Transnational meeting in Almere, Flevoland, Netherland

In the second week of November, the teachers of seven partner schools met face to face for the first time in our new international project. The host school was Oostvaarders College, located in the fourth largest city of the Netherlands in Almere. This new city lies three meters below sea level in the largest Dutch polder. Firstly we introduced each other our schools and cities. During our meeting, we organized the entire project, but especially the next Sicilian course which will be also attended by pupils and students from all seven partner schools.

One part of the project is to create our own websites, a YouTube channel and Flickr photo albums, to work with the e-Twinning portal, with online applications Thinglink, Seppo, Canvas and Kahoot. A Czech teacher, who created the web page, explained all the teachers how to work with it properly in WordPress.Org. And we disscused the other applications too and prepared wide range of activities for students. Spanish school showed us the results of questioner: Are we “smart” enough about our partners?.

We had enough time to get to know the organization of this big Dutch school, we visited some classes and we saw some activites. We were very excited about the street art decoration of the school corridors which was done by the students of this school. According to the programme, Dutch teachers took us to Rijkmuseum, so we could find some inspiration for our project. You can find some details in our programme, Transnational meeting Almere – programme.

We are ready for further work on the project and our mascot SMARTY will travel to Palermo in Sicily in March.

SMART – Science Meets Art

Our project Erasmus+: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, “SMART – Science Meets Art” consists of a partnership of 7 high schools with students of 13-18 years old, from Greece, Spain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Finland, Iceland and the Netherlands. Our project starts on 1st of October 2017. And it will finish on 30 th of September 2019.

Quite many pupils think that school Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics are extremely difficult and not useful in their lives. Many pupils, too, face Literature, History and Sociology as subjects without reflection in real life so they find these subjects very boring. The result in both cases is that students are not interested in studying these subjects anymore.

The main aim of the project is to make Science less abstract, more grounded in everyday life, and easier to understand. This objective will be achieved through the connection between Scientific, ICT and Artistic disciplines, so Science will become more visible around us, and its beauty and logic will emerge.

Another objective is related to the fact that comparing the way in which Science is studied in different European countries will provide the students with an additional motivation to study scientific subjects, and will arouse in teachers the will to develop a transdisciplinary thinking and to use innovating teaching methods and skills to prepare students for lifelong learning. So, all the participants will perceive that solutions are found everywhere.

As another objective of the project is to make all its stages visible to a broad audience, long term sustainability will be reached in the field of education through the sharing of the outcomes.