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|Special issue - February 2007|
Science on Stage
How do we convey to young people the wonder of research and discovery? How do we ensure that in the future we have enough scientists and engineers, increasingly needed by society? What resources can Europe deploy to reinforce science teaching in primary and secondary schools?
These major questions will be discussed during the European festival Science on Stage (Science en Scène), which will take place in Grenoble from 2 to 6 April 2007. This event, organised by EIROforum and supported by the European Commission, is a unique opportunity for 500 science teachers from some thirty European countries to meet up and exchange ideas on best teaching practices.
By combining entertaining and enjoyable approaches with indepth reflection, Science on Stage may be looked upon as a kind of laboratory, where the most original ideas coexist with the most demanding teaching experiments. Between the ‘forum’, where each person can explain their plans to their colleagues from other countries; and the training workshops, where teachers find classrooms for trying out new practices; all paths are possible and an interdisciplinary approach reigns. Teachers also have an opportunity to meet scientists working within the European institutes belonging to EIROforum.
This programme stems from the first Physics on Stage organised at CERN in 2000. National committees have been set up in 29 countries. They form the basic structure of the Science on Stage programme, with the objective of making science teaching more attractive, capitalising on the natural curiosity of children and adolescents, and showing them that research is a fascinating activity that is constantly evolving. Their mission is also to ask, in a public forum, major questions regarding the future of education in Europe.
On 5 April 2007, in Grenoble, science teachers will be able to discuss matters directly with decision-makers, during a round table on the subject of Challenges to Europe: European science education in the future, chaired by the European Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potočnik.
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