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Majken Grünfeld teaches nature and technology, physic and chemistry and math at both primary and secondary level at Sct. Mariæ Skole in Aalborg, Denmark.
As part of her education Majken was in teacher training at Sct. Mariæ Skole. Shortly afterwards she got her bachelor’s degree of Education and a permanent employment at Sct. Mariæ Skole.
Besides teaching Majken is also coordinator for the science subjects at Sct. Mariæ Skole and coordinator for the collaboration with the local high schools. The collaboration grew from the startup of science talent classes to different talent classes in other subjects and a professional collaboration between Sct. Mariæ’s teachers and teachers from one of the local high schools.
In 2020 Majken received the nature- and technology award from the Novo Nordisk Foundation for her wide-ranging and extraordinary effort to create an inspiring scientific environment at Sct. Mariæ Skole and for her development and sharing of new teaching resources with colleagues across educational borders.
Majken has been involved with Science on Stage since 2015 where she participated in the Science on Stage festival in London with the project “Let Huey, Dewey and Louie lead the way”. In 2017 she participated in the festival in Debrecen with the project “The boat full of holes” and shortly after she became the main NSC for Science on Stage Denmark. At the festival in 2019 in Cascais, Majken was part of the international jury team.
What does being a teacher mean to you?
Being a teacher means many things to me. Among others it means that I am in a position where I have a unique possibility to give children and young adults a taste for the sciences.
Someone may recognize this wording from Jean-Jacques Rousseau and in fact the words: “We should not teach children the sciences; but give them a taste for them” was printed on the yellow bag I received at my first Science on Stage festival in London 2015.
What does Science on Stage mean to - in 3 words?
Network, inspiration, passion
Why should teachers participate in Science on Stage ?
Teachers should participate in Science on stage to be part of a European network that brings together passionate STEM-teachers. Participation in Science on Stage brings both inspiration and new colleagues.
Your involvement with Science on Stage:
BigBang 2015: “Science on Stage” (presentation)
London 2015: “Let Huey, Dewey and Louie lead the way” (festivalproject)
Europe 2016- 2018: “Lilu’s House, Language Skills through Experiments” (teaching material)
Debrecen 2017: “The boat full of holes” (festivalproject)
Bruxelles 2018: Lilu´s House (presentation and workshop)
Cascais 2019: Jurymember
Online 2020: Lilu’s House (webinar)
2020: “Infection Detective”: https://infektionsviden.net/assets/opgaveark_infektionsdetektiven.pdf (Teaching material for the online game “Infection Detective”: https://www.infektionsviden.net/infektionsdetektiven/ )
2020/2021: “Mirrors for Minors” (StarT project together with Kirsi Rehunen, Finland)
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