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Language Skills through Experiments: Science on Stage presents new teaching material in Brussels

Why do I see my reflection upside-down in a spoon? Why does bread dough not rise without yeast? For children, everyday life is full of questions. Inspired by this, an international teacher team from seven countries developed specific ideas and practical advice on how to promote the basic scientific knowledge of primary school children while simultaneously training their skills in reading, writing and speaking. On 21 September Science on Stage presented the new teaching brochure 'Lilu's House: Language Skills through Experiments' at the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union in Brussels. The project was supported by the Joachim Herz Stiftung.

Find the official press release here.
 

Picture © Eric Berghen

#SonS2017 Follow-up: German-Dutch Teacher Exchange

Mira Büllesbach, Stephanie Cremer and Bert Nagel met as teacher delegates from Science on Stage Germany and Science on Stage Netherlands at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary. There they decided to develop a project together under the topic 'How food passes through human body - students learn to build and use models around the digestive system'.

In March 2018 Mira and Stephanie went to see Bert in Lelystad, Netherlands to develop their ideas. The project will introduce primary school students to the secrets under the skin, making them think about what is going on in their body and helping them to work together and to use language for the processes they discover. The students will create a basic model on the digestive system and improve it step by step. During that the teacher will be a mentor to the students, inspire them to come up with questions, to design experiments in order to get answers to their questions and thereby learn more about the digestive system. The project is designed to be inclusive: All children can join the project and learn together because it works autonomously from cognition, culture or language.

We are very much excited to hear more from this German-Dutch project!

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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