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Greece: Workshops on festival projects at Athens

From 2-3 April 2016 the Laboratory Centre of Physical Sciences of Aigaleo organised a teacher training in the Auditorium of the 4th High School of Aigaleo in Athens. The participants  were 100 teachers from all over the country, 50 students and general public. Many projects of the Greek delegation presented at the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London were introduced to the interested audience, such as 'The Optical System of the Human Eye' from Antonis Margaritis and George Marakis (Model Experimental General Lyceum of Heraklion, Crete), 'Was Velazquez a good science student?' from Angeliki Samanta (27th Primary School of Acharnes), 'Study, design and construction of a Remotely Operated underwater Vehicle. (R.O.V.)' from Petros Poutos and Paraskevas Andrianos (1st Vocational Lyceum of Salamis Island) and many more.

Furthermore Eugenia Tsitopoulou – Christodoulides, Head of the Laboratory Centre of Physical Sciences of Aigaleo, Athens, and Greek coordinator of 'Science on Stage - Europe' presented the network and its acitivities to the attendees and announced the main Greek Science on Stage festival, the '9th Hellenic Games of Construction and Science Experiments' under the theme 'Inventing the future of Science Education' from 11-12 November 2016 in the premises of  'Laboratory Centre of Physical Sciences of Aigaleo' in Athens'. At this event also the Greek delegates for the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary will be chosen.

A further part of the event was the award ceremony for all students that participated in the 2015 European competition 'Be a Cassini Scientist for a day' that has been supervised for Greece by Eugenia Tsitopoulou – Christodoulides. The competition was organised by ESA (European Space Agency) to all ESA Member States and ESA Cooperating States, namely: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Sweden. 

Also there were presented lectures on the highlights of science, such as 'Gravitational radiation' from Costas Christodoulides (Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics, School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences, National Technical University of Athens), 'Utilizing T cells to fight cancer' from Ourania Tsitsilonis (Associate Professor in Immunology Department of Animal and Human Physiology, Faculty of Biology, National Kapodistrian University of Athens) and many more.

Greece-Romania: New joint project about experimental physics

From 2 to 6 February Laszlo Papp from the Scoala Gimnaziala in Romania visited Panagiotis Lazos at the 26th Senior High School of Athens-Marasleio in Greece. There he presented four experiments to about 25 students that also got involved in explaining the observed phenomena. Afterwards the students performed the experiments on their own, showing devices that they constructed for different activities. 

Laszlo Papp and Panagiotis Lazos now want to continue the eTwinning project that they initiated a few months ago and agreed to prepare a joint project about experimental physics and sciences for the next European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Hungary. The eTwinning platform will be a useful tool in synchronizing the activities between the two schools and to present new ideas and activities. In a next step, Panagiotis Lazos will visit Laszlo Papp in Romania for further collaboration.  

Both teachers have attended the Science on Stage festival 2015 in London.

The teacher exchange is a follow-up activity of the European Science on Stage festival.

Greece and Czech Republic: Take a workshop to your country

The Department of Physics Education of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University in Prague invited Panagiotis Lazos from Greece to present the workshop 'Recording tracks with light. Applications of phosphorescence in mechanics'. This workshop was initially presented at the Science on Stage festival 2015 in London.

The presentation took place on Tuesday 27 October 2015. The audience consisted of students of the department and secondary school physics teachers.

The same day a demonstration of experiments took place in the private school ARCUS following an invitation by the principal of the school. The experiments were presented at two classes. 

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