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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

#SonS2017 Follow-up: Finnish-Slovakian teacher exchange

From 30 January to 3 Feburary 2018 Kalle Vähä-Heikkilä went to see his colleague Iveta Stefancinova at her school Gymnázium Jána Adama Raymana in Slovakia. Both teachers met at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary as delegates of Science on Stage Finland and Science on Stage Slovakia where they decided to develop a project together. The project is about measuring the 'Physical properties of the snow', like density, friction, sound and thermal conductivity of the snow and also about getting the students understand how snow influences the living.

On the first day of his visit Kalle presented his Lauttakylä upper secondary school and his country Finland to Iveta's students. Iveta, in turn, presented her school to Kalle. After that both introduced the Slovakian students to the project 'Physical properties of the snow'. Kalle and Iveta also went to visit the University of Kosice where they discussed their project with lecturers of the Departmet of Physics Education with a special focus on didactics. They also spoke about similarities and differences of physics teaching in Finland and Slovakia.

On the second day Kalle and Iveta went to High Tatras to get some ideas on how to measure physical properties of the snow. Iveta pointed out how importat snow is for the tourism in this area and showed Kalle one of the ski resorts.

On day three the first snow arrived to Presov and Kalle and Iveta made some measurements. They also designed sort of equipments they will use in the project. Moreover Iveta showed Kalle an exhibition on Slovakian physicists and he learned about the history of physics in the Austrian-Hungarian era and physics during Socialism.

After Kalles stay in Slovakia Iveta went to visit Finland to continue the project over the whole winter. Lately the University of Turku (FIN), Joensuu (FIN) and Lund (SWE) organised a Science Cruise on 24 April 2018 and Kalle and Iveta were invited to present 'Physical properties of the snow' - a great success. Both will continue with their collaboration in the future and work on new projects.      


All pictures © Kalle Vähä-Heikkilä

 

Take a workshop: Greek #SonS2017 project going to Cyprus

From 16-18 March 2018 the 7th Pancyprian student-teachers conference too place at Lordos Beach Hotel in Larnaca, Cyprus. At the event Vasilis Noussis from Greece presented a series of experimental activities based on his project 'Did Ritchie Know Blackmore Physics?' which he already presented at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary. In total more than a hundred students and teachers participated in the workshop. The results were splendid, the students were excited and took part in most of the experiments since electromagnetism is included in their curriculum.

Learn more about Vasilis project on Youtube.


Picture © Vasilis Noussis / Science on Stage Cyprus

#SonS2017 Follow-up: Swiss-German Teacher Exchange

At the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary Dieter Schmidt, teacher delegate of Science on Stage Germany met Reto and Felix Speerli, two teachers of the team Science on Stage Switzerland. After the event they decided to do a teacher exchange. From 30 March to 4 April 2018 Dieter Schmidt went to see his Swiss colleagues at the Obersee Bilingual School in Pfäffikon. Purpose of the exchange was to merge the Swiss IKARUS project (European STEM Teacher Award 2017) that teaches basic space-science to primary school students and the experiences of Dieter Schmidt who participated with his 9th graders in the German CanSat-contest 2017 that designed an Arduino-based mini-satellite which collected weather- and climate-data. 

Before the visit of Dieter Schmidt Reto Speerli began a coding class with his 6th graders at the beginning of this school year. The students used Scratch and the Picoboard and built their weather station with analog sensors. These they presented to the German teacher who in turn introduced them to Arduino and electric circuits. The knowledge of the Swiss students was now supposed to be transferred to the Arduino-environment and the scratch-like programm 'mBlock' to code their own weather-balloon-projects.

Reto Speerli will travel to Oyten in autumn and show the German students how to construct a weather balloon.


Picture © Dieter Schmidt / Reto Speerli

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