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Simply Paper Made: Take a workshop to your country at the Portuguese Science on Stage festival 2016

At the national festival of Sience on Stage Portugal, about 50 STEM teachers from all over the country came together in Lisbon on 30 April 2016. With Heidrun Boll from the student-research-center South Württemberg also a German teacher was invited to take part. Together with Isabel Borges from the Planetarium in Lisbon she presented the German-Portuguese joint project 'Simply Paper Made – Distances and Sizes in Our Solar System' in a workshop. With this 'boarder-crossing-project' Heidrun Boll and Christa Müller from Germany and Isabel Borges from Portugal were qualified for the last year's European Science on Stage festival in London.

The colleagues from Portugal took part at this workshop with great interest: The participants were amazed, how it is possible to teach astronomy and give an understanding of the incredible distances in the universe in small numbers and with only a little material - just paper! The workshop showed how distances between earth and moon, the sun and earth is traceable through simple comparisons at once. Particularly impressive to the participants was the folding work, where the distances of the planets were demonstrated. At the end of this folding-work the participants were able to produce their own solar system for the pocket.

Meet up at the Science on Stage Portugal Regional Events!

Already since December 2015 Science on Stage Portugal started to run a programme of regional events planned for five different cities from north to south of the country.

The first event happened in Lisbon at 5 December 2015 with great success. That day started with a teacher training at a 'NUCLIO Pilot Day' at the Centro de Interpretação Ambiental da Pedra do Sal in S. Pedro do Estoril near the sea shore of Lisbon and by evening went on a Café Science & Art in Lisbon Planetarium Calouste Gulbenkian a Ciência Viva Science Centre. One of the Portuguese delegates of the former European Science on Stage festival 2015 – Liliana Fernandes – presented her teaching project 'Meet our neighbours' and described her experience during the festival in London. The NSC coordinator then presented the organisation of Science on Stage, the networks activities as well as the opportunities for Portuguese teachers. The training went on with activities about 'Inquiry Based Science Learning' and communication about the project 'Digital Schools of Europe'. In the evening in the planetarium an intimate setting took place between 'comet' tea, coffee and cookies. Participants heard secrets about lasers by the scientist Gonçalo Figueira (from IPFN and Instituto Superior Técnico), advises how to photograph the sky by Miguel Claro (Dark Sky Alqueva)and listen to music from 'Skylight', a 'Global Science Opera' by conductor Oded Ben-Orin. Before the end of the day NUCLIO with Mario Ramos toasted us with night sky watching through telescope.

The next regional event took place in Águeda, Coimbra in the Instituto de Educação e Cidadania (Mamarrosa) on 16 January 2016 with more than 20 teachers attenting a teacher training about inquiry based learning, the European platform Science on Stage and the project Go-Lab. The event was organised by Álvaro Folhas. He and Honorata Pereira, were two of the Portuguese Delegates that attended the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London and on that day had the opportunity to present and discuss their educational projects with participants.

The NSC coordinator Isabel Borges spread the spirit of Science on Stage also for the next European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen. In the evening some families and general public went to the Café Ciência about black holes and their mysteries.

The dates for further regional events in 2016 are

13 February 2016 – Loulé, Algarve

20 February 2016 - Braga

27 February 2016 - Setúbal