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Visiting Hungary: Finnish-Hungarian joint project follows on Science on Stage festival 2015

From 13-16 October 2015 Kirsi Rehunen from the Päiväkoti Satulaiva Preschool Puuhiset in Finland visited Márta Gajdosné Szabó from the Kempelen Farkas Gimnázium Budapest in Hungary after both of them met at the Science on Stage festival 2015 in London. At her stay Kirsi Rehunen attended a nature and a chemistry lesson at the elementary school Baross Gábor as well as a chemistry lesson at the Kempelen Farkas Gimnàzium. Together with Márta Gajdosné Szabó and the Hungarian students she also visited the Oroszlány Mining Museum and the Mining Museum in Gant.

Both, Kirsi Rehunen and Márta Gajdosné Szabó, now plan to design a Finnish-Hungarian joint project: Whereas Kirsi Rehunen will create a worksheet for children at the age of 6 - 10 years, Márta Gajdosné Szabó will sketch a worksheet for students at secondary school. The common subject will be to interconnect topics like the childrens' environment (e.g. local mining), real labour conditions and places of economy (e.g. local factories) with superordinate issues like for e.g. recycling (nominal value of metals and the human invested efforts to have them). 

We are curious about the development of this project in the near future!

 

Canadian-French follow-up project born at the Science on Stage festival 2015

As first part of a follow-up project born at Science on Stage London 2015 Festival, Anjuli Ahooja, from the Appleby College in Ontario, Canada, and Jean-Luc Richter, from the College J.J.Waltz in Alsace, France, both physics teacher, initiated a class to class skype session in school that took place on Tuesday 6 October 2015. 28 students from each country presented themselves, in english and french, shortly telling about their hobbies and favorite teaching subjects. With the « magic » of skype, they where able to shorten the 6400 km distance between their two classrooms.

After choosing pairs of students and setting up a collaborative work environement using Microsoft OneOne, the students will work on the concept of electrical power and energy. As the electrical infrastructure is very different in France and in Canada, the students will learn how this difference affects the electrical appliance and their cost of use. The students will focus on two main fields of study: cooking and leisure.

By studying for e.g. how much energy is used to cook a traditional family meal in France and in Canada, the students will gain knowledge about differences in the traditions of both countries and learn to better take account of electrical energy to minimize the waste of energy and the ecological impact of this use. Furthermore the students will hava a look at how the energy is produced in both countries and analyse how this can affect the CO2 emissions, an interesting introduction to the COP21 which will take place this winter in Paris.

As most students nowadays spend a lot of time playing video games, the study of energy used for leisure will make a connection on how the differences in electric AC frequency affect the refreshment of the pictures on TV connected game devices. This study will be extended to the relation of the number of images per seconds related to the human eye perception, as both countries students have to study the optical function of the eye.

The common project work will start in December and in the meantime, students will communicate using skype and social networks to better know each others.

 

iStage workshops at GIREP Conference in Wrocław July 6-10

GIREP, the International Research Group on Physics Teaching, regularly arranges international meetings of concerned individuals to encourage the renewal of Physics teaching. Last July the GIREP Conference 2015 took place at the University of Wrocław in Poland.

Maria Dobkowska from Science on Stage Poland and Gerhard Rath from Science on Stage Austria were taking part at the conference and presented two workshops based on the brochure iStage 2 to an international group of participants. The idea of the iStage booklets raised a great amount of interest and there was a strong demand on the brochures.

In her workshop Maria Dobkowska presented a classroom practice on 'Oscillatory motion – visualization and analysis': Using accelerometer applications on their smartphones the participants collected data on oscillation, transformed the save data and step by step learned how to create their own graphs. In the acoustic part of the workshop the participants calibrated their smartphones and measured the different volume of sound spectra created by music instruments, replayed voices of birds and cicadas. By using rotating whistles the participants were also shown how to observe the Doppler effect with their students in a simple and effective way.

Gerhard Rath presented a workshop on distance measurements with smartphones. He showed the participants how to use various apps in order to measure an unknown distance. In this way students can try to investigate for example the height of the sun and compare the results with given values or other results of measurements. In another part of the workshop Rath demonstrated the participants how to record a movement by using a smartphone, how to draft a acceleration diagram and analyse the motion.

 

 

 

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