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Take a workshop to your country: Lilu in Dublin

Lilu and Alina visited Eire: A "Lilu's House"-workshop took place on Saturday, April 13th at Dublin City University as part of the annual Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA) Conference.

The 18 participants, who had traveled from all over Ireland, were mainly primary school teachers with some secondary science teachers.

The focus of the workshop was to gain hands-on experience by exploring many of the experiments from the teaching material: Lilu’s House: Language Skills through Experiments. Each teacher received a copy of the book as well as simple materials to recreate the experiments in their classrooms.

Feedback from the workshop was very positive with many teachers stating that they found the workshop very useful and that they would use Lilu’s House in their classes.

It is hoped to run more Lilu’s House Workshops around Ireland.


Report and picture by Paul Nugent 

The workshop was presented by: Jitka Houfková, SonS Executive Board and Charles University in Prague, Jane Shimizu: Primary teacher at Scoil Chaitríona, Junior School, Galway, Ireland and Paul Nugent, SonS Executive Board and Institute of Physics in Ireland.

#SonS19 in Padua, Italy

Every beginning holds its own magic. For the first time, a Science on Stage festival took place in Italy! 

From 30 to 31 March, Science on Stage Italy organized a range of workshops for interested teachers on coding (Marco Nicolini), astronomy (Maria Rosa Ros from Spain), natural sciences (Monica Zanella) and mathematical machines (Pietro Cerreta). 

Additionally, the eleven Italian delegates for the European Science on Stage festival 2019 in Cascais, Portugal, presented their projects with great success.

The national Science on Stage Festival was part of the school's "Sperimentando" festival, during which students presented their STEM projects to other students and interested parties.

The delegates look forward to a reunion at the European Science on Stage festival from 31 October to 3 November in Cascais, Portugal!

Report by Monica Zanella 


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Take a workshop: Swiss #SonS2017 project at StarT Festival

The StarT Festival of the Uusimaa region took place at the University of Helsinki, Kumpula Science Campus on the 12th of April 2019. The theme of the day was “Witches and wizards of the Kumpula Science Campus”. The workshops involved some “magical” hands-on science experiments for children.

The festival day also included a fair for students’ projects, that were visited by students and teachers. We also had a stand at this fair for our international guests Felix and Reto Speerli. The brothers from Switzerland won the European STEM Teacher Award  2017 at the Science on Stage festival in Debrecen for their project "Ikarus". At their stand, they had the opportunity to talk about "Ikarus". But Felix and Reto also went to the students’ stands and the older students presented their projects to them. 

The festival also included a teachers’ “pedagogical café”, where teachers shared their best educational practices that had led to the students’ projects presented at the fair. Here Reto and Felix gave a presentation about their SonS project "Ikarus". They received a lot of questions from the audience which was delighted to hear, that Reto and Felix had translated the instruction booklet for their project in Finnish. The translated booklet will be published on the Finnish StarT website. And Reto and Felix challenged the Finnish teachers to replace the cover photo of the booklet with a photo from space they have taken with these instructions.

Also, the Finnish SonS teacher delegates of 2019 (apart from one team) participated in the festival. We had our first meeting with them there. Reto and Felix participated too. They shared their experiences and gave some advice and comments about SonS for our new delegates. Both of the StarT project managers were present - as we have coordinated the selection in Finland this year through StarT - and also the longtime organizer of SonS Finland, Irma Hannula. The SonS delegates presented their SonS projects at this meeting. So the StarT-Festival was also the Finnish starting point for the international Science on Stage festival 2019. 

Photos by Veera Sinikallio, LUMA Centre Finland

Report by Anette Markula

3rd International Symposium on Preschool Education

The third International Symposium on Preschool Education was held by Association OKEVED. The Symposium took place from 22-24 March in Antalya in Turkey. The main topics of the events were STEM education, hands-on science activities, outdoor education and the importance of play for preschool education. The significance of the collaboration between international networks was also emphasized during the symposium.

Science on Stage Europe was present. Nilgün Erentay of Science on Stage Turkey presented various important projects. Especially the festivals and the educational activities of SonS captured the great interest of participants.   

Many interesting indoor & outdoor workshops followed the stage presentations during the three days in the symposium.

Report and photographs by Nilgün Erentay 

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