Crossing borders in STEM teaching is taken literally by Science on Stage Europe: For the first time, the Science on Stage festival in Słubice - Frankfurt (Oder) took place in bilateral cooperation from 25-28 April 2013.
The Polish organising committee of the Adam-Mickiewicz-University Poznań and Science on Stage Germany were collaborating in order to create a successful educationtional festival for 339 teachers from 25 European countries and Canada. Patrons of the festival were the Polish President, Bronisław Komorowski, and the German Federal President, Joachim Gauck.
The main focus of the event was to offer STEM teachers at all school levels (primary and post-primary) a platform from which they would exchange teaching projects and network together. The Science on Stage festival gave them the opportunity to present their best-practice ideas for science education and inspire colleagues through workshops, technical lectures and on stage presentations. In this way, good-practice examples are spread all over Europe. Follow-up activities are organised throughout Europe by the National Committees of Science on Stage in order to encourage and inspire teachers who have not been able to attend the festival itself.Evaluation Science on Stage festival 2013
We know that Science on Stage inspires teachers, but how exactly do teachers profit from taking part? How often do they apply their newly acquired teaching materials? And to what extent do the ideas exchanged at the festival spread across the participant countries? Tanja Tajmel and Ingo Salzmann from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin have explored further into these questions.Pictures of Science on Stage festival 2013
From 25-28 April 2013, the Science on Stage festival was held in Slubice - Frankfurt (Oder). The main focus of the event is to offer science and mathematics teachers a platform from which they will exchange teaching projects and network together. At Science on Stage festival 2013, 339 science teachers from 25 European countries and Canada came together to share their best-practice ideas. All teachers have been selected via national events. The Science on Stage festival gives them the opportunity to present their best-practice ideas for STEM education and inspire colleagues through workshops, technical lectures and on stage presentations. In this way, good-practice-examples will be spread all over Europe. Follow-up activities are organised throughout Europe by the National Committees of Science on Stage in order to encourage and inspire teachers who have not been able to attend the festival itself.
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Official video of the Science on Stage festival 2013:
Video documentation of participant Jean-Luc Richter (France):Categories of the Presentations at the festival 2013
Different categories contribute to a lively and diversified event. The pedagogues presented their projects in various ways – a stand at the fair/exhibition is compulsory for each participant.
The fair was again the main element of the festival, where all participants present their projects.
Seven On-Stage performances presented scientific and technical subjects in form of a performance on stage (duration 20-30min) in plenary sessions in the main auditorium.
The participants developed teaching materials in 25 Workshops (60min), recommendations and discussed important issues in education.
At 18 Master Classes (30 min), teaching methods and concepts were shared in small, informal presentations.
Participants of the festival had the opportunity to join in four network meetings, where they discussed future collaboration topics. The target is a long-term approach to continue working together after the festival.
Five parallel talks informed about teaching methods, a scientific specialist subject, an experimental lecture or a dazzling idea (30min).
Two plenary talks were held in the main auditorium on Friday and Sunday.
At Highlight Sessions, a selection of projects were presented on a small stage
A lecture theatre had been set aside for more informal, short performance demonstrations.
Foundations, educational networks and companies displayed their materials and informed teachers about their activities and appealing experiments.
▪ 25 April 2013 – 4p.m.
Inauguration of the Science on Stage Festival 2013 at Collegium Polonicum in Słubice.
▪ 26 - 28 April 2013 – all-day
All 350 teachers were in the focus. They presented teaching concepts and experiments “teachers for teachers” at the Fair (exhibition), at Workshops, Master Classes and at On-Stage-Activities (in Talks and Performances). At the Forum, foundations, publishing companies, educational networks and companies displayed their materials for teachers.
▪ 27 April 2013 – 9a.m -5p.m.
Open Day: The event was open for guests and visitors.
▪ 27 April 2013 – from 5p.m.
Excursions: Trips to research institutes, regional companies, guided city tours, boat trips, beaver hiking trail and an evening programme for all participants were offered.
The main venue of the Science on Stage Festivals 2013 was the Collegium Polonicum in Słubice. The education and research facility is a collaborative scientific institute of the Adam-Mickiewicz University of Poznan and the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). Since the foundation in 2002, the cross-border collaboration on the subject of research and education is financed by the Republic of Poland and the federal state of Brandenburg, Germany.
The focus of the Collegium Polonium lies on the scientific and cultural cooperation between Poland and Germany. The research institute, situated directly at the German border, considers itself as an academic and cultural meeting point between both nations in a cohesive Europe.
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Federal German President Joachim Gauck
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