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20,000 leagues under the sea: a Spanish-Portuguese joint project

Liliana Fernándes teacher at the Basic School nº2 Vila Verde in Portugal and Ana Villaescusa, president of the Association 'Friends of Science', Diverciencia in Algeciras, met at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary.

Together with Palma Garcia Hormigo, a teacher of Puertoblanco School in Algeciras, they decided to work together and develop a joint project for pre-primary and primary school children called '20,000 leagues under the sea'. The project is intended to introduce students to the STEAM disciplines through the story by Jules Verne.


Ana and Palma visited Liliana from 24 to 26 January 2018 to exchange experiences and carry out previously scheduled activities. At Liliana's school, activities are organized for students from 1-3 primary school grade. Together with the Portuguese students the Spanish teachers designed and decorated a homemade periscope, an interactive map with the Nautilus route and with a representative fact of each stage through a PowerPoint presentation with a playful introduction to the knowledge of the marine fauna, food chains and Gyotaku (technique of primer with fish). Liliana encouraged her students to explain through an experiment the immersion and emersion of a submarine.

The morning activities concluded with a lunch shared with teachers from the Portuguese center and with a just management team where experiences were exchanged on methodology and teacher training, as well as teaching material.

In the afternoon, Liliana, who is a volunteer at the Alberto Sampaio Secondary School, (Braga) took Ana and Palma to her robotics workshop. In this center they learned the way to implement robotics  through LEGO and bee bots in their project. In this institute, the director Lucio Botelho, showed the Spanish teachers around the facilities, stopping especially in the science laboratory.

At the morning of 26 January Ana, Palma and Liliana discussed the visit of Liliana in Spain. She will travel to come Algeciras in December 2018. They scheduled the activities that they want to carry out during this school year, discussed the materials that they want to use, the methodology that they are going to use and invitations to possible speakers.

The afternoon was dedicated in carrying out the activities related to the project in the school EB1 de Esporões of Braga, with third year primary students with whom Liliana also collaborates as a volunteer teacher. During this session Teresa de Jesus, one of the directives of the Alberto Sampaio Secondary School on which this primary school depends was present, congratulating the Spanish-Portuguese teacher team for this innovative initiative that links literature with science.

Ana, Liliana and Palma will present this project at the First Ibero-American Conference of Teachers to be held in Algeciras from 6-8 December 2018. It will also be presented at the Meeting for Ciencia en Acción to be held in Viladecans, Barcelona from 5-7 October 2018.

The main objective of course is to share the joint project '20,000 Leagues under the Sea' at the European Science on Stage festival 2019 in Cascais, Portugal.  

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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.

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.

Meet up at the Science on Stage Portugal Regional Events!

Already since December 2015 Science on Stage Portugal started to run a programme of regional events planned for five different cities from north to south of the country.

The first event happened in Lisbon at 5 December 2015 with great success. That day started with a teacher training at a 'NUCLIO Pilot Day' at the Centro de Interpretação Ambiental da Pedra do Sal in S. Pedro do Estoril near the sea shore of Lisbon and by evening went on a Café Science & Art in Lisbon Planetarium Calouste Gulbenkian a Ciência Viva Science Centre. One of the Portuguese delegates of the former European Science on Stage festival 2015 – Liliana Fernandes – presented her teaching project 'Meet our neighbours' and described her experience during the festival in London. The NSC coordinator then presented the organisation of Science on Stage, the networks activities as well as the opportunities for Portuguese teachers. The training went on with activities about 'Inquiry Based Science Learning' and communication about the project 'Digital Schools of Europe'. In the evening in the planetarium an intimate setting took place between 'comet' tea, coffee and cookies. Participants heard secrets about lasers by the scientist Gonçalo Figueira (from IPFN and Instituto Superior Técnico), advises how to photograph the sky by Miguel Claro (Dark Sky Alqueva)and listen to music from 'Skylight', a 'Global Science Opera' by conductor Oded Ben-Orin. Before the end of the day NUCLIO with Mario Ramos toasted us with night sky watching through telescope.

The next regional event took place in Águeda, Coimbra in the Instituto de Educação e Cidadania (Mamarrosa) on 16 January 2016 with more than 20 teachers attenting a teacher training about inquiry based learning, the European platform Science on Stage and the project Go-Lab. The event was organised by Álvaro Folhas. He and Honorata Pereira, were two of the Portuguese Delegates that attended the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London and on that day had the opportunity to present and discuss their educational projects with participants.

The NSC coordinator Isabel Borges spread the spirit of Science on Stage also for the next European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen. In the evening some families and general public went to the Café Ciência about black holes and their mysteries.

The dates for further regional events in 2016 are

13 February 2016 – Loulé, Algarve

20 February 2016 - Braga

27 February 2016 - Setúbal 

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