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  • 05.01.2021 eu
    An outlook on the year 2021

    We wish you a happy new year. In 2021 we continue to work hard to improve professional development for STEM teachers across Europe and to connect them with their like-minded colleagues. 

    We are organising more webinars and virtual meetings.thus expanding our activities in the long term. The next webinar takes place in 29 January. Find more information about this event here.

    We are also preparing for the finale of the European Code League and our Sustainable Development Goals project. 

    There will also be several national events where each country will select their delegation to the European Science on Stage Festival in 2022. We are already looking forward to this. 

    We do hope to welcome you at one of our events. 

  • 17.12.2020 eu
    Science on Stage wishes you a Merry Christmas

    The year 2020 was extraordinary. As lots of initiatives, Science on Stage too was affected by the situation surrounding COVID-19. Nevertheless, we can look back on another successful year – thanks to our volunteers.

    Through their hard work and efforts, we were able to offer new events and explore new possibilities. For example, we held numerous webinars and virtual meetings. This way teachers could network, exchange ideas across Europe and receive further training more easily from their home.

    In 2021, we will continue to organise these digital events, thus expanding our activities in the long term. We are also preparing for the finale of the European Code League and our Sustainable Development Goals project

    Science on Stage wishes you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year 2021!

  • 08.12.2020 eu
    A few insights of our Chair Stefanie Schlunk regarding digital education

    At the 3rd European Education Summit Stefanie Schlunk  will take part in the in the panel discussion about “How to face the COVID-19 education challenge and master the digital transition in education. Here she will talk about her expectations and our experiences of the last months. 

    How did Science on Stage Europe deal with the challenges of the last months? 

    It was and it is a very difficult situation for all teachers everywhere. To support educators during Covid-19 Science on Stage has launched a series of webinars. In those online meetings teachers with best practice examples presented their ideas to other teachers to inspire their colleagues and to learn from each other. The topics ranged from how to teach online, explain videos, teaching with smartphones or digital escape games. Since the first lockdown in March, Science on Stage offered many such teacher training events, some in English for an international audience, some organised in our 34 member countries for their STEM teacher communities. And it is great to see this ‘cascade’ effect happening. 

    What advice can you give to other initiatives?

    Have a look at what ideas from teachers or from other initiatives already exist. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. Start small and dare. You do not need much money, but you need to be creative.

    You work closely with teachers throughout Europe. What do they expect from politicians concerning distance learning?  

    Of course, all schools/teachers should have access to a stable Internet connection and have the appropriate hardware. But it is most important to support teachers in their professional development. Many teachers did not have a lot of experience with distance learning before Corona. In addition to professional development support, they expect their health to be protected when they are in front of the class during the pandemic (good masks, guidelines on the number of pupils that allows them to keep their distance). And they expect that their efforts and work are appreciated despite all difficulties. Teachers are just like everyone else: learners during these corona times.

    You want to take part in the summit? You can find a recording of this event here.

  • 02.12.2020 eu
    How to master digital education

    Brussels/Berlin, 01.12.2020: Science on Stage will be part of the third European Education Summit of the European Commission about ‘Digital Education Transformation: Building Resilience in the European Education Area’, on 10 December 2020.

    COVID-19 changed the face of education and forced teachers to discover new ways of digital teaching. The 3rd European Education Summit therefore focuses on this topic.

    Representing Europe’s biggest network for STEM teachers, Stefanie Schlunk, Chair of Science on Stage Europe, will participate in the high-level panel: “How to face the COVID-19 education challenge and master the digital transition in education”.
    Together with Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Simona Kustec, Slovenian Minister for Education, Science and Sport and Lina Gálvez Muñoz, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), she will discuss the possibilities and challenges of the transition to digital learning.

    Science on Stage supports teachers in facing these challenges with its virtual activities. In recent months, this initiative has offered webinars and online meetings from teachers for teachers. It allows them to exchange best practice examples and to learn from each other while at home.

    Stefanie Schlunk will bring the practical experience from these activities and the direct feedback from teachers into the discussion.

    “It is extremely important to have the teachers on board to master the digital transition. Teachers need opportunities for teamwork – especially during COVID-19. Despite all the difficulties, the pandemic is also a chance to push the digital transformation”, so the Chair of Science on Stage Europe, Stefanie Schlunk says.

    The European Education Summit will take place on 10 December virtually. You can find more information on the event and the live stream here: https://ec.europa.eu/education/summit/digital-education-transformation_en

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