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Liberec: Czech Science on Stage festival 2018

On 13 October 2018 the Czech Science on Stage festival took place at the science centre iQLANDIA in Liberec. The whole day was packed with experiments, great ideas and interesting projects and primarily full of enthusiastic people: teachers who presented their new ideas, teachers who came for inspirations, educators, university researches and lecturers, science centre lecturers and entertainers, as well as families with kids who visited the science centre iQLANDIA, because the whole event was open to public.

In the morning the whole Science on Stage principle and its activities were introduced, followed by presentations and workshops. Jitka Soukupová, high school teacher from Stříbro, participant of two European Science on Stage festivals in London and Debrecen, gave a workshop about 'iStage 3 - Football in Science Teaching' and about the successful participation of her team in the European STEM League. Jitka Houfková introduced the newest Science on Stage material for primary school 'Lilu’s House - Language Skills through Experiments' and all the brochures of Lilu’s House that were available were immediately taken by interested teachers. Both Jitka’s together presented a workshop demonstrating experiments for youngsters, formerly presented at the Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen.

Zdeněk Polák, high school teacher from Náchod, who participates in Science on Stage since its very beginning as Physics on Stage, and Peter Žilavý from high school in Tábor, participant of several international Science on Stage festivals, gave workshops based on their project presented in Debrecen.  Zdeněk presented his workshop 'Let’s play with heat' and Peter a workshop about 'Electromagnetics induction in many forms'.

After lunch the sixteen new projects that made it to the finals were presented by nineteen teachers on the stalls in the fair, as workshops or as stage performances. All presented projects were outstanding and it was a really difficult task for the jury composed of former Science on Stage international festivals participants, teachers, science educators and researchers, to make final decision and to choose the seven projects to represent Czech Republic at the next European Science on Stage festival in Portugal. We had two side juries as well – one composed of children and one composed of visitors - teachers and publics.

Prizes of the main jury:

  • Boats and Ships - Kateřina Lipertová
  • Physical experiments in computer science and beyond - Peter Žilavý
  • Traveling with famous scientists and discoverers - Jitka Soukupová


Children's jury prizes

  • Science show: Chemistry vs. physics - Petr Desenský, Pavel Saal
  • Workshop: Life of Plants - Monika Hojdanová
  • Drops and droplets - Věra Koudelková


Prizes of the publics

  • From Chicken to Bos and other soundtricks - Dana Mandíková
  • Workshop: High and low pressure - Zdeněk Hubáček
  • Boats and Pumps - Kateřina Lipertová


Special award

  • EarthKAM Space Mission – Vítek Peterka, Levi Crossan


Representatives of the Czech Republic at the Science on Stage 2019 International Festival (in alphabetical order by the authors)

  • Drops and droplets - Věra Koudelková
  • Boats and Ships - Kateřina Lipertová
  • From Chicken to Bos and other soundtricks - Dana Mandíková
  • Traveling with famous scientists and discoverers - Jitka Soukupová
  • Physical experiments in computer science and beyond - Peter Žilavý
  • Workshop: Life of Plants - Monika Hojdanová
  • Workshop: High and low pressure - Zdeněk Hubáček


Substitutes (in order of placement)

  • Vědohrátky - Kateřina Vágnerová, Jana Rožňová - one member of the team
  • Chemical Reactions in Project Teaching - Miroslava Bělochová


Big congratulation to all winners as well as to all participant for their fabulous projects and wonderful presentations!

Many thanks to all ten jury members for their hard work.

Science on Stage Czech Republic would like to thank to the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, for its continual, not only financial, support without which it’s activity would not be possible.

Further Science on Stage Czech Republic would like to thank to the science centre iQLANDIA for hosting the national event.

Report by Jitka Houfková

Slovenian Science on Stage festival 2018: Delegates for Portugal are chosen!

Under the motto 'Nature, Humans and Experiments' the 24th Slovenian Science festival with international participation was held from 25 to 27 September 2018 at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Ljubljana, Slovenia. On site eight teachers from elementary and secondary schools presented their projects to apply for the European Science on Stage festival 2019 in Cascais, Portugal.

About 200 visitors watched the presentations with great interest, most of whom were pupils and their teachers from elementary schools, followed by students and their mentors from different secondary schools, and also students from the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology.

Pictures © Science on Stage Slovenia

All projects presented were evaluated by a four-member jury composed of Howie Firth, PhD (Member), Edvard Kobal, PhD (Member), Chair of the jury, Vesna Ferk Savec, PhD, and the author of this article, Nika Cebin, MSc (Member). All the visitors were able to take part in the evaluation of each presented project with the use of smartphones by scanning the QR code or via a specific web application.

The following projects were chosen to represent Slovenia at the European Science on Stage festival in Portugal:

  • See, Think, Unlock - GimLit Fortress (Branko Koprivnikar)
  • Dinner for two (Ljudmila Vrhovnik and Alenka Perko Bašelj)
  • Tannin – tan for leather, ink or medicine (Renata Flander)
  • Soap bubbles on wood (Daša Sojer)


Congratulations!

Latvian Science on Stage festival 2018

On 8 September the Latvian Science on Stage festival 2018 took place in Jelgava. Skaidrīte Bukbārde, Main NSC of Science on Stage Latvia reports:

"The national Science on Stage festival 2018 in Latvia took place on 8 September 2018 in Jelgava. It was organized within the Metal festival, an event that exists for already eight years and shares the same aims as Science on Stage, that is: to highlight the importance of science and technology in schools and among the public, to 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 11 applications from all over the country, representing different subjects and levels. Eight most innovative teaching ideas were presented by 13 teachers and their students during the festival. As the festival was an open event the ideas were presented to a very wide public.

Picture © Science on Stage Latvia

The jury was represented by Agra Bērziņa-the director of non-formal education department at National Centre for Education of the Republic of Latvia, Baiba Daģe - teacher of physics at Jelgava State Gymnasium, Ingvilda Ivanova- science teacher at Jelgava Primary school No 4, Reinis Rukmanis- IT teacher from Tukuma evening and part-time high school, Daiga Krieviņa and Māra Mikelsone techers from Marupe Elementary School, Science on stage - 2016 national winners and participants of the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary. Their  main task of the jury was to select the most innovative ideas to be presented at European Science on Stage festival 2019 in Portugal.

The jury admitted that all the presentations were really interesting, involving the students in an active learning process and explaining rather complicated science phenomena in an amusing, exciting way. We really hope the event proved that technical subjects are neither complicated nor boring.

At the Latvia Science on Stage festival the national STEM teacher delegation was chosen. Those teachers will represent the country at the European Science on Stage festival 2019 in Portugal:

1 st prize- Inese Pickaine un Iveta Labunska (Skrunda Secondary school)
2 nd prize- Zintis Buls (Zemgales region human resource and comptences development centre)
3 rd prize - Liene Sabule un Liene Krieviņa (Jelgava State gymnasium)
 

The teachers participating in the Latvian Science on Stage festival had a possibility to show their innovative teaching ideas also at the regional invention and innovation exhibition 'MINOX Zemgale -2018' that is organized to promote the inventors’ activity in Latvia, as well as to promote the introduction of inventions into real life.

The teachers  Ērika Siliņa un Inese Kukaine from Cesis Secondary school were awarded with Silver diploma for their creative ideas how to use inexpensive or reused materials to create interesting equipment to demonstrate variuos phenomena."

Ljubljana:  Second seminar ‘From School Experiments to Experiments at Festivals and on Stages’

On 12 May 2018 the second part of the seminar 'From School Experiments to Experiments at Festivals and Stages' was organised by Science on Stage Slovenia and took place at the UL Pedagogical Faculty in Ljubljana. The focus was on workshops on practical experiments.

First Edvard Kobal, director of the Slovenian Science Foundation, welcomed the participants and invited them to apply for the 24th Slovenian Science Festival with international participation in September 2018. At this event also the Slovenian teacher delegates for the European Science on Stage festival 2019 in Cascais, Portugal, will be chosen.

A one-hour experimental presentation on 'Water over the head' by Maša and Miha Kukec followed. After that Maša Sojer presented interesting innovations with wood.

After the break, all participants split into two groups: one group examined biofuels and did further experimental research on fermentation (alcoholic fermentation). The second group investigated the 'act of murder' with experiments related to forensics (chemistry solves murder) and the identification of fingerprints. After an hour, the groups switched.

The participants were very satisfied with the content and organization of the second part of this seminar. They have gained a lot of experience and useful knowledge.

All pictures © Nika Cebin / Science on Stage Slovenia

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