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STEM is a roller coaster

Curve sketching, acceleration or free fall: Amusement parks are a wonderland to think about science teaching concepts. At the Italian Mirabilandia amusement park in Ravenna, science teachers recently came together not only to ride roller coasters, but to discuss their new ideas for STEM education (“Nuove Idee per l'Insegnamento scientifico"). Among them were several Science on Stage teachers.

 


Giovanni Pezzi, participant of the Science on Stage festival 2013, presented his ideas of how to do video analysis of the dynamics of roller coasters using the computer program Tracker to the teachers at the conference.

Find Lorenza Resta and Giovanni Pezzi's Science on Stage festival 2013 project here: Matebilandia - Experiencing Mathematical Modelling in an Amusement Park 

Lorenza Resta, who also participated in the last festival, presented her ideas about how teachers can measure acceleration and velocity by using smartphones on amusement park attractions. Lorenza will publish these teaching ideas in the upcoming Science on Stage Germany brochure iStage 2 - Smartphones in Science Teaching, which will be launched in December with the support of SAP.

As coordinator of the project, Jean-Luc Richter introduced iStage 2 and the Science on Stage smartphone fun fair competition, which is still open to interested teachers.

The participating teachers also had the chance to test the newly acquired teaching ideas at Mirabilandia amusement park. Their students are surely looking forward to their next STEM classes.

17.09.2014

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Shine a light on the next festival location: General Assembly in London

The motto of the Science on Stage festival 2015 at Queen Mary University of London is “Illuminating Science Education”. Recently our country representatives from Cyprus to Sweden and Portugal to Slovenia met at the next festival location. We are happy to share a first enlightening glimpse of where the Science on Stage magic is going to happen.

Besides the campus tour, we have also thought about new programme elements for the festival and how to enable even more enduring teacher exchange.

See more pictures of the festival 2015 location on facebook!


 

The General Assembly takes place every year. The National Steering Committees of the Science on Stage countries present their national activities and think about new ways to broaden the network and how to connect teachers across borders to ensure that science teaching all over Europe with Science on Stage is growing further.

02.07.2014

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Welcome Science on Stage Turkey!

Sometimes it goes stroke upon stroke: Science on Stage Turkey has joined as the 25th member country of Science on Stage Europe shortly after Switzerland. We look forward to inspiring ideas, new teaching concepts and the overall exchange with science teachers from Turkey.

Science on Stage Turkey will be announced for the first time at the second International Children Summit on Hands on Science and Environmental Education from 12-17 May 2014 in Bursa. 

Find further information on www.science-on-stage.eu/turkey

14.05.2014

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iStage 2 - Smartphones in Science Teaching: Second meeting in Berlin

The second workshop to develop the upcoming Science on Stage Germany brochure called iStage 2: Smartphones in Science Teaching took place from 3-5 May at SAP in Berlin. Twenty teachers from 14 countries develop teaching materials for European colleagues how smartphones and apps can be integrated in science teaching.


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Find pictures of the iStage 2 meeting in Berlin on facebook!

Amongst the projects are units about the measurements of height, magnetic fields, measurements of parallaxis, location of songbirds or acceleration on rollercoasters by using a smartphone.

At the meeting the teachers got together in project groups to finalise the teaching units and texts for the brochure. All participants have been testing their teaching ideas with students during the last months and composed instructions how to successfully implement the smartphone projects in class.

Science on Stage Germany will publish the materials in a brochure in German and English and as an iBook in December 2014. The project is proudly supported by SAP.

Find further information on Science on Stage Germany's website.

08.05.2014

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