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Visiting the Netherlands: Spanish-Dutch joint project proceeds

From 15-18 December Nuria Muñoz Molina from La Inmaculada School in Algeciras, Spain, visited her teacher colleague Silvio Rademaker at the Amadeus Lyceum in Vleuten, Utrecht. They both met at the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London as delegates of Science on Stage Spain and Science on Stage Netherlands. Together they started to work on the joint project 'Phantoms or Physics'. Find here the full report of Nuria on the latest exhange:

"On Thursday, 15th December, I travelled to Utrecht, The Netherlands, to collaborate and exchange in person with my colleague Silvio Rademaker in our joint project 'Phantoms or Physics'. On Friday Silvio and I went straight to school where I got to meet the principal and colleagues. After this nice and warm welcome we headed off to a large classroom where I met the students that are involved in the project. I had the opportunity to show them the part that my students have already developed throught our joint project and they explained their research regarding the same thing to me. I also visited most of the departments. I was pleasantly surprised about the facilities that the Amadeus Lyceum can offer to its students. The atmosphere at the school is really friendly. The educational system is quite different to the one that we have in Spain. Therefore I have brought new ideas that I have already shared with the headmistress and my colleagues at my school. It was well worth a visit!

The next topic on the agenda was about going to participate in the 51ª Conference for Physics Teachers. We stopped on the way to the conference because we had to attend to a phone call from a Spanish radio station and Silvio and I were interviewed to explain all about our joint project and my experience during the visit to The Netherlands. At last we got to the WND Conference with its nearly 600 physics teachers. Silvio and I did our workshop in the evening. I explained how 'hidden science' was used in magic shows and theatres during the 19th century and how performers used science as an art in their productions. We were so lucky that David Featonby from Science on Stage UK was there too.

Afterwards we shared a fantastic dinner with teachers that came from Belgium and The Netherlands. We had the opportunity to exchange ideas and future projects about science. Therefore it was very inspiring to hear new ideas and different approaches concerning the same subject. After dinner we participated in a big Science market where we could enjoy drinks while we were visiting different stalls, some of them with scientific books, others with experiments, and other ones with scientific toys. We also had the chance to chat to many teachers in a very relaxing atmosphere.

On the last day, Silvio and I attended David Featonby's workshop entitled 'What's next?'. He did lots of amazing experiments, in a very didactic way so we took photos of everything and we took advantage of being able to bring back ideas to our classes. I feel that I was very priveledged to participate in this unique experience and I'm grateful to the fact that thanks to Science on Stage I had the opportunity to meet Silvio and carry out a joint project and meet new colleagues and friends such as David Featonby. For more information regarding our experiments that we demonstrated throughout our workshop, please visit the webpage phantomsorphysics.wordpress.com."

Football in Science Teaching: Presentations in Spain and Hungary

From 7-9 October two national Science on Stage festivals took place in Hungary and Spain. Both events in Debrecen and Algeciras were a great success and very well visited. As international STEM teachers network we are especially proud that also teachers from other countries took part in the Spanish and the Hungarian festival and presented our international teacher project iStage 3 - Football in Science Teaching as well as the follow-up project European STEM League.  In Algeciras Philippe Jeanjacquot from France and Pere Compte from Spain gave a workshop based on the brochure. The participants were especially introduced to the teaching unit Under Pressure. In Debrecen Márta Gajdosné Szabó from Hungary, Corina Toma from Romania as well as Richard Spencer and David Featonby from UK answered the questions of their Hungarian colleagues about 'iStage 3' at the festival fair and on stage. Good work everyone!

Phantoms and Physics: New joint project between the Netherlands and Spain

On 17 April 2016 Silvio Rademaker from the Amadeus Lyceum in Vleuten (Utrecht) travelled to Spain for five days to meet Nuria Muñoz Molina from La Inmaculada School in Algeciras. Both teachers met at the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London and decided to go for a joint project named 'Phantoms or Physics'. 

The visit was very successful: After meeting the principal and Spanish colleagues, Silvio Rademaker presented the project, his school and his work in the Netherlands to the students of 'La Inmaculada' who participated enthusiastically and succeeded in performing a difficult group experiment where they shrank a plastic bottle from a distance, only by using their mental powers! 

After that Silvio Rademaker and Nuria Muñoz Molina were invited to visit a local radio station and explain all about the joint project.

The following day they went to the 10th annual science fair Diverciencia in Algeciras where they presented their project and gave a little show for visitors making their personal possessions disappear (and reappear again) among lots of other experiments about phantoms. Sharing a fantastic lunch with teachers from lots of schools in the South of Spain they had the opportunity to exchange ideas and future projects about science and to hear new ideas and different approaches surrounding the same subject.

The fair was visited very well by thousands of pupils and visitors and the presentations were made by pupils of 'La Inmaculada'. During the fair Silvio Rademaker and Nuria Muñoz Molina could not participate in the competition, but some months later the project won the gold medal in the competition 'IV Certamen Jóvenes Investigadores in Algeciras' - what a great success!

Learn more about the project and its experiments at phantomsorphysics.wordpress.com

Join the Spanish network: Introductory courses in Algeciras, Jerez de la Frontera and Malaga

From 7-9 October 2016 the Spanish Science on Stage festival will take place at Escuela Politécnica Superior de Algeciras, Cádiz as the 17th edition of 'Ciencia an Acción'. In order to involve new teachers in the program Science on Stage Spain organised several introductory courses in the Spanish region Andalucia. By this new participants and visitors shall be motivated to join the event.

The first presentations took place in Algeciras on 9 and 7 February 2016 as well as in Jerez de la Frontera on 18 February 2016. The next introductory course will take place in Malaga on 31 March 2016. The speakers of theses courses are teachers who participated in previous editions of 'Ciencia an Acción' and Science on Stage. 

For further information get in direct contact with the Spanish NSC.

 

14.03.2016

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