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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.

Join the Spanish network: Introductory courses in Algeciras, Jerez de la Frontera and Malaga

From 7-9 October 2016 the Spanish Science on Stage festival will take place at Escuela Politécnica Superior de Algeciras, Cádiz as the 17th edition of 'Ciencia an Acción'. In order to involve new teachers in the program Science on Stage Spain organised several introductory courses in the Spanish region Andalucia. By this new participants and visitors shall be motivated to join the event.

The first presentations took place in Algeciras on 9 and 7 February 2016 as well as in Jerez de la Frontera on 18 February 2016. The next introductory course will take place in Malaga on 31 March 2016. The speakers of theses courses are teachers who participated in previous editions of 'Ciencia an Acción' and Science on Stage. 

For further information get in direct contact with the Spanish NSC.



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Science on Stage UK at ASE Conference in Scotland

A Science on Stage strand running through the ASE Scotland Annual Conference at 5 March 2016 was organised by Stuart Farmer, member of the UK National sterring Committee. This began with David Featonby delivering his workshop 'What Happens Next?' to a packed room of delegates enthused by his ideas and demonstrations. Richard Spencer then followed on with his 'All Singing, All Dancing Biology' where he included his Mitosis Mamba he had everyone perform in the main hall at the Science on Stage Festival in Copenhagen in 2011.  The Science on Stage workshops concluded with a 'Best of Science on Stage' session where Catherine Dunn and Jo Matheson presented activities they had done as part of the UK delegation at the London festival in 2015 and David, Richard and Tim Browett shared ideas they had picked up in London and at previous festivals.  In addition Science on Stage had a stand, along with The Royal Society, in the conference exhibition area ensuring all delegates could find out about Science in Stage activities in the UK and beyond. The ASE Conference took place at the Robert Gordon’s College, Schoolhill, Aberdeen.

Languages, IT and Science: Canadian-French joint project on students cooperation via Skype

Anjuli Ahooja and Jean-Luc Richter, two physics teachers from Canada and France, met during the Science on Stage Europe festival 2015 in London and shortly after that agreed on a special joint project: With fifty four students from College J.J.Waltz, Alsace, France, and Appleby College, Oakville, Ontario, Canada, they initiated an international students collaboration project using OneNote Class Notebook, PowerPoint, and Skype. The aim of the project was to learn about various methods of production of electrical energy in Canada and France. Via class to class skype sessions in school the 'digital' exchange students communicated e.g. about their private consumption of power while cooking meals or playing computer games and after that analysed the results regarding also the costs and the ecological impact in each country. As a final task the students had to create a PowerPoint presentation including all the documents they had already produced: OneNote personal presentation, Excel files with appliance costs related to power, duration and energy cost, how energy was produced in both countries and a feedback on the project. 

Find the full report here.

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