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ROBOLAND 2018: Michalis Orfanakis in Kazakhstan

From 29-31 March 2018, the 4th international festival of robotics, programming and innovative technologies 'ROBOLAND 2018' was held in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. It is the biggest festival of its kind in the country and one of the most important in Asia with more than 1,600 participants taking part in around 40 competition categories.

Physics teacher Michalis Orfanakis, teacher delegate of Science on Stage Greece at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 and winner of the 'European STEM Teacher Award' last year was invited to participate in the round table discussion on the guiding theme 'Digital Transformation of Education: The Competence of the Future'. At the round table he was accompanied by representatives of the educational authorities of Karaganda, representatives of educational institutions and universities, representatives of major educational robotic companies and by teachers that got highly awarded in their countries for special performances. 

At the festival Michalis presented the topic 'Transforming the traditional school science laboratory into an STEM Lab' to his Kazakh colleagues. Moreover, he took the opportunity to visit one of the biggest schools of Karaganda, to talk with representatives from educational institutions and schools and exchange views and ideas on educational issues.

He also represented Science on Stage Europe and introduced the participants to the networks' activities and teaching ressources.

Since March 2018 Science on Stage Kazakhstan is the youngest member of Science on Stage Europe.

Find the award winning project of Michalis Orfanakis here for download Tomography in school – Optical CT Scanner with Lego and Arduino.

Picture © Michalis Orfanakis

Science on Stage Greece: Award ceremony on 1st Vocational Lyceum of Salamis

An award ceremony was dedicated to a successful Greek project: The student teacher project “Manufacture prototype robotic photovoltaic detector, with partial simulation of the earth movement” got awarded at the 9th Hellenic Science on Stage Fair, held from 11-12 November 2016 at Laboratory Center of Physical Sciences of Aigaleo and later on at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in the category "Demanding and innovation experiment", among 233 entries.

The 1st Vocational Lyceum of Salamis was attended by the Deputy Minister of Education, Research & Religious Affairs Dimitris Baxevanakis accompanied by the Director of Themis Kotsifakis Office on 10 November 2017.

The event was welcomed by the head of the 1st Vocational Lyceum of Salamis, Mrs Anna Kanaki, the Mayor of Salamis, Mrs Isidora Nannou-Papathanasiou, the Director of Secondary Education of Piraeus Mr Nikolaos Moumouris, the President of the Piraeus Chamber of Crafts Mr Andrianos Michalaros.

In his greeting, the head of the Greek Steering Committee of the Science on Stage and head of the Laboratory Center of Physical Sciences of Aigaleo, Eugenia Tsitopoulou-Christodoulides presented the Science on Stage program.

In his greeting, Mr Baksevanakis congratulated the Director and the teachers of the 1st Vocational Lyceum of Salamis and especially Mr Petros Poutos and the students who distinguished themselves for their project and stressed that this success contributes decisively to the upgrading and the promotion of Vocational Education. The Deputy Minister pointed out that innovative educational actions are an important part of empowering and raising the awareness of the entire educational community, strengthening 21st century skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication, and enriching learning goals through cross- and interdisciplinary actions.

Finally, Mr Petros Poutos and his students presented their project to the public. Learn more.



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Athens: The Greek Science on Stage festival 2016

From 11-12 November 2016 the Greek Science on Stage festival took place as the '9th Hellenic Science on Stage Fair', which included an exhibition and contest of laboratory constructions and educational material on the theme of the programme: 'Inventing the Future of Science Education'. It was held in the premises of 'Laboratory Centre of Physical Sciences of Aigaleo', Athens (E.K.F.E. Aigaleo) together with '10th Science and Technology Fair'. At the event the Greek STEM teachers delegation for the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary, was chosen. 

The contest was open for teams of students and teachers from all Greek schools. During the two-day event, all selected projects were shown to students, teachers and the general public. The entrance to both events was free. 330 students and 60 teachers presented 150 projects to about 1000 visitors.

The Greek Science on Stage festival was organised by the 'Laboratory Centre of Physical Sciences of Aigaleo' and the Greek NSC. 


Greece: iStage 3 workshop in Athens

On 20 September 2016 a teacher training based on the teaching material 'iStage 3 - Football in Science Teaching' was held in Athens. Dionysis Konstantinou, who is one of the authors of the brochure, and Kostas Louvaris presented two teaching units: 'Don't Touch the Ground' and 'Stamping the Carbon Footprint'. In the course of this workshops the units were translated into Greek.

The participants were also informed about the European STEM League, the upcoming Greek Science on Stage festival and the relevant activities of the Greek branch of Science on Stage.

It was a succesfull meeting, especially considering the response of the Greek colleagues.

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