ROUTE Project – Our soils and the chemistry behind

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.