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The Primary Science Education Conference in Edinburgh

Primary teachers from around the world came together at the Primary Science Education Conference in Edinburgh, hosted at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, from June 6th – June 8th by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

The PSTT are sponsoring some of the UK Science on Stage delegation travelling to Cascais Portugal later this year. Over 400 delegates came together to listen to keynote speeches from the likes of Jim al Khalili, Laura Schulz and Kate Bellingham. 

Workshops were led by a whole host of teachers including several of the UK Science on Stage delegation, many meeting for the first time, this included: Paul Tyler on Primary Science Capital, Sarah Eames on Premier League Primary Star Primary Science and Robin James.

It was particularly nice that Robin James was given a Primary Science Teaching Award for his continuing work in a primary physics particularly around ‘The Hula Hoop Hundreds and Thousands Hadron Collider’, relating to his visit to CERN.

Robin was presented his award by Stuart Farmer, Chair of the Science on Stage UK National Steering Committee in his role as Education Manager for the Institute of Physics, sponsor of the award. David Keenahan, of Science on Stage Ireland, along with his daughter Valerie, shared their work on Science Enquiry through Demonstrations drawing on a number of activities from previous Science on Stage Festivals.

It was also good that Heidrun Boll of Science on Stage Germany presented a session on 'Lilu’s House: Language Skills through Experiments', a SonS resource which is all about developing language skills through science experiments.

For more information about the event: www.primaryscienceconference.org

Report by Kulvinder Johal 

Photo by Primary Science Teaching Trust

Take a workshop to your country: Lilu visits Italy

Heidrun Boll, ambassador and part of the BackStageTeam of Science on Stage Germany e.V., was invited to Bolzano in Italy, to conduct a teacher training on 15 and 16 April. Here, she demonstrated her project "Hebelwerkstatt", which was awarded at the International Science on Stage festival 2017 in Hungary in the category "Natural Sciences for Primary School". She also presented the published teaching material “Lilu’s House: Language Skills through Experiments”, on which she had worked as an author.

The training was organised by Monica Zanella of Science on Stage Italy. 20 primary school teachers from all over Italy took part. The participants were able to experience for themselves how stimulating action-oriented and research-oriented learning can be. They've learned how much language there is in natural sciences and which difficulties, for example, children with a migration background have to overcome in order to be able to follow a specialized class.

The feedback from the participating teachers was therefore very positive. One participant commented: "It was a great training, very close to everyday-lessons with an extremely motivated and competent lecturer!" They hope that in the future, more trainings of this kind could take place in Italy. 

You can order the brochure “Lilu’s House: Language Skills through Experiments" here for free or download it as a PDF file.

 

Photocredit: Elisabeth Wieser 

Report by Monica Zanella

Take a workshop to your country: Lilu in Dublin

Lilu and Alina visited Eire: A "Lilu's House"-workshop took place on Saturday, April 13th at Dublin City University as part of the annual Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA) Conference.

The 18 participants, who had traveled from all over Ireland, were mainly primary school teachers with some secondary science teachers.

The focus of the workshop was to gain hands-on experience by exploring many of the experiments from the teaching material: Lilu’s House: Language Skills through Experiments. Each teacher received a copy of the book as well as simple materials to recreate the experiments in their classrooms.

Feedback from the workshop was very positive with many teachers stating that they found the workshop very useful and that they would use Lilu’s House in their classes.

It is hoped to run more Lilu’s House Workshops around Ireland.

 

Report and picture by Paul Nugent 

The workshop was presented by: Jitka Houfková, SonS Executive Board and Charles University in Prague, Jane Shimizu: Primary teacher at Scoil Chaitríona, Junior School, Galway, Ireland and Paul Nugent, SonS Executive Board and Institute of Physics in Ireland.