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Spanish Science on Stage festival 2018

From 5-7 October 2018 the Spanish festival 'Ciencia en Acción' took place at Viladecans, Barcelona. At the event prizes were awarded to the winners of the science education and communication program, in which 424 projects had participated in its 18 modalities. They presented some of the most surprising experiments, plays, and other shows to bring science closer to the youngest.

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More than 500 students, teachers and disseminators attended the meeting of 'Science in Action', in the Cubic Building of Viladecans and the awards ceremony that took place in the Atrium Theater. Together they presented some 167 projects with activities and outreach work of nine countries (Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Mexico, Andorra, France, United States, Chile, and Peru), scientific demonstrations carried out by teachers and students of primary and secondary school and university, to the public.

On Saturday there were also activities in other parts of the municipality: 'La bodegueta de Viladecans' and 'Tasca Celler 1830' that hosted the activity 'Pint of science: come and learn science by taking a beer', with the shows 'Magic and mates in the bar', by Fernando Blasco (Polytechnic University of Madrid) and Miguel Durán (University of Girona), and 'Café, copa y física', by Rafael García Molina (University of Murcia).

'Ciencia en Acción' has a great impact on the population to increase public appreciation for science and scientific vocations, as well as involving the entire Spanish educational and scientific community as well as the disseminators. It also enhances innovation in science education and prepares teachers and educators.

As a closing conference 'The periodic table, a cultural icon' was given by Santiago Alvarez, a member of the Institute of Theoretical Chemistry I Computer at the University of Barcelona, after which we proceeded to the awards ceremony.

We heartily thank the City of Viladecans, and all collaborating entities, for the great collaboration. Without their support the event would not have been possible.

More information: http://www.cienciaenaccion.org

 

Report by Cristina Padilla

European STEM League: A follow-up project from Spain

Last year Miguel Angel Queiruga Dios and Noelia Velasco Pérez from Burgos, Spain, took part in the European STEM League. They implemented experiments about 'Football in Science Teaching' with their classes and document the results in a creative way. Based on this they developed a publication giving an insight on their activities. The material was published in English and Spanish and focuses on 'Building physics through football'. 

>> Download Fisica y Futbol (Spanish)
>> Download Physics and Soccer (English)

Picture © Miguel Angel Queiruga Dios

Lately Miguel and Noelia presented their project and publication at the Spanish Science on Stage festival 'Ciencia en Acción' (see blog report, 12 October 2018). They also presented their materials at the Physics Teaching Day in Burgos which was organised by the Spanish Royal Society of Physics.

Coding and Football 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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Also Miguel Angel Queiruga Dios took part in the event. He presented the project of 'Building physics through football' based on 'iStage 3 - Football in Science Teaching'.

Picture © Miguel Angel Queiruga Dios

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.

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