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Workshops & Exhibit

Workshops of the three working groups


The Importance of Energy in our lives: Carl Rauch + Lotfi Lakehal-Ayat

Lecturers at Ecole des Mines de Nantes

The first part of this workshop presents the concept of energy and its omnipresence in our everyday lives. It explores the differences between energy sources and energy forms. It also introduces renewable and non-renewable energy sources.  The second part explores how a traditional, power plant produces electricity by burning fossil fuels and addresses some of the economic, social and environmental issues regarding burning fossil fuels to produce electricity. The importance of protecting the Earth’s natural resources and using renewable energy sources also discussed. The workshop comprises small group work, inquiry based activities and demonstrations.

13:45 - 15:30 - max. 16 Participants - Sign Up here

Wind Energy: Cliona Murphy + Nicola Broderick

Lecturers in Science Education, Education Department, St. Patrick's College, Ireland

In the first part of this workshop participants are asked to design and make a wind turbine model and then carry out a number of scientific investigations to evaluate the effectiveness of their model. In the second part, participants critically analyse information on the environmental, social and economic issues surrounding wind energy. Using this information, they then participate in a community debate either supporting or opposing the development of a wind farm in the locality.

16:00 - 17:45 - max. 24 Participants - Sign Up here

Everyday Objects

Janet Ainley

Professor of Education, School of Education, University of Leicester, UK

1. Primary age range

In this workshop we will focus on making choices about Everyday Objects which may have economic, environmental and social implications. To support children to engage with the complexity of such choices we will
look at the design of realistic scenarios which can be explored through discussion and role play.

 13:45 - 15:30 - Sign Up here

2. Secondary age range

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to gain a synthetic overview of the learning activities on sneakers  focusing on IBSE and ESD dimensions. In addition, meaningful parts of the lesson sequences will be explored thanks to some  practical activities, already tested with students and teachers/educators.

16:00 - 17:45 - Sign Up here


Honey (in German): Petra Skiebe-Corrette

Professor for Neurobiology, Head of Schülerlabor NatLab, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Honey is a very good commodity to investigate the quality of food, as well as to study the three dimensions of sustainability: economy, ecology and society, which includes cultural and social aspects. All honey sorts sold in the European Union underlie a council directive. The range of honey offers varies and extends from imported goods from the global market. During a 3 hour workshop, lecturers demonstrate different educational methods, which empower pupils to make reflective decisions for honey purchase and which enables them to work with and evaluate different sources of information and arguments.

13:45 - 15:30 - max. 20 Participants - Sign Up here

Bread: Christian Bertsch

Professor for Primary, Science and Higher Education, Pädagogische Hochschule Wien, Austria

This workshop adresses environmental, economic and social issues related to the production of bread focusing on pupils at primary level. Topics on making bread, its price, quality and waste are presented using inquiry approach.

16:00 - 17:45 - max. 20 Participants - Sign Up here



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Everyday Products


Technology and Science at School

Dr. Nicola Stollhoff - Freie Universität Berlin

TuWaS! supports teachers by establishing IBSE in grades 1 to 6. The aim is to get students excited about STEM subjects, to promote teamwork and language education and to make them familiar with methodological procedures.

TuWaS! offers trainings and associated proven experiment boxes on12 natural science and technical subjects to support teachers in their school life. The teaching materials are adapted to the curricula. For a period of up to 8 weeks pupils can thus operate continuously on a biological, chemical, physical or engineering theme. The children experiment independently in small groups. They therefore practice teamwork, learn to document, discuss and independently solve problems.


for Sustainability + Climate Protection

Karola Braun-Wanke

Researcher and Project Manager at Environmental Policy Research centre (FFU), Freie Universität Berlin

Learning & Teaching for a Sustainable Future - Schools@University for
Sustainability + Climate Protection
at Freie Universität Berlin

The educational format Schools@University for Sustainability + Climate Protection empowers children and teachers to develop the mind-set they need to bring about a sustainable future. Our core concept is to build a bridge between the university as a research institution, schools as a places of learning and civil society. The goal is to help children gain in-depth knowledge on sustainability issues, learn critical thinking skills and get empowered to affect changes within their everyday world. With Schools@University, FFU offers for 5th and 6th grade students and their teachers a variety of interactive and cross-discipline hands-on workshops and lectures on sustainable development. In order to implement education for sustainable development in schools, FFU also offer interactive teacher trainings. The week long programme, offered twice a year, includes roughly 75 events which introduce students to issues related to sustainability at various unique locations on our campus. Roughly 2,400 students and 140 teachers take part yearly in the free programmes and teacher trainings.

Website: http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/schueleruni/index.html

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Rare Earths

in Smartphones, Gas Lantern Mantles,
Money and Superconductors

Dr. Katharina Kuse - Freie Universität Berlin

The sustainable use of the rare earth metals and the valuable metals silver, gold and platinum

These chemical elements are used in high-tech industrial products as wind turbines or hybrid cars, and in communication technology. Extracted from natural minerals, the rare-earth metals are mined, isolated and purified in a high number of steps. This is a burden on the environment as well as the miners due to the chemical impact and the unhealthy working conditions. Sooner or later the accelerating industrial application of these goods will lead to an increased demand for the raw materials and the question of their availability.

Students on secondary school level do chemical experiments in our student lab concerning the rare earth metals. Our experiments deal with magnets in smartphones (neodymium), gas mantles (yttrium, cerium), superconductors (yttrium) and forgery proof fluorescent ink (europium). We discuss the importance of an effective recycling management for these not renewable treasures of the soil.

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NaWiTex Wildau

NaWiTex - Schülerlabore of the
Technical University of Applied Sciences, Wildau

Dr. Anke Renger


HELLEUM - innovative Research Center
for Children an d Youths

Holger Haas + Lucas Kay

HELLEUM is an innovative Learning and Research Center for Children and Youth (Kinderforscherzentrum) which is based around the concept of a “Lernwerkstatt” and was planned under consideration of newest early learning and teaching concepts.
Children, educators and teachers from pre- and elementary schools and families are invited to the science workshops to test their skills, to ask questions about different science and technology aspects and take their own approaches to explorative learning. HELLEUM is a place for a large variety of workshops, networking activities , in-service training programs, science days and conferences.

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The European Science Teachers' Network

Daniela Neumann - Science on Stage Europe

Science on Stage Europe provides a European network for STEM teachers to exchange best practice teaching concepts and to share ideas from teachers for teachers during various activities such as educational fairs, workshops and teacher trainings. Science on Stage was launched in 2000 and reaches by now about 100,000 teachers and teacher trainers across 28 European countries and Canada. A network of National Steering Committees in these countries provides the interface to their national science teaching communities. Science on Stage Europe is the umbrella organisation with headquarters in Berlin that supports the member countries with the realisation of their activities and helps to coordinate Science on Stage festivals.