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The Netherlands: Science on Stage at the TEMI Congress

On 16 April Marco Nicolini, participant in the iStage projects and Andrea van Bruggen-van der Lugt from Science on Stage Netherlands represented the Science on Stage network and its activities at the TEMI Congress (Teaching Enquiry with Mysteries Incorporated) in Leiden. The event addressed up to 200 European secondary school teachers and stakeholders of STEM initiatives.

The Netherlands and Germany: ‘Ecosim’ meets ‘Lakes for the future’

At the last European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London André Steffans and Christian Karus from Germany met Tom Toebes and Dirk Hilbers from the Netherlands. Both teacher teams decided to go for a teacher exchange and evaluate the intersections between their projects 'Ecosim' and 'Lakes for the future'. After staying in touch via mail the Dutch teachers visited their German colleagues on 02 November 2015 in Wesel. Within the frame of this meeting they came to the idea to transfer the simulation model of 'Ecosim' on the gravel dredging area near Wesel. Steffans, Karus, Toebes and Hilbers then planned two further follow-up meetings in Wesel where the German students should be introduced to the basics of 'Ecosim' and learn how to transfer their knowledge on the gravel dredging area. On 17 March 2016 the Dutch teachers finally presented their simulation model to the German students. After three hours the students were familiar with the basics of 'Ecosim' and were able to implement the information and to do the coding for their own simulation. After the Easter holidays in Germany the geography advanced course followed up on working on the project. The results will be evaluated and optimised at the next meeting of the teacher teams in May. The Dutch-German cooperation now plans to further combine the project ideas of 'Ecosim' and 'Lakes for the future', to keep up the exchange across borders and to insert the software of 'Ecosim' also to other school projects.

Science on Stage Ireland at Irish Science Teachers Association National Conference

On 9 April the Irish Science on Stage team presented a plenary presentation 'Looking Forward-Resources for the Classroom' at the Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA) National Conference in Limerick Institute of Technology. 

Paul Nugent, David Keenahan and Eilish McLoughlin, from the National Steering Committee, presented the aims of Science on Stage initiative which is designed to encourage teachers from across Europe to share best practice in science teaching. The presentation outlined the current and planned resources arising from the Science on Stage 2015 London festival as well as included some ‘fun favourites’ from previous festivals that inspire and re-enthuse science teachers. The presenters invited teachers to participate in future science on stage activities and provided details on opportunities for participating in the 2017 festival in Debrecen.

Irish Organizers and Sponsors were: CASTEL at Dublin City University, Institute of Physics, Professional Development Service for Teachers and Science Foundation Ireland.

Find further information at: www.istaconference.com

Greece: Workshops on festival projects at Athens

From 2-3 April 2016 the Laboratory Centre of Physical Sciences of Aigaleo organised a teacher training in the Auditorium of the 4th High School of Aigaleo in Athens. The participants  were 100 teachers from all over the country, 50 students and general public. Many projects of the Greek delegation presented at the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London were introduced to the interested audience, such as 'The Optical System of the Human Eye' from Antonis Margaritis and George Marakis (Model Experimental General Lyceum of Heraklion, Crete), 'Was Velazquez a good science student?' from Angeliki Samanta (27th Primary School of Acharnes), 'Study, design and construction of a Remotely Operated underwater Vehicle. (R.O.V.)' from Petros Poutos and Paraskevas Andrianos (1st Vocational Lyceum of Salamis Island) and many more.

Furthermore Eugenia Tsitopoulou – Christodoulides, Head of the Laboratory Centre of Physical Sciences of Aigaleo, Athens, and Greek coordinator of 'Science on Stage - Europe' presented the network and its acitivities to the attendees and announced the main Greek Science on Stage festival, the '9th Hellenic Games of Construction and Science Experiments' under the theme 'Inventing the future of Science Education' from 11-12 November 2016 in the premises of  'Laboratory Centre of Physical Sciences of Aigaleo' in Athens'. At this event also the Greek delegates for the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary will be chosen.

A further part of the event was the award ceremony for all students that participated in the 2015 European competition 'Be a Cassini Scientist for a day' that has been supervised for Greece by Eugenia Tsitopoulou – Christodoulides. The competition was organised by ESA (European Space Agency) to all ESA Member States and ESA Cooperating States, namely: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Sweden. 

Also there were presented lectures on the highlights of science, such as 'Gravitational radiation' from Costas Christodoulides (Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics, School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences, National Technical University of Athens), 'Utilizing T cells to fight cancer' from Ourania Tsitsilonis (Associate Professor in Immunology Department of Animal and Human Physiology, Faculty of Biology, National Kapodistrian University of Athens) and many more.

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