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  • 19.10.2018 EU
    Coding with FUN!

    Scratch, Bee Bots, LEGO WeDO 2.0, Wonder Dots, iPads and programmes from The Hour of Code + 93 students (5 second classes), 5 teachers, 1 student teacher, 2 special needs assistants and 4 SAP volunteers: Read our new blog entry about the EU Code Week activity in Galway, Ireland.

  • 17.10.2018 EU
    Reports - Europe Code Week 2018

    Science on Stage invited STEM teachers across Europe to organise a coding event or activity within the Europe Code Week.

    Digital and coding events of all kinds during the Europe Code Week 2018 are offered funding with up to € 150.00.

    About 40 coding activities will be supported in Albania, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Turkey, and Ukraine.


    Read the first report about the coding activity from Michele Tognini from Italy in our blog.

  • 25.09.2018 EU
    So easy, so brilliant: With experiments around the house language promotion becomes a child’s play

    (Berlin ׀ Brussels, 25.09.2018) Language is key to knowledge and social participation. The new teaching brochure ‘Lilu’s House’ shows how to promote language skills through natural science experiments in primary school. The publication was presented last Friday by the non-profit association Science on Stage Germany at the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union in Brussels. The project was supported by the Joachim Herz Stiftung.


    Why do I see my reflection upside-down in a spoon? Why does bread dough not rise without yeast? For children, everyday life is full of questions. Inspired by this, an international teacher team from seven countries developed specific ideas and practical advice on how to promote the basic scientific knowledge of primary school children while simultaneously training their skills in reading, writing and speaking.


    „It does not matter where children are from: they all love to explore and do inquiry-based experiments. Finding words together to articulate questions and to share learning results is a very effective way for children to develop their language skills,“ explains project coordinator Karoline Kirschner.

     

    The experiments are embedded in a story about the fantasy creature Lilu and the girl Alina, who go on a scientific discovery tour in bathroom, living room and kitchen. For every phenomenon that occurs to them, they need to solve tasks and to reflect on these verbally. Diverse difficulty levels of texts and tasks consider mixed-ability classes in learning and skills, and help to create inclusive lessons.

     

     „This project was of special concern to us as the promotion of language skills is a key factor for inclusion – a topic which will occupy us for many years to come. We want to make a contribution to this in all classrooms around Europe,“ says Stefanie Schlunk, executive manager of Science on Stage Germany.

     


    About Science on Stage

    Science on Stage Europe provides a European platform for science teachers to exchange teaching concepts and to share ideas during various activities such as educational fairs, workshops and teacher trainings. Science on Stage was launched in the year 2000 and reaches approximately 100,000 teachers and teacher trainers in over 30 countries. A network of National Steering Committees in these countries provides the interface to their national science teaching communities. Science on Stage Europe is the umbrella organisation that supports the member countries with the realisation of their activities and helps to coordinate Science on Stage festivals.

     

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    Pictures of the event on demand

    PDF-Download ‚Lilu‘s House‘ via http://www.science-on-stage.eu/lilus-house

  • 11.09.2018 EU
    STEM cooperation of Science on Stage and SAP nominated for Beyond Sport Global Awards

    (Berlin / New York, 11th September 2018) On 12th September 2018 the 10th annual Beyond Sport Global Awards ceremony will take place at the One World Observatory in New York. From worldwide over 400 applications, Science on Stage Germany and its cooperation partner SAP was selected for the shortlist in the category ‘Best Corporate Campaign or Initiative in Sport for Good’.

    Science on Stage is nominated for its international teacher project ‚iStage 3 – Football in Science Teaching’ and the ‚European STEM League’ as follow-up competition. The project is proudly supported by SAP and focuses on sparking students’ interest in STEM by discovering the scientific phenomena behind the popular game football. The main aim is to promote scientific literacy of students - an essential skill, not only for work in the STEM field, but also for active participation in society.

    This approach also convinced the Beyond Sport Foundation. With its Global Awards the foundation recognizes organisations that significantly contribute to society.

    Besides Science on Stage and SAP, 34 further organisations, programmes and projects are nominated in a total of twelve categories.

    “This year’s group was especially competitive, so the organizations and individuals should be very proud of their achievement,” said Nick Keller, Founder and President, Beyond Sport.

    This nomination confirms Science on Stage in its work. The next teacher project with SAP is already in progress, this time on ‚Coding in STEM Education’.

     

    About ‚iStage 3 – Football in Science Teaching‘ and the ‚European STEM League‘
     

    What is the perfect curve of a ball’s trajectory, what must the ideal turf be like, and what’s the CO2 balance of the UEFA European Championship? 20 teachers from 15 countries developed twelve teaching units, presenting interesting experiments around football for biology, chemistry, physics, maths and computer science. The brochure contains a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary challenges for secondary school students that encourage them to discover the scientific phenomena behind the popular game. The publication is available free of charge in eight languages. www.science-on-stage.eu/istage3

    In order to distribute the results of the brochure Europe-wide, Science on Stage launched the ‚European STEM League‘ as follow-up competition. Teachers from all across Europe were called to implement the teaching concepts of the publication with their students and document the results in a creative way. Eleven teacher-student teams from Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey qualified for the international final from 20-21 October 2017 in the German Football Museum in Dortmund and competed for the title of European STEM Champion. The competition was supported by SAP and the SAP Charitable Fund. www.science-on-stage.eu/stemleague

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