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Pocket Science Laboratory

Welcome to the wiki used to prepare our KA2 application

Short summary of the project Pocket Science Laboratory

Map of partnership, as by October 2014 [1]
ExpEYES-Jr: a measurement box

It is an international project, there may be many common languages used; probably English will be the most common language.

Mathematics/Science teachers, and some of their students, will be trained to use ExpEYES boxes to design low-cost computerized experiments. Training will be an opportunity for international visits.

In every partner institution, with the help of their science teachers, a few dozens of students will publish "scientific articles", based on locally designed experiments.

When the experiments are correctly designed, they can be remotely controlled by visitors trough Internet. Each remote controlled experiment is also watched by a webcam to stream live images out.

"Scientific articles" published in that fashion will be evaluated by peers. This evaluation will be an opportunity for exchanges in various languages.

Official document about KA2 programme

Download the official guide, Media:erasmus-plus-programme-guide_en.pdf, keep it under your pillow.

Ozhan wrote that most relevant pages for partners are:

  • pp. 55-60
  • pp. 93-129
  • pp. 240-249

Defining our project, data to fill the official form

This wiki link is for data which are better collected in a page with history, than sent by e-mails.

Actions scheduled by partners of the project (wiki format)

Here are proposed actions, as exchanged through our mailing list

Time schedule of the project Pocket Science Laboratory

Links to other presentations of the project Pocket Science Laboratory

Please consider forwarding the invitation page of this project to people which can be interested.

Raising the partnership, defining the project's outlines

In November 2014, the project Pocket Science Labortory, as visible at etwinning.net's public map of the project, gathers 8 partners:

School (town,country) Contact Comments
Meb.png Capa Anatolian Teacher Training High School (Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey) Ozhan Fenerci founding member
LogoJeanBart.png Lycée Jean Bart (Dunkerque,France) Georges Khaznadar founding member
LogoIsis.png ISIS "Europa" (Pomigliano D'Arco (NA), Italy) Stefania Bellezza * website
Logo9valles.png IES Nueve Valles (Puente San Miguel, Spain) Ángel Toca * website
LogoEssr.png Escola Artística Soares dos Reis (Porto, Portugal) Carla Isabel Ribeiro * website
LogoSantoTirso.jpg Escola Secundária D.Dinis (Santo Tirso, Portugal) Isabel Maria de Lima Fernandes *website (history)
ΤΕΕ Ειδικής Αγωγής Α΄ Βαθμίδας & Ειδικό ΕΠΑΛ Σερρών (Σέρρες, Greece) NIKOLAOS NERANTZIS
LogoIrakleioy.png 1o ΓΕΝΙΚΟ ΛΥΚΕΙΟ ΗΡΑΚΛΕΙΟΥ - ΚΑΠΕΤΑΝΑΚΕΙΟ (ΗΡΑΚΛΕΙΟ, Greece) ΕΛΕΝΗ ΚΟΡΑΚΑΚΗ * webpage

The partners above have been added to the project list maintained inside Etwinning's website, which means that their profile has been linked.

Due to technical restrictions [2], we migrate part of our communication outside Etwinning's engine.

At any time, "officially recorded" partners, future partners, can exchange information thanks to the mailing list psl@lyceejeanbart.fr. Anybody can send an e-mail to this mailing list, e-mails from non-members are moderated.


During the months before the submission of the project (deadline = April 2015), partners work together to define the oulines of the project, which become more precise with time.

Creating a prototype of software bundle for project PSL

Already existing software pieces are:

  1. free/libre drivers and measurement software for ExpEYES-Jr, in Python language, and many examples of programs dedicated to one category of experiments;
  2. specialized web server which can drive an ExpEYES-Jr box connected to the local machine, and examples of its usage;
  3. specialized web server which can provide images from a webcam connected to the localmachine, and examples of its usage;
  4. CMS, Content Management Systems, coming with free/libre licenses, already featuring blog generators, and examplesof their usage.

A development work is necessary to make a bundle with those components, in order to make possible the blog system "Visit My Lab"

Wanted features for the blog system "Visit My Lab"

When you browse one page of "Visit My Lab', you can

  • read a text (with some illustrations), authored by some person;
  • watch an image regularly refreshed by a webcam; typically,the image of an active experiment;
  • drive remotely the experiment.

Training our teams

Intense Study Programme: these are meetings of partners from a few countries, designed to share friendly new practices, and train each other in order to reach the project's goals.

Training students in every partner school

Training students is a two-level process:

  1. First, students are taught basic methods to use their measurement box. There is nothing new about their scientific knowledge, they are just invited to realize small experiments related to this knowledge, and record measurements with their newhardware.
  2. Secondly, students are taught to write a scientific report and feed it into a blog generator, connect their experiment to the blog structure by using suitable widgets (forms to input parametersof the experiment, and a "RUN" button), use a webcam and organize light sources to capture images of their experiment.

Publishing original experimental realizations

Each team of students is regularly given as an assignment, to design an original experiment, possibly with an attracting aspect.

Experiments are published inside the blog generator "Visit My Lab"; students are trained to perform peer reviews and score other team's publications.

The challenge VML

VML is for "Visit My Lab". In April 2016, selected contents of local blog generators "Visit My Lab" will be aggregated, to make easier to visitors to access each of them.

Each team which participates to this challenge will :

  1. visit remote "laboratories" of other teams, and run remotely their experiments
  2. contribute to the translation of the blog's contents totheir national language (first translation, proof reading, etc.)
  3. send suggestions to other teams
  4. publish scores about others' "laboratories", a write a rationale for this score (the justifications will be available for members of the adult jury only)

Opening the project to a larger public

In June 2016, the structure will become open to newcomers, so they can participate to next year's publications and contest.

This project will be also tested in other contexts during summer 2016:

  • students which cannot go to school (for example students in hospitals, etc.)
  • teams organized by non-governmental education organizations
  • ...

Examples of experiments for Visit My Lab

Harmonic motion

This experiment is inspired by Carla Ribeiro's article on this subsect. Visit the original article here.

Please follow this link to the page Harmonic motion.

A conductimeter

Please follow this link to read a discussion about making a conductimeter electrode for ExpEYES-Jr.

An automated burette

Work in progress: visit the link "Designing the automated burette".

Measuring concentrations of chemicals by photometry

Work in progress: visit the link "Oscillating chemical reactions"

Lighting a matchstick with a light

work in progress:visit the link Lighting a matchstick with a light

volcanic eruption

work in progress: visit the link volcanic eruption

turning water with salt into an electrical wire

work in progress: visit the link turning water with salt into an electrical wire

Peltier module

work in progress: visit the link Peltier module

Reaction between water, pepper and washing up liquid

work in progress: visit the link Reaction between water, pepper and washing up liquid

NI3

work in progress: visit the link NI3

Getting started with Mediawiki

News for year 2015

Every student team has changed ...

Footnotes

  1. The map of partners is updated on etwinning's website on a regular basis; however geographic coodinates of the partners are unaccurate. The list of partners near the map is correct.
  2. Wishlist for the website etwinning.net:
    • exchanging messages of arbitrary length (Etwinning messages are limited to 4000 chars)
    • exchanging attached contents
    • managing an archive of messages which can be browsed by newcomers in the project, ordered by date and by thread
    • managing easily translations, at least from English to other languages
    Those features are unfortunately missing from the tools packaged inside Etwinning.