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Visiting Hungary: Finnish-Hungarian joint project follows on Science on Stage festival 2015

From 13-16 October 2015 Kirsi Rehunen from the Päiväkoti Satulaiva Preschool Puuhiset in Finland visited Márta Gajdosné Szabó from the Kempelen Farkas Gimnázium Budapest in Hungary after both of them met at the Science on Stage festival 2015 in London. At her stay Kirsi Rehunen attended a nature and a chemistry lesson at the elementary school Baross Gábor as well as a chemistry lesson at the Kempelen Farkas Gimnàzium. Together with Márta Gajdosné Szabó and the Hungarian students she also visited the Oroszlány Mining Museum and the Mining Museum in Gant.

Both, Kirsi Rehunen and Márta Gajdosné Szabó, now plan to design a Finnish-Hungarian joint project: Whereas Kirsi Rehunen will create a worksheet for children at the age of 6 - 10 years, Márta Gajdosné Szabó will sketch a worksheet for students at secondary school. The common subject will be to interconnect topics like the childrens' environment (e.g. local mining), real labour conditions and places of economy (e.g. local factories) with superordinate issues like for e.g. recycling (nominal value of metals and the human invested efforts to have them). 

We are curious about the development of this project in the near future!


Budapest meets Goslar: Student exchange follows successful teacher exchange

From 02-07 September Márta Gajdosné-Szabó from the Kempelen Farkas Gimnazium in Budapest and four of her students went for the student exchange ‘Mining in Europe’ in Goslar. They were welcomed by Ute Eckhof and Dr. Walter Frank from the Christian-von-Dohm-Gymnasium, both teachers for chemistry. Together with their German exchange partners the Hungarian students went to examine the Rammelsberg, a former mining area and World Heritage Site and participated in laboratory experiments on chalk at the research facility of the FELS-Werke GmbH in Goslar.

The visit of the Hungarian students is a return visit: Last June the German students from Goslar were already invited to Budapest.

The student exchange ‚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.

Picnic with Science on Stage Poland - 18. Science Picnic in Warsaw

If someone of you would like to have fun, adventure and sciences at the same time – you should have appeared one week ago on 18th Science Picnic in Warsaw organized by Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre.

On the 31st of May this year crowds of visitors came to The National Stadium in Warsaw to get the feeling of what is science. Picnic visitors got a chance to watch over 1,000 shows on over 200 stands. They could see e.g. world’s fastest vehicle or learn how to quickly detect blood on crime scene. In this Europe–largest outdoor scientific event participated over 150 polish and foreign institutions. Among numerous stands of universities, students societies as well as scientific and cultural institutions there was also present Science on Stage Poland Team.

Science on Stage Poland Team appeared under the patronage of Physics Department of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (UAM) and was led by Prof. Wojciech Nawrocik and Dr Krzysztof G?bura and was represented by teachers – delegates to Polish and foreign SonS Festivals.

(From left: D. Jesiak, E.Dzikowska, H. Moczko, K. Paprzycki, K. G?bura, J. Bartol – Baszczy?ska)

The leading topic of this year Picnic was widely understood time. In line with that on the SonS/UAM stand visitors could check their speed of reaction and find out if they potentially could be the pilots of F-16 airplanes – experiment prepared by Kazimierz Paprzycki was getting a lot of interest. Especially attractive for whole families were numerous colorful experiments under motto „Colorful chemistry and physics not only for kids”.

Our colleague Danuta Jesiak presented to kids how to paint own T-Shirt using chemical reactions. Among experiments prepared by Hanna Moczko and Edyta Dzikowska there were levitating balloons and based on that understand Bernoulli’s Law (see picture).

Colorful non – mixing liquids were also very interesting and attracted lots of visitors to our stand. Another colleague Justyna Bartol – Baszczy?ska invited kids to common experimenting, where they could on their own create and take home post cards painted with centrifugal force. A lot of fun has the whole Team as well as visitors while checking how many kids can be placed on 30 air – balloons.

Large interest mostly within students and future teachers received the idea of Science on Stage as the European platform for science teachers.
All interested were also invited to visit Poznan during 6th Festival Sciences on Stage, which will be held between 19th and 20th of September 2014 on Physics Department of Adam Mickiewicz University.

We hope that our visitors will keep in mind for a long time our interesting and colorful stand.

Edyta Dzikowska
Science on Stage Poland

Try this at home: Chemistry experiments with household products

Marc Montangero from Science on Stage Switzerland has a website full of experiment videos for chemistry teaching. He shows simple experiments with household products and explains the chemistry behind them.

The content is in French, but we think that science videos have no language borders! Check it out at


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