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Simply Paper Made: Take a workshop to your country at the Portuguese Science on Stage festival 2016

At the national festival of Sience on Stage Portugal, about 50 STEM teachers from all over the country came together in Lisbon on 30 April 2016. With Heidrun Boll from the student-research-center South Württemberg also a German teacher was invited to take part. Together with Isabel Borges from the Planetarium in Lisbon she presented the German-Portuguese joint project 'Simply Paper Made – Distances and Sizes in Our Solar System' in a workshop. With this 'boarder-crossing-project' Heidrun Boll and Christa Müller from Germany and Isabel Borges from Portugal were qualified for the last year's European Science on Stage festival in London.

The colleagues from Portugal took part at this workshop with great interest: The participants were amazed, how it is possible to teach astronomy and give an understanding of the incredible distances in the universe in small numbers and with only a little material - just paper! The workshop showed how distances between earth and moon, the sun and earth is traceable through simple comparisons at once. Particularly impressive to the participants was the folding work, where the distances of the planets were demonstrated. At the end of this folding-work the participants were able to produce their own solar system for the pocket.

Greece and Czech Republic: Take a workshop to your country

The Department of Physics Education of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University in Prague invited Panagiotis Lazos from Greece to present the workshop 'Recording tracks with light. Applications of phosphorescence in mechanics'. This workshop was initially presented at the Science on Stage festival 2015 in London.

The presentation took place on Tuesday 27 October 2015. The audience consisted of students of the department and secondary school physics teachers.

The same day a demonstration of experiments took place in the private school ARCUS following an invitation by the principal of the school. The experiments were presented at two classes. 

Read their report (PDF download)

UK visiting Italy: Science on Stage workshop in South Tyrol

At the invitation of Monica Zanella from Science on Stage Italy, David Featonby from Science on Stage UK took a workshop to a group of teachers in South Tyrol on 19. October. 20 teachers gathered for a full day of training at 'Schloss Rechtenthal' a conference centre at Tramin. David Featonby startet with the workshop 'What Happens Next?', which involved everyone in some hard thinking. After a short break he gave a seminar on 'Colour Vision Deficiency' - an important issue that has been neglected in many schools across Europe. Also the teachers were interested to hear about Science on Stage, about the ways in which they could get involved and the different activities which Science on Stage promotes. With 'Spinning Tops' and 'Fantastic Feats' the event was finished with two further extraordinary workshops.

As a result the teachers taking part were enthralled by the workshops and about discovering different kinds of approaches to teach science at school. The teachers slipped into student' s shoes and experienced science from another point of view. On the whole, this interactive conference was a great success!

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