In april of 2016 all participant countries met for the last time with accompanying students. As our goal to reinvent the outdoors for education we had an amazing week of activities. Through our hosts hospitality and expertise we got to learn about Greece of today and the ancient Greece. The excursions that took place were always a learning and active pleasure. When we visited the old mines of Lavrion the students acted as old miners and slaves. During the learning activities we took part in our hosts great ability to connect the old history with the new always in a holistic approach. Sustainable society and school was always addressed when we visited Acropolis, Parthenon, Corinth canal and Ancient Nemea. As an example at the Sousaki Volcano experiments and wildlife watching took place. At our meeting with the Chamber of commerce in Piraeus presentations were made regarding young entrepreneurship.
Active interaction in school dancing Zorba or debating the refugee situation made the Greek learning activity a lesson for life.
In January 2016 it was finally time to hold the learning activity in Sweden. It was originally planned for January 2015, but moved due to the delay of the start of our project. But on the 11th of January all our partners finally arrived. We had a full schedule for our 5 working days, the goal was to show our guests a winter Sweden and the activities that we do outdoor during winter. We certainly got to show a winter Sweden, the weather was so cold! During the visit we got to try winter sports like skating, curling and skiing. We visited Vetenskapens hus (House of science) to learn more about DNA. We learned more about love in different species at Skansen (an outdoor museum in Stockholm). We saw Milles artwork at Milles Museum at Lidingö. There was also a workshop on waters as a starter for all countries for our joined project on Sustainable Waters. The meeting in Sweden was full with sport activities and our partners left us to go to warmer weather!
During Sept 27- Oct 3 2015 we had a joint staff training event in Paide, Estonia. We were two teachers and three students from Sweden who took part of the meeting. It was an event between Greece, Portugal, Sweden and Estonia.
On Monday we had a tour on Paide Gymnasium, we visited students in lessons and all the guest students held short presentations about their school and studies. In the afternoon all the guests visited the local enterprise Viking Window, an interesting visit about entrepreneurship. On Tuesday we had a tour in limestone town Paide and a historic tour on a Medieval Castle Tower in Paide. In the afternoon we left by bus to the wetland Kakerdaja. We went hiking on a nature trail and camping overnight in the forest in heated tents. It was an excellent example of an outdoor learning activity. On Thursday all the guest students and a group of youth entrepreneurship students from Paide Gymnasium took part of a 12-hour innovation camp at school, leaded by university students. The goal for the students was to create business and project ideas, including brainstorming, group work, simulation games and presentations of innovative solutions. The students presented their ideas for a “jury” and all the project ideas were estimated by local experts and entrepreneurs. It was a very successful and instructive workshop. On Friday all the teachers involved in the project had a meeting for sharing experiences and planning for the next steps of the project.
Learning Activities in Portugal
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!
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.