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Spain and the Netherlands: Joint project awarded with ‘gold’

Fantastic news from Spain: The Science on Stage Joint Project 'Phantoms or Physics' from Nuria Muñoz Molina from Spain and Silvio Rademaker from the Netherlands won gold. The project was presented at the schools science conference in Algeciras, Spain, and won 1st prize in the 16+ category. Nurias students presented the ideas and explained the physics behind with great enthusiasm and clarity. "It's not magic , it's physics you just don't see!" The project will also be presented at the European Science on Stage festival in Debrecen soon - Congratulations to Nuria and Slivio! Learn more about 'Phantoms or Physics' here.

Germany and Hungary: 2nd student exchange ‘Mining in Europe’ between Goslar and Budapest

The student exchange between the Kempelen-Farkas-Gimnázium and the Christian-von-Dohm Gymnasium (CvD) went into the second round. After the German students visited Budapest in April the Hungarian stundents and their chemistry teacher Martha now went for a return visit to the town of Goslar to work on the science based project 'Mining in Europe' which leads the students into the history of medivial and modern mining within the Harz mountains.

After a long bus tour with a stop over in Leipzig, where the students walked on the foot steps of Goethe and touched his right foot to improve their German skills the group spent the first day with their German families. On Saturday the students discovered with their German partners the old town (UNESCO world heritage site) of Goslar on five different theme tours like the founder of the German Gymnasium Christian von Dohm, medival walls and towers or modern art.  On Monday the group discovered the national park Harz mountains by hill walking and did some sport activities. The next day the group went to Wolfsburg. Here they visited the Phaeno science museum to learn more about different physical effects and laws. They also took a tour into the 'Autostadt' and learned about car production or the ecological footprint. Before going back to Hungary on Thursday the students visited the oldest mine in the world, the UNESCO world heritage mine and visitor museum Rammelsberg. The students took an underground tour into the mystic world of medival copper mining as well as of water and energy management. Then they took a workshop, designed by students from the CvD, about geology, mineralogy and metall chemistry. After that they visited the museum and the special exhibition 'Miner’s children', where different student projects of the cooperation between with CvD and the museum as well as the award winning 'Science on Stage' -project 'wwm – worldwide mining' (European Science on Stage festival 2015) is on display. On top of it the actual project of the CvD ('Child labour in mining' ) for the German Science on Stage festival 2016 in November is part of the exhibition.

Phantoms and Physics: New joint project between the Netherlands and Spain

On 17 April 2016 Silvio Rademaker from the Amadeus Lyceum in Vleuten (Utrecht) travelled to Spain for five days to meet Nuria Muñoz Molina from La Inmaculada School in Algeciras. Both teachers met at the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London and decided to go for a joint project named 'Phantoms or Physics'. 

The visit was very successful: After meeting the principal and Spanish colleagues, Silvio Rademaker presented the project, his school and his work in the Netherlands to the students of 'La Inmaculada' who participated enthusiastically and succeeded in performing a difficult group experiment where they shrank a plastic bottle from a distance, only by using their mental powers! 

After that Silvio Rademaker and Nuria Muñoz Molina were invited to visit a local radio station and explain all about the joint project.

The following day they went to the 10th annual science fair Diverciencia in Algeciras where they presented their project and gave a little show for visitors making their personal possessions disappear (and reappear again) among lots of other experiments about phantoms. Sharing a fantastic lunch with teachers from lots of schools in the South of Spain they had the opportunity to exchange ideas and future projects about science and to hear new ideas and different approaches surrounding the same subject.

The fair was visited very well by thousands of pupils and visitors and the presentations were made by pupils of 'La Inmaculada'. During the fair Silvio Rademaker and Nuria Muñoz Molina could not participate in the competition, but some months later the project won the gold medal in the competition 'IV Certamen Jóvenes Investigadores in Algeciras' - what a great success!

Learn more about the project and its experiments at phantomsorphysics.wordpress.com

UK and the Netherlands: Teacher exchange in progress

At last summer's Science on Stage European festival in London David Teasdale from UK met Hans Mulder from the Netherlands. The teachers became friends at the event and decided to carry out a joint project together. Both teachers were interested in slime mould and thought their students could learn much about both the mould itself and the scientific method by carrying out practical experiments.

Teasdale and Mulder started working on a project together and in early February, Hans Mulder came over from the Netherlands to Bolton with the support by Science on Stage Europe. He visited the school of David Teasdale, Bolton School Boys' Division, and got to observe some lessons and learn about the way of teaching science in UK. Mulder had prepared some resources which he had brought over from the Netherlands, and used them to deliver a lesson of his own to one of the classes at Bolton School.

The resources were pieces of piping with four pieces of string running through the pipe. The piping was opaque so the students could not see inside, instead they had to try and suggest what was going on inside the pipe, based on the behaviour of the strings when they were pulled. There were nine different tubes Hans Mulder had made, each with strings which responded differently. To the British students it was a really interesting lesson and Hans Mulder kindly left the resources with Bolton School as the students loved them and wanted to use them again.

David Teasdale and Hans Mulder also used the time together to work on their joint project. They shared resources on the growing of slime mould and discussed a medium term plan for the project. Hans Mulder met with David Teasdales' technician to discuss the technical aspects of growing slime mould and saw the set up. He also met the students who are carrying out the project and discussed it with them. 

'The visit of Hans definitely accelerated the progress of our project' says David Teasdale: 'I hope to pay a return visit to his school at some point in the next academic year.'

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