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Visiting the Netherlands: Spanish-Dutch joint project proceeds

From 15-18 December Nuria Muñoz Molina from La Inmaculada School in Algeciras, Spain, visited her teacher colleague Silvio Rademaker at the Amadeus Lyceum in Vleuten, Utrecht. They both met at the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London as delegates of Science on Stage Spain and Science on Stage Netherlands. Together they started to work on the joint project 'Phantoms or Physics'. Find here the full report of Nuria on the latest exhange:

"On Thursday, 15th December, I travelled to Utrecht, The Netherlands, to collaborate and exchange in person with my colleague Silvio Rademaker in our joint project 'Phantoms or Physics'. On Friday Silvio and I went straight to school where I got to meet the principal and colleagues. After this nice and warm welcome we headed off to a large classroom where I met the students that are involved in the project. I had the opportunity to show them the part that my students have already developed throught our joint project and they explained their research regarding the same thing to me. I also visited most of the departments. I was pleasantly surprised about the facilities that the Amadeus Lyceum can offer to its students. The atmosphere at the school is really friendly. The educational system is quite different to the one that we have in Spain. Therefore I have brought new ideas that I have already shared with the headmistress and my colleagues at my school. It was well worth a visit!

The next topic on the agenda was about going to participate in the 51ª Conference for Physics Teachers. We stopped on the way to the conference because we had to attend to a phone call from a Spanish radio station and Silvio and I were interviewed to explain all about our joint project and my experience during the visit to The Netherlands. At last we got to the WND Conference with its nearly 600 physics teachers. Silvio and I did our workshop in the evening. I explained how 'hidden science' was used in magic shows and theatres during the 19th century and how performers used science as an art in their productions. We were so lucky that David Featonby from Science on Stage UK was there too.

Afterwards we shared a fantastic dinner with teachers that came from Belgium and The Netherlands. We had the opportunity to exchange ideas and future projects about science. Therefore it was very inspiring to hear new ideas and different approaches concerning the same subject. After dinner we participated in a big Science market where we could enjoy drinks while we were visiting different stalls, some of them with scientific books, others with experiments, and other ones with scientific toys. We also had the chance to chat to many teachers in a very relaxing atmosphere.

On the last day, Silvio and I attended David Featonby's workshop entitled 'What's next?'. He did lots of amazing experiments, in a very didactic way so we took photos of everything and we took advantage of being able to bring back ideas to our classes. I feel that I was very priveledged to participate in this unique experience and I'm grateful to the fact that thanks to Science on Stage I had the opportunity to meet Silvio and carry out a joint project and meet new colleagues and friends such as David Featonby. For more information regarding our experiments that we demonstrated throughout our workshop, please visit the webpage phantomsorphysics.wordpress.com."

Science on Stage UK head to the hills of Wales

As a nice start to the week, Elizabeth Chambers from Science on Stage UK keeps us updated about the latest activities of our network at the UK:

"Alessio Bernardelli and Shirin Sheikh-Bahai, both UK delegates from the 2015 international festival, waved the Science on Stage UK (or Gwyddoniaeth ar lwyfan UK in the Welsh language) flag at the British Science Festival in Swansea. The festival took place between the 6 and 9 September and was the latest edition of Europe's longest-standing national event which aims to connect the public with scientists, engineers, technologists and social scientists.

The annual festival has a special evening event dedicated to STEM education, aptly named the STEM in education evening. For the first time, Science on Stage UK held a stand alongside some of the UK’s largest STEM supporters, to raise the profile of the opportunity and live application process with Welsh teachers and technicians.

Shirin, head of Science at the Harris Academy in London, and Alessio, former teacher at Croesyceiliog School, spoke about their projects, teaching ideas and also the amazing opportunity Science on Stage was for them to teachers, STEM professionals, scientists and even members of the Welsh Government.

This September will also see two articles about Science on Stage UK coming out in well respected and well read education publications. Colin and Deirdre tell their story of Science on Stage UK in the 265th edition of Education in Science, and Alessio has written about his workshop with Giovanni Pezzi from Italy back in the summer in the September edition of Classroom physics.

We are looking forward to sending our UK delegates out to more events in the UK and internationally and writing more articles in this new academic year before the festival in Hungary, to continue to highlight the amazing opportunity and benefits from engaging with Science on Stage."

Festival project ‘vortex rings’: French teaching idea successfully adapted by German students

A French teachers' project of the last European Science on Stage festival continues its triumphant success in German classrooms: In 2015 Vincent Devaux and Sébastien Poirier from the team of Science on Stage France fascinated their colleagues with the project 'At the discovery of vortex rings' at the event in London. Now the teaching idea was adopted by a German class of the Gymnasium Höchstadt/Aisch: The students examined the phenomena of vortex rings and developed together with young engineers a modified modell on basis of the French idea. For that they got recently awarded at the 'students team competition for natural sciences and technics 2015/16 - Vision-Ing21' at the university in Erlangen.  

All pictures provided by ©Gymnasium Höchstadt / Aisch - Klaus Strienz 

Phantoms and Physics: New joint project between the Netherlands and Spain

On 17 April 2016 Silvio Rademaker from the Amadeus Lyceum in Vleuten (Utrecht) travelled to Spain for five days to meet Nuria Muñoz Molina from La Inmaculada School in Algeciras. Both teachers met at the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London and decided to go for a joint project named 'Phantoms or Physics'. 

The visit was very successful: After meeting the principal and Spanish colleagues, Silvio Rademaker presented the project, his school and his work in the Netherlands to the students of 'La Inmaculada' who participated enthusiastically and succeeded in performing a difficult group experiment where they shrank a plastic bottle from a distance, only by using their mental powers! 

After that Silvio Rademaker and Nuria Muñoz Molina were invited to visit a local radio station and explain all about the joint project.

The following day they went to the 10th annual science fair Diverciencia in Algeciras where they presented their project and gave a little show for visitors making their personal possessions disappear (and reappear again) among lots of other experiments about phantoms. Sharing a fantastic lunch with teachers from lots of schools in the South of Spain they had the opportunity to exchange ideas and future projects about science and to hear new ideas and different approaches surrounding the same subject.

The fair was visited very well by thousands of pupils and visitors and the presentations were made by pupils of 'La Inmaculada'. During the fair Silvio Rademaker and Nuria Muñoz Molina could not participate in the competition, but some months later the project won the gold medal in the competition 'IV Certamen Jóvenes Investigadores in Algeciras' - what a great success!

Learn more about the project and its experiments at phantomsorphysics.wordpress.com

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