The second meeting within our Erasmus+ project took place in beautiful Mem Martins in Portugal. Teachers and students arrived on the 28th of February for a week of learning activities.
The students and teachers where able to attend classes of Physical Education, Physics and Chemistry, English and Mathematics. In these classes they could observe the differences / similarities between the methods and programs of different countries.
The topic of the meeting in Portugal was in the chemistry area and geology area. Laboratory tests were performed in order to carry out a comparative study of salinity, density and hydrogen potential of the Baltic Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Laboratory tests were also performed in order to perform the comparative study soil from the four countries such as: porosity, permeability and hydrogen potential.
In order to learn more about history the group took guided tours of the Pena Palace in Sintra, at the Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower in Lisbon. The students and teachers also made a tour of the Praia Grande, Sintra, to view the footprints of dinosaurs.
For recreation and some physical education the students held a biking activity in Sintra Mountain. The weather was perfect and all of the participants got to experience the Portuguese nature at its best!
The 13th to 15th February, 6 students and 2 teachers went to Tallin, Estonia, to participate in the international fair of student company’s. The two company´s we brought with us were:
Bee Fruity – A company that produces healthy fresh pressed juice.They also sell a book of recipes for you to make your own juice at home.
Air Studio – Has produced a drone that can take pictures of the landscape below. These images can be used for postcards, advertisements or art at your home.
The program during these days consisted in presentations from the different student company´s and a large fair in Tallinn´s 2 biggest shopping malls.
This was a new experience for the Swedish school, how had only participated in national fair before. We learned a lot from our Estonian partner in how to work with students company´s in a larger way then we had done before.
This was the first meeting and the kick-off for the project. It was held in Sweden 5th of December until the 12th of December.
During this first gathering we had a lot of meetings where we got to know each other and where we decided on all the important details for our project!
We also took our new friends to some of the fieldtrips that we make with students to show how Hersby Gymnasium work with sustainability and students.
We visited Käppalaverket. It´s a one of the largest sewage facilities in Stockholm. On the pictures you see students and visitors deep in the rock bed under Lidingö. We are looking at how the water is cleaned and returned into the ocean. The cleaning facility also saves all the phosphor in the waste. This is to help with the future phosphor deficit.
We also brought our guests to the municipality of Lidingö, where we got to know more about how the city works with their waste collection and recycling. We learned that imbedded in all the departments and in the planning of all aspects of the city is the idea of sustainability. The differences between our nations became apparent when we disused the problem of rainanddrains. The Greek community is focused on collecting and saving of rainwater. The swedes are more concerned with transporting the water to drainpipes since its often too much rainwater at the same time. These discussions and differences are what we want the students to learn more about and to understand.
Between the 6th of February until the 9th of February 30 students participating in our course “health and athletics 2” travelled to the south part of the Swedish mountain region. Here they hiked on skies through winter trails, they learned to build snow huts, and learned more about how to run a mountain station in a sustainable way.
One night was spent outdoors, sleeping under the stars in bivouacs carved out of the snow covered landscape.
On the right we see the students preparing for a long cold night in their shelter. The temperature can go down to -10° Celsius, so it’s vital that proper clothing is used. Sleeping close is a really god way of keeping warm at cold nights. Lying under a clear sky watching the stars is is a very humble experience and far from what both students and teachers are used to.
To prepare for the night is a cumbersome task. Snow shuffles where used to dig a shelter.