Science on Stage Europe
Science on Stage Europe provides a European platform for science teachers.
Science on Stage reaches ca. 100,000 teachers and teacher trainers across 26 European countries and Canada.
A network of National Steering Committees in these countries provides the interface to their national science teaching communities.
Every two years SonS organizes Europe's biggest science teaching festival, where science teachers from all over Europe exchange their projects. All over Europe these projects find their way into classrooms through teacher training or teaching materials.
Participants have been chosen through competitive national events: my project on the teaching of the old calculators won twice the Italian competition, being then represented in 2013 in Slubice (Poland), in 2015 in London and in 2016 again in Poland for the National Event.
Poland, Slubice, 2013: the stand
The Polish television made me an interview, entitled "Unplugged calculators: making a bridge between past and future", where I showed my program.
Poland, Slubice, 2013: the set
London 2015: the stand
London 2015: teachers from all the world
Poland, Poznań, 2016: the stand
The official presentation of the SonS festival
Science on Stage Europe is a platform that brings together science teachers from across Europe to exchange best practice and teaching ideas and concepts with passionate colleagues from over 30 countries, we believe that the best way to improve science teaching and to encourage more schoolchildren to consider a career in science or engineering is to motivate and inform their teachers.
The non-profit organisation was founded in 2000 and reaches 100,000 teachers Europe-wide.
Every two years SonS organises his teaching festival. The ideas developed are afterwards spread throughout Europe via follow-up activities:
All european countries organise teacher training events involving an international project and a national festival project.
Teachers from different countries who participated in the festival can meet again to continue their work and to develop joint projects.
Working groups of international teachers develop materials for their colleagues in Europe. We publish these concepts, which can be ordered or downloaded for free.
SonS publishes teaching materials developed by teachers for teachers in different languages and spreads them across Europe, but how exactly do teachers profit from taking part?
98% of the participants established international contacts; over 60% of them made at least four good contacts.
98% of participating teachers haveincorporated ideas that were presented at the events into their own lessons.
90% of participating teachers have incorporated ideas, they had acquired through our events into teacher training in their home countries.
80% of the participants rate the sustainability effect of the festival as high;
73% of them stated to apply also for the next festival.
The project is mainly supported by the federation of German employers' associations in the metal and electrical engineering industries (GESAMTMETALL).
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