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Germany goes Italy: Take a workshop to your country for chemistry teachers

From 6-7 April 2017 two German chemistry teachers visited Tramin in South Tyrol to give a workshop about 'Experiment-based tasks which integrate contexts into a process-oriented environment and aim at active handling of knowledge' at the Fortbildungsakademie Schloss Rechtenthal. With this project Gregor von Borstel and Andreas Böhm won the European Science Teacher Award at the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London.

The project of the two German teachers needs only little material of low cost. With devices from medical technology the 20 participants experimented on oxygen, the shifting of chemical equilibrium or analysed the chemical reactions behind hotpots and cool packs. The two workshop leaders were rewarded with an overwhelming positive feedback!

Learn more about the project: http://www.lncu.de/index.php?alias=startseite

 

Switzerland: Participants from the festival 2015 present their projects to interested teachers

On 8 June 2016 Science on Stage Switzerland held a half day workshop, hosted by the Haute école pédagogique Vaud in Lausanne. The aim of this workshop was to share with interested teachers the experiences of the teams participating in the European Science on Stage festival 2015 in London.

Swiss delegates presented a selection of the best festival projects as well as their own contribution to the festival. The main speaker of the workshop was teacher Anna Gunnarsson, member of the Swedish delegation. She presented her project « Adventurous science in stories and experiments » and shared her teaching concept with the participants. To gain the interest of children for science she starts by telling a tale, e.g. about Berta the dragon or Tunda and Triton, the bat and the salamander, which include scientific notions and the stories always end with intersting experiments around daily objects. The afternoon ended with a fair and stands presenting the experiments of the Swiss teams.

More photos on the website of Science on Stage Switzerland: http://www.naturalsciences.ch/organisations/science_stage_switzerland

  

Images from left to right: Anna Gunnarsson; Julien Rochat and his model illustrating the natural water-cycle; Thierry Dias, winner European Science Teacher Awared 2015 (all photos by S. Corpateux)

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