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2015 Science on Stage festival, UK

In June 2015, Queen Mary University of London proudly played host to the 9th Science on Stage Festival, an international showcase of the most creative and innovative talents in primary and secondary science education across Europe.

Under the festival motto of "Illuminating Science Education", over 350 teachers demonstrated and exchanged the best methods for inspiring the next generation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at interactive, hands-on stands. They also watched presentations, took part in workshops and mixed over social events including cinema trips and comedy nights. There were laser shows, marine robots and ant colonies, exploding gherkins, augmented reality and pipe cleaners!

The delegates were selected through national competitive events taking place across 25 countries, however, on the festival Open Day another 300 teachers were welcomed from across the world to share in the atmosphere of creativity and mutual exchange. These visitors added to the excitement and were able to take part in the full festival programme for the day.

Discover (or relive) the European Science on Stage festival 2015 through the Queen Mary University festival team blog, covering the stands, workshops, presentations and all the fun of the festival. You can also search Twitter for festival tweets #SonS2015 or look through pictures from delegates and the festival team photographer.

The 2015 UK delegation

As the 2015 Science on Stage festival was held in the UK, a larger delegation of 28 teachers and technicians from across the country were able to attend, showcasing a range of projects across the range of science and mathematics for all ages, from outdoor learning to animations.

  • Yasmin Andrew - Exploration of Plasma Physics in Post-16 Education
  • Russell Arnott - Bulletproof ice : how to teach material science using pykrete
  • Stephen H. Ashworth - The Science of Santa
  • Rahima Begom - An alternative to homework: Using creative models to demonstrate understanding in key Science ideas and concepts.
  • Alessio Bernardelli - Developing Science understanding through misconceptions
  • Tim Browett - Learning themed around human space flight
  • Deirdre Doherty - I see Sea Science on the Sea Shore: Developing creative science in the outdoor classroom
  • Catherine Dunn - Smart sensors, cheap sensors made from smart materials
  • Ken Farquhar - Enhancing student engagement in post performance science workshops
  • Fergus Hegarty - Schemes of Curiosity - Bringing Science Alive!
  • Colin Inglis - Natural alternatives to antibiotics: scientifically sound or muddled myth?
  • Ravjeet Kour - CERN animation: A tool to teach particle physics in schools
  • Surita Lawes - Loreto Labs Investigates: how do genes and the environment affect heart function?
  • Johanne Matheson - CSI-Larbert: The Use of DNA Technology in Forensic Science
  • Louise Maule - 50 Shades of muddy green, interspersed with blues and yellows: Science Teaching and Colour Blind students
  • Linda McKee - Smart Energy Project
  • Rosie Mellors - Newcastle University Street Science
  • Vika Moisey - Small or Far Away
  • June Murphy - Healthy Eating
  • Debbie Myers - Mighty Micro-organisms
  • John Nunn - See the currents produced by a falling magnet and use them to calculate gravity
  • Helen Pollard - Extreme Physics
  • Carol Sampey and Kulvinder Kaur Johal - Growing Music
  • Jenny Search - Challenging gender stereotypes in science
  • Shirin Sheikh-Bahai - All Is One
  • David Fox Teasdale - How to keep unusual animals in the secondary science classroom
  • Kristy Turner - Crafty covalent bonding