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Science on Stage UK head to the hills of Wales

As a nice start to the week, Elizabeth Chambers from Science on Stage UK keeps us updated about the latest activities of our network at the UK:

"Alessio Bernardelli and Shirin Sheikh-Bahai, both UK delegates from the 2015 international festival, waved the Science on Stage UK (or Gwyddoniaeth ar lwyfan UK in the Welsh language) flag at the British Science Festival in Swansea. The festival took place between the 6 and 9 September and was the latest edition of Europe's longest-standing national event which aims to connect the public with scientists, engineers, technologists and social scientists.

The annual festival has a special evening event dedicated to STEM education, aptly named the STEM in education evening. For the first time, Science on Stage UK held a stand alongside some of the UK’s largest STEM supporters, to raise the profile of the opportunity and live application process with Welsh teachers and technicians.

Shirin, head of Science at the Harris Academy in London, and Alessio, former teacher at Croesyceiliog School, spoke about their projects, teaching ideas and also the amazing opportunity Science on Stage was for them to teachers, STEM professionals, scientists and even members of the Welsh Government.

This September will also see two articles about Science on Stage UK coming out in well respected and well read education publications. Colin and Deirdre tell their story of Science on Stage UK in the 265th edition of Education in Science, and Alessio has written about his workshop with Giovanni Pezzi from Italy back in the summer in the September edition of Classroom physics.

We are looking forward to sending our UK delegates out to more events in the UK and internationally and writing more articles in this new academic year before the festival in Hungary, to continue to highlight the amazing opportunity and benefits from engaging with Science on Stage."

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!"

15.09.2016

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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!

 

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