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European STEM League: A follow-up project from Spain

Last year Miguel Angel Queiruga Dios and Noelia Velasco Pérez from Burgos, Spain, took part in the European STEM League. They implemented experiments about 'Football in Science Teaching' with their classes and document the results in a creative way. Based on this they developed a publication giving an insight on their activities. The material was published in English and Spanish and focuses on 'Building physics through football'. 

>> Download Fisica y Futbol (Spanish)
>> Download Physics and Soccer (English)

Picture © Miguel Angel Queiruga Dios

Lately Miguel and Noelia presented their project and publication at the Spanish Science on Stage festival 'Ciencia en Acción' (see blog report, 12 October 2018). They also presented their materials at the Physics Teaching Day in Burgos which was organised by the Spanish Royal Society of Physics.

‘20,000 Leagues under the sea’ gets Honorable Mention at Open Science of Cambre

From 15-16 September 2018 Spanish-Portuguese teacher team Palma Garcia Hormigo, Ana Villaescusa and Liliana Fernandez from Portugal participated in the contest 'Open Science of Cambre' (A Coruña, Spain). On site they presented their #SonS2017 follow-up joint project '20,000 Leagues under the sea'. The focus of the project is on children of pre primary and primary school and introduces them to scientific knowledge with simple STEM experiments (chemistry, physics, biology or robotics). Another aim of the project is to encourage the children to a develop a consciousness on how important it is to conserve the marine environment, to work together as a team and to pay respect on the opinion of others. The voyage of the Nautilus, the submarine created by Jules Verne for his novel, is the guiding thread of this project. A jury of experts selected the project among the winners of this contest. 



Picture © Palma Garcia Hormigo

At their stand the Spanish-Portuguese team moved the sea to the fair and hundreds of visitors explored how a periscope works, invesitgated the morphology of fish through the Japanese technique of Gyotaku, manufactured slime, learned about the marine trophic chains or about the different species that populate the Oceans through which the Nautilus sailed.

Palma Garcia Hormigo, Ana Villaescusa and Liliana Fernandez were very pleased that their work was highlighted among the more than 70 exhibitors who attended the fair, which was organised by Professor Jose Viñas de Cambre and his Xentde100cia Club team.

Open Science has been catalogued as an event of scientific interest at a European level on the Scientix platform.

Gamification in the classroom: A Danish-Irish teacher exchange

From 7-8 June 2018 Declan Cathcart from Temple Carrig School, Ireland, visited his colleague Line Nygård Mikkelsen in Baunehøjskolen, Denmark. Both teachers met at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary, as delegates of Science on Stage Ireland and Science on Stage Denmark and decided to do a teacher exchange supported by Science on Stage.

At Line's school Declan was introduced to the Danish school system and of course also to Line's students who were excited to meet an English speaking science teacher. Line and Declan developed a new project together about gamifaction in biology teaching. Line's students tried out funny sounding activities such as 'Hunting Jelly Beans', 'The Survival Game', 'A Game of Mutants' or 'My Cousin is a Fruit Fly', covering various topics like predator-prey systems, environmental effects on populations, the resistance of bacterial cells to antibiotics or the determination of DNA. The students had a good time and Line and Declan want to go on with their project and do a further teacher exchange - this time with Line visiting Declan in Ireland.

'What a great trip!  Many thanks to my host Line, her colleagues and her students in Baunehøjskolen for the warm welcome they gave me.  It was fascinating to experience to work in a Danish school, and I hope to be able to welcome Line to Ireland in the Autumn to continue our adventures in teaching evolution.' Quote: Declan Cathcart   



Picture © Declan Cathcart /  Line Nygård Mikkelsen 

Beyond the water: An Italian-British-Ukranian #SonS2017 follow-up project

In 2017 Federico Andreoletti from Italy, Emma Crisell from the United Kingdom and Nataliya Kazachkova from Ukraine met at the European Science on Stage festival in Debrecen, Hungary, and decided to develop an international teacher project called 'Beyond the water'.

This project involves students from 9 to 12 years and asks them to carry out four experiments about water and to share their activities with photos, videos, messages, suggestions. The four experiments are about 'Static soap bubbles', 'Oil drops in water', 'Non newtonian fluid' and 'Hydrogel water marbles'.

The main aim is not to explain water in itself but to arouse the students' interest in all the scientific laws they connected to water, for example about light and colors, gravity, life science, pollution or geometry.  The four experiments are

The project started already in October 2017. 

If you like to learn more about the project, please feel free to contact:

Federico Andreoletti
Istituto 'Don Bosco' - Brescia - Italy
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Picture © Federico Andreoletti

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