SIMPLESCIENCE.NL CHALLENGING CHILDREN TO THINK, ACT AND IMPROVE
Teacher Bert Nagel
Institution Simple Science
A lifelong impact on children with primary science in just a few hours. Tips and tricks and
very practical solutions are presented in this project. Could the magic of a Lego block
also be achieved with simple materials such as paper, cupboard, polystyrene and bbq
sticks? The goal of this project is to challenge children to think and to awaken their natural
curiousity. When children pick up challenges to improve results of a science investigation
it gives a fertile ground to develop their strong points which is very useful for their now
THE DRIESPRONG LABORATORY – SOLVE THE PLASTIC PROBLEM
Institution Bs. De Driesprong
Subjects Science, Sustainability
Plastics are cheap and used very often. Unfortunately plastic also is often thrown away,
which pollutes environment and oceans. Besides, plastic is made of fossil fuels, which
causes the earth’s natural resources to become depleted. In the project, which aims to
change children’s attitudes towards plastic, children in primary education learn about this
issue theoretically and practically. They learn about the impact of plastic on environment
and animals, they research about bio based plastics made of starch, they design and make
their own bio based plastics and finally exhibit their designed products.
BUILD YOUR OWN AUTOMATON!
1st teacher Saskia van der Jagt
Institution Coornhert Gymnasium
2nd teacher Martijn Hoogland
Institution Coornhert Gymnasium
Subjects Technology, Research, Maker education
During this project, secondary school students design and build their own automaton. An
automaton can be described as a machine or control mechanism designed to automatically
follow a predetermined sequence of operations. The specific task to our students is to
design an automaton that can be used as a toy by children between 1 and 4 years old.
After formulating design principles and sketching their ideas for such an automaton, the
students make computer drawings of each component. These components are cut by a
laser cutter. After building their prototype the students reflect on their design principles
and improve their design.
INVENTIVITY WITH ROBOTICA DURING PHYSICS CLASS
Institution St. Bonifatiuscollege
Subjects Physics, Technology
Small robots are not just toys. They can be used as an educational tool. More strongly, they
can fill the gap between science and technology. Especially in a competition with other
robots participants will have to use their skills in designing and programming. These skills
are also needed for a career in science & technology. Therefore, these skills should have a
place in science education.
SCIENCE IN SPACE
1st teacher Claudia Callies
Institution Stedelijk Gymnasium Leiden
2nd teacher Christina Diehl
Institution Gymnasium Paulinum
Subjects Maths, Physics
Science in Space is an exchange programme for students aged 14-16 in which a Dutch and a
German school collaborate. Our experience with setting up this programme is summarized
in a step-by-step-plan. This general plan is illustrated with examples from the Science in
Teacher Jolanda de Vries
Institution Damstede Lyceum
Students have to make a 3D-model of an animal cell or plant cell, with simple materials.
They have to plan, design, work together and make use of the theory and pictures in their
textbook and search for more information on the internet. They also have to define the
functions of the organelles.
CSI AT SCHOOL
Teacher Jarka Buijs
Institution St. Gregorius College
The CSI project turns students into crime scene investigators. Using their biology knowledge
and skills they have to investigate the murder of one of their teachers. They have to identify
who did it, why it was done, what the murder weapon was and when the murder took place.
This they will do by investigating insects, blood, secret notes, finger prints, urine samples
and more. The context and the mainly practical approach are appealing to the student. Their
enthusiasm combined with their imagination will make this project successful every time!
ESCAPE THE CLASSROOM
1st teacher Anne de Groot
Institution Segbroek College
2nd teacher Joris Koot
Institution Segbroek College
How cool is that to be locked up by your twisted science teacher. The only way to get out is
to use your scientific knowledge and skills. You have one hour and the clock is ticking.
In an escape classroom a group of students is trapped in a room with all kinds of scientific
puzzles. They must find clues, combine knowledge and skills that they have learned in class.
Escape classrooms can be played as preparation for an exam. The individual puzzles can be
used as activating teaching method. Anne de Groot and Joris Koot have launched a website
and give workshops to inspire teachers and to help them set up and play their own escape
classroom for any age group or subject.
PHANTOMS OR PHYSICS?
Country Spain + Netherlands
1st teacher Nuria Muñoz Molina
Institution La Inmaculada School
2nd teacher Silvio Rademaker
Institution Amadeus Lyceum Vleuten
Subjects Physics, Technology, Literature
This project focuses on ghosts, spirits and everything that has to do with the supernatural
world. Humanity has always been fascinated by spooky and paranormal happenings. For
example, already Pliny the Younger (61-112 AC) wrote about a haunted house. We have been
inspired by the writers of the Romantic period from the 19th century, where the delight for
mystery and suspense in live shows was very pronounced. Although, all of our investigation
comes directly from the field of physics which is why we have adapted it to the academic
syllabus and reproduced scientific inventions which have been developed throughout
history such as the Pepper’s Ghost effect, the bodyless talking head and many more.
SIMULATION MEETS REAL NATURE
Country Germany + Netherlands
1st teacher Christian Karus
Institution Andreas Vesalius Gymnasium
2nd teacher Tom Toebes
Institution Fontys Hogeschool Tilburg
Subjects Biology, Geography
In the gravel pit project, students at the age of 13-16 years old are looking at a nature
restoration project in a former gravel pit alongside the river Rhine. A combination of field
visits and literature studies, the students are writing a project on how the gravel pit is best
restored and what kind of nature can be expected to develop when the nature restoration
project is finished. In the project, students learn about land use, river ecosystems and
nature conservation and restoration. With the software Ecosim the studens can first adapt
the software to their scenery and then compare it with their written plannings.
SLIME MOULDS – PHYSARUM POLYCEPHALUM
Country Netherlands + United Kingdom
1st teacher Hans Mulder
Institution Jan Tinbergen College
2nd teacher David Teasdale
Institution Bolton School Boys Division
Subjects Biology, Microbiology, Microscopy
In this project students try to grow slime molds (Physarum polycephalum) on basic agar
plates. Physarum is a bright yellow giant single celled organism. It shows some intelligence
when food particles like oat flakes are provided. The enormous speed of this organism
makes it attractive for students: it moves 10 to 20 cm during one night. Students need to
learn how to make agar plates, how to work sterile, formulate good (and realistic) research
questions, interpret results, cope with disappointments and adjust their investigations.
Slime molds are relatively unknown and not a very common subject of investigation in