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20,000 leagues under the sea: a Spanish-Portuguese joint project

Liliana Fernándes teacher at the Basic School nº2 Vila Verde in Portugal and Ana Villaescusa, president of the Association 'Friends of Science', Diverciencia in Algeciras, met at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary.

Together with Palma Garcia Hormigo, a teacher of Puertoblanco School in Algeciras, they decided to work together and develop a joint project for pre-primary and primary school children called '20,000 leagues under the sea'. The project is intended to introduce students to the STEAM disciplines through the story by Jules Verne.

 

Ana and Palma visited Liliana from 24 to 26 January 2018 to exchange experiences and carry out previously scheduled activities. At Liliana's school, activities are organized for students from 1-3 primary school grade. Together with the Portuguese students the Spanish teachers designed and decorated a homemade periscope, an interactive map with the Nautilus route and with a representative fact of each stage through a PowerPoint presentation with a playful introduction to the knowledge of the marine fauna, food chains and Gyotaku (technique of primer with fish). Liliana encouraged her students to explain through an experiment the immersion and emersion of a submarine.

The morning activities concluded with a lunch shared with teachers from the Portuguese center and with a just management team where experiences were exchanged on methodology and teacher training, as well as teaching material.

In the afternoon, Liliana, who is a volunteer at the Alberto Sampaio Secondary School, (Braga) took Ana and Palma to her robotics workshop. In this center they learned the way to implement robotics  through LEGO and bee bots in their project. In this institute, the director Lucio Botelho, showed the Spanish teachers around the facilities, stopping especially in the science laboratory.

At the morning of 26 January Ana, Palma and Liliana discussed the visit of Liliana in Spain. She will travel to come Algeciras in December 2018. They scheduled the activities that they want to carry out during this school year, discussed the materials that they want to use, the methodology that they are going to use and invitations to possible speakers.

The afternoon was dedicated in carrying out the activities related to the project in the school EB1 de Esporões of Braga, with third year primary students with whom Liliana also collaborates as a volunteer teacher. During this session Teresa de Jesus, one of the directives of the Alberto Sampaio Secondary School on which this primary school depends was present, congratulating the Spanish-Portuguese teacher team for this innovative initiative that links literature with science.

Ana, Liliana and Palma will present this project at the First Ibero-American Conference of Teachers to be held in Algeciras from 6-8 December 2018. It will also be presented at the Meeting for Ciencia en Acción to be held in Viladecans, Barcelona from 5-7 October 2018.

The main objective of course is to share the joint project '20,000 Leagues under the Sea' at the European Science on Stage festival 2019 in Cascais, Portugal.  

Follow this project on facebook: www.facebook.com/anapalmaliliana

News from Canada: Explo-discory - Families at the farm

On Saturday 27 May, Dr Johanne Patry, chair of Science on Stage Canada organised a special workshop with La Maison de la Famille de Vaudreuil-Soulanges. Following monthly workshops since November, this special event brought together 20 families with children from 8 months to 10 years old. 

The goal of this farm day was to introduce children to food production and farm animals. Different mini-workshops were held which use a scientific inquiry approach. The children produced butter from cream (change of state). They made writing chalk with egg shells (blending). With clay the kids modeled farm animals (anatomy). They put together their own perception of farms and food production with the help of old CD jackets and magazine pictures (projecting knowledge). Plus, they were 'presented' to different farm animals and the milk production system (animal diversity).

Everyone picnicked together with added milk chocolate et cheese, curtasy of Macdonald Farm of McGill University.

Explo-discovery worshops mission is to teach science to children 3 to 8 years old and to their parents. La Maison de la famille is a non-profit organisation which aims at working with families from different sectors, mainly vulnerable and economically problematic.

Well, such a day shows that hands-on science learning starts with the stomach!

08.06.2017

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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!