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.

Jiří Dolejší

The Czech National Steering committee
with mentioning some roles relevant to SoS

Government, Universities and Academy of Sciences
Dr. Jaroslav Dittrich, dittrich@ujf.cas.cz,
Scientific secretary of the Inst. of Nuclear Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic,
Committee member of the Czech Physical Society

Dr. Jiří Dolejší, chair, jiri.dolejsi@mff.cuni.cz, www: http://ipnp00.troja.mff.cuni.cz/dolejsi/dolejsi.html,
Charles University Prague, Fac. of Mathematics and Physics, Inst. of Particle and Nuclear Physics,
Committee member of the Czech Physical Society

Dr. Veronika Kratochvílová, vkratochvilova@ssc.cas.cz,
Press Dept. of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic,
Secretary of the Board for Popularization of Science of the AS CR

Prof. Jan Obdržálek, Jan.Obdrzalek@mff.cuni.cz, www: http://utf.mff.cuni.cz/~jobdr/
Charles University Prague, Fac. of Mathematics and Physics, Inst. of Theoretical Physics,
Committee member of the Czech Physical Society

Dr. Jiří Rameš, rames@fzu.cz
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institute of Physics,
Member of European Particle Physics Outreach Group

Dr. Alice Valkárová, alice.valkarova@mff.cuni.cz, www:
Charles University Prague, Fac. of Mathematics and Physics, Inst. of Particle and Nuclear Physics,
President of the Czech Physical Society

Prof. Ivan Wilhelm, Ivan.Wilhelm@mff.cuni.cz,
Charles University Prague, Fac. of Mathematics and Physics, Inst. of Particle and Nuclear Physics,
The Czech Government Representative for European Research

Teachers' teachers
Dr. Zdeněk Drozd, zdenek.drozd@mff.cuni.cz,
Charles University Prague, Fac. of Mathematics and Physics, Dept. of Physics Education

Dr. Bohuslav Dušek, Bohous.Dusek@vscht.cz
Institute of Chemical Technology Prague, Head of the Dept. of Social Sciences

Prof. Leoš Dvořák, leos.dvorak@mff.cuni.cz, www: http://kdf.mff.cuni.cz/~dvorak/index.htm
Charles University Prague, Fac. of Mathematics and Physics, Head of Dept. of Physics Education

Dr. Renata Holubová, renata.holubova@upol.cz
Palacký University, Faculty of Science, Dept. of Experimental Physics

Prof. Josef Hubeňák, josef.hubenak@uhk.cz
University of Hradec Králové, Faculty of Education, Department of Physics and Informatics

Dr. Jiří Tesař, raset@pf.jcu.cz
University of South Bohemia, Pedagogical faculty, Dept. of Physics

Prof. Josef Trna, trna@jumbo.ped.muni.cz
Masaryk University Brno, Vicedean of the Faculty of Education, Dept. of Physics

Prof. Ivo Volf, ivo.volf@uhk.cz, www: http://lide.uhk.cz/home/pdf/ucitel/volfiv1/www/
University of Hradec Králové, Faculty of Education, Head of Department of Physics and Informatics,
Chairman of the Czech Physics Olympiad Committee

Teachers from schools
Dr. Irena Koudelková, irena.koudelkova@mff.cuni.cz
Elementary school Červený Vrch, Prague
&
Charles University Prague, Fac. of Mathematics and Physics, Dept. of Physics Education

Mgr. Václav Piskač, piskac@jaroska.cz, www: http://fyzweb.cuni.cz/piskac/main.htm
Gymnasium Brno, tř. kpt. Jaroše

Mgr. Zdeněk Polák, polak@gymnachod.cz
Jirasek Gymnasium Náchod

Media
Mgr. Vladimír Kunz, vladimir.kunz@popularis.cz, www: www.popularis.cz, www.herafilm.cz,
HERAFILM Science Media Prague

Mgr. Jana Olivová, jolivova@cro.cz
Czech Radio 3 - Vltava

Ing. Šárka Speváková, sarka.spevakova@popularis.cz, www: www.popularis.cz, www.herafilm.cz,
HERAFILM Science Media Prague

Science museum
Dr. Miroslav Novák, miroslav.novak@ntm.cz
National Technical Museum Prague, The Interactive Educational Programme

The steering committee is open to people wishing to contribute to Science on Stage Goals.

 

The list 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
Heuréka - http://kdf.mff.cuni.cz/Heureka/en/index.php
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 of physics.
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
Physics 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.
Summer school 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.
Summer camp 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
Further 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.