Martha Femi, Austria

 

School: Billrotgymnasium 26-30, Wien

Subject and Grade Taught: Science (Biology and Physics) with students aged 10-19 years

Years Teaching: 8 years

Participation in Amgen Teach programme: National training in Vienna

Martha is an Austrian teacher, who has recently joined the Amgen Teach Community.

When asked about Amgen Teach, Martha says that she was very impressed by all the new things she has learned and which she would use with her students, like the "magic box." For this activity, Martha says, "students are supposed to draw their own conclusions about its mechanism. I was very impressed by this and tried it out with my students the week after training. The students found this approach very interesting."

Martha also highlights the fact that she profited a lot from the training when analysing the lactose content of milk. "At my school, we are working on a course called "laboratory", featuring chemistry, physics and nutritional science for students aged 16 to 17."

Currently, her students are mostly engaged in research-based learning. For this reason, Martha believes that the inquiry-based approach "will definitely stimulate students to think and they will benefit from this playful approach in the long run. They will also be inspired to solve scientific questions through experiments.  In doing so, students do not just acquire knowledge, but they also learn how to question knowledge with the help of empirical experiments."