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From Italy to Iceland: Teacher Exchange on GeoQuest

Last summer Sabina Maraffi and Ásdís Ingólfsdóttir met as teacher delegates of Science on Stage Italy and Science on Stage Iceland at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary. Sabina presented the project 'Who killed Maya Foster? A CLIL CrimeQuest, interactive computer class Role Playing Game'. Now she and Ásdís came up with the idea to do a teacher exchange and develop a new project together which combines the idea of Sabina to use computer games in STEM classes and to do research on geology and geography.

For developing the GeoQuest project Sabina went to see Ásdís in Iceland where she learned about the Icelandic school system, visited Ásdís school and did field trips to experience the Icelandic geology, geography and nature. Sabina also met with Haraldur Gunnarsson, a teacher and professor of Earth Sciences who is joining the project too. On site Sabina gave geology lessons with the GeoQuest project to second year students. Therefore she chose several interdisciplinary science adventures about the Vesuv for the Icelandic students, so they would not only improve their STEM skills but also gain knowledge about nature, history and culture of her own home country Italy. Furthermore, Sabina shared the game with other Icelandic teachers.

As a next step Ásdís will visit Sabina in Italy. But before she is going to develop a GeoQuest game with her students on Iceland's geology and geography for challenging the Italian students.


UK visiting Italy: Science on Stage workshop in South Tyrol

At the invitation of Monica Zanella from Science on Stage Italy, David Featonby from Science on Stage UK took a workshop to a group of teachers in South Tyrol on 19. October. 20 teachers gathered for a full day of training at 'Schloss Rechtenthal' a conference centre at Tramin. David Featonby startet with the workshop 'What Happens Next?', which involved everyone in some hard thinking. After a short break he gave a seminar on 'Colour Vision Deficiency' - an important issue that has been neglected in many schools across Europe. Also the teachers were interested to hear about Science on Stage, about the ways in which they could get involved and the different activities which Science on Stage promotes. With 'Spinning Tops' and 'Fantastic Feats' the event was finished with two further extraordinary workshops.

As a result the teachers taking part were enthralled by the workshops and about discovering different kinds of approaches to teach science at school. The teachers slipped into student' s shoes and experienced science from another point of view. On the whole, this interactive conference was a great success!

Italy, France and UK: Coming together for a teacher training in Naples

From 11-12 September Science on Stage Italy organised an Italian-French teacher training on 'Smartphone & Science' at the Città della Scienza in Naples. Based on the brochure iStage 2 various workshops on the use and benefit of smartphones in science teaching were offered. Course instructors were Jean-Luc Richter from Science on Stage France as well as Lorenza Resta and Immacolata Ercolino from Science on Stage Italy who assisted in the development of the brochure. As you can see by the pictures, the teacher training was not only very well-attended but the participants also enjoyed themselves at the workshops. Also invited to Naples was Alessio Bernadelli from Science on Stage UK: As part of the Science on Stage follow-up programme 'Take a workshop to your country' he presented his project 'Developing Science understanding through misconceptions' from the Science on Stage festival 2015 in London.

Big success: Teacher training on ‘Smartphones in Science Teaching’ in Bozen and Bologna

On Feburary 25th Marco Nicolini from Science on Stage Italy gave a teacher training based on the brochure 'iStage 2 - Smartphones in Science teaching' in Bozen - and it was a big success! Presented got the teaching units 'How Deep Is Your Blue? Coloured Chemistry with Smartphones' and 'Noise Pollution'.

Another teacher training based on 'iStage 2' took place in Bologna on March 20th and 27th with Giovanni Pezzi, Lorenza Resta, Alessandro Foschi and Sara Orsola Parolin as speakers. 



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