P.J. Šafarik University in Kosice

Science Exhibitions

We created the Inquiry science lab within the premises of the Science Centre SteelPark Košice. With the aid of the SciVis project we were able to conduct 16 learning activities for students of primary and secondary schools. Every activity has a worksheet and methods of evaluation: an entry conceptual test and an auto evaluation of abilities. All didactical materials are available for teachers and students on-line. We conducted a workshop for the lecturers before every activity. We conducted an evaluation seminar of lecturers and managers of the science center at the end of each year. We monitor the opinions of the teachers on the activities of the Inquiry science lab through a structured questionnaire.

Activity Number of students Together
PS SS
Academic year 2014/2015
1. Can we measure the weight of air? 134 183 317
2. What can we learn from a laser range finder? 156 357 513
3. Battle on an unstable basin 210 26 236
4. It’s murder! 342 81 423
5. How do we breath? 295 113 408
6. Fill it up with water and go 298 151 449
7. How does a bat see motion? 420 185 605
Total 2951
Academic year 2015/2016
8. What does a scale show? 410 102 512
9. How does a candle burn? 410 102 512
10. YO-YO, child’s play full of physics 71 82 153
11. On the heels of a physics scale 220 71 291
12. Where do we get the air we breathe? 350 185 535
13. Known and Unknown shadows 387 163 550
14. Let us repair Galileo’s thermometer 406 101 507
15. How to take pictures of moving objects? 298 72 372
Total 3432
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Online Courses

We innovated two distance courses for STEM education: MasterClasses – Particle physics and the Supportive course for Physics Olympiad solvers – category D. Both courses were conducted with students of secondary schools. More than a 150 students took part in these courses. We prepared a meeting on the grounds of the faculty, combined with a presentation of the projects and an evaluation, for those who took part in distance learning at the end of the activity. Both courses were added among the proven promotional scientific activities of the faculty and they are being conducted after the completion of the project.

Interactive Screens

We started using a tablet classroom with the Samsung school system, 20 tablets, server and a large touch-screen in the didactic laboratories. We conducted training for pre-service students of natural science courses. We utilise the interactive interface in computer enhanced measurements and video-measurements in VinciLab and Coach 6 system. We prepared an extensive record of learning activities for the support of physics education. All the activities conducted within the SciVis project framework fit with the promotional, educational and research activities of the faculty and have the support of the employees of individual institutes of the faculty. The products of these activities are being used in the education of future teachers of natural science courses, in the elevation of digital literacy of students and in the promotion of science in society.
The UPJS team organised a tablet classroom training in April 2015 with 46 pre-service and 16 in-service teachers. Here the options were presented to work with tablets in the classroom. The connection of pupils’ tablets with the main computer was introduced, as well as the insight into the student tablets with the help of the main computer. Students can more work independently and research is more possible. Furthermore, a combination of technique and science is again confirmed.

Apps

Programming of mobile devices: The team developed methodology of programming mobile devices in MIT App Inventor 2 environment which was published in proceedings of national conference DidInfo 2015 (in Slovak), international conference ICTE 2015 (in English). This methodology we used and improved in pedagogical practice – informatics ring (15 two hours meetings with 7 pupils at the age of 13-14, October 2014 – June 2015), IT camp (5 days with 15 pupils at the age of 13-14, July 2015).
Diploma student designed and verified methodology of programming mobile application Devicies, which was presented and successfully defended in Student Scientific Conference at the faculty and also national level.
In October 2014 they organized 4 hour meeting focused on programming mobile application in MIT App Inventor 2 and Java environments for primary and secondary informatics teachers in the frame of Clubs of informatics teachers.
An app was created in App Inventor 2 for visitors of the Science center SteelPark Košice to guide them and give basic information on individual exhibits. Within the activities of science clubs for students of primary schools several mobile apps were created in the field of STEM at the faculty.
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ATTENDED CONFERENCES


2016

Creative Physics Teacher
4.4. – 6.4.2016, national conference on physics education, Smolenice, Slovakia
•  Krišková, K.: Simple experiments from electricity and magnetism
•  Kireš, M.: Science camp as motivation for physics education
•  Krišková, K.: Skills developmnet
•  Kireš, M.: Inquiry science lab SteelPark

ScienEdu
1. – 3.6. 2016, The innovations and trends in science education) Bratislava
•  Bašista, J.: Interactive lecture demonstrations with tablets support
•  Mišianiková, L., Kireš, M.: Guided inquiry within Young scientists tournament problem solving

DidSci
29. 6. – 1. 7. 2016, 7th International Conference on Research in Didactics of the Sciences, Krakow, Poland
•  Kireš, M., Kušnír, J.: The phenomenal analysis of problem solving success within the distance course for Physics Olympiad solvers •  Šnajder, Ľ.: Model of Teaching of Mobile Applications Programming in Non-Formal Education

HSCI
18.7. – 22.7.2016, 13th annual international conference on Hand on Science, Brno, Czech Rep.
•  Kireš, M.: Success rate evaluation of non-formal education in science camp motivates to become a physics teacher – plenary talk
•  Mišianiková, Kireš, M.: Development of selected inquiry skills by solving of tasks from Young Physicists’ Tournament

VNUF 21
26. – 28.8.2016, Brno, Czech Rep.
•  Kireš, M.: The potential of nonformal education within science centre – invited conference opening lecture

Girep seminar
30.8. – 3.9.2016, Krakow
•  Kireš, M., Bilišňanská, M.: The analysis of conceptual understanding and selected inquiry skills of students within non-formal education activities in science centre

DIDFYZ
20. – 22.10.2016, Račkova Dolina – Slovakia
•  Kireš, M., Bilišňanská, M.: Results of the pilot proof of the inquiry activities conducted in the science center

DidInfo
31. 3. 2016, 22nd national conference didactics of informatics, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
•  Šnajder, Ľ., ., Guniš, J.: Inquiry Based Informatics Education – Preliminary Results of Pedagogical Research

ICTE
5.-7.9.2016, international conference Information and Communication Technology in Education, Ostrava, Czech Rep.
•  Šnajder, Ľ., Guniš, J.: Analysis of Results in Inquiry Based Informatics Education of Selected Topics


2015

Physics Teachers Inventions Fair
28. 8. - 30. 8. 2015, Prague, Czech Republic
•  Balogová, B., Bilišňanská,M., Krišková, K., Mišianiková, L.: Inquiry science lab SteelPark

Mathematics conference Jasna
26. – 29.11.2015, 47th annual national mathematics conference, Slovakia
•  Kireš, M.: Pupils Inquiry skills development – invited lecture

Scientix national seminar
5.11.2015, Košice, Slovakia
•  Kireš, M.: IBSE goals, conditions and problem solving
•  Šnajder, Ľ.: STEM application programming for formal and informal education

Girep EPEC 2015
6. – 10. July, 2015, Wroclaw, Poland
•  Zuzana Ješková, Trinh-Ba Tran, Marián Kireš, Ton Ellermeijer: Teachers´ Competencies in the Use of Digital Technologies to Support Inquiry in Classroom
•  Marián Kireš, Zuzana Ješková: Teachers` Inquiry and Assessment Skills Developed within In-Service Teacher Training Course

EduLab conference on using of tablets in education
26.4.2015, Nitra, Slovakia
•  Kireš, M., Šnajder, Ľ.: Digital technologies in pre-service training

Creative Physics Teacher
7. – 9.4.2015, national conference on physics education, Smolenice, Slovakia
•  Kireš, M.: In-service teacher preparation for IBSE
•  Kireš, M., Bilišnanská, M.: Inquiry science lab activities
•  Krišková, K.: Working with table skills development

DidInfo
15. – 17.4.2015, 21st national conference didactics of informatics, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
•  Šnajder, Ľ.: Methodology of Mobile Devices Programming – invited lecture

ICTE (Information and Communication Technologies in Education)
15.-17.9.2015, international conference, Rožnov pod Radhoštem, Czech Rep.
•  Šnajder, Ľ., Guniš, J.: The Inquiry Based Approach in Learning of Mobile Applications Programming


PUBLICATION OUTCOMES


Zuzana Ješková, Trinh-Ba Tran, Marián Kireš, Ton Ellermeijer: Teachers´ Competencies in the Use of Digital Technologies to Support Inquiry in Classroom, In: Proceedings of International conference Girep EPEC 2015, 6. – 10. July, 2015: Key Competences in Physics Teaching and Learning, Wroclaw, Poland, 2016, ISBN: 978-83-913497-1-7, pp. 30 – 37.

Marián Kireš, Zuzana Ješková: Teachers` Inquiry and Assessment Skills Developed within In-Service Teacher Training Course, In: Proceedings of International conference Girep EPEC 2015, 6. – 10. July, 2015: Key Competences in Physics Teaching and Learning, Wroclaw, Poland, 2016, ISBN: 978-83-913497-1-7, pp.130 – 137.

M. Kireš, M. Bilišňanská, K. Krišková: Success Rate Evaluation of Non-Formal Education in Science Camp Motivates to Become a Physics Teacher, In: Proceedings of 13th International Conference on Hands-on Science: Hands-on The Heart of Science Education, 18th-22th July 2016, Faculty of Education, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, ISBN 978-84-8158-714-2, pp. 119-123.

L. Mišianiková, M. Kireš, B. Balogová: Development of Selected Inquiry Skills by Solving of Tasks from Young Physicists’ Tournament, In: Proceedings of 13th International Conference on Hands-on Science: Hands-on The Heart of Science Education, 18th-22th July 2016, Faculty of Education, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, ISBN 978-84-8158-714-2, pp. 130-134.

A. Kazachkov, I. Reva, M. Kireš: Hands-On Physics Experiments Developed from the Museum of Science Expositions and from On-Line Videos, In: Proceedings of 13th International Conference on Hands-on Science: Hands-on The Heart of Science Education, 18th-22th July 2016, Faculty of Education, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, ISBN 978-84-8158-714-2, pp. 159.

Mária Bilišňanská, Marián Kireš: Bádateľské prírodovedné laboratórium, In: Tvorivý učiteľ fyziky VIII: národný festival fyziky 2015 : 7. - 9. apríl 2015, Smolenice. - Bratislava: Slovenská fyzikálny spoločnosť, 2016. - ISBN 9788097145088. - S. 67-73.

Katarína Krišková, Marián Kireš: Rozvíjame zručnosť žiakov pracovať s tabuľkami, In: Tvorivý učiteľ fyziky VIII : národný festival fyziky 2015 : 7. - 9. apríl 2015, Smolenice. - Bratislava: Slovenská fyzikálny spoločnosť, 2016. - ISBN 9788097145088. - S. 148-154.

Kazachkov, A., Kireš, M.: Light and shadows of hands on based education, In: Proceedings of 12th international conference on Hands on Science, 27. – 30. July, 2015, Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal,

Kireš, M.: The role of physics teachers and their preparedness for an inquiry oriented education, In: Zborník referátov z XIX. medzinárodnej konferencie DIDFYZ 2014, Račkova dolina, 15. - 18. októbra 2014, Nitra 2016, ISBN 978-80-558-1080-5, pp.131-138.

Marián Kireš, Ján Kušnír: The Phenomenal Analysis of Problem Solving Success Within the Distance Course for Physics Olympiad Solvers, In: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Research in Didactics of the Sciences, DidSci 2016, June 29th – July 1st, 2016, Pedagogical University of Cracow, Institute of Biology, Department of Education of Natural Sciences, Kraków 2016, ISBN 978-83-8084-037-9, pp.68-70.

Ľubomír Šnajder, Ján Guniš : Inquiry Based Education Of Selected Informatics Topics – Analysis And Results, In: ICTE Journal, ISSN 1805-3726. Roč. 5, č. 2 (2016), s. 51-67.

Ľubomír Šnajder: Metodika výučby programovania mobilných zariadení, In: DidInfo 2015: 21. ročník národnej konferencie : 15. - 17. apríl 2015, Banská Bystrica. Univerzita Mateja Bela, Fakulta prírodných vied, 2015. - ISBN 9788055708522. - S. 18-27. Presentation

Ľubomír Šnajder, Ján Guniš: The Inquiry Based Approach in Learning of Mobile Applications Programming, In: Information and Communication Technology in Education : Proceedings : 15. - 17. september 2015, Rožnov pod Radhoštěm. Ostrava : University of Ostrava, 2015. - ISBN 9788074647635. - S. 211-221. Presentation

Ľubomír Šnajder, Ján Guniš: Analysis of results in inquiry based informatics education of selected topics, In: ICTE 2016 : Information and Communication Technology in Education : conference proceedings : 5. - 7. september 2016, Ostrava, University of Ostrava, 2016. - ISBN 9788074648502. - S. 169-180 Presentation

Ľubomír Šnajder, Ján Guniš, Ľubomír Antoni: Model of Teaching of Mobile Applications Programming in Non-Formal Education, In: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Research in Didactics of the Sciences, DidSci 2016, June 29th – July 1st, 2016, Pedagogical University of Cracow, Institute of Biology, Department of Education of Natural Sciences, Kraków 2016, ISBN 978-83-8084-037-9, pp.151-154.

Bádateľsky orientované vyučovanie informatiky – priebežné výsledky
Model of teachingof mobile applications programming in non-formal education
Metodika programovania mobilných aplikácií v prostrediAppInventor 2
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Bádateľské prírodovedné laboratórium SteelPARK

Coordinating Institution

Partner Institutions

The Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

The Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

P.J. Šafarik University in Kosice

P.J. Šafarik University in Kosice
Faculty of Science

Univerzita Karlova v Praze

Univerzita Karlova v Praze

Center for the Promotion of Science

Center for the Promotion of Science

Klett MINT

Klett MINT


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