Experiment at the 21st century school Maria Dobkowska, Mirosław Łoś

"Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis" - times are changing and we are changing with them

According to this Latin sentence, the changes taking place around us cause us to change too. Rather, we should say that we also need to change. The technological progress of the 21st century, taking place at an unimaginable pace, causes socio-cultural and mental changes, which are a challenge for everyone who deals with education.

The methods of knowledge transfer must change in order to keep up with the changes taking place in the surrounding world.

Transferring knowledge of nature through the experiments performed by students allows them to better understand the occurring phenomena, learn about the cause-and-effect relationships, and finally draw conclusions on the basis of the knowledge thus acquired.

As part of the speech "Experiment in the 21st century school" we will present the possibilities and role of the experiment in teaching physics in contemporary school.

The use of new, easily available materials and ICT gives a wide range of experiments tailored to the educational needs of the 21st century.


If we add a new methodology for performing school experiments to modern materials and technologies, we can not only perform experiments that could not have been done before in the classroom, but we get the opportunity to perform classical experiments by obtaining greater accuracy and taking into account a greater number of physical quantities affecting studied phenomenon or process.

Maria Dobkowska has been a physics teacher at Warsaw schools for 48 years, including an integration school for the last 26 years.

She is a member of the National Organizing Committee of the Natural Sciences on Stage festivals and a participant in many international Physics on Stage and Science on Stage festivals.

Together with a group of teachers from various European countries, she was involved in the creation of materials for teaching science subjects. These materials, created by teachers for teachers, were published by the German organization Science on Stage e. V. in the form of notebooks "Teaching science in Europe" and then "iStage".

Maria Dobkowska was honored among others awarded by the Minister of Education and Bahavior, the Minister of National Education and the Grzegorz Białkowski Medal by the PTF.

Mirosław Łoś is a teacher of physics, mathematics, and ICT at the Primary School and physics at the High School.

He worked at the Masovian Legistrature Teacher Training Center in Warsaw as a methodological advisor for physics, natural science and mathematics teachers.

Organizer of the School Science Festival and the inter-school contest of the Natural and Physical Experiment at the Primary School in Czólków Mazowiecki. During the competition, students present and explain their own experiments (prepared by them themselves).

Maria Dobkowska and Mirosław Łoś together created a lot of multimedia educational materials, such as: films with experiments, animations, interactions, etc., which were published by WSiP.

In this era of great change, teachers have many options for getting various help and institutional support, but contact with another teacher is always valuable.

National festivals of Natural Sciences on the Stage and European Science on Stage festivals are a great opportunity to exchange experiences. That is why we also invited teachers and experimenters - participants and these festivals, to present the experience of outstanding experiments. During the poster session and at the didactic bazaar you will be able to see what Polish teachers presented at the Science on Stage festivals.

Koło Fizyczne Doktor LABO
Dobromiła Szczepaniak, Wojciech Gańcza, Łukasz Starzonek from the Physical Organisation of Doctor LABO in the Academic High School of Wrocław University of Technology will present "Doctor LABO Experiments - strobe".

Team members explain that the idea for the project was created by a schoolgirl, and as a result of the involvement of a larger group of students, a high-power colored strobe was created, which can be used for stage shows and even the transmission of sound through light of different colors.

Ewa Pater
Ewa Pater from the High School with Integration Departments in Świnoujście will present the experiment "Destructive acoustic wave standing in a glass plate" - determining the own frequency of a glass plate using a computer program: OSCYLOSKOP (WSiP).

Determining the location of nodes and arrows on a glass plate using a computer program: GENERATOR (WSiP). Observation of a standing wave in a glass plate using a strobe.

Zenona Stojecka
Zenon Stojecka from the High School in Wieluń will present the "Magnetic piston engine" show,

During the poster session - as part of the didactic bazaar - she will present ideas of simple experiments from the "Science on Stage" festivals for use in physics lessons both in elementary school and in post-primary school at primary and extended levels

Adam Buczek
Adam Buczek from the Faculty of Materials Science and Technical Physics of the Poznan University of Technology will present "Aerodynamic Levitation".

The levitation of a round object in an air stream is a commonly known physical phenomenon evoked in experiments at every level of education. For other shapes, achieving stable body lifting is a didactic example of modern methodology used in technical sciences.

October 18, 2020 at 12:30 pm

Auditorium of the Faculty of Physics, Univeristy of Warsaw


Made using materials provided by Maria Dobkowska and Miroslaw Łoś, and other presenters