One project that has been with us from the beginning of our project is around waters. In the future the access to water for drinking and farming will be even more important. The partners in this project have different problems concerning waters. Some have too little, some too much at a certain point, and all have problems with the cleanings process and the quality in the seas and oceans.
This project aimed at getting the students and teachers out of the classroom and to investigate the body of waters around them. This has been a field of work for a long time I Greece – and they showed us their best practice in identifying invertebrates as indicators of water pollution.
At the first meeting in Portugal water from the sea and lakes and soil from all four countries was collected in advance and brought to Portugal for comparison with each other. Density measurements were made, the Swedish teacher Karolina Nylund has bought the same sort of aerometers for this experiment to be done in with the Swedish students.
At the meeting in Estonia we walk along the bog and investigated the body of water and the different animals living in the Estonian nature. We finished our joined studies in Greece, were the waters were a theme in the program.
All countries have done their own excursions and outdoor activities with students around waters. The results have later been compared between us and the teachers has shared the different work material that their students worked on in order to learn from each other.
The idea came from the main idea of ROUTE to teach the students more about sustainability, but instead of teaching we wanted to make the project more like youth entrepreneurship. The students should work with an idea based on their wishes and dreams for the future and the environment. They started project groups with the mission to change the public’s awareness of their environmental impact or to change their consumption habits. Their ideas were then to be implemented, now they had to make a real effort to make their project work – how do you change people’s way of thinking or consuming?
The students thought of all different things. Here are some of their ideas;
- Create a workshop material on “the production of bananas” too be used at schools.
- A Instagram account with 498 followers that introduced “ environmental tip of the day”.
- Reuse of old clothes, they collected old clothes to donate to refugees.
- Creation of an educational film on waste management.
- Ecological reuse and design – they collected old clothes and redesigned and sew them into a new garment. All the “new” clothes were presented on the cat walk and later sold.
- A website with “Left over recipes” . You could enter your ingredients in the fridge and then get a new recipe for a dish to cook with what you have instead of buying new food.
- Cook book about “Flexitarian food” to be distributed to lower secondary school and cooking lessons at school.
Students from all the participating countries took part in this project for the environment. Their results were presented in different way, depending of country. In Estonia they held a day at school for the locals and politicians to participate in. In Sweden we presented our results in Lidingö City hall for the newspapers and politicians. An information movie about our day was done, watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WigeE9jAcA
This way to include an interdisciplinary way of working and moving the classroom out from school to meet the public was the best practice of Sweden. Hersby Gymnasium initiated and held the planning for this project.
During the learning activity in Portugal chemistry teachers from the different partners learned new didactic methods and experiments in order to work with our soil. Soil was brought to Mem Martins from each country. Laboratory tests were then performed in order to perform the comparative study soil from the four countries such as: porosity, permeability and hydrogen potential. The students got to analyse the differences between the different soils. Which soil is better for growing? Which soil absorbs water most? What are the different materials in the soil?
During this visit to Portugal magnetic sand was also collected from the beach of Praia Grande. This sand was later used to illustrate how you could separate a heterogen mixture in chemistry classes at the different schools. The teachers from all partner countries then integrated the lesson in laboratory classes when the students were separating another heterogen mixture of sand and salt.
The chemistry teachers from the partner schools also attended a chemistry class with Ana Brázio and her students. They were talking about stoichiometry and reactions. Ana Brázio showed how she teaches this key element in calculating and the teachers could sit and discuss with the students how they think. A new didactic point of view. When the sameMenade du: kunskapskravproficiency came up at the swedish school we took the Portuguese example and tried to translate it and we did the same calculating operations as the Portuguese students. We succeeded and this was showing us that the language of chemistry is the same all over the world.
Portugal presented their best practice in chemistry and soil/water analysis and in collaborations with the visiting teachers new outdoor activities were planed and performed in each country to analyze soil and compare to our partner countries soil.
During our two year project we have been working with youth entrepreneurship in all partner countries. The goal was to learn more from the Estonians school Paide Gymnasium. They have a long tradition of youth entrepreneurship and have taught the partners a lot. The students have worked with the creation of students companies and the presented their ideas in different public forums.
Estonia Student Company Fair 2015 – The 13th to 15th February, 6 students and 2 teachers from Sweden went to Tallin, Estonia, to participate in the international fair of student company’s. The goal was for the Swedish delegation to learn more about Youth entrepreneurship, one of ROUTEs main goals. 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, who 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.
Greece Chamber of Comers’ 2016 – During the last meeting in Greece the participating countries had worked with youth entrepreneurship and each students group presented their idea for youth entrepreneurship in front of the Chamber of Comers’ in Piraeus. They then got feedback on their ideas. They also got to ask questions to the chamber about economics and youth entrepreneurship.
After working together with this project for two years we have all developed our work methods surrounding youth entrepreneurship. We have all learned to include an outdoor experience in to the youth entrepreneurship. This means that we have more collaborations with real companies, they guide and help our students with their ideas. Also the input from local chamber of comers has enriched the youth entrepreneurship at each school.