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Liberec: Czech Science on Stage festival 2018

On 13 October 2018 the Czech Science on Stage festival took place at the science centre iQLANDIA in Liberec. The whole day was packed with experiments, great ideas and interesting projects and primarily full of enthusiastic people: teachers who presented their new ideas, teachers who came for inspirations, educators, university researches and lecturers, science centre lecturers and entertainers, as well as families with kids who visited the science centre iQLANDIA, because the whole event was open to public.

In the morning the whole Science on Stage principle and its activities were introduced, followed by presentations and workshops. Jitka Soukupová, high school teacher from Stříbro, participant of two European Science on Stage festivals in London and Debrecen, gave a workshop about 'iStage 3 - Football in Science Teaching' and about the successful participation of her team in the European STEM League. Jitka Houfková introduced the newest Science on Stage material for primary school 'Lilu’s House - Language Skills through Experiments' and all the brochures of Lilu’s House that were available were immediately taken by interested teachers. Both Jitka’s together presented a workshop demonstrating experiments for youngsters, formerly presented at the Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen.

Zdeněk Polák, high school teacher from Náchod, who participates in Science on Stage since its very beginning as Physics on Stage, and Peter Žilavý from high school in Tábor, participant of several international Science on Stage festivals, gave workshops based on their project presented in Debrecen.  Zdeněk presented his workshop 'Let’s play with heat' and Peter a workshop about 'Electromagnetics induction in many forms'.

After lunch the sixteen new projects that made it to the finals were presented by nineteen teachers on the stalls in the fair, as workshops or as stage performances. All presented projects were outstanding and it was a really difficult task for the jury composed of former Science on Stage international festivals participants, teachers, science educators and researchers, to make final decision and to choose the seven projects to represent Czech Republic at the next European Science on Stage festival in Portugal. We had two side juries as well – one composed of children and one composed of visitors - teachers and publics.

Prizes of the main jury:

  • Boats and Ships - Kateřina Lipertová
  • Physical experiments in computer science and beyond - Peter Žilavý
  • Traveling with famous scientists and discoverers - Jitka Soukupová


Children's jury prizes

  • Science show: Chemistry vs. physics - Petr Desenský, Pavel Saal
  • Workshop: Life of Plants - Monika Hojdanová
  • Drops and droplets - Věra Koudelková


Prizes of the publics

  • From Chicken to Bos and other soundtricks - Dana Mandíková
  • Workshop: High and low pressure - Zdeněk Hubáček
  • Boats and Pumps - Kateřina Lipertová


Special award

  • EarthKAM Space Mission – Vítek Peterka, Levi Crossan


Representatives of the Czech Republic at the Science on Stage 2019 International Festival (in alphabetical order by the authors)

  • Drops and droplets - Věra Koudelková
  • Boats and Ships - Kateřina Lipertová
  • From Chicken to Bos and other soundtricks - Dana Mandíková
  • Traveling with famous scientists and discoverers - Jitka Soukupová
  • Physical experiments in computer science and beyond - Peter Žilavý
  • Workshop: Life of Plants - Monika Hojdanová
  • Workshop: High and low pressure - Zdeněk Hubáček


Substitutes (in order of placement)

  • Vědohrátky - Kateřina Vágnerová, Jana Rožňová - one member of the team
  • Chemical Reactions in Project Teaching - Miroslava Bělochová


Big congratulation to all winners as well as to all participant for their fabulous projects and wonderful presentations!

Many thanks to all ten jury members for their hard work.

Science on Stage Czech Republic would like to thank to the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, for its continual, not only financial, support without which it’s activity would not be possible.

Further Science on Stage Czech Republic would like to thank to the science centre iQLANDIA for hosting the national event.

Report by Jitka Houfková