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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.

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!

 

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