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Switzerland: Participants from the festival 2015 present their projects to interested teachers

On 8 June 2016 Science on Stage Switzerland held a half day workshop, hosted by the Haute école pédagogique Vaud in Lausanne. The aim of this workshop was to share with interested teachers the experiences of the teams participating in the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London.

Swiss delegates presented a selection of the best festival projects as well as their own contribution to the festival. The main speaker of the workshop was teacher Anna Gunnarsson, member of the Swedish delegation. She presented her project « Adventurous science in stories and experiments » and shared her teaching concept with the participants. To gain the interest of children for science she starts by telling a tale, e.g. about Berta the dragon or Tunda and Triton, the bat and the salamander, which include scientific notions and the stories always end with intersting experiments around daily objects. The afternoon ended with a fair and stands presenting the experiments of the Swiss teams.

More photos on the website of Science on Stage Switzerland: http://www.naturalsciences.ch/organisations/science_stage_switzerland

  

Images from left to right: Anna Gunnarsson; Julien Rochat and his model illustrating the natural water-cycle; Thierry Dias, winner European Science Teacher Awared 2015 (all photos by S. Corpateux)

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.

Strengthening the Science on Stage family ties: Finland and Hungary visiting Turkey

On 7 May 2016 the national Science on Stage festival of Turkey took place in Ankara. With Kirsi Rehunen from Finland and András Róka from Hungary also two former participants of the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London took part in the event and presented their projects to the Turkish colleagues.

Besides the Turkish festival Kirsi Rehunen was able to also visit the city and the preschool Doku Kültür Anaokulu. She was quiet impressed by the commitment of her Turkish colleagues: 'There were teachers to drama, science, english and the thinking was that only the best education is enough to their children. They were not just teaching knowledge , behaviors, attitudes and skills development: They want to make children to think! The most important things of the month were always at wall so that the parents are able to watch what their children have learned. As a visitor it was nice to notice the motivation and loving care of the adults who work there.'

At the Turkish Science on Stage festival at Naz?m Hikmet Congress & Arts Center Kirsi Rehunen and András Róka met their colleagues from Turkey and got to know about lots of new innovative teaching ideas represented at the fair. András Róka presented his project from the European Science on Stage festival 2015 on stage and gave quite a show about electrones to the surprised audience. Kirsi Rehunen introduced her co-operation with a Finnish museum of technology named 'Pedagogy meets Museum', focusing on the pedagogy and education aspect inside and outside of the museum. The Turkish teachers were very curious about the project and asked a lot of questions.

As a conclusion Kirsi Rehunen stated: 'Meeting Turkish teachers was an important thing to me. It was inspiring to get to know them and their style of teaching!' and András Róka emphasises 'the extraordinary hospitality of the Turkish hosts'.

From Goslar to Budapest: Continuing exchange programme with students from Germany and Hungary

After Márta Gajdosné-Szabó from the Kempelen Farkas Gimnazium in Budapest visited her Science on Stage partners Ute Eckhof and Dr. Walter Frank from the Christian-von-Dohm-Gymnasium in Goslar with four of her students in September last year (see blog report 07.09.2015) the German students now went for a return visit from 06-12 April.

Together with their teachers Ute Eckhof and Axel Klaus the German students got acquainted with the Hungarian culture, language, history and, of course, chemistry through mining. To solve scientific problems the Hungarian and German students simulated a multi company using a common language and thereby not only deepened their skills in doing research but also in how to communicate as an international group!

The exchange project ‚Mining in Europe‘ is part of the German-Hungarian teaching concept ‚Worldwide Mountains‘, jointly initialised by Ute Eckhof and Dr. Walter Frank and Márta Gajdosné Szabó. At the Science on Stage Festival 2015 in London the German-Hungarian Joint-Project was rewarded with the European Science Teacher Award for its enthralling idea how to combine metals science in chemistry with local mining.

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