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Latvian Science on Stage festival 2018

On 8 September the Latvian Science on Stage festival 2018 took place in Jelgava. Skaidrīte Bukbārde, Main NSC of Science on Stage Latvia reports:

"The national Science on Stage festival 2018 in Latvia took place on 8 September 2018 in Jelgava. It was organized within the Metal festival, an event that exists for already eight years and shares the same aims as Science on Stage, that is: to highlight the importance of science and technology in schools and among the public, to 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 11 applications from all over the country, representing different subjects and levels. Eight most innovative teaching ideas were presented by 13 teachers and their students during the festival. As the festival was an open event the ideas were presented to a very wide public.

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The jury was represented by Agra Bērziņa-the director of non-formal education department at National Centre for Education of the Republic of Latvia, Baiba Daģe - teacher of physics at Jelgava State Gymnasium, Ingvilda Ivanova- science teacher at Jelgava Primary school No 4, Reinis Rukmanis- IT teacher from Tukuma evening and part-time high school, Daiga Krieviņa and Māra Mikelsone techers from Marupe Elementary School, Science on stage - 2016 national winners and participants of the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary. Their  main task of the jury was to select the most innovative ideas to be presented at European Science on Stage festival 2019 in Portugal.

The jury admitted that all the presentations were really interesting, involving the students in an active learning process and explaining rather complicated science phenomena in an amusing, exciting way. We really hope the event proved that technical subjects are neither complicated nor boring.

At the Latvia Science on Stage festival the national STEM teacher delegation was chosen. Those teachers will represent the country at the European Science on Stage festival 2019 in Portugal:

1 st prize- Inese Pickaine un Iveta Labunska (Skrunda Secondary school)
2 nd prize- Zintis Buls (Zemgales region human resource and comptences development centre)
3 rd prize - Liene Sabule un Liene Krieviņa (Jelgava State gymnasium)

The teachers participating in the Latvian Science on Stage festival had a possibility to show their innovative teaching ideas also at the regional invention and innovation exhibition 'MINOX Zemgale -2018' that is organized to promote the inventors’ activity in Latvia, as well as to promote the introduction of inventions into real life.

The teachers  Ērika Siliņa un Inese Kukaine from Cesis Secondary school were awarded with Silver diploma for their creative ideas how to use inexpensive or reused materials to create interesting equipment to demonstrate variuos phenomena."