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#SonS2019: Follow up event in Bulgaria

On the 1st and 2nd of February a follow-up event of the European Science on Stage Festival took place at the High School "Vasil Levski" in Sevlievo.

The main organizers of the event were the "Union of Physicists of Bulgaria", who is working on the project "Physics for Everyone", funded by the European Physical Society, and the "Vasil Levski" High School. The school was named one of the most innovative schools in Bulgaria. More than 60 Bulgarian STEM teachers from all levels of education took part in the event.

At the event the posters of the projects, that were part of the Bulgarian delegation for Cascais, were displayed as well as the project of Svetlana Hristova from the kindergarten "Radost". 

Prof. Ph.D. Ana Georgieva, Chair of the National Steering Committee, opened the forum, encouraging the participating teachers to get acquainted with the innovative approaches and best practices presented at the European Festival under the motto "From teachers to teachers".

Then Teodora Konova, deputy director of the “Vasil Levski” school presented the booklet with the descriptions of the 9 Bulgarian projects. The booklet is available in Englisch and Bulgarian. 

The schools, whose representatives were members of the delegation, got a copy of the number 4 issue of the “The World of Physics” magazine, which features material from Radka Kostadinova for our participation in the festival. In the evening an official dinner was organized for the participants in order to get to know each other personally and to share their impressions and experiences.

A new day and many workshops

The next day, Federico Andreoletti from “Don Bosco” School, Brescia in Italy held a workshop demonstrating various physical phenomena through fun experiments with water as part of his project “Beyond the Water". This project was also presented in Cascais, where the Jury has commended it. Two of the experiments were of particular interest to the participants - cleaning oil stains in water and forming a large soap bubble. The particiants were able to reproduce the experiments, what pleased them. 

 Another workshop was conducted by the chemistry teacher Nasko Stamenov from the National High School of Mathematics, Sofia. In this he offerd a sustainable and cost-effective solution for conducting chemistry experiments, even in the absence of specially equipped offices and laboratories.

The joint project "Suitable and Quality Foods and Foods for Astronauts" between a Spanish school and Daniela Georgieva from "Hristo Botev" Primary School in Kyustendil was also featured. The demonstration took place digitally via a video conference. 

The participants were also interested in "Frontiers", an international educational platform that bring scientific discoveries, including those of Nobel laureates, to the classroom. 

Prof. Ivan Lalov held a lecture outlining pedagogical approaches by which physics educators can increase students’ interest in science, revealing links to both real life and the broad horizons of contemporary research.

After two day of exciting lectures, workshops and networking, all participants left enriched with new knowledge, skills and friendships, loaded with energy and enthused to continue their work in promoting STEM to their students.

15.04.2020

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