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Explain chemistry with Berta: Plush Dragon fascinates primary school pupils

Anna Gunnarsson from Sweden and her plush dragon Berta were among 350 science teachers at the Science on Stage festival 2013. "I want to show other teachers how much fun chemistry is for children in kindergarten and primary school and how chemistry can be imparted early on”, she stated before the festival. 

A selection of Gunnarsson's experiments for the youngest can now be found in the current issue of 'Science in School'

With the assistance of Berta the dragon, Gunnarsson takes children aged 4-8 away into a world full of simple, nontoxic and safe experiments. It is utterly important for her that children are not only allowed to watch experiments, but actually do them themselves and capture their observations.

The project shows that even the youngest can really comprehend what osmosis, emulsions and acids are. To be able to show which experiments are best suitable for teaching and how children have most fun to make new discoveries in chemistry, Gunnarsson brought a bag full of examples for her international colleagues to the festival.


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Video Science on Stage festival 2013

Have a look at our festival film of the Science on Stage festival 2013 last April in Slubice - Frankfurt (Oder): 346 science teachers from all over Europe and Canada came together to share their best-practice teaching ideas at stands, in workshops and on stage with their international colleagues. Find even more videos at



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