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A look back on our virtual events

Social distancing and school closures also affected Science on Stage. As the largest network of STEM teachers in Europe, we bring together educators with innovative teaching ideas. We support them in their professional development through events like workshops and our festivals.

However, while these events have been cancelled in the past months, teachers had an urgent need for exchange and support regarding the special circumstances they found themselves in. Therefore, one thing became clear to us: we had to expand our digital offer.

The first step was to compile a selection of our teaching materials especially suited for home schooling and we were happy to see that this was well received.

To continue our support for teachers’ professional development, even in times without in-person events, we decided to extend our activities with virtual events and webinars.

Here, the speakers present exciting teaching projects, practical tools and new methods. True to the motto “from teachers for teachers”, all speakers are active in Science on Stage, have participated in one of our festivals with a successful STEM project or have been involved in one of our international teacher projects. Of course, the participants could also show their ideas.

The topics of the virtual events ranged from online resources for primary teachers, inquiry based learning online, the fascination of slow motion and time lapse activities for students to a primary teachmeet, where educators from different countries shared their ideas.

The response was very positive, and participants told us repeatedly how happy they were to be able to exchange ideas with like-minded colleagues. Encouraged by the success of the events, we will organise more virtual events after the summer holidays. The aim is to establish them as a more permanent part of our activities to reach and support more STEM teachers all over Europe.

We at Science on Stage are proud that we were able to adapt to the situation on short notice and could continue to support our teacher community. We could not have achieved this without the active support of our network. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude. We look forward to further events - whether offline or online!

29.06.2020

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