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EU Code Week: Coding for responsible Citizenship

EU Code Week 2019 is in full swing! Last year, Science on Stage offered funds for STEM teachers to take part in the EU Code Week 2018.

Here, we would like to present the results. This funding programm was kindly supported by the MAECENATA Foundation and SAP SE.

Coding for responsible Citizenship

 30 students – mainly girls - participated in the workshop, most of them were 14 years old while the others- 16 years old - acted as tutors in a peer to peer approach.

The workshop actually represented the kick off of our school (IIS Cavazzi, Pavullo IT) Citizen Science Project.
In recent years our rural mountain area suffered from
a) air pollution and
b) repeated draughts and occasional but equally disruptive violent showers causing landslides.

As climate models predict that high temperatures and desertification will hit hard the Mediterranean area, we want to start with our pupils and share with our local community a “citizenscience-coding” project based on Arduino UNO with the following goals
1) since data well show the total quantity of rain HAS NOT changed over the years but its distribution HAS, therefore monitoring precipitations and innovative use of water from collection to distribution is an important task for communities.
2) test soil humidity and evaporation rates of different types of soil in our area and the effect of mixing superabsorbent polymers (solid rain) to agricultural soil. Students will build and code sensing devices together with a small robot detecting soil humidity through a light sensor.
3) test air quality both indoor (starting from school and public areas).

Students were trained in the use of Arduino and of the following sensors for environmental monitoring: LDR (measuring reflectance), soil humidity and soil ph sensors (monitoring of soil desertification and hydrogeological disrupture due to excessive rain), water turbidity and water ph sensors (water quality) and dust and VOC sensors (air quality).

Students responsible for air quality were also instructed in the use of hackAir and luftdaten platform.

As a follow up the students decided to present the project to the local community either at school or in the municipality hall. Interested people will be offered to host sensors to contribute to community air monitoring.

Report by Lisotti Annamaria, IIS Cavazzi, Physics Lab-Pavullo - Italy

10.10.2019

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EU Code Week: A whole school in action

EU Code Week 2019 is in full swing! Last year, Science on Stage offered funds for STEM teachers to take part in the EU Code Week 2018.

Here, we would like to present the results. This funding programm was kindly supported by the MAECENATA Foundation and SAP SE.

 

During the EU Code Week 2018, a Computer Science High School in Romania motivated its students to code. Here is their report:

Organizing the Code Week was a real challenge, even for us - a Computer Science High School. How could we find something more interesting than the usual coding? Trying to improve the way students feel about programming, we added Physics and Technology in our project. It’s important for students to see that programming has a use in real life.
Based on their age, we assigned students different tasks.
The younger ones were very excited to make a game in Scratch, entitled “Catch a star”. Their job was to create a cosmic space with many stars and then try to catch them all, in order to obtain a maximum score.

The students from the ninth grade made their first small projects using the Arduino platform. They were taught by 6 of their older colleagues, from the tenth and eleventh grades. They learnt about digital and analog signals, about microprocessors and about different kinds of sensors. Also, they learnt how to turn some LEDs on or off. The students were very surprised by the multitude of projects they could accomplish and implement, such as: thermometers, barometers, gas measurements, etc.

We believe this kind of projects are very important for students: they learn how to use the knowledge from many subjects and work in teams in order to create a small software/device.

Report and picture by Mihaela Giurgea, Tiberiu Popoviciu High School in Cluj Napoca, Romania

07.10.2019

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Ciao Antonio (1951-2019)

We are sad to learn of the death of Antonio Gandolfi. He helped to build up Science on Stage Italy.

We will miss him and his friendly nature very much and are in thoughts with his family.

Thank you Antonio for your work.

27.09.2019

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The Primary Science Education Conference in Edinburgh

Primary teachers from around the world came together at the Primary Science Education Conference in Edinburgh, hosted at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, from June 6th – June 8th by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

The PSTT are sponsoring some of the UK Science on Stage delegation travelling to Cascais Portugal later this year. Over 400 delegates came together to listen to keynote speeches from the likes of Jim al Khalili, Laura Schulz and Kate Bellingham. 

Workshops were led by a whole host of teachers including several of the UK Science on Stage delegation, many meeting for the first time, this included: Paul Tyler on Primary Science Capital, Sarah Eames on Premier League Primary Star Primary Science and Robin James.

It was particularly nice that Robin James was given a Primary Science Teaching Award for his continuing work in a primary physics particularly around ‘The Hula Hoop Hundreds and Thousands Hadron Collider’, relating to his visit to CERN.

Robin was presented his award by Stuart Farmer, Chair of the Science on Stage UK National Steering Committee in his role as Education Manager for the Institute of Physics, sponsor of the award. David Keenahan, of Science on Stage Ireland, along with his daughter Valerie, shared their work on Science Enquiry through Demonstrations drawing on a number of activities from previous Science on Stage Festivals.

It was also good that Heidrun Boll of Science on Stage Germany presented a session on 'Lilu’s House: Language Skills through Experiments', a SonS resource which is all about developing language skills through science experiments.

For more information about the event: www.primaryscienceconference.org

Report by Kulvinder Johal 

Photo by Primary Science Teaching Trust

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