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Ciencia en Acción XVIII in Eibar and Ermua

Ciencia en Acción was held from 6-8 October 2017 in Eibar and Ermua. At this event prizes were awarded to the winners of the science education and communication program, in which 447 projects participated in its more than 20 modalities. Together they presented some 167 projects with activities and outreach work from seven countries (Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Andorra, France, United States, and Colombia), scientific demonstrations carried out by teachers and students of primary, secondary and university, to the attending public.

There they presented some of the most surprising experiments, plays, and other shows to bring science closer to the youngest. The citizens visited the fair in the Izarra Center. The staging that took place at the Music Kiosk in San Pelayo Square, as well as the out-of-competition activities that delighted all those who approached the market square. 

As a closing conference, 'Mathematics: passion and profession' was taught by Dr. Enrique Zuazua Distinguished Senior Researcher of DeustoTech (Bilbao - Basque Country - Spain) & Professor of Applied Mathematics of the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) about some of the discoveries and advances developed by some of the greatest figures of science and popularization such as Richard Feynman or Isaac Asimov.
The inaugural ceremony was presided over by the mayors of both cities: D. Carlos Totorika, Mayor of Ermua and D. Miguel de los Toyos, mayor of Eibar who were accompanied by Rosa Maria Ros, director of Ciencia en Acción and main NSC of Science on Stage Spain

With this events Ciencia en Acción had a great impact on the population to increase public appreciation for science and scientific vocations, as well as involving the entire Spanish educational and scientific community as well as the disseminators. It also enhanced innovation in science education, preparing teacher educators.

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Science on Stage workshops in Georgia

Lately Science on Stage Georgia organised three workshops on 'Teaching Inquiry with Mysteries Incorporated' for Georgian science teachers together with the senior lecturer Dr. Peter Childs from the University of Limerick, Ireland. The two workshops with 50 teachers participating were conducted in Tbilisi, at SALiS Center of Ilia State University, and one workshop was done in Telavi with 30 science teachers. As you can tell by the statements of the participants the workshops were a big success: 'I got a lot of new ideas after this workshop. I’ll implement them in my practice' stated one teacher and another: 'I liked the workshop very much. These materials and approach used on the workshop give me the possibility to plan and conduct innovative lessons.'

Nino Saakashvili and Tamar Doborjginidze, who were part of the Georgian Science on Stage teacher delegation in Debrecen, are going to conduct a further workshop on 11 November 2017. They will share the experiences they got during the #SonS2017 festival in Hungary. 

Science on Stage France presenting network activities

On 17 October 2017, Jean-Luc Richter, physics and chemistry teacher, vice-president of Science on Stage France and member of Science on Stage Germany BackStage-Team, made a presentation of the Science on Stage activities to more than 150 CLIL teachers gathered for an annual meeting in Selestat, France. All teachers got brochures from the iStage teaching material series and were enthusiastic about the association and its actions.

As a follow-up of this presentation, a teacher training on the iStage brochures aimed at sciences teachers teaching in foreign languages in Alsace will take place on 21 February 2018 in Lycée J.B.Schwilgué in Selestat.



Science on Stage Switzerland organises workshop in Geneva

Science on Stage Switzerland organised in collaboration with the Chimiscope of the University of Geneva a workshop of one day in the Scienscopes of the University of Geneva. The aim of the workshop was to share the experiences of the Swiss team in the festival in Debrecen in June-July 2017 with the interested teachers of the Swiss French speaking part. The language of the day was French. The participants had the opportunity to visit the 5 following scopes: Chimiscope, BiOutils, Mathscope, Bioscope and Physiscope. Maurice Cosandey and Amandine Forny presented the four experiments of the Swiss delegation and different experiments they saw in Debrecen. The main speaker of the afternoon was Gabriel Pinto from Science on Stage Spain, who presented different experiments and education materials he used with his classes around the theme water. A small fair was organised in the laboratory of BiOutils, where the participants could discuss the projects presented during the afternoon and experiment themselves. The three brochures iStage were also presented and distributed to the participants. A total of 25 participants benefited from this workshop. 

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