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Take a workshop to your country: Lilu in Dublin

Lilu and Alina visited Eire: A "Lilu's House"-workshop took place on Saturday, April 13th at Dublin City University as part of the annual Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA) Conference.

The 18 participants, who had traveled from all over Ireland, were mainly primary school teachers with some secondary science teachers.

The focus of the workshop was to gain hands-on experience by exploring many of the experiments from the teaching material: Lilu’s House: Language Skills through Experiments. Each teacher received a copy of the book as well as simple materials to recreate the experiments in their classrooms.

Feedback from the workshop was very positive with many teachers stating that they found the workshop very useful and that they would use Lilu’s House in their classes.

It is hoped to run more Lilu’s House Workshops around Ireland.

 

Report and picture by Paul Nugent 

The workshop was presented by: Jitka Houfková, SonS Executive Board and Charles University in Prague, Jane Shimizu: Primary teacher at Scoil Chaitríona, Junior School, Galway, Ireland and Paul Nugent, SonS Executive Board and Institute of Physics in Ireland.

Gamification in the classroom: A Danish-Irish teacher exchange

From 7-8 June 2018 Declan Cathcart from Temple Carrig School, Ireland, visited his colleague Line Nygård Mikkelsen in Baunehøjskolen, Denmark. Both teachers met at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary, as delegates of Science on Stage Ireland and Science on Stage Denmark and decided to do a teacher exchange supported by Science on Stage.

At Line's school Declan was introduced to the Danish school system and of course also to Line's students who were excited to meet an English speaking science teacher. Line and Declan developed a new project together about gamifaction in biology teaching. Line's students tried out funny sounding activities such as 'Hunting Jelly Beans', 'The Survival Game', 'A Game of Mutants' or 'My Cousin is a Fruit Fly', covering various topics like predator-prey systems, environmental effects on populations, the resistance of bacterial cells to antibiotics or the determination of DNA. The students had a good time and Line and Declan want to go on with their project and do a further teacher exchange - this time with Line visiting Declan in Ireland.

'What a great trip!  Many thanks to my host Line, her colleagues and her students in Baunehøjskolen for the warm welcome they gave me.  It was fascinating to experience to work in a Danish school, and I hope to be able to welcome Line to Ireland in the Autumn to continue our adventures in teaching evolution.' Quote: Declan Cathcart   



Picture © Declan Cathcart /  Line Nygård Mikkelsen 

Science on Stage Ireland at Irish Science Teachers Association National Conference

On 9 April the Irish Science on Stage team presented a plenary presentation 'Looking Forward-Resources for the Classroom' at the Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA) National Conference in Limerick Institute of Technology. 

Paul Nugent, David Keenahan and Eilish McLoughlin, from the National Steering Committee, presented the aims of Science on Stage initiative which is designed to encourage teachers from across Europe to share best practice in science teaching. The presentation outlined the current and planned resources arising from the Science on Stage 2015 London festival as well as included some ‘fun favourites’ from previous festivals that inspire and re-enthuse science teachers. The presenters invited teachers to participate in future science on stage activities and provided details on opportunities for participating in the 2017 festival in Debrecen.

Irish Organizers and Sponsors were: CASTEL at Dublin City University, Institute of Physics, Professional Development Service for Teachers and Science Foundation Ireland.

Find further information at: www.istaconference.com