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Materials for outdoor classes

If the weather is nice, it is a good idea to have class outside. We provide you here with an overview of materials that are particularly suitable for this! All publications shown here can be downloaded for free. 

Football in Science Teaching: 

Let’s Get Physical – Measurement, Analysis and Improvement of Performance
The teaching unit ‘Let’s Get Physical’ shows how to combine sports, biology, computer sciences (ICT) and mathematics: Students measure and analyse in five different performance tests how regular and intensive training effects their speed, jumping power, strength, movement coordination, agility and endurance. This way they get familiar with the concept ‚performance‘ on different scientific levels. (physical education, physics, biology, mathematics, computer science)

Smartphones in Science Teaching: 

iSky: Smart Measurements of the Heavens:

The teaching unit ‘iSky: Smart Measurements of the Heavens’ inspires students to investigate the stars. Using various apps of their smartphones the students learn how to orientate themselves based on the night sky, how to measure the altitude of the sun or how to calculate the circumference of the earth. (mathematics, geography, astronomy)

Going for a Song: Measuring noise pollution with a smartphone: 

Do birds sing louder in the city, trying to drown the high background noise? With this question students are dealing in the teaching unit ‘Going for a Song’. Using smartphones and free apps they measure the amplitudes and frequencies of birdsongs in the city and in the countryside. This way the students analyse the direct effect of noise pollution on the behaviour of the animals. (biology, physics)

Spot the Physics: Analysing movements, acceleration and free fall by video:

With their smartphones students record various motion sequences during sportive activities like the throwing of a basket ball or the acceleration during a bicycle ride. Later the students analyse the recorded videos to determine which physical theories can describe the phenomena observed. (physics)

ICT in Science Teaching:

Length of a Day: Altitude of the sun, ecliptic & rotation of the earth:

In this teaching unit students measure or calculate the time of sunrise and sunset on a given day as well as the length of that day, and design the graphical representation of the heights of the sun on the horizon throughout the day. Students can also keep tabs with the data obtained for one day, then repeat the calculations for another day and compare the two. (astronomy, mathematics, physics) 

EU Code Week: Microbit4all

EU Code Week 2019 is in full swing! Last year, Science on Stage offered funds for STEM teachers to take part in the EU Code Week 2018.

Here, we would like to present the results. This funding programme was kindly supported by the MAECENATA Foundation and SAP SE.


Under the title Microbit4all we launched a workshop for six 2nd grade class pupils (14 yr) at our school. For most of the pupils this was the first time they came in contact with coding. Even one of the teachers did not code before but had enough confidence in the support to give the workshop. With the support of a technical assistant and with teaching materials developed by one of our teachers and additional materials from: everyone was able to write their first code and experience the possibilities of writing your own code.

What started as a highly structured lesson with lesson plans evolved quickly in a pupils directed adventure. This meant that pupils developed ideas and tried to figure out how to realize these using code. Some of the pupils discovered the possibility to code music, others started to code a small game. Mobile phones were frequently used to film the output on the micro:bit and shared on social media. An often heard statement was whether any other lessons were planned where the micro:bit would be used and how expensive the micro:bit was, and where to buy theme.

Where we allowed the more confident students to explore the possibilities of the micro:bit themselves, the quick start cards supported the less confident students. These cards indicate the task, show the code which has to be used but also stimulates creativity using additional tasks. With more than 10 different quick start cards, we had enough material to support even the quickest students.

Due to the success of these workshop, we will use the micro:bit in lessons in physics lessons in which electricity and electronics are the central themes. We’ve also introduced an extracurricular activity in which pupils can further develop their understanding of coding.

Report and picture by Freek Pols, ISW's-Gravenzande, Netherlands


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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.

iStage 2 workshop in Lyon

On 11 April 2017 Jean-Luc Richter and Philippe Jeanjacquot from France gave a teacher training based on the brochure iStage 2 - Smartphones in Science Teaching at the Institut français de l'Éducation in Lyon. With Jean-Luc Richter playing the guitar the teachers did amongst other things experiments on the spectrum of sounds with their smartphones.

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