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From Italy to UK: Take a workshop to your country

From 23-24 June 2016 Giovanni Pezzi from Associazione per l’Insegnamento della Fisica went to UK to present his 'Smartphones in Physics Experiments' workshop at the Institute of Physics in Gloucester and at Exeter University. This workshop was presented before at the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London. After the event Alessio Bernardelli from the British Science on Stage teacher team and Giovanni Pezzi from the Italian delegation applied for the Science on Stage programme 'Take a Workshop to your country'.

The workshop itself was a great success and the teachers attending were very excited to learn the potential of their smartphones and what their students can do with them in physics experiments. Giovanni’s starting point was that 'Kids often forget their books at home, but never their smartphones', so using smartphones to enhance their learning instead of just for social media has to be a good thing. In addition to the workshop all particpants also received the 'iStage 2' booklet, which contains further examples of effective use of handheld devices in science teaching and learning.

The ideas for practicals explored by Giovanni ranged from Mechanics to Optics, Acoustics and Thermography. Especially fascinating to the participants was the introduction of the app 'Sensor Kinetic', which allows to access the raw data from the sensors on the device. This is invaluable for developers who need accurate measurements of sensor outputs in various situations to write their apps, but its power can be harnessed by students doing physics in the classroom. Examples of ideas for this ranged from measuring g by dropping a smartphone in a polystyrene beans box to SHM experiments by hanging the phone on a spring.The teachers also looked at great accessories like the IR camera FLIR ONE and some excellent examples of how it can be used to help learners understand thermographs.

About 130 teachers of physics attended the workshops over the two days and the results were really promising, because they could go back to their schools with ideas, resources and tools they could use the very next day.

iStage 3 and European STEM League: Presentation in Lyon

On 29 June 2016 Jean-Luc Richter from France presented the new Science on Stage brochure 'iStage 3 - Football in Science Teaching' as well as the European STEM League project at the Institut Français de l'Éducation in Lyon (ENS Lyon). He gave an insight on the development process of the international teacher project 'iStage 3' and presented the single teaching units to the participants. The lecture was also followed online via an internet live feed. The presentation can be found at the webpage of the Institut Français de l’Education as online ressource for all French science teachers in time. 

13.07.2016

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General Assembly 2016 in Debrecen

From 15-16 June the annual General Assembly of Science on Stage Europe took place in beautiful Debrecen in Hungary. 39 representatives from 24 countries came together to report on their national activities and to think about new projects. Besides this, the main focus was on the Science on Stage festival 2017. Everyone was excited to finally visit the festival venue -  and everyone was impressed. We are really looking forward to get the festival started in this great location Kölscey Convention Center in Debrecen! Moreover, we were pleased to welcome four new countries within our network: Iceland, Latvia, Norway and Ukraine. Find out more about your Science on Stage country here.

You can find more pictures of our meeting at http://bit.ly/28Ms9mH.

Switzerland: Participants from the festival 2015 present their projects to interested teachers

On 8 June 2016 Science on Stage Switzerland held a half day workshop, hosted by the Haute école pédagogique Vaud in Lausanne. The aim of this workshop was to share with interested teachers the experiences of the teams participating in the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London.

Swiss delegates presented a selection of the best festival projects as well as their own contribution to the festival. The main speaker of the workshop was teacher Anna Gunnarsson, member of the Swedish delegation. She presented her project « Adventurous science in stories and experiments » and shared her teaching concept with the participants. To gain the interest of children for science she starts by telling a tale, e.g. about Berta the dragon or Tunda and Triton, the bat and the salamander, which include scientific notions and the stories always end with intersting experiments around daily objects. The afternoon ended with a fair and stands presenting the experiments of the Swiss teams.

More photos on the website of Science on Stage Switzerland: http://www.naturalsciences.ch/organisations/science_stage_switzerland

  

Images from left to right: Anna Gunnarsson; Julien Rochat and his model illustrating the natural water-cycle; Thierry Dias, winner European Science Teacher Awared 2015 (all photos by S. Corpateux)

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