the circle in the folk tradition of our region
  • 24.09.2020: Logifaces cubes
  • 22.10.2020: Holograms in STEAM teaching
  • 11.11.2020: Scientific pantomime
  • 09.12.2020: Logarithms in the land (connecting mathematics, chemistry and archeology)

Registration will be possible on the SonS Serbia website, seven days before each webinar.

28.08.2020

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