Friday, 30 June, 9:00-10:00

Title: Physi-chemistry (experiments & show)

Presenter: László Csatári, István Kozsup

Country: Hungary

 

How to complement the dry, school-bookish curriculum with the help of experiments?

 

On stage we perform physical and chemical experiments which are meant to be really spectacular as students expect show elements that are hard and perhaps unnecessary to provide at school.

 

We also wish to give special experience to students who have not learned either physics or chemistry before, but are interested in nature. There is not any scientific explanation at all, we just give a taste for sciences. We concentrate on the sight and sound effects to raise students’ interest without direct teaching.

 

We have refined our show of experiments for years through working together on several school occasions and project days. Now it is supplemented with show elements especially for the general public. Highlights of the experiments: firewall-redefined, making fire with water, there is fire but nothing is burnt, flying objects, smoky experiments, lasers and friendly helium.

 

Title: Project IKARUS

Presenter: Reto Speerli, Felix Speerli

Country: Switzerland

 

We chose to go to space! Not because it is easy, but because it is hard! The crowning conclusion of this project were several weather balloon missions to the edge of space. Teaching objectives of the interdisciplinary project were topics such as natural sciences, meteorology, Swiss geography and rocket science. In the latest project three space missions into the stratosphere were successfully carried out in May 2016. The balloon probes of the pupils have reached an altitude of 32,000 meters above ground level and captured with the built-in cameras spectacular aerial photographs of Switzerland. In order to achieve this goal, the class has intensively worked on the relevant topics and acquired the necessary knowledge and skills by doing research and thoroughly experimenting with the physics phenomena using everyday materials. In our lecture, we present our IKARUS project, and the didactics behind it, as well as the original footage and a few selected and simple experiments on stage.

 

Title: Pupils’ night of applied sciences

Presenter: Daiga Krievina, Mara Rabante

Country: Latvia

 

Every great person started small and complexity evolves from simplicity as long there is a chance to improve. You will be able to see this during our performance!

 

Pupils’ night of applied sciences allows to learn, to show and to understand something new using everyday substances and items. During the performance viewers will not only be able to see how ideas are being created but they also become part of the show. Members of the audience will be able to slip into the role of pupils in the night of applied sciences and learn to create a real orchestra of experiments.

Saturday, 1 July, 9:00-10:00

Title: Phantoms or Physics?

Presenter: Nuria Muñoz Molina, Silvio Rademaker

Country: Spain, Netherlands

 

Ghosts, spirits and a long list of supernatural happenings have fascinated humanity as far back as we can recall. Well known writers made numerous references in their works about ghosts during the romantic period. Therefore we are going to travel back to the 19th century and we will transform our stage into a theatre of that time. We shall demonstrate some of the great historical feats of “magic”: Pepper’s Ghost Effect, Flying people, the Magic Box, Houdini’s escapism trick and more.

 

We will also give some examples of modern mysteries, which can be solved by the correct application of our scientific knowledge, such as Vic Tandy’s “haunted laboratory”, the fearful Ouija board game, the Chi Wheel and other.

 

And we will show how these experiments can be adapted to the classroom and demonstrate that Physics is behind every single trick. We shall illustrate our ideas with models and life sized demonstrations.

 

It’s not magic – it is just science we sometimes cannot see!

 

Title: Acting as good practice in teaching physics

Presenter: Student performance

Country: Hungary

 

In our school the 17-year experience of dramatizing the history of physics proves that even in teaching science subjects an important role can be attributed to drama practice. In our projects students act out authentic or fictional scenes from the history of physics and while doing so they also make experiments. This method has, among others, three very important benefits. On the one hand the lines memorised and the experiments carried out offer students scientific knowledge in a direct, experience-like way. On the other hand, as laws and phenomena are typical of a given era, the scientists personated and their role in the history of science will be better imprinted. Among its long-term effects the most important one is the positive reshaping of the participants’ attitude towards sciences. This activity offers a sense of achievement not only for those who do well at physics.

 

In the actual play you can have a peep on the world of atoms.

Sunday, 2 July, 9:00-10:00

Title: Under pressure

Presenter: Aleš Pilgr, Janet Prokešová

Country: Czech Republic

 

VIDA! Science Centre has its own science theatre. Every year more than 1080 science shows are presented there. Every four months a new show is created. A team of experts – university graduates and students, PhDs and field experts – works on each show and for each show a different dramatic language is chosen. Different drama techniques are used such as a circus, stand-up, TV, magazine. This style helps to convey complex scientific topics, complicated physical and chemical laws to a wide audience.

 

For the Science on Stage festival VIDA! Science Centre brings the Under Pressure show. The main theme is a conflict between two presenters. Each understands pressure to be something different – a threat or a starting point.

 

“Do you feel pressure in your life? Don’t be afraid! Without pressure we wouldn’t be alive!”

 

Title: Techno-Lab Kursaal

Presenter: Francisco Jesús Rivera

Country: Spain

 

This project originated from different ideas of the students. We started this project (during break times and voluntarily) as a workshop, which was open to all students. We brainstormed and through consensus we decided what issues we are going to discus. We try to resolve specific problems to improve the lives of all students – independent of their difficulties. Older student help the younger ones. With this methodology, the number of participants and the quality of the projects has increased. Participating students help in class when we are teaching topics related to our projects.

 

Projects:

1) Guide Robot: it helps a blind classmate to move around the school.

2) How is Algeciras?: showing information about our city in visual and sonorous support (3D, AR, etc.).

3) Control of devices by voice.

4) Simple projects with sensors.