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Strengthening the Science on Stage family ties: Finland and Hungary visiting Turkey

On 7 May 2016 the national Science on Stage festival of Turkey took place in Ankara. With Kirsi Rehunen from Finland and András Róka from Hungary also two former participants of the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London took part in the event and presented their projects to the Turkish colleagues.

Besides the Turkish festival Kirsi Rehunen was able to also visit the city and the preschool Doku Kültür Anaokulu. She was quiet impressed by the commitment of her Turkish colleagues: 'There were teachers to drama, science, english and the thinking was that only the best education is enough to their children. They were not just teaching knowledge , behaviors, attitudes and skills development: They want to make children to think! The most important things of the month were always at wall so that the parents are able to watch what their children have learned. As a visitor it was nice to notice the motivation and loving care of the adults who work there.'

At the Turkish Science on Stage festival at Naz?m Hikmet Congress & Arts Center Kirsi Rehunen and András Róka met their colleagues from Turkey and got to know about lots of new innovative teaching ideas represented at the fair. András Róka presented his project from the European Science on Stage festival 2015 on stage and gave quite a show about electrones to the surprised audience. Kirsi Rehunen introduced her co-operation with a Finnish museum of technology named 'Pedagogy meets Museum', focusing on the pedagogy and education aspect inside and outside of the museum. The Turkish teachers were very curious about the project and asked a lot of questions.

As a conclusion Kirsi Rehunen stated: 'Meeting Turkish teachers was an important thing to me. It was inspiring to get to know them and their style of teaching!' and András Róka emphasises 'the extraordinary hospitality of the Turkish hosts'.

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!