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What is Magiphy ?

The pupil is at the centre of a triangle formed by three teachers : one from a French “collège  * ”, one from a “lycée * ” and one from university.

* French “collèges” : pupils between 11 and 15 years old. * French “lycées” : pupils between 15 and 18 years old.

The point of it all being : how to learn physics in a different way ?

Over a school year

Over a school year, a group (4 to 8) of students from a “lycée” and a group (6 to 10) pupils from a “collège” are members of a team formed by teachers from “lycées” and “collèges” and a research worker from university. All together, they form one of MAGIPHY’S SITES.

Pupils work in a scientific group. They have to develop an experimental project more or less based on the theme of colour.

They work in groups from October till May :

Each group fills in an experiment notebook in which is mentioned :

note : Opportunities …

Last April 2, Serge Berthier, researcher for Paris VII and a specialist in the insects’ iridescence, came and visited site 3 group. This visit was certainly one of the highlights of the year for that group; exchanges about the colour of butterflies started in the morning in Hénin-Beaumont ( Northern France) with the students from the “collège” and “lycée”. They explained what their work was about and discussed the subject with the researcher. In the afternoon, Serge Berthier gave a lecture at the science university of Lille.

Another highlight was the first “lycée” students festival. All the pupils took part in this event in April 2003 in Liévin ( Northern France). They were the only students among 3000 presenting a scientific work.

How can MAGIPHY help students and teachers ?

What’s MAGIc about PHYsics for the students :

Making their way towards scientific studies while keeping their inquiring mind aware.

What’s MAGIc about PHYsics for the teachers:

In the future, they’ll be able to commit themselves in the Physics’ Olympics more easily.

Magiphy’s tournament in 2003

The pupils presented scientific processes with simple, colourful and illustrative experiments in front of a jury formed by scientists but also to the audience that came to watch them at the Science Museum in Villeneuve d’Ascq on Wednesday, May 7th.

The audience could see :

Public meeting with all the people involved in one day from 8.30 a.m. till 6.30 p.m. at the Science museum of Villeneuve d’Ascq. A film crew shoots the group performance and it is broadcasted live on a screen.

In the morning : setting up of the equipment and preparation time ; In the afternoon : presentation of their year work in front of a jury for 20 minutes then question-time for 10 minutes.

The 10 pupils members of the jury who had been chosen by their peers were thoroughly involved in the due deliberation. Their remarks were constructive, real and very sensible especially when they talked about the day experience and their year cooperative work on physics. This really helped the whole jury in their choices.

The members of the jury were :

Georges Wlodarczak (professor at the science university of Lille1), Albert Art (professor at the public university of Bruxelles), Marie Bourgault (inspector of schools in Lille Academy in physics and chemistry), Jean-Marc Bougenière (teacher in “classes préparatoires” at “lycée” Colbert in Tourcoing), Marie-Hélène Boulet (teacher at the teacher’s formative university for technical schools “IUFM”), Daniel Taverne (teacher at the “collège” in Houplines), Frédéric Jajkiewicz (school teacher and tutor in Valenciennes), Marion Lesage (“collège” J. Rostand), Stéphane Tinturier (“lycée” G. Eiffel), Sophie Sabos (“collège” Lamartine), Agathe Verstraet (“lycée” J. Bart), Joanne Seux (“collège” Zola), Geoffrey Chlebowski (“lycée” Pasteur), Lauriane Coasne (“collège” Joly), Jocelyn Ollivier (“lycée” l’Escaut), David Ariche (“collège” Carnot) et Justine Paufert (“lycée” Fénelon).

The prizes were :

The prize of the jury following the evaluation grid, underlined the rigorous scientific process chosen by site 3 group.

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Translation : Anne Nazé

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