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Turkey: Seminar with beautiful mathematics in Bolu

Meltem Yontar, one of the teachers of the Turkish Science on Stage delegation for the upcoming European festival in Debrecen, carried out a workshop about her project at a training seminar in Bolu which was organised by Nilgün Erentay, head of Science on Stage Turkey. The workshop focused on the number Phi, which was considered to be the number of beauty in ancient Egypt and Greece, hidden in many beautiful things of life. In fact everything that looks good to the human eye is in proportion to the number of Phi (1,618). On this basis the participants were asked to make their own rugs with colourful rug motifs. Participating teachers designed their own studies with small groups they formed. In the mathematical proportions of the rugs they discovered whether or not there was a Phi number.

Strengthening the Science on Stage family ties: Finland and Hungary visiting Turkey

On 7 May 2016 the national Science on Stage festival of Turkey took place in Ankara. With Kirsi Rehunen from Finland and András Róka from Hungary also two former participants of the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London took part in the event and presented their projects to the Turkish colleagues.

Besides the Turkish festival Kirsi Rehunen was able to also visit the city and the preschool Doku Kültür Anaokulu. She was quiet impressed by the commitment of her Turkish colleagues: 'There were teachers to drama, science, english and the thinking was that only the best education is enough to their children. They were not just teaching knowledge , behaviors, attitudes and skills development: They want to make children to think! The most important things of the month were always at wall so that the parents are able to watch what their children have learned. As a visitor it was nice to notice the motivation and loving care of the adults who work there.'

At the Turkish Science on Stage festival at Naz?m Hikmet Congress & Arts Center Kirsi Rehunen and András Róka met their colleagues from Turkey and got to know about lots of new innovative teaching ideas represented at the fair. András Róka presented his project from the European Science on Stage festival 2015 on stage and gave quite a show about electrones to the surprised audience. Kirsi Rehunen introduced her co-operation with a Finnish museum of technology named 'Pedagogy meets Museum', focusing on the pedagogy and education aspect inside and outside of the museum. The Turkish teachers were very curious about the project and asked a lot of questions.

As a conclusion Kirsi Rehunen stated: 'Meeting Turkish teachers was an important thing to me. It was inspiring to get to know them and their style of teaching!' and András Róka emphasises 'the extraordinary hospitality of the Turkish hosts'.

Science on Stage Turkey at the European Researchers’ Night 2015

Wonderful news from Turkey: The European Researchers' Night at the Ayd?n University in ?stanbul on 2 October 2015 was a big success with many young students attending, interested in STEM. Also Science on Stage Turkey took part and did a wonderful job in introducing Science on Stage Europe to the audience and in presenting some international projects from the Science on Stage festival 2015 in London. On top ?brahim Kasapo?lu from the Turkish national ?#SonS2015 delegation team gave an insight on his project 'Experimenter' in a robotic workshop - as you can tell by the pictures provided: with lots of fun! Thank you, Science on Stage Turkey for spreading the idea and spirit of our network.

All pictures © Nilgün Erentay