What is Science on Stage?
Science on Stage is a European initiative designed to encourage teachers from across Europe to share best practice in science teaching.
The overall aims of Science on Stage are to:
- Provide a forum for teachers to exchange teaching ideas for the sciences
- Inspire and re-enthuse science teachers
- Provide teachers with access to quality science teaching resources and ideas
- Inform teachers about wider science research
- Raise the profile of science teaching with education ministers in the countries involved
Ultimately, the aim of Science on Stage is to enable teachers to deliver science in a more creative and engaging way.
About the Festival
The European Science on Stage Festival is hosted biennially in different countries and is the culmination of national events in the
participating countries. 350 science teachers from all over Europe will present their most innovative teaching ideas, workshops and performance.
Participants are chosen at competitive national events in the 27 member countries.
The next European Science on Stage Festival will be held in Słubice / Frankfurt (Oder) from 25-28 April 2013. Themes of this event
include Inquiry-based learning,
Information communication technologies, Science in kindergarten and primary school, School cooperation, Learning landscapes. Irish Science teachers
are invited to submit their ideas for consideration to attend the Science on Stage festival.
Paul Nugent from the Institute of Physics in Ireland will lead the Irish delegation at the 2013 festival. These teachers are:
Saint Caimin’s Community School, Shannon, Co. Clare
Mount Sackville Secondary School,Chapelizod, Co. Dublin
Coláiste Chraobh Abhann,Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow
O'Carolan College VEC, Nobber, Co. Meath
St Paul's College, Raheny, Dublin 5
Ireland has sent a delegation of science teachers and educators to all previous SOS & POS conferences. For the SOS2, SOS1, POS3 and POS2 programmes,
the Irish Delegation and the Irish National Steering Committee have produced booklets of the best demonstrations prepared and selected by the Irish Team and this booklet has been issued to all Science Teachers in Ireland. These entire booklets can be downloaded in pdf format from this website here.
Originally begun in 2000 as Physics on Stage, Science on Stage was broadened in 2003 to cover all sciences.
The Science on Stage programme is an innovative, pan-European science education activity, aiming to foster a renewal of science teaching in Europeby encouraging the exchange of new concepts and best practices among teachers from all over the continent.
The previous festivals which have taken place include:
Science on Stage Festival 16 - 19 April 2011 in Copenhagen Denmark.
Science on Stage 2, 2-6 April 2007, ESRF/ILL, Grenoble, France.
Science on Stage 1, 21-25 November 2005, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland.
Physics on Stage 3, 8-15 November 2003, ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
Physics on Stage 2, 2-6 April 2002, ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
Physics on Stage 1, 6-10 November, 2000, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland.
Contact Details of Irish Steering Committee
Chair of Science on Stage in Ireland
Dr Eilish McLoughlin
School of Physical Sciences
Dublin City University
Glasnevin, Dublin 9
The Irish participation for the Science on Stage Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Second Level Support Service and the Institute of Physics in Ireland. The Department of Education and Science kindly provided substitution through the Second Level Support Service for the teachers who attended the conferences.