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Turkey: Successful teacher training in Istanbul

On 17 November 2018 Science on Stage Turkey organised another successful teacher training in Istanbul. It was a very intensive program with presentations on Science on Stage Europe and LUMA StarT, a coding workshop, a physics experiments workshop and nature education.

As the Turkish Science on Stage community is growing fast and the enthusiasm and interest in teacher trainings is very high, the number of seminars held in Turkey will be increased. The next one is already planned for spring in Mersin!

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Europe Code Week: Coding with FUN! in Ireland

We received a wonderful report from Jane Shimizu, Scoil Chaitríona Junior, Renmore, Galway, Ireland about their EU Code Week activity:

"We at Scoil Chaitríona Junior, Renmore, Galway, IRELAND had a wonderful time during EU Code Week 2018. Our school is an urban school, with disadvantage status. Our students are all aged between 4 and 8 years old.

Overall during EU Code Week 93 students (5 second classes), 5 teachers, 1 student teacher, 2 special needs assistants and 4 SAP volunteers were involved in our coding activities. For an hour each day classes took part in a coding workshop. The students were introduced to coding at an introductory level.

For our coding we used Scratch, Bee Bots, LEGO WeDO 2.0, Wonder Dots, iPads and programmes from The Hour of Code (Angry birds, Kodable, Moana and Candy Quest). All these sessions are written up  on our school website so that parents and the wider community can see what has been learned. Most of the workshops occurred in classroom 9, with visits from other classes, and the SAP Scratch workshop took place over the course of a day with all of the children in each of the five second classes. The main subjects covered in the coding workshops were Mathematics (positional language, directional language, addition, direction, angles, shapes), and also science, oral language, drama and physical education.

The emphasis on each workshop was on FUN!,on coding and on how to continue with simple coding at home.

Our heartfelt thanks go to Science on Stage, to SAP and their volunteers and to Galway Education Centre for their help in bringing coding to a new generation of appreciative students.

Many thanks

Jane and all at Scoil Chaitríona Junior"

Report and pictures © Jane Shimizu


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Coding and Football in STEM Education: Presentation at Spanish Science on Stage festival

From 5-7 October 2018 the Spanish Science on Stage festival took place within the 19th edition of 'Ciencia an Acción' at the Cubic, Viladecans, Barcelona.

On site Imma Abad and Pere Compte gave a workshop on the new international Science on Stage teacher project 'Coding in STEM Education' that will be presented next March 2019 in Vienna, Austria. In this workshop one of the teaching units called the 'Coala' project by Mirek Hancl and Julia Winkler was tested by a Spanish team. Also 'The remote captain' got explained. A large audience has been interested in this experience.

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Also Miguel Angel Queiruga Dios took part in the event. He presented the project of 'Building physics through football' based on 'iStage 3 - Football in Science Teaching'.

Picture © Miguel Angel Queiruga Dios


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