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Albania: Science on Stage introduced at scientific conference

On 8 September 2018 Edu Act Albania organised the 3rd Scientific Conference, with teachers from Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro and Macedonia. In this conference Science on Stage Europe was introduced via a workshop for teachers and students. For the first time Science on Stage Albania participated with a group of innovative teachers who worked hard to promote the network in Albania. Supported by the Albanian NSC team the teachers prepared posters, developed experiments and coding activities for students. Learn more: eduactalbania.org

12.10.2018

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Latvia: Researcher’s night in Jelgava

Lately the Zemgale Region Human Resource and Competences Development Centre participated in the Europe-wide initiative 'Researcher’s night'. This event is dedicated to popular science learning and boosts public awareness of the positive role of research in society, especially among young people as it attracts them to science and engineering. The target audience of this event as stated by the organizers are families with pre- school children and junior form students.



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The participants were offered more than 20 workshops on various themes: the power of magnets, how to teach a robot to speak and to draw, to observe the balance, various experiments with colours, how a vulcano works, how to make static electricity, making a simple barometer to observe weather, etc.

The event was organised in cooperation with the National Steering Committee of Science on Stage Latvia and Jelgava schools. More than 300 children with families attended the event.

Jelgava Technology High schools offered two workshops and the vice director of the school Kaspars Antonevics admitted:

“The children at the same time are learning programming, robotics, mathematics and the Latvian language. When playing with robots, they figure out schemes themselves, figure out relevant codes for these schemes”.

The mother of one of the participants  told:

“Today we realized that our daughter actually likes and manages programming. In a few minutes she figured out and found three ways to do the task - how to get with the car in the scheme to the first letter of her name”.

The kids had a possibility to use 3-D pens, to experiment with everyday products: for example they tested that apples contain iron and they found out what our fingerprints can tell if you look at them through a magnifying glass and microscope. 

It was also a new experience for senior class students who demonstrated experiments and led workshops. The participants of the Latvian Science on Stage festival shared their experience on innovative teaching methods how to make science teaching exciting, attractive, and amusing.

Report by Skaidrite Bukbarde

12.10.2018

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Coding and Football in STEM Education: Presentation at Spanish Science on Stage festival

From 5-7 October 2018 the Spanish Science on Stage festival took place within the 19th edition of 'Ciencia an Acción' at the Cubic, Viladecans, Barcelona.

On site Imma Abad and Pere Compte gave a workshop on the new international Science on Stage teacher project 'Coding in STEM Education' that will be presented next March 2019 in Vienna, Austria. In this workshop one of the teaching units called the 'Coala' project by Mirek Hancl and Julia Winkler was tested by a Spanish team. Also 'The remote captain' got explained. A large audience has been interested in this experience.


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Also Miguel Angel Queiruga Dios took part in the event. He presented the project of 'Building physics through football' based on 'iStage 3 - Football in Science Teaching'.

Picture © Miguel Angel Queiruga Dios

12.10.2018

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Slovenian Science on Stage festival 2018: Delegates for Portugal are chosen!

Under the motto 'Nature, Humans and Experiments' the 24th Slovenian Science festival with international participation was held from 25 to 27 September 2018 at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Ljubljana, Slovenia. On site eight teachers from elementary and secondary schools presented their projects to apply for the European Science on Stage festival 2019 in Cascais, Portugal.

About 200 visitors watched the presentations with great interest, most of whom were pupils and their teachers from elementary schools, followed by students and their mentors from different secondary schools, and also students from the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology.

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All projects presented were evaluated by a four-member jury composed of Howie Firth, PhD (Member), Edvard Kobal, PhD (Member), Chair of the jury, Vesna Ferk Savec, PhD, and the author of this article, Nika Cebin, MSc (Member). All the visitors were able to take part in the evaluation of each presented project with the use of smartphones by scanning the QR code or via a specific web application.

The following projects were chosen to represent Slovenia at the European Science on Stage festival in Portugal:

  • See, Think, Unlock - GimLit Fortress (Branko Koprivnikar)
  • Dinner for two (Ljudmila Vrhovnik and Alenka Perko Bašelj)
  • Tannin – tan for leather, ink or medicine (Renata Flander)
  • Soap bubbles on wood (Daša Sojer)


Congratulations!

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