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#SonS2019: Follow up event in Bulgaria

On the 1st and 2nd of February a follow-up event of the European Science on Stage Festival took place at the High School "Vasil Levski" in Sevlievo.

The main organizers of the event were the "Union of Physicists of Bulgaria", who is working on the project "Physics for Everyone", funded by the European Physical Society, and the "Vasil Levski" High School. The school was named one of the most innovative schools in Bulgaria. More than 60 Bulgarian STEM teachers from all levels of education took part in the event.

At the event the posters of the projects, that were part of the Bulgarian delegation for Cascais, were displayed as well as the project of Svetlana Hristova from the kindergarten "Radost". 

Prof. Ph.D. Ana Georgieva, Chair of the National Steering Committee, opened the forum, encouraging the participating teachers to get acquainted with the innovative approaches and best practices presented at the European Festival under the motto "From teachers to teachers".

Then Teodora Konova, deputy director of the “Vasil Levski” school presented the booklet with the descriptions of the 9 Bulgarian projects. The booklet is available in Englisch and Bulgarian. 

The schools, whose representatives were members of the delegation, got a copy of the number 4 issue of the “The World of Physics” magazine, which features material from Radka Kostadinova for our participation in the festival. In the evening an official dinner was organized for the participants in order to get to know each other personally and to share their impressions and experiences.

A new day and many workshops

The next day, Federico Andreoletti from “Don Bosco” School, Brescia in Italy held a workshop demonstrating various physical phenomena through fun experiments with water as part of his project “Beyond the Water". This project was also presented in Cascais, where the Jury has commended it. Two of the experiments were of particular interest to the participants - cleaning oil stains in water and forming a large soap bubble. The particiants were able to reproduce the experiments, what pleased them. 

 Another workshop was conducted by the chemistry teacher Nasko Stamenov from the National High School of Mathematics, Sofia. In this he offerd a sustainable and cost-effective solution for conducting chemistry experiments, even in the absence of specially equipped offices and laboratories.

The joint project "Suitable and Quality Foods and Foods for Astronauts" between a Spanish school and Daniela Georgieva from "Hristo Botev" Primary School in Kyustendil was also featured. The demonstration took place digitally via a video conference. 

The participants were also interested in "Frontiers", an international educational platform that bring scientific discoveries, including those of Nobel laureates, to the classroom. 

Prof. Ivan Lalov held a lecture outlining pedagogical approaches by which physics educators can increase students’ interest in science, revealing links to both real life and the broad horizons of contemporary research.

After two day of exciting lectures, workshops and networking, all participants left enriched with new knowledge, skills and friendships, loaded with energy and enthused to continue their work in promoting STEM to their students.

15.04.2020

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Georgian teachers share their experiences from the European festival

On the 21st of December, 2019 Science on Stage Georgia has organised the information day about the National Science on Stage Festival, which will happen in autumn 2020. Furthermore they conducted a physics workshop at SALiS laboratory at the Ilia State University in Tbilisi. About 60 science teachers attended the information session, about 25 the workshop.

The workshop was held by Keti Tatishvili, Nino Abesadze, Lali Mgeladze and Vazha Tetunashvili, who participated in the European Science on Stage Festival in Cascais. They shared their experiences from the international festival with the participants and presented different projects they've learned in Cascais.

The next Science on Stage workshop is planned for March.

Take a workshop: Greek-Cyprian #SonS2017 follow up

The workshop took place on 28 February 2019 at the St. Paul & St. Peter High School, in Limassol, Cyprus. Several students and teachers from the current and nearby schools attended it. The activities presented were based on the educational escape room project 'Nemesis virus: the pandemic', developed by Georgios Villias from Greece. It focuses on the learning of biological concepts like cells’ structure and functions, electron microscopy and viruses, through a thrilling and engaging educational approach that can make science learning more appealing and meaningful to students. The project had been previously presented at Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary. Students and teachers alike had the chance to experience first-hand what is like to participate in an educational escape room. During the workshop, teachers also learnt how to develop activities of this type, but also how to facilitate their implementation in their classrooms.

Report and picture by Georgios Villias

#SonS2017 follow-up: Cyprian-Greek teacher exchange

At the last European Science on Stage festival 2017 Christina Aristodimou, teacher delegate of Science on Stage Cyprus, met Georgios Villias, teacher of Science on Stage Greece. After the event both decided to do a teacher exchange and develop together EER (Educational Escape Room) activities on STEM courses for students. This December Georgios went to see Christina at her school in Cyprus to implement their project ideas with her students - the first EER activity in biology.

It focused on vertebrates' circulatory system with a special focus on human heart anatomy, circulatory routes, blood vessels' structure and blood disorders. Regarding the physics track, the intention was to create a fascinating space adventure during which students would have to use their knowledge in linear motion (analysing graphic representations and making calculations on translocation, velocity, or acceleration), and their skills in accurate mass and length measurements using precision scales and digital vernier calipers. This EER activity focusing on physics was planned to be implemented during another teacher exchange in January 2019.

Christina and Georgios managed to implement the biology EER activity on two different groups of students. Christina had also the chance to familiarise herself with the facilitator's role in EER activities. Students had the time afterwards to participate in a debriefing phase and provide their feedback regarding the activities. 

Pictures © Georgios Villias

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