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.
- Meeting in Sternberk
Day 1, Monday, 7th October 2019
Students and teachers met in school at 08:00 in the art classroom to get to know each other better through icebreaking games. Afterwards students from each country presented their homework about how they dispose of old clothing items. They discussed if they recycle or upcycle or if they just throw them away. They had to bring their favourite clothing item from home and find out as much as possible about it. They finally had to get information about the textile industry in their own country. After their extensive presentations the mayor of Šternberk welcomed everyone at the Town Hall and explained the towns environmental policy and answered a lot of questions about different topics concerning the students (i.e. garbage disposal, ecological problems, luminous smog, recycling, greenery, forests).
After lunch at the school canteen students and teachers gathered again in the school art room to watch the movie “The True Cost”. The aim was to get a good impression of the main topics of the whole week and to discuss afterwards problems i.e. companies outsourcing labour to factories in the global south, working conditions for employees of the garment factories, workers rights, exposure to toxic chemicals, environmental pollution by the garment industries.
Day 2, Tuesday, 8th October 2019
In the morning students got together in small groups to prepare questions for a visit to the local company “Topgal” which is making school bags. After retaining the main subjects to discuss, students and teachers walked to the company and got some insight from one of the responsible and had the chance to ask questions about the company, their way of producing and their choice to outsource the production to China.
After lunch at the school restaurant students got together in mixed nationality groups to take a shopping trip in two local second hand stores. Every student got 500CZK and the task to buy an outfit for the upcoming fashion show on Wednesday. Students dressed up at school and took pictures of their newly shopped second hand outfits. At the end of the day students gathered at the gym and played some matches of floorball in small mixed groups.
Day 3, Wednesday, 9th October 2019
On Wednesday morning students and teachers gathered at the school art room where students had time to make some last preparations for the upcoming fashion show. They wrote their own commentaries on their outfits and chose some music for the show. Afterwards they created in workshops their own jewellery matching the outfits for the fashion show out of different materials by upcycling or recycling.
After lunch at the local restaurant “Expedice” students got ready to present their second hand outfits and personally created jewellery at a fashion show in front of students, teachers, parents and some local politicians and inhabitants of the town.
Day 4, Thursday, 10th October 2019
In the morning students and teachers got together at school to take a bus to the “Center for Ecological Activities” in Sluňákov. Two staff members of the centre organised some indoor and outdoor activities concerning the main topics of the week. Students had to work together in small groups to figure out different tasks. After those activities at the ecological centre the staff members took the students and teachers on a walking tour around the nature gallery where the ecological centre is located.
After lunch the staff members and students and some of the teachers took a two hour bike trip through nature surrounding the ecological centre.
Day 5, Friday, 11th October 2019
On Friday morning students and teachers met again at school to finish and evaluate the activities and impressions of the week. Students had access to computers to create PowerPoint presentations and/or Facebook pages about everything they did and learned during the week. Afterwards every student presented their summaries and gave some oral explanations and evaluations about what they learned during the week and what had the biggest impact on them personally.
After lunch at the school canteen students and teachers evaluated all the activities and their overall impression of the week using an evaluation sheet they got distributed by the organising team.
Erasmus+ The environment is our future, the environment is Europe’s future: Rencontre internationale à Sternberk
- Meeting in Mönchengladbach
Day 1, Monday, 18th March 2019
The students and the teachers met at school at 8:00. Everybody was welcomed by the headmaster of the school. Through ice-breaking games students got to know each other better. Afterwards students split up into groups and explored school grounds while answering questions about different parts of the building and the staff. At 11:00 everybody met at the computer room where Frank Schillings gave a quick introduction concerning bees. Students completed an interactive quiz in small groups about the tasks and the mortality of bees.
After lunch students and teachers watched the movie “More than honey” and filled out a questionnaire to get a deeper view into the subject. The movie was followed by a discussion which revealed that students were already very invested in the topic after the first day.
Day 2, Tuesday 19th March 2019
After a short bus drive from Mönchengladbach to Krefeld students and teachers arrived at the “Entomologischer Verein Krefeld e.V.” where Dr. Martin Sorg gave an insight into his work and the work of his colleagues at the association in Krefeld. The expert on the mortality of insects gave students a different input and explained his view on the importance of bees which differed from the first impression students had concerning this topic.
After lunch students and teachers followed Dr. Martin Sorg to the nature protected area “Egelsberg” where they watched the expert and his colleague built up a “Malaise Trap” to trap and collect all kinds of insects for their analysis of the insect population decreasing from 1987 until today. Before returning to Mönchengladbach students and teachers got the chance to ask all the questions they had to Dr. Martin Sorg.
Day 3, Wednesday 20th March 2019
In the morning students discussed what they learned on Tuesday while listening and discussing with Dr. Martin Sorg in Krefeld. Afterwards they started on working on a flyer they need for the presentation on Friday and started planning the panel discussion for Thursday at the “Hochschule Niederrhein” in Mönchengladbach.
After a short break, students got together with Frank Schillings to work in different workshops. All students built an insect hotel and Frank Schillings showed and explained all about the beehives that are located on the roof of the school to students always in groups of 3. Students from the hosting school showed and explained different things about beekeeping to students and teachers while the others worked more on their insect hotels, created candles out of beewax or painted a new beehive that will host another bee colony on the roof of the school after the project week.
Day 4, Thursday 21th March 2019
Early in the morning everybody started working furthermore on the panel discussion planned for that day at the “University of Applied Sciences” in Mönchengladbach.
Later that morning students and teachers walked to the “University” and listened to a lecture by Professor Dr. G. Wittich about the idea of stocking insects as source of protein in Europe. After the lecture students and teachers had the chance to taste some products containing insects and even dried buffalo worms and crickets. Afterwards the appearance, smell and taste were evaluated.
In the afternoon students had the chance to complete their work on the insect hotels, candles, beehive and the flyers needed for the presentation on Friday. Some more students visited the rooftop with Frank Schillings and got some insight in his function as beekeeper of the school.
Day 5, Friday 22th March 2019
In the morning students finished their preparation for the presentations planned for the school breaks where they got the chance to disseminate what they learned and created during the project week. Students of the hosting school were very interested in seeing what happened during the project and listening to the insight the participating students got in the days before. Before lunch, students and teachers evaluated the activities by filling out forms adapted to the project week.
- Meeting in Diekirch, 8th to 12 October 2018
Day 1, Monday, 8th October 2018
The students and the teachers met at school at 8:00. They had a tour round the school with the headmaster Marcel Kramer. The ice breaking games started at 10:00. At 13.00 an introductory workshop called What about circular economy? held by Mr. Jeannot Schroeder took place. The students worked in groups of 6 and were asked to do a circular economy jigsaw puzzle. The aim was to get familiar with the concept of circular economy. They also had to think about a specific product, such as a drilling machine, from the perspective of circular economy. Some of the questions they had to ponder were: Do you need to buy this product and have it at home? Would it be better to share one in the neighbourhood? One of the themes was recycling vs. upcycling. The students learned that the main problem is not a lack of energy but the waste and what we do with it.
Day 2, Tuesday 9th October 2018
At 8:10 the teams travelled to the nearby village Colmar-Berg where they visited a recycling and disposal plant called SuperDrecksKëscht. The students split into two teams. One team had a tour round the factory where they could see how many different types of dangerous waste are produced and that it is sometimes very difficult to dispose of it. The other team worked in smaller groups. They took part in four workshops. The aim was to raise their awareness about the way certain types of products and waste, such as oil, paper, plastics, metal, are recycled.
In the afternoon, the students visited Robin – a company producing paint. The students learned that paint is actually very difficult to recycle and that only a small fraction of the company’s products can be recycled. The other types must be burnt. Then they had a tour round the factory and saw how paint is produced and stored.
Day 3, Wednesday 10th October
It was the day of practical workshops aimed at upcycling. The students worked in four mixed-nationality groups. Two groups made clothes from old clothing items, one worked on mosaic decorations from broken tiles and the third group created push films (animated moving pictures). Through the activities, they learned that used materials can be turned into something useful and/or valuable again (upcycling). The push movies were to summarize what the students had learned so far.
In the afternoon, they went to the City of Luxembourg, where they had a guided tour round the capital. This was delivered in English by two professional tour guides. They learned some facts about the city’s history and the most popular places of interest. In the evening all the participants went out for bowling and dinner to reinforce the intercultural exchange.
Day 4, Thursday 11th October
In the morning, the students prepared questions for the round table. First, they googled the names of the speakers and they learned about their professional and/or political backgrounds. They discovered, for example, that one of them was a former member of the European Parliament – Mr. Claude Turmes.
During the discussion held in the school theatre later in the day, the students asked the prepared questions. Some of the subjects to discuss were sustainable buildings, mobility and transport (i.e. cars), plastic waste, and sharing economy. The headmaster of the school Marcel Kramer, also one of the speakers at the round table, had a few important points to add to the topic. For example, he expressed his wish for the school to recycle and upcycle more. Furthermore, he promised that in order to reduce the plastic waste, the school will buy water fountains.
Day 5, Friday 12th October
In the morning, the students worked on Ipads creating videos about the project, i.e what they learned and experienced throughout the whole week and what they aim to change in the future. At this point, they learned how to use different types of software, such as Spark Video. Later in the day, they presented the videos in the school cinema. The students, as well as the teachers, also took a Kahoot quiz, which summarized the knowledge attained during the whole activity. Finally, the activity was evaluated by the students and the teachers. Every student and teacher got a pencil case made of banners handmade by autistic people.
- Meeting in Saint-Amand-Les-Eaux, 18th to 23 February 2018
Day 1, Monday, 19th February 2018
In the morning, all students and teachers met at school, to get to know one another through ice breaking activities and games. Afterwards the theme of the week “Europe and sustainable development” was presented to the students.
Students then gave short presentations and introduced their homework assignments: Present the share of the different energies (renewable or not) in your country (percentage, Diagram …) as well as projects for the next ten years. Present also what is already in place in your institution regarding renewable energies.
In the afternoon, students watched videos about renewable and fossil energy and took notes about the classification of renewable and non-renewable energies. Afterwards there was a discussion about what should be done to improve the energy transition and what every student and the whole community could do in our schools to improve the situation. This activity was followed and concluded by a quiz on how to reduce our energy consumption.
Day 2, Tuesday, 20th February 2018
In the morning, all students and teachers met at school. Students were instructed to accomplish experiments about serial and bypass circuits. They experimented in groups on the working of a wind turbine and a hydraulic dam. Afterwards they studied an alternator. The objective was, to create a circuit to light a lamp without battery or generator by using supplied material.
In the afternoon, students manufactured in small mixed groups models of wind turbines or hydraulic dams. To conclude the activities all students studied photovoltaic panels, schematized and made a circuit to light an LED and studied the influence of the inclination of the panel on the intensity of the LED.
With the help of the teacher, they were able to draw the energy chains of a wind turbine, a hydraulic dam and a photovoltaic panel.
Day 3, Wednesday, 21st February 2018
In the morning, all students and teachers got together at school to take a bus to Lille. In the morning, there was a visit to the Xperium/Lilliad – City of science Villeneuve d´Ascq planned. Students followed and discussed eight different workshops on sustainable development.
In the afternoon everybody participated at a guided cultural visit of Lille.
Day 4, Thursday, 22nd February 2018
In the morning, everyone got together at school to prepare a debate about powering a place not connected to the distribution network. One group prepared some arguments for equipping the roof with crystalline silicon photovoltaic panels and the other group for installing a power generator powered by diesel or petrol. The debate was organized by a group of 10 students presenting the project, 9 students as city council, 4 students as representors of a regional association for the protection of the environment and 1 student as moderator.
In the afternoon students worked in groups to produce posters, PowerPoint presentations and videos about renewable energies, the everyday actions and on summarizing the week.
Day 5, Friday, 23rd February 2018
In the morning, everyone came together at school, to continue working on the posters and presentations and put up an exhibition of the week activities, everything they learned and their personal experiences. Afterwards everything got presented to teachers and students of the school.
In the afternoon, teachers and students evaluated the project meeting in Saint-Amand-les-Eaux.
Erasmus+ The environment is our future, the environment is Europe’s future: Rencontre internationale à Saint-Amand-les-Eaux
- Meeting in Neerpelt, 26th November to 1st December 2017
- Teachers meeting in Diekirch, 13th to 14th of September 2017
26.11.17 – 1.12.17 : “Food (You are what you eat)”
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.
- OGEC Notre Dame des Anges (Saint-Amand-les Eaux)
- Gymnázium, Šternberk, Horní náměstí 5 (Šternberk)
- VzW Wico Campus Sint-Hubertus (Neerpelt)
- Städtisch Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliches Gymnasium Mönchengladbach
- Scholengemeenschap Were Di (Valkenswaard)