Workshops

Below you can find the workshops you can attend during the Science on Stage 2024 -festival.

Tuesday 13.8.2024, 12:00-13:00 (ENGLISH)

Lecture (tbc), J. Lamminpää (Turku UAS, FI)

Room: MYY (ICT City)

Sustainable Brewery, E. Suvanto & E. Kulju (Turku UAS, FI)

Room: LEM_B164 (Lemminkäisenkatu 30)

  • Sustainable brewery – short description of Turku AMK / Kupittaa Campus Brewery current on-going research and product development on using bakery sidestreams in brewing (15 min).
  • Sensory evaluation in product development (5 min).
  • Sensory tasting panel (30 min).
  • Discussion (10 min).

There will be a sensory tasting with different beers. Beers contain 4-6 alc v/v% alcohol.

Renewable energy (tbc), A. Heinonen & S. Ranta (Turku UAS, FI)

Room:

Subject: Biology

The CRISPR/Cas9 technique is standard in many labs but it is difficult to convey the method and the possible applications in an understandable way in class. This is the focus of our project. It is about what CRISPR/Cas9 is, how it works, what you can do with it and what the legal situation is. At 6 stations, the pupils in small groups deal theoretically and practically with gene mutations, extraction of embryos from seeds and isolation of DNA from plants, the European Act on the Regulation of Genetic Engineering and the potential applications of the method. The project aims to enable students to make knowledge-based decisions on the future use of CRISPR in agriculture.

WS1: Genome-edited plants with CRISPR/Cas9 – 6 stations to explore a method, H. Kusserow (DE)

Room: BETA (ICT City)

Subject: Biology

The CRISPR/Cas9 technique is standard in many labs but it is difficult to convey the method and the possible applications in an understandable way in class. This is the focus of our project. It is about what CRISPR/Cas9 is, how it works, what you can do with it and what the legal situation is. At 6 stations, the pupils in small groups deal theoretically and practically with gene mutations, extraction of embryos from seeds and isolation of DNA from plants, the European Act on the Regulation of Genetic Engineering and the potential applications of the method. The project aims to enable students to make knowledge-based decisions on the future use of CRISPR in agriculture.

WS2: The Science Behind Magic, A. Allan & R. Oliveira (UK)

Room: DELTA (ICT City)

Subject: Interdisciplinary

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 enable students to learn science concepts, develop confidence, communication skills and experience the great feeling of being able to astonish others.

WS3: Water Works, I. Kolikaou & J. Shimizu (GR & IE)

Room: GAMMA (ICT City)

Subject: Primary

We aim to introduce the topic of Water Sustainability through the use of videos and hands-on activities. Our practical focus in the workshop will be on investigations with water filters and oil spills.

WS4: Measuring particulate matter on the science on stage, M. Vollebregt & V. Smit (NL)

Room: Elias 2001 (EduCity)

Subject: Chemistry

Particulate matter is form of air pollution and can be harmful to our health. WHO has established limit values. During the workshop you will program and prepare a sensor in a team to take measurements in the building. To discover where is the best place in the building to breathe healthy air according to the WHO.

WS5: AI in Eight Grade, O. Pekanheimo & J. Maunu (STEAM Turku, FI)

Room: Ivar 2002 (EduCity)

Challenge an AI of your choosing to answer 8th grade multiple choice questions in different school subjects. No helping! Which grade do you think the AI will get from 4 to 10? Will it be able to graduate to 9th grade?

You can also check a similar research that we made with our 8th grade students!

WS6: The Protein factory, a cardgame on transcription and translation, G. van der Veer (NL)

Room: Erik 2003 (Edu City)

Subject: Biology

In this workshop I explain a little bit about embodied simulations and ludo didactics and then the game is on! You will play the game and see if you can win!
Aftewards we discuss the correctness of the model and what to do about that in the classroom.

WS7: The Mobile Model of the Solar System with Photon and SkriBot robots, R. Pieluchowski & G. Musiał (PL)

Room: Johannes 2004 (EduCity)

Subject: ICT

All the participants will be devided into 8 groups (planets of the solar system). Each group will be given: 1 Photon robot, 1 planet, one educational mat (mat for coding, having 24 squares 6×4, dimensions 190×130 cm) and 1 tablet or a smartphone (PhotonEdu application installed).
Activities in groups that participants will perform during 50 minutes workshops:

  1. Getting to know Photon robots and using the PhotonEdu program (Photon Draw, Photon Block, Scratch) – 10 minutes;
  2. First program – Photon drives around a square, changes colors and sounds – 10 minutes;
  3. Synchronized dance of robots with models of planets superimposed on their heads – 10 minutes;
  4. How does Photon drive? – Photons rides in a circle (planetary orbit) – 10 minutes;
  5. Summary of classes, questions and answers of participants – 10 minutes.
WS8: Replacing Plastics: An investigation into making natural polymers, C. Reesink-Wells & P. Egan (UK)

Room: Teoriatila 2067 (EduCity)

Subject: Chemistry

In this workshop we work through a shortened version of the project that my students completed. Together we will create a polymer from milk, and use simple material property tests to examine the suitability of these natural polymers for replacing plastics. This workshop will include some hands-on work as well as extensions that make it suitable for teaching in any age range.

WS9: Shine some light on physics, V. Mackic & B. Jokic (RS)

Room: Maskulin (EduCity)

Subject: Physics

Through an integrative approach to topics, participants will be able to see the connections between natural phenomena and everyday life. Working in small groups would enable participants to cooperate, and presentation of the group results to the group would develop communication skills.
Through the workshop, visitors will have the opportunity to learn how they can use certain things from everyday life in different ways that certainly have a positive impact on the environment (paper, cardboard packages, rolls, old pipettes, parts of PET packaging…)
With this project we will present five different integrative workshops that have a common thread: developing critical thinking while solving problem tasks through the experiments which connect our surrounding and science.
LIGHT – light is energy, colour of light, movement of light, source of light, shadow.
SOUND – acoustics, vibrations, oscillation, vacuum, volume, height, colour, speed.
OPTICS – optical instruments, connection with light, reflection, mirrors, lenses.
FORCE – interaction, stretching, bending, deformations, friction, resistance.


Tuesday 13.8.2024, 16:00-17:00 (ENGLISH)

Campus Tour at Turku UAS, T. Merla (Turku UAS, FI)

WS10: Tangible Statistics, A. Lisotti (IT)

Room: DELTA (ICT City)

Subject: Mathematics

Dive into the dynamic world of Statistical Education with our cutting-edge workshop, designed to transform statistics into a vibrant, interdisciplinary toolkit. In an era of rapid data growth, mastering data communication is crucial and a key concern for civil society. We’re pushing boundaries beyond data visualization into Data Physicalization: sonification, interactive data art, 3D printing and augmented reality models for data journalism. These approaches not only enhance data delivery but also promote interdisciplinary learning and inclusion, arming educators and students with versatile skills and free digital tools. Tailored for teachers of all levels, this workshop offers engaging hands-on activities, easily integrated into diverse learning environments, including online education. Participants will explore the forefront of data interaction, receiving free, customizable resources to revolutionize teaching and learning. Embark on a journey to make statistics tangible, engaging, and accessible to all. Scale from observation and analysis to the creation of data experiences.

WS11: AI tools for STEAM teachers, C. Meirinhos (PT)

Room: GAMMA (ICT City)

Subject: Interdisciplinary

This workshop is designed to enable teachers from various disciplines to integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) into their classrooms, regardless of their previous training. Focusing on beginners in this subject, we will offer an accessible introduction to AI, highlighting its applications in STEAM education. A hands-on approach will be at the heart of the workshop, allowing participants to experiment with AI tools. Throughout the event, we will explore creative ways to incorporate AI into the curriculum. Our goal is to inspire educators to embrace the opportunities offered by AI, enabling them to cultivate essential skills for the future. Come along and discover how AI can transform your pedagogical practice in meaningful and innovative ways.

WS12: Hands on Machine Learning in school, D. Janssen (DE)

Room: MYY (ICT City)

Subject: ICT

In this workshop parts from a new free interactive online course on machine learning in school will be shown. Therefore participants will explore enactive as well as interactive iconic models of neural networks on their own. Additionally, background information is given on how teachers can teach machine learning in school without the need to use complicated programming languages and yet enable their students to understand the concept of machine learning and make confident judgements on the topic, respectively. The focus of this workshop lies on understanding artificial neural networks.

WS13: Building STEM connections, D. McCarthy (IE)

Room: Elias 2001 (EduCity)

Subject: Physics

In this workshop we work through a shortened version of the project that my students completed.  Together we will create a polymer from milk, and use simple material property tests to examine the suitability of these natural polymers for replacing plastics. This workshop will include some hands-on work as well as extensions that make it suitable for teaching in any age range.

WS14: Ice-cold experiments in climate physics, F. Ebert & U. Jeschke (DE)

Room: Ivar 2002 (EduCity)

Subject: Interdisciplinary

Talking about climate change is important. But experiencing its effects is more lasting. In this workshop we provide a series of hands-on experiments that show some effects of climate change and can easily be reproduced in your classroom.

WS15: Two-penny Physics. Linear Momentum Conservation, L. Galante (IT)

Room: Erik 2003 (EduCity)

Subject: Physics

The project refers to an activity involving the entire class in a low-cost experimental investigation, which can be carried out in the classroom on each student’s desk, with an apparatus made of paper and two 1-cent coins (hence the title). The aim is to discover that linear momentum is conserved in collisions and that the conservation is vectorial. The apparatus accelerates one of the two coins generating a collision with the second one, initially at rest. The proposed inquiry based activity allows to create a meaningful connection with the physics of accelerators, particle physics and fundamental interaction theory.

WS16: Magnificent moss, R. Edmondson (UK)

Room: Johannes 2004 (EduCity)

Subject: Biology

The 3 parts to the workshop will showcase how to get pupils engaged with moss and understand why it’s essential to protect and appreciate moss rather than overlook and ignore it. Each section of the workshop will be 15 minutes long and will involve a practical element for attendees; nature journaling- teachers will be given a small prompt booklet, moss samples and various art materials to create a journal page, air pollution- teachers will be given tape samples to count particulates and record and compare various samples and consider how this could be replicated in the classroom and compared with moss samples under microscopes, cyanotypes- attendees will be given examples of cyanotypes that our pupils have created as well as their own cyanotype paper (in various designs) to take away and samples of objects from nature that they could use to create their own cyanotypes in the classroom.

WS17: Ogulin – the city of fairy tales and STEM, B. Stipetić (HRV)

Room: Teoriatila 2067 (EduCity)

Subject: Primary

“Ogulin – the city of fairy tales and STEM” is an interdisciplinary project (mathematics, chemistry, biology, and informatics) adapted to the age of students from 6 to 15 years old, which does not require large funds for implementation and can be implemented in every classroom. I will present materijals that we developed for our project to the teachers and demonstrate how they can use the materials with their children. I will show how to change the materials to their needed age and also how to implement parts od the project in everyday school topics.

Through the workshops, students are introduced to invisible inks, Caesar’s code, Pigpen’s code, Polybius code, but also reading minds. With each code, students will be presented with the historical meaning of the code and digital tools. Through all these contents, the codes will contain messages related to the town of Ogulin and Croatia.

WS18: Green Energy from Water, K. D. Tomeva & D. A. Nikolova (BG)

Room: Maskulin (EduCity)

Subject: Chemistry

The Green Energy from Water project presents an idea for a sustainable green future. It was developed by a chemistry teacher and an electrical engineer teacher. This is a STEM project that incorporates knowledge and skills from chemistry, technology, engineering sciences. It affects the hydrogen economy as a sustainable green economy.

The aim of the project is to show the use of the electrolysis process as an opportunity to obtain hydrogen and store electricity derived from renewable sources to make our hydrogen green.

The development can find a place in classes in natural sciences and ecology, electrical engineering and in extracurricular forms of education.


Wednesday 14.8.2024, 13:30-14:30 (ENGLISH)

WS20: Statistical Literacy Workshop: Learn to use statistics and participate in the International Poster Competition 2024-2025! R. Helenius, J. Hoffrén & E. Falck (ISLP, FI)

Room: MYY (ICT City)

Statistical literacy is an emerging new citizen skill, needed both in working life and in personal life. It is promoted by Evidence-based decision-making principle advocated by European Union and it’s statistical Agency, Eurostat, as well as by globally International Statistical Literacy Project (ISLP). All people, but especially young people everywhere, need to understand how to use the statistical information they receive through internet and social media. Workshop will provide aids and methods for teachers to teach students to identify, use, apply and transmit reliable information. The ISLP International Poster Competitions are one important a way of teaching statistics. ISLP Poster Competition 2024-2025, that will be introduced, makes understandable the process of producing and presenting information for students. Transformative learning goals of Statistical Literacy range from selection of research questions to compiling, analyzing and visualizing data, and reporting the results.

WS21: Green STEAM ecosystems, K. Lehtinen (STEAM Turku, FI)

Room: Elias 2001 (EduCity)

In this workshop the participants will learn about promoting interest in science, technology and green skills through an increase in both the quantity and the quality of STEAM education.

The organizers will share their best practices on the development of green STEAM teaching practices, methods, and materials in schools, as well as in teacher competence building through university training modules for in- and pre-service teachers.

The workshop will start with a short introduction to the Erasmus+ Green STEAM project, after which the participants are allowed to circulate on different stations learning and discussing on different educational STEAM approaches, university training modules, and more.

The target group includes (but is not limited to): teachers on all educational levels, education providers, municipal authorities.

Organizers: the city of Turku, Jelgava local municipality, Vytautas Magnus university, the university of Turku, the university of Tartu, Jelgava state gymnasium, Tallinn education department.

WS22: Investigating renewable energies with Vernier GoDirect sensors, H. Virtanen (Vernier)

Room: Ivar 2002 (EduCity)

The workshop will explore sustainable energy production methods such as wind power, solar collectors and solar panels using Vernier’s GoDirect:registered: sensors.
How do the number, shape and position of the wind turbine blades affect the electrical energy produced by the generator? What factors determine the efficiency of a solar collector? And on what variables does the power output and energy produced by a solar panel depend? These questions will be answered by using Vernier’s laboratory equipment and sensor technology.

Markku Parkkonen, Vincent English
Vernier Science Education

WS23: Project-based Learning in the Context of Sustainability (University of Helsinki, FI)

Room: Erik 2003 (EduCity)

Explore the potential of collaborative project-based learning (PBL) in science education for sustainability. Learn from good practices shared by teachers globally and engage in discussions on fostering student-centered, collaborative, and interdisciplinary approaches in science education. These methods, endorsed by numerous curricula worldwide, aim to link science education with real-world issues like sustainability. Participate in the co-creation of a PBL module for sustainability-focused curricula with fellow educators. This workshop is part of the Erasmus+ initiative, The PRESS (Promoting Relevant Education in Science for Sustainability)

WS24: Exploring tomography (University of Helsinki, FI)

Room: Johannes 2004 (EduCity)

In this workshop we explore how to find out what is inside the target with some external measurements. The model we are using is based on X-ray tomography, but we will be using elementary school level mathematics to solve the problems. We will go through the basic idea of tomography measurements and focus on practical hands-on work with pairs or small groups.

This workshop is mainly aimed at elementary school teachers, but the same material will work for also higher grades.

Category: Applied math, math activity, hands-on

WS25: Space theme and ESA school projects as a support for STEM education (ESERO Finland, FI)

Room: Teoriatila 2067 (EduCity)

In the workshop, you will explore the use of different educational satellites (Kitsat and CanSat NeXT). You will also hear about different ESA school projects and how they can be implemented as a part of STEM education.

Different ESA school projects are:

  • Astro Pi: Giving young people the chance to run their computer programs in space.
  • CanSat: A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite, integrated within the volume and shape of a soft drinks can.
  • Climate Detectives: students will embrace the role of Climate Detectives while learning about Earth’s environment and climate.
  • MissionX: Learn the key elements to keeping fit and staying healthy in space and on Earth.
  • Moon Camp: design your project related to the human exploration of space.

Wednesday 14.8.2024, 13:30-14:30 (FINNISH)

WS26: Kahvipöytäkeskusteluja eriyttämisestä ja arvioinnista – mukana MAOL, Matikkatreenit ja alkukartoitukset (MAOL, FI)

Room: Maskulin (EduCity)

Kahvipöytäkeskusteluja eriyttämisestä ja arvioinnista – mukana MAOL, Matikkatreenit ja alkukartoitukset

Tule kahvipöytään keskustelemaan eriyttämisestä ja arvioinnista.
Samalla voit tutustua yläkouluun ja toisen asteen alkuun tarkoitettuihin MAOLin oppimateriaaleihin. Esittelyssä mm. sähköiset alkukartoitukset ja Matikkatreenit-tukipaketti.
(Kahvipöydässä tarjolla pillimehua, kaupan jäälattea ja keksejä).