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German-French teacher exchange on Racing SolarMobiles

From 27-29 March 2018 Kirsten Biedermann, teacher of Science on Stage Germany, went to visit Philippe Jeanjacquot from Science on Stage France at the Lycée Charlie Chaplin in Lyon for a teacher exchange. On site Kirsten presented the Racing SolarMobile which he and his students developed at the Widukind-Gymnasium Enger. Based on this Racing SolarMobile he and Philippe decided to develop a course for students in both countries with a special focus on increasing the students motivation in STEM, on integrating the use of smartphones or ipads and a budget-friendly planning. To get a better impression of the French way of teaching with ipads Kirsten attended STEM lessons in Lyon. He and Philippe decided to document the project development in their countries with videos and to plan a little competition with the Racing SolarMobiles built by their students. Of course the students will also have to give a little presentation about their projects. We are looking forward to the final report! 


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#SonS2017 Follow-up: Swiss-German Teacher Exchange

At the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary Dieter Schmidt, teacher delegate of Science on Stage Germany met Reto and Felix Speerli, two teachers of the team Science on Stage Switzerland. After the event they decided to do a teacher exchange. From 30 March to 4 April 2018 Dieter Schmidt went to see his Swiss colleagues at the Obersee Bilingual School in Pfäffikon. Purpose of the exchange was to merge the Swiss IKARUS project (European STEM Teacher Award 2017) that teaches basic space-science to primary school students and the experiences of Dieter Schmidt who participated with his 9th graders in the German CanSat-contest 2017 that designed an Arduino-based mini-satellite which collected weather- and climate-data. 

Before the visit of Dieter Schmidt Reto Speerli began a coding class with his 6th graders at the beginning of this school year. The students used Scratch and the Picoboard and built their weather station with analog sensors. These they presented to the German teacher who in turn introduced them to Arduino and electric circuits. The knowledge of the Swiss students was now supposed to be transferred to the Arduino-environment and the scratch-like programm 'mBlock' to code their own weather-balloon-projects.

Reto Speerli will travel to Oyten in autumn and show the German students how to construct a weather balloon.


Picture © Dieter Schmidt / Reto Speerli

#SonS2017 Follow-up: German-Dutch Teacher Exchange

Mira Büllesbach, Stephanie Cremer and Bert Nagel met as teacher delegates from Science on Stage Germany and Science on Stage Netherlands at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary. There they decided to develop a project together under the topic 'How food passes through human body - students learn to build and use models around the digestive system'.

In March 2018 Mira and Stephanie went to see Bert in Lelystad, Netherlands to develop their ideas. The project will introduce primary school students to the secrets under the skin, making them think about what is going on in their body and helping them to work together and to use language for the processes they discover. The students will create a basic model on the digestive system and improve it step by step. During that the teacher will be a mentor to the students, inspire them to come up with questions, to design experiments in order to get answers to their questions and thereby learn more about the digestive system. The project is designed to be inclusive: All children can join the project and learn together because it works autonomously from cognition, culture or language.

We are very much excited to hear more from this German-Dutch project!

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.

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