Time flies and so do our project’s activities. From 18th to 24th March 2018 our students participated in the last students exchange within Erasmus+ programme “Open your mind, change your life”. This time Osnovna Skola “Bol” in Split, Croatia was our host. In the exchange 24 guest students and 13 guest teachers took part. The main theme of the meeting was “Scientists and inventors – what do we owe them?” What did we do? Check it out!
First day was dedicated to presentations of our countries, towns/cities and schools. Not only our students, but also local authorities, media and representative of eTwinning found out about partners and enjoyed performances prepared by Croatian students. We were glad to watch folk dances, listen to music and poetry about friendship that is so important value both in our project and daily life. In the afternoon we went sightseeing Diocletian Palace which is UNESCO Heritage Site. It was a very educational trip which enabled us to get to know important historical facts, some historical characters and basis of antique architecture.
Second day was also very busy. We went on a trip to Klis – an ancient Roman fortress where we learned about ancient history, military strategies used ages ago and we took part in archery and pottery workshops. However, the most exciting moment of the day was a meeting with an employer at Include d.o.o. company in Solin (solar benches company). We had a great chance to meet Ivan Mrvoś – a young inventor of smart solar benches. The interview with him was both inspiring and motivating for all of us. After the meeting we went for a treasure hunt at Diocletian palace in which students had to check their knowledge to get a treasure. It was a great fun combined with learning.
On Wednesday we went to Velebit Mountains where a small village Smiljan is located. We visited there “Nikola Tesla” Memorial Center and watched some of his inventions. He was one of the most crucial inventors ever and we were honored to see his home and got better knowledge about him and his inventions. Our next stop was at University of Zadar, Department of Geography where we participated in a lecture of professor Maša Surić who told us about another famous Croatian scientist - Andrija Mohorovićić and his studies about earthquakes. At the end of the day we visited Zadar and had a walk to the Sea Organ and the Greeting to the Sun. Students could observe how nature and humans can cowork.
On Thursday we focused on scientists and inventors. Students prepared PPP presentations about their national scientists and inventors that they are proud of and who changed our lives forever. Among Polish inventors you could see e.g. Maria Skłodowska-Curie, Nicolaus Copernicus or Jacek Pałkiewicz, among Croatian scientists there was e.g. Ivan Vukić Lupis, Vladimir Prelog, Lavoslav Ružička, Nikola Tesla, among German inventions there were Adidas shoes, Aspirin or BMW, among Portuguese scientists there was Elvira Fortunato, Carlos Duarte or David Sobral, Greek students mentioned Archimedes, Pitagoras, Paul Sontorinis or George Papanikolaou. Later students prepared posters about 2 national inventors. The posters weren’t ordinary ones – they were very creative and will make everybody who looks at them memorise facts about those people and inventions.
That day was very busy since poster workshop was followed by MicroBit workshop with Jozo Pivac. In the evening students had a chance to get to know each other better during an international party.
Friday started with a lecture at FESB, University of Split by Ivica Puljak, PhD about the story of the universe. He illustrated us how atoms work and how energy and mass influence the universe. Even if the topic may seem to be a bit difficult, thanks to professor Puljak students understood better the surrounding world. When we came back to school students took part in a Kahoot! Quiz about scientists and inventors and sport activities.
The whole week was a great science lesson during which we also enjoyed ourselves. Teachers held in the meantime two meetings during which they discussed the project and its activities and set the dates for next international meetings.
All participants took part in evaluation and feedback activities and got the certificates.
Even if the meeting is now a part of history, it taught us lots of useful skills and let us get important scientific knowledge that may be used both at school and in daily life.
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