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Materials for outdoor classes

If the weather is nice, it is a good idea to have class outside. We provide you here with an overview of materials that are particularly suitable for this! All publications shown here can be downloaded for free. 

Football in Science Teaching: 

Let’s Get Physical – Measurement, Analysis and Improvement of Performance
The teaching unit ‘Let’s Get Physical’ shows how to combine sports, biology, computer sciences (ICT) and mathematics: Students measure and analyse in five different performance tests how regular and intensive training effects their speed, jumping power, strength, movement coordination, agility and endurance. This way they get familiar with the concept ‚performance‘ on different scientific levels. (physical education, physics, biology, mathematics, computer science)

Smartphones in Science Teaching: 

iSky: Smart Measurements of the Heavens:

The teaching unit ‘iSky: Smart Measurements of the Heavens’ inspires students to investigate the stars. Using various apps of their smartphones the students learn how to orientate themselves based on the night sky, how to measure the altitude of the sun or how to calculate the circumference of the earth. (mathematics, geography, astronomy)

Going for a Song: Measuring noise pollution with a smartphone: 

Do birds sing louder in the city, trying to drown the high background noise? With this question students are dealing in the teaching unit ‘Going for a Song’. Using smartphones and free apps they measure the amplitudes and frequencies of birdsongs in the city and in the countryside. This way the students analyse the direct effect of noise pollution on the behaviour of the animals. (biology, physics)

Spot the Physics: Analysing movements, acceleration and free fall by video:

With their smartphones students record various motion sequences during sportive activities like the throwing of a basket ball or the acceleration during a bicycle ride. Later the students analyse the recorded videos to determine which physical theories can describe the phenomena observed. (physics)

ICT in Science Teaching:

Length of a Day: Altitude of the sun, ecliptic & rotation of the earth:

In this teaching unit students measure or calculate the time of sunrise and sunset on a given day as well as the length of that day, and design the graphical representation of the heights of the sun on the horizon throughout the day. Students can also keep tabs with the data obtained for one day, then repeat the calculations for another day and compare the two. (astronomy, mathematics, physics) 

Simply Paper Made: Take a workshop to your country at the Portuguese Science on Stage festival 2016

At the national festival of Sience on Stage Portugal, about 50 STEM teachers from all over the country came together in Lisbon on 30 April 2016. With Heidrun Boll from the student-research-center South Württemberg also a German teacher was invited to take part. Together with Isabel Borges from the Planetarium in Lisbon she presented the German-Portuguese joint project 'Simply Paper Made – Distances and Sizes in Our Solar System' in a workshop. With this 'boarder-crossing-project' Heidrun Boll and Christa Müller from Germany and Isabel Borges from Portugal were qualified for the last year's European Science on Stage festival in London.

The colleagues from Portugal took part at this workshop with great interest: The participants were amazed, how it is possible to teach astronomy and give an understanding of the incredible distances in the universe in small numbers and with only a little material - just paper! The workshop showed how distances between earth and moon, the sun and earth is traceable through simple comparisons at once. Particularly impressive to the participants was the folding work, where the distances of the planets were demonstrated. At the end of this folding-work the participants were able to produce their own solar system for the pocket.