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Welcome Science on Stage Switzerland!

The Science on Stage family has just grown a little more: We welcome Science on Stage Switzerland as our newest member and look forward to the international exchange of teaching concepts and ideas with Swiss science teachers!

As a first step, Science on Stage Switzerland has set up a homepage to inform science teachers of their region about dates and events in their network.

Furthermore the national event to select Swiss teachers for the European Science on Stage festival will be held 15 November 2014. Swiss science teachers can apply for a participation until 31 July 2014.


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Explain chemistry with Berta: Plush Dragon fascinates primary school pupils

Anna Gunnarsson from Sweden and her plush dragon Berta were among 350 science teachers at the Science on Stage festival 2013. "I want to show other teachers how much fun chemistry is for children in kindergarten and primary school and how chemistry can be imparted early on”, she stated before the festival. 

A selection of Gunnarsson's experiments for the youngest can now be found in the current issue of 'Science in School'

With the assistance of Berta the dragon, Gunnarsson takes children aged 4-8 away into a world full of simple, nontoxic and safe experiments. It is utterly important for her that children are not only allowed to watch experiments, but actually do them themselves and capture their observations.

The project shows that even the youngest can really comprehend what osmosis, emulsions and acids are. To be able to show which experiments are best suitable for teaching and how children have most fun to make new discoveries in chemistry, Gunnarsson brought a bag full of examples for her international colleagues to the festival.


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Connecting teachers and making new friendships possible: Take a Workshop to your Country

How can we spread the best ideas of the Science on Stage festivals further in Europe? Surely, our festivals are an exceptional breeding place of inspiration and new ideas for science teaching. But four days of wow aren’t enough in our opinion.

Therefore every Science on Stage country organises at least one teacher training. Each time a local teacher and a teacher from abroad, both participants of the last Science on Stage festival, present their projects to a group of non-Science on Stage teachers in countries throughout Europe.

Meanwhile we had Italian teachers flying to Sweden, German teachers travelling to Portugal, Spanish teachers heading to Finland or Slovenian teachers travelling to France. Like this, stunning teaching concepts don't remain within one's own classroom, but are spread transnationally.

And there are still more workshops throughout Europe and Canada to come: Take the opportunity to get to know tested teaching concepts of the Science on Stage festivals “from teachers for teachers”. 

Take a Workshop to your Country: Dates and Places 
Austria, May or November 2014
Canada, 26 June 2014
Italy, July 2014
Poland, 19/20 September 2014
Ireland, 27 September 2014

Details and reports of past workshops: Take a Workshop to your Country


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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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