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Beyond the water: An Italian-British-Ukranian #SonS2017 follow-up project

In 2017 Federico Andreoletti from Italy, Emma Crisell from the United Kingdom and Nataliya Kazachkova from Ukraine met at the European Science on Stage festival in Debrecen, Hungary, and decided to develop an international teacher project called 'Beyond the water'.

This project involves students from 9 to 12 years and asks them to carry out four experiments about water and to share their activities with photos, videos, messages, suggestions. The four experiments are about 'Static soap bubbles', 'Oil drops in water', 'Non newtonian fluid' and 'Hydrogel water marbles'.

The main aim is not to explain water in itself but to arouse the students' interest in all the scientific laws they connected to water, for example about light and colors, gravity, life science, pollution or geometry.  The four experiments are

The project started already in October 2017. 

If you like to learn more about the project, please feel free to contact:

Federico Andreoletti
Istituto 'Don Bosco' - Brescia - Italy
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Picture © Federico Andreoletti

Science on Stage workshop in Ireland at RDS Primary Science Fair

David Featonby from Science on Stage UK and Fanni Vitkoczi from Hungary were invited speakers at the RDS Primary Science Fair in Limerick Ireland from 18-20 January 2017. Almost 3000 children from many  schools presented projects and also attended various workshops, David Featonby's 'What Happens Next?' workshop was delivered 12 times in the three days with support from Fanni - to both students, teachers and parents, and was very well received by those who attended. They introduced Science on Stage to many primary teachers.

23.01.2017

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Science on Stage UK head to the hills of Wales

As a nice start to the week, Elizabeth Chambers from Science on Stage UK keeps us updated about the latest activities of our network at the UK:

"Alessio Bernardelli and Shirin Sheikh-Bahai, both UK delegates from the 2015 international festival, waved the Science on Stage UK (or Gwyddoniaeth ar lwyfan UK in the Welsh language) flag at the British Science Festival in Swansea. The festival took place between the 6 and 9 September and was the latest edition of Europe's longest-standing national event which aims to connect the public with scientists, engineers, technologists and social scientists.

The annual festival has a special evening event dedicated to STEM education, aptly named the STEM in education evening. For the first time, Science on Stage UK held a stand alongside some of the UK’s largest STEM supporters, to raise the profile of the opportunity and live application process with Welsh teachers and technicians.

Shirin, head of Science at the Harris Academy in London, and Alessio, former teacher at Croesyceiliog School, spoke about their projects, teaching ideas and also the amazing opportunity Science on Stage was for them to teachers, STEM professionals, scientists and even members of the Welsh Government.

This September will also see two articles about Science on Stage UK coming out in well respected and well read education publications. Colin and Deirdre tell their story of Science on Stage UK in the 265th edition of Education in Science, and Alessio has written about his workshop with Giovanni Pezzi from Italy back in the summer in the September edition of Classroom physics.

We are looking forward to sending our UK delegates out to more events in the UK and internationally and writing more articles in this new academic year before the festival in Hungary, to continue to highlight the amazing opportunity and benefits from engaging with Science on Stage."

From Italy to UK: Take a workshop to your country

From 23-24 June 2016 Giovanni Pezzi from Associazione per l’Insegnamento della Fisica went to UK to present his 'Smartphones in Physics Experiments' workshop at the Institute of Physics in Gloucester and at Exeter University. This workshop was presented before at the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London. After the event Alessio Bernardelli from the British Science on Stage teacher team and Giovanni Pezzi from the Italian delegation applied for the Science on Stage programme 'Take a Workshop to your country'.

The workshop itself was a great success and the teachers attending were very excited to learn the potential of their smartphones and what their students can do with them in physics experiments. Giovanni’s starting point was that 'Kids often forget their books at home, but never their smartphones', so using smartphones to enhance their learning instead of just for social media has to be a good thing. In addition to the workshop all particpants also received the 'iStage 2' booklet, which contains further examples of effective use of handheld devices in science teaching and learning.

The ideas for practicals explored by Giovanni ranged from Mechanics to Optics, Acoustics and Thermography. Especially fascinating to the participants was the introduction of the app 'Sensor Kinetic', which allows to access the raw data from the sensors on the device. This is invaluable for developers who need accurate measurements of sensor outputs in various situations to write their apps, but its power can be harnessed by students doing physics in the classroom. Examples of ideas for this ranged from measuring g by dropping a smartphone in a polystyrene beans box to SHM experiments by hanging the phone on a spring.The teachers also looked at great accessories like the IR camera FLIR ONE and some excellent examples of how it can be used to help learners understand thermographs.

About 130 teachers of physics attended the workshops over the two days and the results were really promising, because they could go back to their schools with ideas, resources and tools they could use the very next day.

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