Mariana Back and Tom Callen (Nordic4DFrame), plus three educators from Sweden (Annelie
Bergman/Borlänge County, Susana Bernardini/Vattenhallen Science Center, Lund, and
Maria Karlsson/sustainability consultant, Stockholm) were guests of 4DFrame in Korea
Included as part of the busy and intensive trip to four different cities in the country
were visits to preschools and elementary schools, and an invited talk for teachers
by Annelie, Mariana and Susana about the Swedish education system in Suncheon. Tom
gave an invited talk at a STEM symposium for students and professors at a national
teacher’s university in Daegu.
A highlight of the trip was the group’s participation as international judges for
the annual 4DFrame science competition held at the Daejeon National Science Museum,
which had 1,000 student participants from all over Korea as well as some from China.
In addition to the education-oriented activities, the organizers at 4DFrame also
made sure that there was time to include cultural activities, such as participating
in a traditional Korean tea ceremony in a historic former school. We also got to
visit a national park located on a peninsula far down in the south, to name just
19 September 2014
“Hack attack” (of new ideas) at the library!
Today’s library is nothing like they used to be as shown in this upcoming event on
24 September in Mölndal. This creative “potluck” gathering will bring together people
interested in making libraries more interactive through programming for children,
Raspberry Pi computers and storytelling with 4DFrame educational materials. And if
you think about it, working with 4DFrame is perfect for libraries, because it makes
no noise while you create and have fun with it!
To find out more about the event, please see (in Swedish) Hacka bibblan
On Friday, 15 August, Nordic4DFrame’s Mariana Back and Tom Callen met with Professor
Hannu Salmi at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He is well known in the Nordic
and Baltic science center communities for his educational research work in such facilities.
Part of the meeting concerned discussing the potential Finnish location for the traveling
“Discover the Art of Math” exhibit that is soon leaving Tallinn, Estonia. A very
large (and heavy!) bundle of surveys from Swedish students was also delivered. These
were completed in conjunction with that same exhibit when it was at the Swedish Museum
of Science and Technology in Stockholm. Salmi has been collecting such surveys from
all of the sites where this traveling exhibit has been presented as part of a larger
research project. It will be very exciting to see the results of the survey sometime
later on in the year. Many of you will recall that this exhibit includes a full-time
4DFrame workshop at each location. Our hope is that interest in and involvement with
mathematics has been stimulated.
A visit to the Heureka Science Center in Vantaa (an half hour drive from Helsinki),
and an exploration of its current hands-on exhibits completed the visit before driving
back to Helsinki and the late afternoon ferryboat trip back to Stockholm.
11 August 2014
Welcome to the start of the autumn school term!
We at Nordic4DFrame hope that you had a great summer vacation and that you have charged
up your “batteries” for fun and creative classroom sessions with your students. With
that in mind, do you have all of the 4DFrame materials you need to start the year?
And, as was announced last April, you can now obtain both LARGE- and REGULAR-sized
4DFrame activity boxes as best fit your needs. Buy just the boxes and an instruction
book by themselves, or buy the boxes with group teacher training by a 4DFrame-qualified
instructor as before. Or, you can even buy the boxes now, and then opt for training
later on after spending some time getting familiar with the materials. Whatever works
best for you and your classroom! Best of luck in the new school year, and we look
forward to hearing about your various projects using 4DFrame!
30 April 2014
4DFrame Activity Boxes – Now even more reason to like them
One of the most popular of the 4DFrame products that we sell are the Large- and Regular-sized
activity boxes, both which are full of exciting educational adventures. In order
to make them more easily available to those who want to use them in their classrooms,
it is now possible to buy just the boxes and an instruction book by themselves, or
buy the boxes with group teacher training by a 4DFrame-qualified instructor as before.
You can even buy the boxes now, and then opt for training later on after spending
some time getting familiar with the materials. Whatever works best for you and your
15 April 2014
Tillväxtverket encourages women entrepreneurs
Many in Sweden are familiar with the organization called Tillväxtverket, which encourages
the start and development of new companies in the country. What most people do not
know, however, is that they have an active program that also seeks to get more women
interested in starting their own companies. To do that, Tillväxtverket has created
a network of female ambassadors—women who have started and operate their own businesses—that
serve as both examples and as resources for others. One of these ambassadors is 4DFrame’s
own Managing Director, Mariana Back. You can read more about these programs on their
This exciting original interactive science exhibit - developed jointly by a consortium
of museums and science centers around the Baltic - has now moved on from the Swedish
Museum of Technology in Stockholm to Cesis, Latvia, where it will be appearing at
the Z(in)OO science center through April. Besides the touring exhibit, another goal
of this project is to create innovative materials for both teaching and learning.
A survey is made with about 300 students participating at each of the locations where
the exhibition is shown. They answer questions both before and after their visit
to measure pre- and post-knowledge. The study is conducted in collaboration with
the University of Helsinki, Department of Teacher Education. The results will be
analyzed and presented by Professor Hannu Salmi. This information will then be disseminated
to other countries in the Nordic and Baltic region.
Nordic4DFrame is a part of this project as it also includes a traveling 4DFrame workshop
that focuses on the subject of art in mathematics as a complement to the main exhibit.
After April, the exhibit will continue on to the Energia science center in Tallinn,
Estonia, and possibly to Helsinki, Finland, after that. It originally premiered at
Innovatum, Trollhättan, Sweden, in August 2013.