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Greece: iStage 3 workshop in Athens

On 20 September 2016 a teacher training based on the teaching material 'iStage 3 - Football in Science Teaching' was held in Athens. Dionysis Konstantinou, who is one of the authors of the brochure, and Kostas Louvaris presented two teaching units: 'Don't Touch the Ground' and 'Stamping the Carbon Footprint'. In the course of this workshops the units were translated into Greek.

The participants were also informed about the European STEM League, the upcoming Greek Science on Stage festival and the relevant activities of the Greek branch of Science on Stage.

It was a succesfull meeting, especially considering the response of the Greek colleagues.

Spreading the ‘spark of inspiration’ of the Science on Stage network to Ukrainian STEM teachers

In June 2016 Science on Stage Ukraine joined our European Science on Stage network as new member country. Now the Ukrainian NSC Dr Nataliya Kazachkova reports about spreading the 'spark of inspiration' to Ukrainian STEM teachers during this summer:

"At Ukraine we are a team of  of seven enthusiastic STEM teachers  from the best Kharkiv secondary schools - the 'Magnificent Seven', as we call ourselves jokingly. On19 August 2016 our working group met the first time to work and do our best to make the future Science on Stage festival in Kharkiv a wonderful, unforgettable and useful experience.

During the end of August and the beginning of September it has been done a lot to spread the information about Science on Stage Europe and the local Science on Stage conference in November among Ukrainian STEM teachers. The end of August is always a busy time in Ukraine because the regional and  subject teaching meetings take part all over the country. We used those links to inform our colleagues about the Science On Stage community.

Of our team Dr. Ruslan Shalamov for example informed about Science on Stage at biology and chemistry teachers meetings in Vinytsia and Rovno and spread the word at the Advanced Training STEM Teacher Institute in Odesa.

A lot of work has also been done in our native city Kharkiv which is always supposed as educational and cultural capital of Ukraine. Me and Dr Iryna Zaretska reported about Science on Stage at the annual August Meetings of Physics and Computer Science Teachers. Iryna Zaretskaya found a new partner for the future Conference: 'RANOK', a main publisher of Ukrainian text books and school literature which is a very popular in Ukraine.

Ukrainian primary school teachers from Kharkiv and Kyiv had also been informed about the first Ukrainian Science on Stage conference at the premises of Kharkiv National University in November. The preparation of teaching projects and methodical innovations in 'Nature' subject  is unusual for them, as in Ukraine there are no 'science classes' but a subject called 'Nature'. Primary school students start to learn that subject from the second year in school. The teachers told us about lots of difficulties with the teaching of those topics. They asked many questions so it was very actual and important that we translated some articles from the Science on Stage journal into Ukrainian and were able to demonstrate the examples of the STEM teachers projects from Europe to our colleagues. From the discussion we understood that sharing experience with European teachers would be actual and fruitful for our primary school pedagogues.

Recently we were invited to take part at the local TV Programme 'Cultural Kharkiv' where we didn’t miss a chance to spread our absolutely positive emotions about the Science on Stage community and a possibility to involve Ukraine in the European teaching net. Sharing ideas and experience from teachers to teachers is very important - Let’s see what will happen next! See the TV programme about SoS in two weeks. Wish us a good luck! Science on Stage Europe IS GOING to UKRAINE!"


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Big success: First national Science on Stage festival in Latvia

On 10 September 2016 the first national Science on Stage festival 2016 in Latvia took place in Jelgava, Pasta Island together with Metal festival in Jelgava. Both the events have common aims: highlight the importance of science and technology in schools and among the public, raise  children’s and young people’s interest in engineering, science and research. The festival was supported by Jelgava City municipality and National Centre for Education of the Republic of Latvia.

The national steering committee received 17 applications from all over the country, representing different subjects and levels. 11 most innovative teaching ideas were presented by 20 teachers and their students during the festival. As the festival was an open event the ideas were presented to a very wide public.

The jury was represented by Agra B?rzi?a- vice director of  National Centre for Education of the Republic of Latvia, Skaidr?te Bukb?rde – head of  “Science on stage Latvia” NSC, Gatis V?tols- dean of ICT faculty at Latvia University of Agriculture, Baiba Da?e - teacher of physics at Jelgava State Gymnasium, Ingvilda Ivanova- science teacher at Jelgava Primary school No 4, Andris Ekmanis- teacher of physics, chemistry, biology at Jelgava Elementary school No 2.

Their  main task was to select the most innovative ideas to be presented at European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Hungary.

The jury admitted that all the presentations were really interesting, involving the students in active learning process and explaining rather complicated science phenomena in amusing, exciting way making them understandable!


Germany and Hungary: 2nd student exchange ‘Mining in Europe’ between Goslar and Budapest

The student exchange between the Kempelen-Farkas-Gimnázium and the Christian-von-Dohm Gymnasium (CvD) went into the second round. After the German students visited Budapest in April the Hungarian stundents and their chemistry teacher Martha now went for a return visit to the town of Goslar to work on the science based project 'Mining in Europe' which leads the students into the history of medivial and modern mining within the Harz mountains.

After a long bus tour with a stop over in Leipzig, where the students walked on the foot steps of Goethe and touched his right foot to improve their German skills the group spent the first day with their German families. On Saturday the students discovered with their German partners the old town (UNESCO world heritage site) of Goslar on five different theme tours like the founder of the German Gymnasium Christian von Dohm, medival walls and towers or modern art.  On Monday the group discovered the national park Harz mountains by hill walking and did some sport activities. The next day the group went to Wolfsburg. Here they visited the Phaeno science museum to learn more about different physical effects and laws. They also took a tour into the 'Autostadt' and learned about car production or the ecological footprint. Before going back to Hungary on Thursday the students visited the oldest mine in the world, the UNESCO world heritage mine and visitor museum Rammelsberg. The students took an underground tour into the mystic world of medival copper mining as well as of water and energy management. Then they took a workshop, designed by students from the CvD, about geology, mineralogy and metall chemistry. After that they visited the museum and the special exhibition 'Miner’s children', where different student projects of the cooperation between with CvD and the museum as well as the award winning 'Science on Stage' -project 'wwm – worldwide mining' (European Science on Stage festival 2015) is on display. On top of it the actual project of the CvD ('Child labour in mining' ) for the German Science on Stage festival 2016 in November is part of the exhibition.

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