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Centar Sfera @ Festival Nauke u Beogradu // Sfera @ Science Festival, Belgrade

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Science Festival is also a place for scientific games and workshops. One of those comes from Centre Sfera. It is my pleasure to have Natasha Stanic and Dejan Boskovic in the studio at the Science Festival. Natasha, how did this cooperation come to be? Well, astrobiology gathers all sciences, biology and astronomy before all. The inspiration came from Microglobalscope project, that is being implemented in the school, and Dejan will tell us more about that. And astronomers keep looking for life. We are surrounded by life on this planet, it is all around us, but we still haven't seen it in the universe... That is why we are looking for new planets, that would have some conditions for life. But we still haven't found it. In our workshop, children simulate the very beginning of the universe, and discover what it is made of, including ourselves, and how we are all connected to the stars. At the end of the story, when we get to learn about the universe, and go to the edge of the visible cosmos, we come back home and observe the greatest mystery of all - which is life. So, in the second part of the workshop, we observe different living cells. This workshop is really a beautiful astrobiological journey. Sfera has received different instruments, and we are thrilled we can help children to, for example, using a planetarium behind a dark curtain, see and touch the stars, and get to play with them in a way, and then to do the same with specimens of life through micrscopes. Dejan, Ivo Andric school has been a part of Microglobalscope for some time now. This festival is an opportunity to present it to the public. Yes, exactly. We actually brought our extracurricular activities here, to the festival. And now all children can be a part of it - pupils from other schools, but also those who still don't go to school. Today we hosted pre-school groups from kindergartens. So the whole workshop was adjusted to them, as they still have no knowledge of cells. We explained them that there is a microworld that they cannot see. For a teacher, what is this experience like? It is not very different than in clasroom, I have to say. Actually, I think this is a great experience. But what I, as a teacher, find most appealing is the number of children interested in science. Natasha, is this how teaching is better done, and how pupils are becoming interested in subjects they have during their schooling? I would say this is the only way... They rarely read books, and formulas have always been difficult to remember. Not to mention doing homeworks. Therefore, the best way to show them something is by showing them how it works and what is behind that, why it is useful. When they discover that we wouldn't be here if the stars hadn't lived and exploded, and if the chemical elements weren't made in the stars, and that the stars are like cosmic kitchens of elements, that we are all made of, and all other living beings, too, then realize how it is all connected. We designed this workshop to bridge biology, chemistry, physics, maths, all sciences. We are in the cross-section of sciences, as there are no strict borders - sciences are intertwined, and subjects in school, unfortunatelly, are not. The knowledge should flow from one subject to the other, as well as insights and conclusions... The most beautiful conclusion at the workshop came from a girl who said that the universe is like a giant organism. Like a living organism, since it grows. She is going to a fifth grade, so she has just learned about the characteristics of life. It is really nice in our astrobiological workshop, and I think Happy Gallery is the place for children today. And Science Festival in general, right? Yes, Science Festival too! We haven't seen other exhibitions yet, but anything they can touch, try and see - it all gets their attention, they learn better, and are able to relate information to the laws of nature. Thank you. - Thank you.

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Duration: 4 minutes and 33 seconds
Year: 2011
Country: Serbia
Language: Serbian
Views: 98
Posted by: illy on Jan 7, 2012

Isečak iz Hronika Festivala nauke u Beogradu emitovanih na RTS. Nataša Stanić i Dejan Bošković predstavljaju naučnu igraonicu i postavku "Kosmos, šta smo?".
Natasa Stanic and Dejan Boskovic talk about the exhibition and science workshop "Cosmos & what we are?" in the Chronicles of Science Festival on Serbian Broadcasting Corporation (RTS).

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