Science on Stage in Czech Republic, 2006
Science on Stage developed from the first Physics on Stage in 2000 as a multifaceted programme basically aimed at support of science teachers, stimulation of their activities, their european-wide contacts and exchange of experience. This programme has been completely successfull. It represents, from my point of view, something like spices which help to make the ordinary food tasty or the already good dishes delicious. This programme really helped in stimulation of working contacts inside the Czech Republic and in some cases also outside it. On the other hand we cannot be happy with the continuing decline of the students' interest in natural sciences, with the tremendous inertia of majority of teachers, with the public ignoring the role of science and with media investing negligible resources to science presentation compared to entertainment. We can hardly solve any of these problems, but we may continue with trying to change this situation and to look for further possibilities.
My dear colleagues asked me in early 2000 to chair the first Czech NSC. After returning from the Fair in Geneva I handed over to Leoš Dvořák (Physics on Stage 2, ESTEC, 2002). Next came Josef Trna (Physics on Stage 4, ESA-ESTEC, 2003), Zdeněk Drozd (Science on Stage, CERN, 2005), and the chair returned to me this year.
Czech National Steering committee
with mentioning some roles relevant to SoS
|Government, Universities and Academy of Sciences|
Jaroslav Dittrich, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Scientific secretary of the Inst. of Nuclear Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic,
Committee member of the Czech Physical Society
Jiří Dolejší, chair, email@example.com, www: http://ipnp00.troja.mff.cuni.cz/dolejsi/dolejsi.html,
Veronika Kratochvílová, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Obdržálek, Jan.Obdrzalek@mff.cuni.cz, www: http://utf.mff.cuni.cz/~jobdr/
Jiří Rameš, email@example.com
Valkárová, firstname.lastname@example.org, www:
Ivan Wilhelm, Ivan.Wilhelm@mff.cuni.cz,
|Dr. Zdeněk Drozd, email@example.com,
Charles University Prague, Fac. of Mathematics and Physics, Dept. of Physics Education
Renata Holubová, firstname.lastname@example.org
Josef Hubeňák, email@example.com
Jiří Tesař, firstname.lastname@example.org
Josef Trna, email@example.com
Volf, firstname.lastname@example.org, www: http://lide.uhk.cz/home/pdf/ucitel/volfiv1/www/
|Teachers from schools|
Irena Koudelková, email@example.com
Elementary school Červený Vrch, Prague
& Charles University Prague, Fac. of Mathematics and Physics, Dept. of Physics Education
Zdeněk Polák, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Mgr. Vladimír Kunz, email@example.com, www: www.popularis.cz, www.herafilm.cz,
HERAFILM Science Media Prague
Miroslav Novák, firstname.lastname@example.org
National Technical Museum Prague, The Interactive Educational Programme
The steering committee is open to people wishing to contribute to Science on Stage Goals.
of long-term projects and special events in the year 2006 related
to Science on Stage
(which would never be complete)
|Long-term projects and events in 2006|
The title Heureka (which, in English, means Eureka) resembles heuristic method of teaching. We use this term in Czech to characterize some important features of our approach to teaching and learning. But it does not mean that Heuréka is limited to an old one ‘learning by discovering’ approach (that one criticised for, e.g., ignoring pupils’ preconcepts, context of learning etc.). It would be fashionable to claim that Heuréka is based on constructivism, ‘social constructivism’ or so.
Special event: The big seminar in Náchod, 22.-24.9.2006, www: http://kdf.mff.cuni.cz/heureka/en/HeurekaInvitation2006.pdf
Hobby groups are organized at Prague schools by university students of physics education
|Fair of chemistry, physics and mathematics, Olomouc 23. 6. 2006, www: http://analytika.upol.cz/jarmark06/|
|Science in Streets - A path from simple experiments for school with enthusiastic teachers to science. Public performance in Prague streets, 23.-24. 6. 2006|
Teacher’s Inventions Fair No. 11, 28.-30. 8. 2006, (Main
Czech SoS event), www: http://vnuf.upol.cz/
The fair is a show of physics teacher’s ideas, inventions and activities aimed at improving physics education, making physics more interesting for pupils and students, motivating them and helping them to like physics and understand it better.
for chemistry teachers
The aim of the summer school is to bring new points of view to the chemistry education at secondary schools in the Czech Republic. The seminar includes laboratory workshops.
of physics and mathematics, www: http://kdf.mff.cuni.cz/tabor/
Two weeks summer camp for secondary school students (organized by the Department of physics education of the Faculty of mathematics and physics of Charles University)
|A small Czech-US seminar on teaching innovations, Prague, 30.-31. 8. 2006|
development of Physics Web for Everybody, www: http://fyzweb.cuni.cz/
The web for popularization of physics, providing information for physics teachers, students etc. including creation of web materials for informal physics education by specialists from various branches of physics.