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Norwegian STEM teachers preparing for #SonS2019 in Portugal

About 30 teachers gathered in the Tekna Headquarters in Oslo on 15 March 2019 in preparation for the European Science on Stage festival in Portugal this year. David Featonby from the Executive Board of Science on Stage Europe and Siri Krogh who represented Norway in 2013 in Copenhagen gave a presentation on the European STEM teacher network and a workshop 'What happens Next?'. They also introduced the new teaching brochure 'Coding in STEM Education'.

Picture © David Featonby


Portuguese Science on Stage festival 2019

The Portuguese Science on Stage festival, the selection event for #SonS2019, took place from 19-20 January 2019, at Carcavelos Secondary School.

The opening session, led by Isabel Borges (NSC Science on Stage Portugal) and Rosa Doran (Chair of NUCLIO), had as special guests the Director of Carcavelos Secondary School, Dr Adelino Calado, and the Municipal Director of Cascais, Dr Miguel Arrobas. At the end of the session, fellow teachers from Spain presented a stage performance.

We had two very intense days, sharing and exchanging ideas, concepts and experiences in an environment of great conviviality.

The projects presented surpassed all expectations, revealing the great commitment and dedication of the teachers who followed the most innovative methodologies in an inquiry-based and, in many cases, interdisciplinary approach.

The jury of the national festival visited all the stands of the fair to get to know each project in detail, finding works of great creativity.

In the closing session, magic and songs took the stage.

Our teachers are fantastic! Congratulations to all the participants! We are waiting for you all on 31 October for the European Science on Stage festival, in Cascais!

Report and pictures by Teresa Direitinho, Science on Stage Portugal

Greece: Inspiring STEM activities for students and teachers

Last year Astrinos Tsoutsoudakis, former #SonS2017 teacher delegate for Science on Stage Greece and one of the authors of 'Coding in STEM Education', realised a wide range of activities for his students and teacher colleagues. In September he and his students team CURIEosity met the CERN researcher Yiota Foka who visited Crete. She and the CURIEosity team had met before in 2017 at the Beamline for Schools Competition. She briefed the team on the latest Particle Physics news and job opportunities in Germany and Switzerland.

Within the Prevention of Natural Disasters International Day in October the CURIEosity team was invited by the Natural History Museum of Crete to the City Hall of Heraklion. There they demonstrated a few experiments for the public including a Barton’s pendulum, a seismometer and the quake table they had built for the #SonS2017 festival in Debrecen, Hungary. On site they did even get interviewed by a local TV-channel!

At a STEM conference in Athens Astrinos was also invited by Eugenia Tsitopoulou-Christodoulides, main NSC of Science on Stage Greece, to present his project 'Wind turbine that exploits the Magnus effect (Flettner rotors)' to a very interested audience. 

Later on in October the Oloklirosi Lifelong Learning Center in Heraklion welcomed an international audience, i.a. from Lithuania, to a training programme about ''Teaching Science' in the context of Erasmus+ Learning Mobility of learners and staff'. As experience Science on Stage teacher Astrinos introduced the audience to our European STEM teachers network. 

Thank you Astrinos for your outstanding commitment to STEM education!

All pictures © Astrinos Tsoutsoudakis



Getting prepared: Teacher training for Turkish #SonS2019 delegation

On 5 January 2019 Science on Stage Turkey organised a teacher training for the Turkish STEM teacher delegation that will represent the country at the European Science on Stage festival 2019. The event took place at the Alumni Association of Middle East Technical University in Ankara.

The faculty member Prof Dr Safure Bulut and Hacettepe University faculty member Assoc Prof Dr Meral Hakverdi Can volunteered the training. During this intensive training process, the #SonS2019 delegates deepened their knowledge and practical skills on writing scientific reports.

Nilgün Erentay, main NSC of Science on Stage Turkey: "We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Prof Dr Bulut and Assoc Prof Dr Can for their devoted contributions".

Picture © Science on Stage Turkey

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