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#SonS2017 follow-up: Cyprian-Greek teacher exchange

At the last European Science on Stage festival 2017 Christina Aristodimou, teacher delegate of Science on Stage Cyprus, met Georgios Villias, teacher of Science on Stage Greece. After the event both decided to do a teacher exchange and develop together EER (Educational Escape Room) activities on STEM courses for students. This December Georgios went to see Christina at her school in Cyprus to implement their project ideas with her students - the first EER activity in biology.

It focused on vertebrates' circulatory system with a special focus on human heart anatomy, circulatory routes, blood vessels' structure and blood disorders. Regarding the physics track, the intention was to create a fascinating space adventure during which students would have to use their knowledge in linear motion (analysing graphic representations and making calculations on translocation, velocity, or acceleration), and their skills in accurate mass and length measurements using precision scales and digital vernier calipers. This EER activity focusing on physics was planned to be implemented during another teacher exchange in January 2019.

Christina and Georgios managed to implement the biology EER activity on two different groups of students. Christina had also the chance to familiarise herself with the facilitator's role in EER activities. Students had the time afterwards to participate in a debriefing phase and provide their feedback regarding the activities. 

Pictures © Georgios Villias

Take a workshop: Greek #SonS2017 project going to Cyprus

From 16-18 March 2018 the 7th Pancyprian student-teachers conference too place at Lordos Beach Hotel in Larnaca, Cyprus. At the event Vasilis Noussis from Greece presented a series of experimental activities based on his project 'Did Ritchie Know Blackmore Physics?' which he already presented at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary. In total more than a hundred students and teachers participated in the workshop. The results were splendid, the students were excited and took part in most of the experiments since electromagnetism is included in their curriculum.

Learn more about Vasilis project on Youtube.


Picture © Vasilis Noussis / Science on Stage Cyprus

ROBOLAND 2018: Michalis Orfanakis in Kazakhstan

From 29-31 March 2018, the 4th international festival of robotics, programming and innovative technologies 'ROBOLAND 2018' was held in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. It is the biggest festival of its kind in the country and one of the most important in Asia with more than 1,600 participants taking part in around 40 competition categories.

Physics teacher Michalis Orfanakis, teacher delegate of Science on Stage Greece at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 and winner of the 'European STEM Teacher Award' last year was invited to participate in the round table discussion on the guiding theme 'Digital Transformation of Education: The Competence of the Future'. At the round table he was accompanied by representatives of the educational authorities of Karaganda, representatives of educational institutions and universities, representatives of major educational robotic companies and by teachers that got highly awarded in their countries for special performances. 

At the festival Michalis presented the topic 'Transforming the traditional school science laboratory into an STEM Lab' to his Kazakh colleagues. Moreover, he took the opportunity to visit one of the biggest schools of Karaganda, to talk with representatives from educational institutions and schools and exchange views and ideas on educational issues.

He also represented Science on Stage Europe and introduced the participants to the networks' activities and teaching ressources.

Since March 2018 Science on Stage Kazakhstan is the youngest member of Science on Stage Europe.

Find the award winning project of Michalis Orfanakis here for download Tomography in school – Optical CT Scanner with Lego and Arduino.



















Picture © Michalis Orfanakis

Science on Stage Greece: Award ceremony on 1st Vocational Lyceum of Salamis

An award ceremony was dedicated to a successful Greek project: The student teacher project “Manufacture prototype robotic photovoltaic detector, with partial simulation of the earth movement” got awarded at the 9th Hellenic Science on Stage Fair, held from 11-12 November 2016 at Laboratory Center of Physical Sciences of Aigaleo and later on at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in the category "Demanding and innovation experiment", among 233 entries.

The 1st Vocational Lyceum of Salamis was attended by the Deputy Minister of Education, Research & Religious Affairs Dimitris Baxevanakis accompanied by the Director of Themis Kotsifakis Office on 10 November 2017.

The event was welcomed by the head of the 1st Vocational Lyceum of Salamis, Mrs Anna Kanaki, the Mayor of Salamis, Mrs Isidora Nannou-Papathanasiou, the Director of Secondary Education of Piraeus Mr Nikolaos Moumouris, the President of the Piraeus Chamber of Crafts Mr Andrianos Michalaros.

In his greeting, the head of the Greek Steering Committee of the Science on Stage and head of the Laboratory Center of Physical Sciences of Aigaleo, Eugenia Tsitopoulou-Christodoulides presented the Science on Stage program.

In his greeting, Mr Baksevanakis congratulated the Director and the teachers of the 1st Vocational Lyceum of Salamis and especially Mr Petros Poutos and the students who distinguished themselves for their project and stressed that this success contributes decisively to the upgrading and the promotion of Vocational Education. The Deputy Minister pointed out that innovative educational actions are an important part of empowering and raising the awareness of the entire educational community, strengthening 21st century skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication, and enriching learning goals through cross- and interdisciplinary actions.

Finally, Mr Petros Poutos and his students presented their project to the public. Learn more.

 

20.11.2017

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