Joint Projects

Projects developed collaboratively by teachers who have met at one of the past Science on Stage events (e.g., festival, webinar, professional development, network meeting, project).

(J1) Acid rain, is it pain? A. Papakonstantinou (GR) & E. Aksoy (TR)

Institutions: Gymnasio Gouvon (Junior High) & Kazim Yurdalan TOKI Primary School

Subjects: Science

Acid rain is used to refer to rain containing acidic substances resulting in a lower pH. Studies have shown its effects on different materials and on living terrestrial and aquatic organisms. These effects are detected through experiments that are easy to implement in the classroom, tailored for primary and early secondary education. Students observe acid rain effects on aquatic organisms using an aquarium that imitates the production of acid rain and on plants and soil using a self-sustaining terrarium, all built by themselves. Providing teachers low-cost experiments with step-by-step video tutorials helps them to address global environmental problems and promote inquiry-based learning.

(J2) Borderless microchemistry, Z. Ivanova (UK) & N. Stamenov (BG)

Institutions: Dragon school & National High School of Science and Mathematics

Subjects: Science

“Borderless Microchemistry”, stemming from the fusion of the UK’s student-centric approach and the strategic use of microscale experiments, transcends national borders, offering a model for European educators. The comparative analysis between Bulgaria and the UK’s educational systems serves as a microcosm, revealing challenges and presenting a flexible framework for science education on an international scale. At its core is its adaptability to diverse contexts, addressing common challenges faced by schools across Europe with limited resources. The microscale investigation, requiring minimal resources, becomes a guide for educators seeking effective, resource-conscious strategies.

(J3) Embroidering a Sustainable Future, I. Abad (DE & ES)

Institutions: Fundació Cor de Maria

Subjects: Mathematics, computer science/ICT/IT, technology, arts, language

In the project “Embroidering a Sustainable Future”, students from Catalonia and Germany worked together to invent and produce artefacts for language learning in Catalan, German, and English. They created digital products like language learning games with H5P as well as analogue artefacts with an embroidery machine. Recycled textiles and fabric were stitched with images from e.g. fruits and animals and supplemented with the corresponding words. The words and patterns were coded by the students with Turtlestitch, a visual programming language designed for embroidery. The project “Embroidering a Sustainable Future” is a STEAM project, by adding Art to STEM!

(J4) Inclusive learning from student to student, O. Likhachova (UA) & K. Dyussembayeva (KA)

Institutions: Nazarbayev Intellectual school in Astana & V. G. Korolenko Kharkiv special school

Subjects: Mathematics, computer science/ICT/IT, science, nature study, health basics

The aim of this project was to develop students’ personal skills that they might need in later life. The focus was on organising the work of two groups of students: students with normal development and students with special educational needs (SEN). Students from Kazakhstan study in a school for gifted children, students from Ukraine study in a specialised school for students with SEN. At the beginning, students from Kazakhstan were trained in basic methods and techniques for working with students with SEN, thereby ensuring emotional comfort for both parties. Then a number of educational materials were developed together with teachers on various topics for students with SEN.

(J5) Integrated Dragon, K. Brinziková (SV) & O. Kovalova (UA)

Institutions: Main institution of general secondary education named after Vasyl Stus / now only Institution in Košice STEAM-Club#Together & Základná škola, Jarmočná 96, Ždaňa

Subjects: Physics, computer science/ICT/IT, technology, arts, English

The integrated dragon is a helper for handicapped kids who have a problem distinguishing colours, but it will also serve well in EN classes, when learning the names of colours in the EN language. There is a QR code next to the colour that will open the video for you. By using the code, kids will be able to see and hear the correct pronunciation of colours and phrases in UA and EN. In this way, we involve more sensory channels of perception, which speeds up the memorisation and acquisition of the correct pronunciation of colours. This is how our magical playful dragon will help children learn. It will also help Ukrainian kids to integrate faster into European society and learn well at school.

(J6) Keeping up the students energy about energy, E. Lindahl (SE) & N. Abesadze (DE)

Institutions: Älghults friskola & BGS, aia-gess

Subjects: Physics, technology

After three projects together, we can see the benefits for our students when working as we do: interdisciplinary, border-crossing and including model making. Through this, we can see more enthusiasm, interest and motivation – our way of keeping up the students’ energy. In this particular project the classes work with energy transformation, electricity, and coding. They compare the countries’ different ways of producing energy before building moving models explaining different ways of energy transformation and electricity production. We also had the opportunity to visit the each othre’s country to have workshops with one another’s students. What a way to keep up the energy!

(J7) Looking After our Oceans, J. Shimizu (IE) & G. Cueff (FR)

Institutions: Ecole Notre Dame de La Charité Primary School & Scoil Chaitríona Junior

Subjects: Science, arts, drama, art, geography

In our project, we use the creative art forms of painting,  producing a musical and making an interactive board game to promote and spread the idea that each of us must take responsibility for our local marine environment. We worked  in collaboration with other classes in the school, with local universities, and in conjunction with local artists. Students in Ireland worked with students from France who carried out a similar marine based creative art project. The group from France travelled to Ireland in May 2023 to meet up in person and to collaborate on our ongoing project. We will promote change in our local environment  by spreading our marine message in our own countries and abroad.

(J8) Press Play – Sustainable Life on the Moon, S.-E. Brace (UK) & J. Rastovic (SE)

Institutions: Heath Mount School & Stromsnasskolan

Subjects: Physics, biology, chemistry

This Joint Project has involved schools in the UK and Sweden looking at how we can sustainably travel and live on the moon. As a base for our planning for the project we used the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) 6, 7, 11, 12, and 17. Using LEGO as a modelling tool, pupils have designed and evaluated their ideas ranging from living pods to rocket systems. The project has been play-based and pupil-led with LEGO used as the initial starting point for the pupils’ ideas. Pupils have taken one of two initial themes to work on, the first being housing and community, and the second theme is to look at providing and sustaining food and water for a moon community.

(J9) Water Works, I. Koliakou (GR) & E. Sproge (LV)

Institutions: Anatolia College & Jelgava 4th secondary school

Subjects: Physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, technology, engineering, science, language

Can we live without plastics, concrete, cosmetics? No, but we can produce them in an alternative way. The 3Rs approach combats escalating waste problems and unsustainable production by Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling.  Students will learn how polymers are important in our everyday lives and the environmental consequences of their use. They will investigate if biopolymers can replace synthetic polymers. They will learn about the global impact of CO2 emissions from the cement industry and the chemistry behind it. They will learn that raw materials can be replaced by renewable biomaterials that are abundant.  The project is part of the Science on Stage Sustainability in STEM project.

(J10) The Science garden, J.Soukupová (CZ) & J. Šišková (SK)

Institutions: Gymnázium Stříbro & ZS s MS Nizna Brana Kezmarok

Subjects: Physics, biology, chemistry, computer science/ICT/IT

The Science Garden is the second Joint Project of the Slovak ZŠ and Kindergarten Nižná Brána Kežmarok and the Czech Gymnázium Stříbro. The project consists of 5 main parts. The first part is the joint selection and design of 12 + 1 experiments on the theme of the garden. In the second part, students from both schools prepare and test experiments. In the third part, students describe and photograph or film individual experiments. In the fourth part, the children prepare information materials on the given topic and experiment in the form of small A5 leaflets in English for each month. And the last fifth part and the final output is a calendar with the relevant set of experiments and photos.

(J11) Science picnic, F. Andreoletti (IT) & H. Hodovana (ISR/UA)

Institutions: istituto “Don Bosco” & Online-school “Fun Math 2х2”

Subjects: Physics, mathematics, technology

“Science picnic” is a collection of experiments and STEM activities that teachers Federico and Halyna carry out with the help of their students during public events. After an appropriate preparation at school, students carry the mission of science ambassadors acting as teachers and attract a wide audience of kids and adults to the magical world of mathematics and physics. “Science picnics” are an engaging way to explore science and let the students use their own creativity and skills to explain scientific laws and phenomena. At the same time the “Science picnic” improves self-esteem in young students and helps them to believe in the power of their own minds.

(J12) Comparing particular matter, V. Smit (DE) M. Vollebregt (NL)

Institutions: Gustav-Heinemann-Comprehensive School & Helen Parkhurst

Subjects: Physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science/ICT/IT, environmental science, English, politics

During the project, mixed Dutch and German student teams developed research questions about traffic, population density and health issues in the Netherlands and Germany. They applied and programmed a measuring method to be used with a senserion sps30 sensor to measure particulate matter. Experts from the fields of science, health, environmental protection as well as politics were involved in the evaluation. They presented their results at the University of Wageningen and at the provincial house Flevoland to the commissioner of the Dutch king.

(J13) The birth of the magnetic universe by a flying ostrich! J.-B. Meyer (FR) & V. Corbeil (CA)

Institutions: LP2I – Lycée Piote Innovant International & St-Joseph/Centre des services scolaire des Laurentides

Subjects: Science, arts, physical education, outdoor teaching, reading, learning about first nation beliefs

Two countries, one learning community! Here is a winning strategy to evolve collective knowledge while advancing individual knowledge about magnetism from one country to another. Aged between 5 and 18, students will share their discoveries using the scientific method just like real researchers. A place for children’s literature is given in order to better understand scientific concepts for the youngest, or quite simply to launch the production of a prototype (humour guaranteed). This community of learners will be at the heart of authentic learning situations while immersed in an interdisciplinary environment.

(J14) The Science Behind Magic, A. Allan (UK) & R. Oliveira (PT)

Institutions: Dornoch Academy & Nobel Algarve British International School

Subjects: Physics, biology, chemistry

Science demonstrations and magic tricks both require practice, showmanship, audience interaction, and suspense. This cross-border project developed resources with a science magic theme for teachers and students to use. Students performed science magic tricks for students, parents, and teachers as part of a science fair. Science magic workshops for teachers were also hosted to help teachers learn the demonstrations. A website has been created with video performances and instructions of magic demonstrations and explanations. This will help to enable students to learn science concepts, develop confidence, communication skills and experience the great feeling of being able to astonish others.

(J15) There and Back Again: A Space Tale, B. Đerek (HRV) & C. Matentsidou (GR)

Institutions: Primary school Sredisce & 1st Gymnasio of Polichni

Subjects: Biology, mathematics, computer science/ICT/IT, engineering, science, space history, geology, architecture, ecology, economy, politics, research methodology, design

This project is born from the collaboration of the 1st Gymnasio of Polichni (Greece) and Primary school Središće (Croatia) eTwinning teams, during 2022-2023. It utilises the interdisciplinary field of space, in order to urge and motivate students’ interest in contemporary scientific research in space exploration and emphasizes on the association of the STEM disciplines that underpin this field. Simultaneously, it challenges the students’ creativity and cultivates their skills so that they can provide a justified proposal and a digital 3D Lunar Base model, in the framework of the international contest “Moon Camp Challenge 2022-2023”, organised by ESA, Airbus Foundation & Autodesk.