Science on Stage 2015 – Day 1

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We have the great privilege of representing Britain at this year’s Science on Stage Europe and this series of blog posts will attempt to give you a flavour of the great ideas, projects and inspiring atmosphere that can be felt at such a stimulating event. You might wonder what on earth Science on Stage is and the best description I can think of is a gathering of innovative, creative and enthusiastic educators from across all European states (and Canada) who share the same passion for Science teaching and learning. It is a festival that promotes best practice and fosters collaboration between teachers who don’t speak the same language, but who can network through the ground breaking innovations they explore every day in their Science lessons. For many countries in Europe this is the summer holidays and, therefore, many teachers at Science on Stage give up their free time and their very well deserved break to go that extra mile. This is what makes the real difference in their classes and what inspires their learners to study STEM subjects and develop inquisitive minds. It is because these heroes of the teaching profession care and value their professional development and collaboration with others that science teaching can continue to progress and innovate.

The Launch

The launch event lived up to the name of the festival and a lovely show about the Science of Santa was presented on stage at the majestic Queen Mary University‘s theatre. You can see some extracts from the show in the video below.

This entertaining show is aimed at primary school children and we thought it is a nice way to introduce science to very young learners through story telling and by providing engaging hooks for children.

The show was followed by some really interesting insights into some of the computing research that happens here at Queen Mary and we learnt about image salience (computer vision). You can see part of this fascinating talk below.

 

The Italian Delegation

We were naturally drawn to the Italian delegation in our first walkabout, but as you would expect from my fellow countrymen, they were all but one having their dinner, so we decided to “Periscope” her 🙂

Linda (is presenting some really interesting work she is doing with her students to help them understand geometrical forms and surfaces before their mathematical formulae are introduced. The beauty of her approach is that learners get used to to manipulating surfaces in 3D in a very tactile and visual way, so when the equations are introduced they develop better understanding and retention. Enjoy a short video of her project below.

We are not done with you Italy! We have our eyes on a few more of your projects and we will be back tomorrow (between meals this time), so get ready to be “Periscoped”!

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