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Coding in STEM Education: Presentation at Spanish Science on Stage festival

From 5-7 October 2018 the Spanish Science on Stage festival took place within the 19th edition of 'Ciencia an Acción' at the Cubic, Viladecans, Barcelona.

On site Imma Abad and Pere Compte gave a workshop on the new international Science on Stage teacher project 'Coding in STEM Education' that will be presented next March 2019 in Vienna, Austria. In this workshop one of the teaching units called the 'Coala' project by Mirek Hancl and Julia Winkler was tested by a Spanish team. Also 'The remote captain' got explained. A large audience has been interested in this experience.

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12.10.2018

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‘20,000 Leagues under the sea’ gets Honorable Mention at Open Science of Cambre

From 15-16 September 2018 Spanish-Portuguese teacher team Palma Garcia Hormigo, Ana Villaescusa and Liliana Fernandez from Portugal participated in the contest 'Open Science of Cambre' (A Coruña, Spain). On site they presented their #SonS2017 follow-up joint project '20,000 Leagues under the sea'. The focus of the project is on children of pre primary and primary school and introduces them to scientific knowledge with simple STEM experiments (chemistry, physics, biology or robotics). Another aim of the project is to encourage the children to a develop a consciousness on how important it is to conserve the marine environment, to work together as a team and to pay respect on the opinion of others. The voyage of the Nautilus, the submarine created by Jules Verne for his novel, is the guiding thread of this project. A jury of experts selected the project among the winners of this contest. 



Picture © Palma Garcia Hormigo

At their stand the Spanish-Portuguese team moved the sea to the fair and hundreds of visitors explored how a periscope works, invesitgated the morphology of fish through the Japanese technique of Gyotaku, manufactured slime, learned about the marine trophic chains or about the different species that populate the Oceans through which the Nautilus sailed.

Palma Garcia Hormigo, Ana Villaescusa and Liliana Fernandez were very pleased that their work was highlighted among the more than 70 exhibitors who attended the fair, which was organised by Professor Jose Viñas de Cambre and his Xentde100cia Club team.

Open Science has been catalogued as an event of scientific interest at a European level on the Scientix platform.

Press review on Spanish #SonS2017 project by Gabriel Pinto

On 25 June 2018, the Science Information Agency SINC (a service of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, FECYT) published the report 'A clay pot cooler for facilitating Nigerian girls attend school' where a research by Prof Gabriel Pinto, Ismael Díaz, and University student Carla Ortiz, is explained in detail with a very pedagogical video. The subject is a part of the project 'Engaging students with STEM learning through a magical substance: the water!' that Prof Pinto presented at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary, as well as at several workshops, e.g. in Switzerland 2017. The article reports about the pot-in-pot system: an evaporative cooling refrigerator device which uses a porous outer clay pot lined with wet sand, contains another inner pot, where within the food is placed. An important advantage is that this device does not use electricity. In the 1990s Mohamed Bah Abba developed this device for application in rural northern Nigeria. Thanks to his invention, among other multiple positive impacts on the population, and because of the ability to keep food fresh for longer periods, girls can go to market once a week rather than once a day, and there is more time for them to attend school. Read the full article here.

20,000 leagues under the sea: a Spanish-Portuguese joint project

Liliana Fernándes teacher at the Basic School nº2 Vila Verde in Portugal and Ana Villaescusa, president of the Association 'Friends of Science', Diverciencia in Algeciras, met at the European Science on Stage festival 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary. Together with Palma Garcia Hormigo, a teacher of Puertoblanco School in Algeciras, they decided to work together and develop a joint project for pre-primary and primary school children called '20,000 leagues under the sea'. The project introduces students to the STEAM disciplines through the story by Jules Verne. 

Here comes a video with the summary of the first year of work with the joint project '20000 leagues under the sea' made with great enthusiasm and effort:

 

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