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Teaching Material of the Month: Learning by doing in mathematics

Drawing three dimensional objects on paper with all their geometrical characteristics is often a challenge for students. This teaching unit shows how geometry can become more intuitive by using simple materials and special instructions. The material was developed by Jimmy Serment and Thierry Dias who won the European Science Teacher Award 2015 for Switzerland with their project about tactile mathematics:

>> www.science-on-stage.de/Tactile_mathematics

Apply now: Science on Stage festival 2017

Under the motto 'Inventing the Future of Science Education' the next European Science on Stage festival will take place from 29 June – 2 July 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary. Around 350 educators from over 25 countries will come together to exchange innovative teaching concepts. Primary and secondary school teachers from all across Europe are invited to apply with their ideas at national festivals in their countries.

>> www.science-on-stage.eu/festival2017

For further information about the application, please contact your national Science on Stage team:

>> www.science-on-stage.eu/countries

These national festival dates are confirmed:

>> Science on Stage Portugal: 30 April 2016 in Lisbon
>> Science on Stage Turkey: 7 May 2016 in Ankara
>> Science on Stage France: 19 May 2016 in Le Creusot
>> Science on Stage Poland: 16-17 September 2016 in Poznań
>> Science on Stage Slovenia: 27-29 September 2016 in Ljubljana
>> Science on Stage Czech Republic: 30 September 2016 in Liberec
>> Science on Stage Spain: 7-9 October 2016 in Cádiz
>> Science on Stage Hungary: 7-9 October 2016 in Debrecen
>> Science on Stage Bulgaria: 28-30 October 2016 in Sevlievo
>> Science on Stage Greece: 11-12 November 2016 in Athens
>> Science on Stage Cyprus: 12 November 2016 in Nicosia
>> Science on Stage Switzerland: 12 November 2016 in Winterthur
>> Science on Stage Germany: 18-20 November 2016 in Berlin

Please hand in a written application in these countries:

>> Science on Stage Finland: 17 April 2016
>> Science on Stage Ireland: 31 May 2016
>> Science on Stage Sweden: 29 September 2016
>> Science on Stage Austria: 30 October 2016
>> Science on Stage Italy: 30 October 2016

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Ireland: Irish Science on Stage team at ISTA 2016

On 9 April Paul Nugent, David Keenahan and Eilish McLoughlin from Science on Stage Ireland took part  in the Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA) National Conference in Limerick. With their plenary presentation 'Looking Forward - Resources for the Classroom' they enthused the participants of the conference to join the Science on Stage network and its activities. Find the full report on our blog:

>> www.science-on-stage.eu/blog

Find also on our blog in April: 'Greece: Workshops on festival projects in Athens'

France: Teacher training on Smartphones in Science Teaching

On 15 April 2016 a workshop based on the 'iStage 2'-brochure will be presented at the Institut Français de l'Education in Lyon. Trainer will be Philippe Jeanjacquot. Find the full training schedule here:

>> www.science-on-stage.eu/teacher-trainings-iStage2

The Netherlands: Science on Stage at the TEMI Congress

On 16 April Marco Nicolini, participant in the iStage projects and Andrea van Bruggen-van der Lugt from Science on Stage Netherlands will represent our STEM teachers' network at the TEMI Congress (Teaching Enquiry with Mysteries Incorporated) in Leiden. The event addresses up to 200 European secondary school teachers and stakeholders of STEM initiatives. Learn more at:

>> www.science-on-stage.eu/TEMI_Congress

Netherlands and Spain: Teacher exchange on 'Phantom Physics'

From 17-20 April 2016 Silvio Rademaker, Dutch teacher at the Amadeus Lyceum Vleuten, will visit Nuria Muñoz Molina, La Inmaculada School in Algeciras, Spain. Both work together since the Science on Stage festival 2015 in London. At their project 'Phantom Physics', students are examining strange 'phantom-like' occurrences, looking for a scientific explanations. Learn more at:

>> www.science-on-stage.eu/Teacher_Exchange

Did you take part in the Science on Stage festival 2015 in London? Have you seen a project at the festival you especially liked? Do you want to continue the exchange with an international colleague you met at the festival? We will support you! Apply for a travel grant now:

>> www.science-on-stage.eu/Travel_Scholarships_&_Joint-Projects

Last call: Application for the Science on Stage festival 2017 in Finland

Finnish teachers who are interested to participate in the European Science on Stage festival 2017 are invited to apply for the Finnish delegation by handing in a written application by 17 April 2016. The teachers taking part in the festival are selected by the National Steering Committee. Learn more at the webpage of LUMA, host of Science on Stage Finland:

>> www.luma.fi/sons

Portugal: National Science on Stage festival 2016

On 30 April, the Portuguese Science on Stage festival 2016 will take place in Lisbon. Portuguese STEM teachers from primary to secondary school will present their creative ideas for teaching science, mathematics and ICT. At the event the Portuguese delegation for the European Science on Stage festival 2017 will be chosen. Please find further information at:

>> www.science-on-stage.eu/SonS_Portugal

Turkey: National Science on Stage festival 2016

On 7 May 2016 the National Science on Stage festival of Turkey will be held in Ankara, hosted by Yenimahalle Municipality. STEM teachers, academicians and public from all over the country are going to attend the event. The programme will include exhibitions, workshops and stage performances. With Kirsi Rehunen from Finland also a former delegate of the European Science on Stage festival 2015 will present her 'Nature Project for Finland' to the festival audience. Learn more at:

>> www.science-on-stage.eu/SonS_Turkey

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Science on Stage Europe is mainly supported by the federation of German employers' associations in the metal and electrical engineering industries (GESAMTMETALL) with its initiative think ING.

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