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Germany goes Italy: Take a workshop to your country for chemistry teachers

From 6-7 April 2017 two German chemistry teachers visited Tramin in South Tyrol to give a workshop about 'Experiment-based tasks which integrate contexts into a process-oriented environment and aim at active handling of knowledge' at the Fortbildungsakademie Schloss Rechtenthal. With this project Gregor von Borstel and Andreas Böhm won the European Science Teacher Award at the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London.

The project of the two German teachers needs only little material of low cost. With devices from medical technology the 20 participants experimented on oxygen, the shifting of chemical equilibrium or analysed the chemical reactions behind hotpots and cool packs. The two workshop leaders were rewarded with an overwhelming positive feedback!

Learn more about the project: http://www.lncu.de/index.php?alias=startseite

 

Germany and Hungary: 2nd student exchange ‘Mining in Europe’ between Goslar and Budapest

The student exchange between the Kempelen-Farkas-Gimnázium and the Christian-von-Dohm Gymnasium (CvD) went into the second round. After the German students visited Budapest in April the Hungarian stundents and their chemistry teacher Martha now went for a return visit to the town of Goslar to work on the science based project 'Mining in Europe' which leads the students into the history of medivial and modern mining within the Harz mountains.

After a long bus tour with a stop over in Leipzig, where the students walked on the foot steps of Goethe and touched his right foot to improve their German skills the group spent the first day with their German families. On Saturday the students discovered with their German partners the old town (UNESCO world heritage site) of Goslar on five different theme tours like the founder of the German Gymnasium Christian von Dohm, medival walls and towers or modern art.  On Monday the group discovered the national park Harz mountains by hill walking and did some sport activities. The next day the group went to Wolfsburg. Here they visited the Phaeno science museum to learn more about different physical effects and laws. They also took a tour into the 'Autostadt' and learned about car production or the ecological footprint. Before going back to Hungary on Thursday the students visited the oldest mine in the world, the UNESCO world heritage mine and visitor museum Rammelsberg. The students took an underground tour into the mystic world of medival copper mining as well as of water and energy management. Then they took a workshop, designed by students from the CvD, about geology, mineralogy and metall chemistry. After that they visited the museum and the special exhibition 'Miner’s children', where different student projects of the cooperation between with CvD and the museum as well as the award winning 'Science on Stage' -project 'wwm – worldwide mining' (European Science on Stage festival 2015) is on display. On top of it the actual project of the CvD ('Child labour in mining' ) for the German Science on Stage festival 2016 in November is part of the exhibition.

From Goslar to Budapest: Continuing exchange programme with students from Germany and Hungary

After Márta Gajdosné-Szabó from the Kempelen Farkas Gimnazium in Budapest visited her Science on Stage partners Ute Eckhof and Dr. Walter Frank from the Christian-von-Dohm-Gymnasium in Goslar with four of her students in September last year (see blog report 07.09.2015) the German students now went for a return visit from 06-12 April.

Together with their teachers Ute Eckhof and Axel Klaus the German students got acquainted with the Hungarian culture, language, history and, of course, chemistry through mining. To solve scientific problems the Hungarian and German students simulated a multi company using a common language and thereby not only deepened their skills in doing research but also in how to communicate as an international group!

The exchange project ‚Mining in Europe‘ is part of the German-Hungarian teaching concept ‚Worldwide Mountains‘, jointly initialised by Ute Eckhof and Dr. Walter Frank and Márta Gajdosné Szabó. At the Science on Stage Festival 2015 in London the German-Hungarian Joint-Project was rewarded with the European Science Teacher Award for its enthralling idea how to combine metals science in chemistry with local mining.

Hungary: iStage 2 workshop at IT-conference in Budapest

From 20-21 October a conference on the use of new digital media in public education was held in Budapest. The event was supported amongst others by the Institute of Education Research and Development, Microsoft Hungary and Modern School. Also Márta Gajdosné-Szabó from Science on Stage Hungary and four of her students took part and presented the workshop 'How deep is your blue' based on the brochure 'iStage 2 - Smartphones in Science Teaching'. A big success, as you can tell by the pictures!

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