didacta 2024 in Cologne

The largest trade fair for the education industry in Europe “didacta” opens its doors from February 20 to 24 from 9 am to 6 pm daily. Together with the initiative to promote young STEM teachers („MINT-Lehrkräfte-Nachwuchsförderung“, MILeNa), phyphox will be present in Hall 6 at Stand E081, once again as a so-called special exhibit.

There will be short hands-on sessions for every even hour, including the new phyphox:tools at 12 noon and the latest version of the upcoming new editor at 2 pm. All our dates at didacta can be found in the event search.

Aachen phyphox summer training

On September 8, our Aachen phyphox summer training (in German) will be held again, where the whole phyphox team will present experiments and features around phyphox with talks and workshops. We have some new stuff in the program like a blockly-based experiment editor and more about (our own) wireless sensors.

This year we will return to the lecture hall center “C.A.R.L.” in central Aachen directly at the train station “Aachen West”. Participation is free of charge and possible for half or full day.

Further information and registration at https://phyphox.org/lehre2023/.

LEARNTEC 2023

We’ll be back at LEARNTEC, May 23 – 25. Visit us at technika‘s booth Q40, dmarena, our fantastic host. We will close the fair program on Thursday at 15:30 with “Explore the world with the sensors of your smartphone, tablet or microcontroller” at panel C of school@LEARNTEC.

Georg Kerschensteiner Award

Yesterday, Christoph Stampfer and Sebastian Staacks have received the Georg Kerschensteiner Award for the development of the free app phyphox. The ceremonies took place during the spring meeting of the Condensed Matter Section of the German Physical Society (DPG) in Dresden during the festive session and the award winners’ evening.

With phyphox, science is directly at hand of learners, teachers, researchers and explorers via smart device sensors. Via wireless connections to microcontrollers, the mobile lab can use virtually any external sensor. The by now two times App of the Day (November 13 and February 23) has so far recorded well over three million individual installations and nearly two million volume installations at educational institutions.

The DPG’s Georg Kerschensteiner Award recognizes outstanding achievements in physics didactics or in the teaching of physics. The background and previous award winners can be found on this overview page (in German).

Project Update #2

The second update has unfortunately taken a bit longer and is also more of a kick-off for the upcoming year 🎆:

  • We would like to send a newsletter once a quarter. Initially it is planned in English and German. In addition, there will be a special edition for the (fearless) first ones who sign up for it.
  • We have extended the possibilities to financially support us with donations. For this purpose there is the “phyphox project e.V.”, which exclusively and directly pursues non-profit purposes in the sense of the section “Steuerbegünstigte Zwecke” of the German tax code. The purpose of the association is the promotion of education, science and research with special regard to the app phyphox and its possible applications.
  • We have a page at Patreon and start “lite”. With the first patrons we will think about benefits and “phyphox orange” for 8€…