Human activity has a negative impact on our natural environment. The ecological crisis is a consequence of the past (mis)behavior of the human race and we feel it is important to raise pupil’s awareness of the ecological issues we are currently faced with, especially since the younger people will have to live with the negative consequences which become obvious and visible.
Environmental issues are transnational by their very nature, which calls for cross-border projects. It is important that youngsters become aware of the problems of other countries and of the actions (to be) taken.
The project participants should be encouraged to reflect on the consequences of their own behavior and their approach towards the environment. They will be motivated to look for possible solutions. Participants will also consider the role of politics in the environment issues. The project should motivate pupils and hence reduce school dropout and attract pupils to the schools involved in the project. Moreover, the participants will get an insight into further new job possibilities in the field of the environment which could spur economic growth in Europe.
|General objectives are the following||The project focuses on six themes|
|support the families with little financial resources to take part in transnational projects||the impact of our lifestyle on the natural environment and vice versa|
|foster language promotion||energy, water and nature|
|improve teamwork abilities||food, vitality, sustainability|
|enhance European cooperation||circular economy, a means of reducing garbage and of rationally using scarce resources|
|learning from each other||science and research: mortality of bees|
|cultural awareness and tolerance||green technology|
|innovation and interaction||//|
Aims of the project
The aim of the project is to promote the acquisition of skills and competences through teaching science and economics in an environmental and durable context. We want to adopt a holistic approach to language teaching and learning and to elaborate on the extreme diversity found nowadays in our multilingual classrooms and society. The project will also foster critical thinking on matters related to the environment. Moreover, the participants will get an insight into further new job possibilities in the field of environment which could spur economic growth in Europe.
Teachers meeting in Diekirch, 13th to 14th of September 2017
- „Food (You are what you eat?)“
The students will familiarize themselves with current environmental problems by watching a scientific documentary, after which they will question their own consumption pattern and calculate their own environmental footprint. In a presentation the results of the participating countries will be compared. Afterwards they will start looking for ways to reduce their own environmental footprint, especially with regard to food. Farm visits will help them discover different agricultural methods. Furthermore, they will go to the European Parliament to get insight in the EU’s Agricultural Policy. They will also talk to these MEP’s about the EU’s agricultural choices. Besides that they will visit several supermarkets and smaller shops to compare the sustainability of food items. In conclusion, with their new acquires knowledge they will put together an environmentally friendly meal. They will write recipes and cook these dishes for our school’s students and teachers.
- Saint-Amand: Energy and Ecology
Expected results for the pupils:
- Discover the lifestyle, the functioning and the cultural context of the school.
- Develop the scientific knowledge of each student.
- Share and benefit from the expertise of each student.
- Development of critical thinking and analysis through scientific experiments that will lead students to formulate and argue their point.
- Master a scientific vocabulary in relation to sustainable energy.
- Understand the issues and the need to wonder about sustainable development through visits (visit a wind farm site and meeting with a specialist in solar energy).
- Being able to work in mixed team (different languages) and to develop a project: construction of a wind turbine and a photo-voltaic Panel.
- Sternberk: Ecological lifestyle
Through excursions, the participants will explore ways local companies process waste. They will try several techniques of using various materials creatively, namely plastic, textile and paper (fashion show, products from paper and plastic, and photo-book). They will practice foreign languages through fieldwork and teamwork (polls, questionnaires, discussions etc.). Some of the results will be turned into visual data (graphs, charts, etc.). Through data processing, the participants will improve their ICT skills, communicative skills, as well as basic mathematic operations. They will learn how to work and cooperate in a team efficiently. The participants will be able to compare and contrast different approaches to garbage disposal locally and across the participating EU countries.
- Diekirch: Circular economy
The aim is to familiarize students with the concept of circular economy and to help to raise their awareness about the importance thereof. Students will use recyclable material (e.g. plastic bottles) as input for 3-D printing techniques which will allow them to create three-dimensional objects which are fit for use. Concrete ideas on how to implement the concept of circular economy in the individual schools will be developed.
- Moenchengladbach: Nature and Science (bee project)
There will be a task-based knowledge exchange of the environmental situation in the other participating countries. In the course of the project, cross border analysis of the e-hive data will be carried out. Expected final products are a self-made beehive, a questionnaire to the biology and mortality of bees , a pasture of wild flowers, a video documentary and a flyer produced by the participating students which include a presentation of issues and possible measures against the mortality of the bees. Project-related media will be made available to the public: the video documentary will be published on the school homepage and the flyer will be distributed at school events.
- Valkenwaard: Sustainable energy and automotive
The students will work on the subject of green technology, durability and environmental gain in relation to economic aspects. They will be introduced to the innovative technology from one of the technical enterprises in the field of green technology based in the Hightechcenter Brainport Eindhoven.
The participants will learn about innovation activities while visiting the company and work on assignments developed by the teachers, in cooperation with the company. They will carry out a technical investigation and an economic feasibility study.
Expected results are: students will have learned about the choices the companies make in the field of green technology and sustainability. They will become familiar with financial considerations and risks. The expected final products are a report on the results of their investigation and possible solutions, a presentation at the school a video blog on the progress and the results.