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The Chemistry is right: Italian-German teacher exchange with Science on Stage

The chemistry between these two chemistry teachers was right when they first met at the Science on Stage festival 2013: Here, Jens Viehweg from Meißen/Germany and Fancesca Butturini from Verona/Italy exchanged their projects and teaching ideas. To deepen the contact and to exchange even further, they met again in Verona using a Science on Stage travel scholarship.
Here's a short interview with Jens Viehweg and his impressions:

What happened during your exchange in Italy?
We held a workshop for teachers with our festival projects: Francesca’s “Chemical Equilibrium of the Kipp apparatus” and my project “Chips are not equally Chips”. Besides, we worked together with students to detect the chemistry of food components of potato, tortilla or crab crisps in class.

Will you use ideas gained at the exchange in your own classes?
Absolutely! I will use the Kipp experiments for a number of ambitious lessons at home. We also had enough time to test experiments with the Italian colleagues and to exchange about didactic and methodical aspects.

Have you thought of applying for the next Science on Stage festival with a joint project?
Indeed: we thought of developing a project that connects many subjects, is relevant for cross-border cooperation and for which we instantly found several experiments. This much can be revealed: It will have to do with H2O.

What was special about the exchange with a teacher abroad?
Student experiments aren’t the order of the day in Italy. Therefore, we aim to not only exchange in form and content in the future, but also technically in terms of how to organise group work, writing protocols and evaluations with students.

Want to go abroad as well?
Participants of the Science on Stage Festival 2013 can still apply for a Travel Scholarship and teacher exchange to meet colleagues of the festival again!



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New Website Science on Stage Europe

Of course the top blog entry has to deal with our new website. We can all have a last glimpse at the old homepage below. Please comment on what you think of the new version - we are looking forward to your suggestions, ideas and feedback: Any praise or constructive criticism is allowed!


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Science on Stage teacher now among top 100 UK scientists

Science on Stage teacher Richard Spencer is now among the UK's top 100 scientists: He participated in several Science on Stage festivals and in the development for science teaching materials with Science on Stage Germany.?

Richard published the iStage unit called "Brer Rabbit, Rare Rabbit" together with Philipp Gebhardt. He is also part of Science on Stage Germany's sequel iStage 2 - Smartphones in Science Teaching. We're proud to have such committed experts! Congratulations!

The Northern Echo: Teacher is named as one of UK's top 100 scientists

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Science on Stage Canada carried out into the world

In a row with Bill Gates, Al Gore or Jane Goodall in the past, Johanne Patry of Science on Stage Canada has presented a talk at this year's TEDx-conference in Montréal. TEDx is famous for bringing together thinkers of today giving them a chance to present their ideas for society on stage. 


As if this hadn't been enough, Johanne Patry has also been interviewed for La Presse, one of the biggest francophone newspapers in Canada. There she stresses the importance of the exchange among teachers via Science on Stage. It was not just taking, it was also giving something back, which is motivating for everyday life. Read the full article (in French) at La Presse online.


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