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Science on Stage at the Conference Elixir to Schools

About 200 teachers of physics and natural sciences from all over Czech Republic came together at the weekend conference 'Elixir to schools' in Hradec Králové. The teachers had the opportunity to see three physics lectures, to visit the Inspiration Forum and to participate in 40 workshops.

The workshop 'Fragments from Science on Stage' for around thirty teachers was prepared by Jitka Houfková from Science on Stage Czech Republic and Jitka Soukupová, participant to Science on Stage festivals in 2015 and 2017. At the workshop the teachers were introduced to Science on Stage and its activities and tried out some experiments of the former European Science on Stage festivals in London and Debrecen.

Some of the participants of the workshop are most likely to join the next Czech Science on Stage festival, which will take place on 13 October 2018 in Liberec. For further information follow this link.

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Report from Slovenia: Seminar ‘From School Experiments to Experiments at Festivals and on Stages’

On 10 March 2018, the first session of the seminar 'From School Experiments to Experiments at Festivals and on Stages' took place at the Faculty of Education in Ljubljana. Nika Cebin, head of Science on Stage Slovenia reports:

'The seminar was conducted on the initiative of the Slovenian Science Foundation in cooperation with the Faculty of Education in Ljubljana and the KemikUm Center. Teachers who teach natural science subjects such as biology, physics and chemistry in elementary and secondary schools were invited to join the seminar. Fourty-five teachers took part.

At the beginning of the seminar I, Nika Cebin, the coordinator of Science on Stage Slovenia, as well as Dr Jurij Selan, Dean of the Pedagogical Fluctuate in Ljubljana, Dr Edvard Kobal, director of the Slovenian Science Foundation and Dr Vesna Ferk Savec, Head of the KemikUm Center welcomed the participants.

A description of the non-profit network Science on Stage Europe followed, with a presentation of its objectives and importance. Former Slovenian teacher delegates of Science on Stage festivals gave an introduction on their projects which they presented before at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen (Ambrož Demšar, Darja Silan and Nika Cebin) and 2015 in London (Boris Kham).

 

Video by Betka Burger / Music: www.bensound.com

At a first break excellent demonstrational experiments were shown and students prepared for all participants vanilla ice cream, which was frozen with liquid nitrogen and enriched with Slovenian extra virgin olive oil.

After that the professors from the Faculty of Education in Ljubljana presented very interesting lectures. Firstly started Dr Gregor Torkar, who explained the importance of practical work in biology teaching and lay a special focus on learning 'outside the classroom' (outdoor learning). Then continued Dr Barbara Rovšek with a presentation on the physical theme 'Who is afraid of the fox?'. Experimental work as an opportunity and a challenge in chemistry classes were practically illuminated by the participants from the Center KemikUm (Dr Vesna Ferk Savec, Dr Iztok Devetak, Špela Hrast and Miha Slapničar). The seminar was concluded by the lecturers of Dr Stanislav Avsec and Dr David Rihtaršič, who emphasized the importance of ICT in practical teaching of techniques  and technology.

The participants were very pleased with the seminar. Their impressions can be summed up with the this quote: 'It was encouraging and contagious, full of positive energy! We hardly wait for the second part of the seminar!'

The second session of the seminar will take place on 12 May 2018 and will be dedicated to the independent practical (experimental) work of the participants.'

Finland and Germany: Students from Wesel examining the Baltic Sea in Finnish SummerSchool

In 2015 Helena van Suomela from Finland and Christian Karus from Germany met at the European Science on Stage festival in London. Some time passed, things had to be organised but finally ten German students took part in the Finnish project SummerSchool ‘Baltic Sea’. On Seili, an island near the city Turku, they examined the marine ecosystem of the Baltic Sea together with seven students from Finland. Now a students exchange is planned for the next year: The Finnish SummerSchool will then take place in Wesel with special focus on the ecosystem of the Rhine.

Germany goes Italy: Take a workshop to your country for chemistry teachers

From 6-7 April 2017 two German chemistry teachers visited Tramin in South Tyrol to give a workshop about 'Experiment-based tasks which integrate contexts into a process-oriented environment and aim at active handling of knowledge' at the Fortbildungsakademie Schloss Rechtenthal. With this project Gregor von Borstel and Andreas Böhm won the European Science Teacher Award at the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London.

The project of the two German teachers needs only little material of low cost. With devices from medical technology the 20 participants experimented on oxygen, the shifting of chemical equilibrium or analysed the chemical reactions behind hotpots and cool packs. The two workshop leaders were rewarded with an overwhelming positive feedback!

Learn more about the project: http://www.lncu.de/index.php?alias=startseite

 

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