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3rd International Symposium on Preschool Education

The third International Symposium on Preschool Education was held by Association OKEVED. The Symposium took place from 22-24 March in Antalya in Turkey. The main topics of the events were STEM education, hands-on science activities, outdoor education and the importance of play for preschool education. The significance of the collaboration between international networks was also emphasized during the symposium.

Science on Stage Europe was present. Nilgün Erentay of Science on Stage Turkey presented various important projects. Especially the festivals and the educational activities of SonS captured the great interest of participants.   

Many interesting indoor & outdoor workshops followed the stage presentations during the three days in the symposium.

Report and photographs by Nilgün Erentay 

Getting prepared: Teacher training for Turkish #SonS2019 delegation

On 5 January 2019 Science on Stage Turkey organised a teacher training for the Turkish STEM teacher delegation that will represent the country at the European Science on Stage festival 2019. The event took place at the Alumni Association of Middle East Technical University in Ankara.

The faculty member Prof Dr Safure Bulut and Hacettepe University faculty member Assoc Prof Dr Meral Hakverdi Can volunteered the training. During this intensive training process, the #SonS2019 delegates deepened their knowledge and practical skills on writing scientific reports.

Nilgün Erentay, main NSC of Science on Stage Turkey: "We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Prof Dr Bulut and Assoc Prof Dr Can for their devoted contributions".

Picture © Science on Stage Turkey

Turkey: Successful teacher training in Istanbul

On 17 November 2018 Science on Stage Turkey organised another successful teacher training in Istanbul. It was a very intensive program with presentations on Science on Stage Europe and LUMA StarT, a coding workshop, a physics experiments workshop and nature education.

As the Turkish Science on Stage community is growing fast and the enthusiasm and interest in teacher trainings is very high, the number of seminars held in Turkey will be increased. The next one is already planned for spring in Mersin!

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Turkish Science on Stage festival 2018

On 30 September 2018 the 3rd Turkish Science on Stage festival was held at Ministry of Education Şura Festival Hall in Ankara.

The schools, science and arts centers and the teachers who participated in the festival exhibited their projects at a fair. Throughout the day, many colorful workshops, science shows, science games and science competitions followed each other. There were also many groups of visitors not only from Ankara but also from different Turkish cities. 

Prof Dr Safure Bulut from Middle East Technical University and her colleague Dr Ayşe Yolcu from Hacettepe University conducted a workshop titled 'Touching Mathematics'. Prof Dr Alev Doğan from Gazi University and research assistant İlknur Çiftçi conducted a science show titled 'The Chemistry of Colours' on the stage. There were two workshops on roboting, coding and Arduino one of which was for the teachers in the morning and the other was for students in the afternoon. The coding workshop realised for the students in the afternoon attracted great attention by the students. Similarly, two drama and leadership workshops on stage with the title 'Magic Tower' attracted high interest of the students.  

The Director of STEM and Maker Reaearch Center, Mr Sun Xiaokui and his two assistans from China, Reto and Felix Speerli from Switzerland and the International Projects Manager from LUMA StarT from Finland were our invited educators. They realised presentations and science shows on stage. We already have future collaboration projects between Turkey, China, Switzerland and Finland. 

The five delegation teachers, who will represent Turkey in Portugal at the 2019 Science on Stage Europe Festival, have been determined by our jury, consisting of faculty members. They are: Sinem ÖZTAN, Nazlıcan TOP, Taylan Özgür ORAL, Semih ESENDEMİR and Simge SOHTORİK.  We wish them success!

Our jury members were; METU Faculty Member Prof Dr Safure Bulut, Gazi University Faculty Member Prof Dr Fitnat Köseoğlu, Gazi University Faculty Member Prof Dr Alev Doğan, Hacettepe University Faculty Member Assoc. Prof Dr Meral Hakverdi Can, Hacettepe University Research Assistant Dr Ayşe Yolcu, METU Research Assistant Müşerref Büşra Yağlı, METU Research Assistant Dr Ümmügülsüm Cansu Kurt, METU Research Assistant Işıl İşler Baykal, Uşak University Research Assistant Dr Seval Koçak, Gazi University Research Assistant İlknur Tiftikçi, Founding Director of Doku Schools Cemil Karagöz, Atatürk Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School Principal Nazan Şener and Atatürk Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School Vice Principal Ceyda Gök. We would like to thank them for their precious contribution.

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this beautiful day of science. I would like to express my sincere thanks to my dear teacher friends who have made magnificient contribution by working in these projects  for years while spending extra time and efforts in preparing these beautiful activities for teachers and students in addition to intensive curriculums work in their schools. I am most honored to walk through this beautiful road together with them.

Report and pictures © Nilgün ERENTAY


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