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Big success: First national Science on Stage festival in Latvia

On 10 September 2016 the first national Science on Stage festival 2016 in Latvia took place in Jelgava, Pasta Island together with Metal festival in Jelgava. Both the events have common aims: highlight the importance of science and technology in schools and among the public, raise  children’s and young people’s interest in engineering, science and research. The festival was supported by Jelgava City municipality and National Centre for Education of the Republic of Latvia.

The national steering committee received 17 applications from all over the country, representing different subjects and levels. 11 most innovative teaching ideas were presented by 20 teachers and their students during the festival. As the festival was an open event the ideas were presented to a very wide public.

The jury was represented by Agra B?rzi?a- vice director of  National Centre for Education of the Republic of Latvia, Skaidr?te Bukb?rde – head of  “Science on stage Latvia” NSC, Gatis V?tols- dean of ICT faculty at Latvia University of Agriculture, Baiba Da?e - teacher of physics at Jelgava State Gymnasium, Ingvilda Ivanova- science teacher at Jelgava Primary school No 4, Andris Ekmanis- teacher of physics, chemistry, biology at Jelgava Elementary school No 2.

Their  main task was to select the most innovative ideas to be presented at European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Hungary.

The jury admitted that all the presentations were really interesting, involving the students in active learning process and explaining rather complicated science phenomena in amusing, exciting way making them understandable!

 

General Assembly 2016 in Debrecen

From 15-16 June the annual General Assembly of Science on Stage Europe took place in beautiful Debrecen in Hungary. 39 representatives from 24 countries came together to report on their national activities and to think about new projects. Besides this, the main focus was on the Science on Stage festival 2017. Everyone was excited to finally visit the festival venue -  and everyone was impressed. We are really looking forward to get the festival started in this great location Kölscey Convention Center in Debrecen! Moreover, we were pleased to welcome four new countries within our network: Iceland, Latvia, Norway and Ukraine. Find out more about your Science on Stage country here.

You can find more pictures of our meeting at http://bit.ly/28Ms9mH.

French Science on Stage festival 2016

On 19 May the French Science on Stage festival 2016 took place at Le Creusot ALTO. It was a buzzing event: Around twenty-four creative teaching projects for primary and secondary schools were shown at an educational fair as well as some student projects from the IUT (University Institut of Technology at the University of Burgundy). Teachers from eight academies in France and 258 pupils from primary school presented their scientific projects. With Liliana Fernandes from Science On Stage Portugal aswell as Philippe Delsalte and Francis Moreau from Science On Stage Belgium also three STEM teachers from the European Science on Stage network took part in the French event.

'The French delegation is now ready for the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen - and we are looking forward to meet our European colleagues' says Ouadi Beya, head of Science on Stage France.

Science on Stage Ireland at Irish Science Teachers Association National Conference

On 9 April the Irish Science on Stage team presented a plenary presentation 'Looking Forward-Resources for the Classroom' at the Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA) National Conference in Limerick Institute of Technology. 

Paul Nugent, David Keenahan and Eilish McLoughlin, from the National Steering Committee, presented the aims of Science on Stage initiative which is designed to encourage teachers from across Europe to share best practice in science teaching. The presentation outlined the current and planned resources arising from the Science on Stage 2015 London festival as well as included some ‘fun favourites’ from previous festivals that inspire and re-enthuse science teachers. The presenters invited teachers to participate in future science on stage activities and provided details on opportunities for participating in the 2017 festival in Debrecen.

Irish Organizers and Sponsors were: CASTEL at Dublin City University, Institute of Physics, Professional Development Service for Teachers and Science Foundation Ireland.

Find further information at: www.istaconference.com

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