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#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!

Finland and Germany: Students from Wesel examining the Baltic Sea in Finnish SummerSchool

In 2015 Helena van Suomela from Finland and Christian Karus from Germany met at the European Science on Stage festival in London. Some time passed, things had to be organised but finally ten German students took part in the Finnish project SummerSchool ‘Baltic Sea’. On Seili, an island near the city Turku, they examined the marine ecosystem of the Baltic Sea together with seven students from Finland. Now a students exchange is planned for the next year: The Finnish SummerSchool will then take place in Wesel with special focus on the ecosystem of the Rhine.

Germany goes Italy: Take a workshop to your country for chemistry teachers

From 6-7 April 2017 two German chemistry teachers visited Tramin in South Tyrol to give a workshop about 'Experiment-based tasks which integrate contexts into a process-oriented environment and aim at active handling of knowledge' at the Fortbildungsakademie Schloss Rechtenthal. With this project Gregor von Borstel and Andreas Böhm won the European Science Teacher Award at the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London.

The project of the two German teachers needs only little material of low cost. With devices from medical technology the 20 participants experimented on oxygen, the shifting of chemical equilibrium or analysed the chemical reactions behind hotpots and cool packs. The two workshop leaders were rewarded with an overwhelming positive feedback!

Learn more about the project: http://www.lncu.de/index.php?alias=startseite

 

Germany goes Switzerland: Take a Workshop to your Country at the Life Science Symposium in Basel

On Saturday, 18 March 2017 three German STEM teachers from Ludwig-Thoma-Gymnasium in Prien am Chiemsee gave a workshop in Switzerland: Johannes Almer, Ernst Hollweck and Thomas Gerl joined the Life Science Symposium at the Bäumlihof Gymnasium in Basel, a transnational science event at the tri-state area of Switzerland, France and Germany, to present two hands-on workshops: 'Who murdered Sir Ernest' and 'Energy from Yeast - Microbiological Fuel Cells'. At a stand on site they also presented the BISA project which focuses on biodiversity.  

The German teacher team was invited to take their workshops to Switzerland by Dr. Sacha Glardon and Thomas Scheuber, two Swiss teachers who also gave a workshop at the Life Science Symposium with the title 'Alles Banana und colourful Carrots'.

Find further information about the Science on Stage 'Take a Workshop to your Country' programme here.

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