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 "Save our Resources" kick-off meeting  CIMG2810
The kick-off meeting, attended by the coordinators and school leaders of the schools involved in the project. The meeting took place in the week of 26.10. until 30.10.2015 in Cologne at the Humboldt-Gymnasium. In addition to organizational issues, the content and goals of the project were discussed. With the help of Dr. Wolfgang Küper we were discussing and developing the further course of the project.
The objective is to develop a curriculum on energy and resources with four other schools in Europe that can be applied to schools across Europe.
Result of the meeting are an updated timetable an specific tasks and responsibilities during the project for the five project partners.

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The first International Meeting of our Project

hosted by IES El Palmeral, was held in Vera, Spain, in April 2016.

Sunday 10th

All delegations were picked up at the airports of Alicante and Valencia and then travelled by coach to Vera, where they were met by the Spanish students and their families, who would be hosting them throughout the week.

Monday 11th

The morning activities began with a soap-making workshop in the Chemistry Lab, which was followed by a reception at the school Assembly Hall. All students introduced themselves and presented their videos about resources in their home towns and countries. Then they did a school tour, in which they visited some of our classrooms, labs, school library and gym. After that, they set up an exhibition of water-related photographs and another one of musical instruments made from recycled materials. Finally, students from each school planted an olive tree in our garden, just before going home for lunch.

In the afternoon, we all met at the beach, where we socialised, played some games, and the bravest ones even went for a swim.

Tuesday 12th

On Tuesday morning, we visited the Pita-Escuela in Los Molinos del Rio Aguas, a self-sufficient village, where we learnt about the many uses of the Agave or Pita, a zero waste plant. We were shown how it is possible to live on food grown in orchards, take water from the river, and produce electricity from solar energy.

In the afternoon, the teachers had a work session, and the students had some free time.

Wednesday 13th

On Wednesday we went on a full day trip to Granada. In the morning, we enjoyed a guided tour of La Alhambra, the most visited monument in Spain. After lunch, we had a couple of hours of free time in Granada, which we used to visit the Cathedral, stroll around the Historic Centre and do some shopping.

Thursday 14th

Thursday began with a workshop in which the students decorated their own T-shirts. Then, we had a guided tour around Vera, which included a visit to the Water Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, the Bull Ring, and a reception at the Town Hall by the local authorities. After lunch, the teachers had a work session, whereas the students had the chance to visit the picturesque village of Mojácar.

Friday 15th

On the last day of the meeting, a university professor gave an interesting lecture about possible solutions for water shortage in Third World countries. After that, we visited one of the most technologically advanced greenhouse complexes in Europe, and we learned about hydroponic growing.

In the afternoon, we travelled to the nearby town of Águilas, where we had lunch and then had some free time.

Finally, we got the chance to say goodbye to each other at a farewell dinner in Vera (students) and Garrucha (teachers).

All in all, it was a very intense but very productive meeting, in which we began to create bonds that have helped us to work together and develop our curriculum.

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The German Team at the Photocall

Planting our Olive trees

At the Pita Escuela, in Los Molinos del Rio Aguas, a green and sustainable village in a desertic environment.

At the Alhambra, in Granada

Patio de los Arrayanes

At the Plaza Mayor (Main Square) in Vera

At the Bullring in Vera

Water irrigation system designed by our Technology teacher, Ricardo Alvarez

Our school band, performing "A concert for Europe"

The second short time mobility in Lithuania from 6th till 12th November 2016

The meeting of the project partners took place at Eitminiškės Gymnasium. During the five working days 7th November 11th November the following activities took place:

  1. Work meetings:
  • Students from every country presented info graphics “Biofuel in my country”, which they had prepared at their schools.
  • Project partners discussed Module 3 “Bioenergy”, prepared by Lithuanian team. Every country presented their experience of implementing this module, indicated the difficulties they had encountered and the parts of the module that should be changed.
  • Participants of the project analysed Module 4 “Agriculture” created by Italian partners. Every partner presented the activities they completed while testing the module, provided their comments on the structure and the parts of the module, and discussed how the materials of the module could be improved.
  • Partners discussed all activities that will have to be completed according to the plan of the project; talked over the date and details of the meeting in Italy.
  1. Introducing the use of biofuels in Lithuania.
  • The participants of the project and students from the Gymnasium travelled to Lakaja Forestry District (Labanoras ward, Švenčionys distr. mun.), where they observed the process of biofuel production, i.e. they learned what type of wood is used for production of biofuel, its daily amount, what companies the biofuel is provided to, and the cost of service.
  • Project partners travelled to two power plant companies, which provide heating. These boiler stations use biofuel to provide hot water and heating. The participants saw how woodchips turn into heating and hot water, learned the amount of heat produced by these boiler stations, the benefit of the use of biofuel for the country, residents and the environment.
  1. Educational activities for students and teachers at the Gymnasium:
  • “What water are we drinking?” – the participants of the project studied water as a resource. They examined its composition, suitability or unsuitability for consumption, and the amount of nitrates and nitrites in it.
  • “Clay workshop” – participants of the project worked with clay, one of Lithuanian resources. They were able to observe how clay changes its form.
  • “Nature” – students worked with another Lithuanian resource – wood, i.e. drew plants and animals on wood.

Comparing water quality from the five partner countries

Making traditional Lithuanian bread

Visiting a wood powered boiler house in Vilnius

Visiting a wood powered boiler house in Kaunas

Work session

The process of biofuel production (Lakaja Forestry District)

 Discovering Nature 1st /8th of April 2017

On April the 1st  all delegations arrived  Discovering nature in the city,visiting the old town

On April the 3rd 2017  we met at– Salone degli Affreschi  in Bari University . To the meeting  in this first day participated also some experts: Alma Sinibaldi –  Journalist A.B.A.P (Association of Apulian Biologists Environmentalists) Professor Giuseppe Pirlo – Managing representative of Bari University for Digital Agenda and Smart City Professor Marco Lacarra  –  Councillor  of Apulia Region, Professor Michelangelo Cavone –Councillor of Bari MunicipalityMario Bosco – Headmaster of the Volta Institute gave his welcome to the the guests and presented the study done about the module Nature.There was even a discussion about Biodiversity in the Urban Park of Lama Balice between protection and enhancement: the BASE Project. with  Elvira Tarsitano – Bari University – Dept. Veterinary Medicine about Feeding the Future - Creating Momentum: C.A.N.A.P.A.     and the professor Marcello Colao – A.B.A.P.  all the International delegates: teachers  and students organised the Exhibition of the work done by students

 We enjoyed   Lunch with (Panzerotti sulla muraglia ) Panzerotti  on the walls of the old town, lab learn how to make panzerotti.Students Met Virtually Lucretius  and showed manifestoes that they had prepared. The manifestos were part of a UDA (Learning Unit) that uses a didactic laboratory methodology. The purpose of the Uda  is not only the learning of Latin language and literature but even the development of the 8 competences enunciated by the European Commission and resumed in almost all national school systems through a workshop aimed at organizing the Erasmus + meeting in Bari on "Save Our resources "and specifically the" resources "nature and culture.

The lab, in the didactics of the "Volta" officially recognized School in Bari, is the core activity of the  School / Work and is therefore one of the fundamental teaching methodologies.But why Lucretius and De Rerum?Because it is one book of the Latin literature and because it illustrates Epicurean philosophical theory with its consequences on man's life and nature in general. And furthermore because, being a didactic poem it is in itself an "educational" one but above all because it is adapted to the needs of the project and can be used to a modern read-out. In fact it alludes to an "atomistic" theory,  to the evolutionism, to the criticism of religious extremism and superstition, to the freedom of thought, and so many other modern scientific and humanistic acquisitions.The laboratory has developed in several steps involving teachers of all disciplines:1st Identification of the themes of interest of the 6 books of which the poem is composed: it has involved different subjects Latin, Italian, philosophy,2nd looking for 6 significant lines in Latin, one by chapter.3rd Translation of the sentences in English4th Identifying possibleconnections to art, science, religion, history, philosophy, etc.5th looking for 2 images, photos or pictures of famous authors, of which the first linked to the lines of the poem and the second to the later epochs depending on the themes concerned6th Drawing / design of 6 posters one by chapter of the poemSometimes, some sentences have been added to explain the correlations7th Talk show consisted of 6 meetings between Lucretius and one the characters or the authors   of the drawing that discuss each other, sometimes even in an ironically way (even irony is taught). 2 or 3 lines for each. In English.The Students played  different roles so as to involve them in the conclusions.

  What about Nature around   Europe? there was Video presentations of the 5 partners of the project  the Song of the meeting has been hearth song sang by M. Jackeson   we had an  Opera Concert then the students made the   Report of the Activities they worked in  international group Romanian-Spanish. We enjoyed Dinner  at Vino e cucina restaurant the old town to taste the typical traditional barese food. On the 4th Aprile 2017 – Salone degli Affreschi

there was the second working day of the meeting  even some experts participated :Alma Sinibaldi –A.B.A.P. journalist and professor Giuseppe Pirlo – Managing Representative of the University of Bari for Digital Agenda and Smart City Participated At 9.15-12.00  there were Educational workshops: Art, Philosophy, Chemistry, Digital education, International folk calendar, Trivial game, Goose game.

12.00-13.00 Students’ group organized the Europe Day to be  held on 9th of May to celebrate peace and unity in Europe we enjoyed  Lunch at the restaurant mama puglia From 15.00- to 17,30  the Educational workshops: Art, Philosophy, Chemistry, Digital education, International folk calendar, Trivial game, Goose game continued with  Titus Lucretius: presentation of materials18.30 Disassembling the exhibition and Report of the activities (international group Lithuanian – Italian)

On the 5th April 2017 – we met at Centro Polifunzionale Studenti  room , close to the university. Some experts even participated:Alma Sinibaldi –A.B.A.P. journalist the professor Giuseppe Pirlo – Managing Representative of the Bari University for Digital Agenda and Smart City participated to the session. At 9.15 Tim Gockel  –  Project Coordinatorfrom Städt Humboldt-Gymnasium Cologne Germany- Presented  the project "Save our resources"  Mariella Fanizza Presented the works made by the students and teachers about the  Module "Nature and Biodiversity" Juan Carlos Juarez Granados –   Erasmus   coordinator of the IES EL PALMERAL Vera SP Presented the Module "Culture and Cultural Heritage”We  discussed about "The Green in the City". In this session Carla Tedesco  –  Town planning Assessor from Bari Municipality even participated .Certificates and Prizes were  Distributed. In the afternoon  in A Volta school we Celebrated  Europe, enjoying folk Apulian dances and an  International party tasting European, International food.( The students prepared the report of activities international group Romanian – German) On the  6th  April we went  to visit the salt fields in  Margherita di Savoia the students worked in labs and visied the salt fields .After a lunch in the restaurant by the sea in Margherita we went to visit Trani  and the white cathedral by the sea, the Svebian castle, and we tasted the famous Italian ice cream.the students prepared a report of the activities  (international group Spanish Lithuanian) On the 7th April we met  at 8 to go to Polignano a mare  to see the erosion of the sea, the caves, walking by the sea front  we visited an interesting exhibition of the contemporary art museum Pino Pascali , a museum set in the nature by the sea. At 12 we visited the Masseria dei monelli a biodiverse fattoria , and students and teachers made a lab how to make cavatelli (hand-made pasta)  and we tasted traditional Italian barese food, we enjoyed the natural garden. Then we visited Monopoli the old town the castle and we enjoyed the famous Italian coffee and ice cream.On the 8th April all  the delegations left.

 Meeting in Ploiești - Romania

October 2017

Between 15th and 21st October 2017 Colegiul Tehnic „Elie Radu”, Municipiul Ploiești was the host of the fourth short-term exchange of groups of pupils (C4) in the Erasmus+ project ”Save our Resources”. The main topics of the meeting were ”Solar and Wind Energy” and ”Nuclear Resources”. Before the meeting, the Romanian and the Lithuanian teams had to create the two modules mentioned above and the teams in the other partner schools tested them.

 Sunday, 15th October 2017

All the teams were picked up at ”Henri Coandă” airport in Otopeni and travelled by coach to Ploiești. In Ploiești they were met by the Romanian students and their families in the centre of the city. After that they had a free evening to know each other better and to prepare for the entertaining activities they were going to take part in during the week.

Monday, 16th October 2017

The activities started in the morning when the students and the teachers of all the delegation met at the assembly hall of Colegiul Tehnic „Elie Radu”, Municipiul Ploiești. The headmistress of Colegiul Tehnic „Elie Radu”, Municipiul Ploiești and a delegate form Prahova School Inspectorate welcomed the teams and gave speeches, while the coordinator of the Romanian team made a presentation of the programme of the week. Next two Romanian students made a presentation of Romania. This short introduction to the activities of the week was followed by a school tour after which our foreign partners went to the school canteen where they tasted a little of the Romanian tradition and took part in a festive lunch.

The afternoon continued with some ice breakers followed by the ”homework” each school had to bring: a presentation of the use of solar and wind energy in their region/country and a filmed interview with a relative/ representative of an institution that uses solar panels.

 Tuesday, 17th October 2017

The day started with a visit to Coca Cola Plant in Ploiești and continued with the Industrial Park, Ploiești -  ”Lumina Verde Center”, where a guide made a presentation about solar panels. After lunch the activities went on with a visit to ”Timken PWP”, Ploiești. Here two specialists made a presentation about wind energy. At the end of the presentation, all the delegations went on a tour of the factory.

Wednesday, 18th October 2017

Early in the morning the students and teachers went on a full day trip to Sinaia and Bran, two of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Romania, known for the stunning mountain landscapes. In Sinaia the main activity was to visit Peleș Castle, while in Bran, of course, we visited Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle. After the visit, the students and the teachers had some free time to enjoy Bran and its surroundings.

Thursday, 19th October 2017

On Thursday, the students had a long, productive and enjoyable work session in the school assembly hall. Grouped in international teams, and supervised by the teachers, the students assembled photovoltaic cell powered robots. In the afternoon, the teachers had a work session, while the teams from each country made power point presentations explaining the making process for the robots. When everything was ready, the groups of students presented their work and received some diplomas. What is more, each partner school was given 2 of the robots to take to their countries. These activities were followed by presentations of the essays on the topic: “What will the world look like from the point of view of energy consumption in the year 2100?” and next two Romanian students presented and explained a Romanian electricty invoice.

Friday, 20th October 2017

Friday was the day of our trip to Bucharest. First of all we visited ”Facultatea de inginerie a instalațiilor”. Here, some students and a professor presented to us a self-sustainable house and an electric car. We continued our visit with a guided tour of the Romanian Houses of Parliament. Our foreign guests were very much impressed by the grandeur of this building and the historical facts they learnt during the visit. When the visit was over, we had lunch at a restaurant in the old centre of Bucharest. The impressive thing about this building is that it is a monument of architecture built in 1879. When lunch was over, the teams had some free time in the old centre of Bucharest. The Italian and German delegations left for the airport, while the other delegations went back to Ploiești.

Saturday, 21st October 2017

The Lithuanian and the Spanish delegations left Ploiești by coach to go to Otopeni airport.

Reception at the school assembly hall

Traditional Romanian welcome

Visiting "Lumina Verde" Center in the Industrial Park, Ploiesti

Visiting the Coca-Cola plant

Wind power presentation at Timken PWP

Peles Castle - Sinaia

Bran Castle - Bran

Making solar powered robots

Facultatea de inginerie a instalatiilor - Bucharest

Visiting the Houses of Parliment - Bucharest