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Workshop September 2011, Sopot

Continuing a crossborder exchange of experience

On Monday 12th  September, the workshop dedicated to our topic 'Science Meets School', was held in Sopot, Poland. The invited participants were researchers, teachers, school students and members of school authorities - all together about 100 people from Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden.

Our meeting was under the Honorary Patronage of the Education Board of Pomeranian Region (Pomorskie Kuratorium Oświaty). Ms Beata Wolak - the Director of Educational Development and Support, represented the Board, gave welcome speech to the audience. She referred that the Polish Ministry of Education announced this school year 2011/2012 as 'The Year of School with the Passion'. The school – it is not only lessons but cooperation outside with local authorities and institutions. The school students engaged in the various projects find the school more attractive and learning can become a passion. The Kuratorium emphasized that the meeting and WebLab project meets this motto very much and that such events like the WebLab science camps, e-learning modules are very useful/important to make the school offer more exciting/attractive.    

We had discussion on the experiences in the cooperation between schools and research institutions as well as how it is to be a scientist. During the meeting participants of the science camp 2011 at  Biała Góra - school students  presented the results of the workshop and their camp experiences.

This was the opportunity to watch the presentation on dissemination activities of the science and cooperation between schools and research institutions (MARISCHOOL, I ALO, IO PAN).

During discussion the open question and provocative voice was: How it is to be a scientist? It’s said that scientists are crazy a little bit. The answers from students were: Yes - but it is COOL for young people. It should be so as scientists are conducting research and it is fascinating!   

Scientists learn a lot form students, too. They do know that their scientific language must be more understood and it is worth to improve it for better communication with young people. They learned that young people are interested in so many things and put sometimes very difficult questions. Also that the work with young students are very pleasant as students are well motivated and disciplined and had a good sense of humour – all these factors together make the mutual work grate thing!

There was the session of posters presentation: 5 posters of S.C. 2011, 5 posters of S.C. 2010 and 7 posters from the institutions from Germany, Lithuania and Poland.

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...from the Workshop