DEBATE: “The EU bans the sale of combustion vehicles from 2030”.

On 20 May, we held an online debate on the topic of the title between two teams who had to defend opposing ideas on the subject. Each team consisted of four students, one from each school, who worked together on the topic during the two weeks prior to the debate. A jury was also formed, consisting of a teacher and four other students, who scored the performances of the members of the two teams.
The debate was moderated by a student from the Czech school who had experience in this type of activity.
The experience was highly motivating and was rated as very interesting, and the teachers expressed their interest in carrying it out in the future in their classrooms.

The team defending the positions against the ban on fossil fuels was the winner of the debate with a total score of 349 out of 324, but the highest scoring student was the Portuguese Tomás Boaventura defending the positions in favour of the measure


Sem categoria, Short-Term Mobilities

Fourth short-term mobility with students in Finland.

After the short-term virtual mobility in Portugal where each school started to incorporate solutions After the short-term mobility in Portugal, where each school began to incorporate solutions to the problems encountered using 3D design through SketchUp, now in this final part of the project, the students worked on the concepts learned about augmented reality through the Twinnmotion program to show the solutions to the environmental problems.

The COVID-19 Pandemic forced us to cancel the 5-day short-term mobility to take place during November 2020 and request a project duration extension until 30/06/2021. However, with the pandemic situation getting worse, Physical Mobilities were replaced by Virtual Mobilities. So, finally the 4rd short-term virtual mobility could be hosted by Lappeenrannan Lyson lukio – Lappeenranta, Finland, will take place during 17 – 21/05/2021, with the following Agenda:

May 17: Arriving in Lappeenranta

May 18: Getting to know the town and our school

May 19: Views on green city life with an online meeting Online meeting includes a lecture on green urban solutions and rainwater harvesting. Another online lecture will tell about Lappeenranta Green Leaf city 2021

May 20: Sustainable solutions 

First we have presented the work we have done from our virtual mobility in Portugal and then we conducted an international online debate on the topic “Banning sales of cars powered by fossil fuels in the EU from 2030”.

May 21: Goodbye and farewell

Detailed information about this fourth short-term mobility with students, hosted by Lapperannta – Finland, are in the web of the Short-virtual Mobility and MyTown2020 TwinSpace .

Activities, Sem categoria

The International Run

The International Run started at Escola Secundária José Saramago-Mafra (PORTUGAL), it continues to I.E.S. Escultor Juan de Villanueva in Pola de Siero (SPAIN) and Gymnázium Frýdlant nad Ostravicí (CZECHIA) and finishes at Lappeenrannan Lyseo Upper Secondary School in Lappeenranta (FINLAND). The Run is almost 6500 km long and with the cooperation of all four schools we will surely manage it!

The objective of the run is to face this difficult Coronavirus time and pandemic lockdown by leaving our computers and rooms to go out and get some fresh air while exercising. We have been taking photos and/or videos of this sports event to share our experience virtually because we cannot organize short-term mobilities. 

DATE OF THE INTERNATIONAL RUN: from 10 March to 20 May 2021

We have invited all students, teachers and the community of our schools to participate after each outdoor sports activity by filling in this Questionnaire with the distance travelled, until we arrive in Finland. Participants, in each country, are sending photos and videos that may be seen below.


Take a look at the photos and videos of our International Run!

From Portugal

On the day the Run started in Mafra County, Portugal, where we can see that Spring is on its way.

Mafra’s countryside with the Atlantic Ocean in the horizon.

More to see in Portugal during the International Run

From Spain

A Spanish countryside

In the mountains of Asturias

From Czech Republic

There is still snow in the Czech mountains

Czech countryside

From Finland

Different conditions in Finland for the International Run

From cross-country skiing in Finland

Sem categoria, Short-Term Mobilities

Third short-term mobility with students in Portugal: “Let’s design our new town”

After the short-term mobility in Spain where each school shared how they found and provided sustainability, air and noise quality, health and energy efficiency solutions to improve the quality of life in their town/ city, students started to incorporate these solutions in a 3D design accomplished with SketchUp.

The COVID-19 Pandemic forced us to cancel the 5-day short-term mobility to take place during May 2020 and request a project duration extension until 30/06/2021. However, with the pandemic situation getting worse, Physical Mobilities were replaced by Virtual Mobilities. So, finally the 3rd short-term virtual mobility could be hosted by Escola Secundária José Saramago – Mafra, Portugal, during 12 – 16/04/2021, with the following Agenda:

  • Virtual Visits in Portugal (during each school’s timetable from 12 to 16/04/2021)
  • TwinMotion Workshop (13/04/2021, 10:00 – 12:00 CET)
  • All Schools’ Presentations for “Let’s design my new Town” (14/04/2021, 10:00 – 12:00 CET)
  • A Sustainable Farewell Gift (during each school’s timetable on 16/04/2021)
  • Evaluation of Virtual Activities (during each school’s timetable on 16/04/2021)

While in the Czech Republic everyone had to participate from home due to the COVID-19 restrictions, in Finland, Portugal and Spain, students and teachers participated in their schools.

In the Czech Republic: at home, but happily attending the TwinMotion Workshop.

In Spain, attending the TwinMotion Workshop from school.

In Finland, attending the TwinMotion Workshop from school.

In Portugal, attending the TwinMotion Workshop from school.

In Mafra – Portugal, after all schools’ SketchUp presentations

Detailed information about this third short-term mobility with students, hosted by Mafra – Portugal, are in the MyTown2020 TwinSpace.

Prizes, Sem categoria

Recognition of the quality of Erasmus+ 2020 projects

The Spanish National Service for the Internationalization of Education (SEPIE) gave the Recognition of Quality of Erasmus+ 2020 projects to the student of the IES Esculptor Juan de Villanueva , Andrea Roces Pastrana, for its dedication and dedication during the long-term stay at the Gymnazium Frydlant nad Ostravici in the Czech Republic, The ceremony was held on April 20, 2020 within the Erasmus+ 2020/21 Annual BroadcastIng Day



In Finland we have a network of STEM Centres in Finnish universities whose aim is to inspire and motivate children and youth into mathematics, science and technology. Every year they organise a competition (StarT) where they try to find the best STEM projects and practises developed in schools across the country. The first Award (Kunniakirja) was from STEM Centre Finland.

We entered our Erasmus project in the local round of 2020 year’s competition at Lappeenranta University of Technology, and realised that our own STEM Centre liked it very much. Better still, it also attracted national interest: Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus, the second Kunniakirja), who’s involved in the network, appreciated our work with organised data collection and statistical analysis. They decided to award us a five-hundred-euro grant, which we invested in computer hardware that can run the Twinmotion 3D suite.

Staff training


In this intensive course we have learned to produce high quality images, panoramic, videos
standard or 360 ° in question of seconds, creating a 3D virtual reality scan totally immersive of
your draft.

Orbit, shift, zoom and camera alignment
Import options
Assignment of materials, properties, replace materials and match properties
PRACTICE 1: assign materials to the exterior of a building
Types of characters, vehicles, vegetation, furniture and their settings
Volumes: sections, water, sounds, mirror effect.
PRACTICE 2: placing objects on the outside of a building.
People walking, moving vehicles and moving any object.
PRACTICE 3: generate roads of people and vehicles in the 3D model exterior.
Placement of lights and adjustments.
PRACTICE 4: place lights inside.
Create still images, panoramas – 360º virtual reality, videos, video export
PRACTICE 5: Perform the different exports

Sem categoria, Short-Term Mobilities

Second short-term mobility with students in Spain: “How is the city I want to live in?”

The week of November 11 to 15, IES Escultor Juan de Villanueva school hosted the second mobility meeting of the Erasmus + project “The town I want to live in: a sustainable approach # MyTown2020” that deals with how to find and provide solutions to improve the quality of life in all four cities of each participating country, using the concepts of sustainability, pollution, health and energy efficiency.

In the first mobility meeting, which took place in the Czech Republic, the students took stock of the environmental and quality of life problems existing in their cities, using citizen surveys and preparing a noise map.

In this second event in Spain, the participating students from the four countries have presented ideas that contribute to sustainability in their respective cities, as well as examples of sustainable buildings and cities whose model could be moved to them, or that inspire changes towards an improvement of life quality. In this task the students have worked with the support of the participating teachers in the various subjects.

The Spanish school have been visited by 21 students and 6 teachers from the other three countries, who joined the local 23 students and 8 teachers. The three students who returned from the two-month mobility in the Czech Republic have also participated, as well as two other Czech students who have also been in the Spanish school in a 2-month mobility, all of them with the same project. In total, 49 students and 14 teachers from four nationalities have been participating in the meeting. Visiting students have stayed in families of the participating students.

In the program of activities of the week a reception was held to the multinational group in the City of Siero by the municipality, a 3D modeling computer workshop with the Sketch-Up program aimed at proposing improvement solutions on city plans , and a presentation of the sustainable experiences of the four cities in the Municipal Auditorium, with the presence and participation of the City Council, which in turn exposed the EMUSI sustainability program financed with EU funds for the 2018-2023 period.

As for free time, visits were made to the Museum of Mining and Industry of El Entrego, to the Botanical Garden of Gijón, as well as a climbing activity at the Gravity Climbing Center of Avilés.

Here you can see the coverage of the news by the media:

Long-Term Mobilities, Sem categoria

Long-term mobilities in the Czech Republic and Spain

Three Spanish students have been in the Gymnázium Frýdlant nad Ostravicí (Czech Republic) from September 8 to November 10, making a two-month long-term mobility stay in the framework of the KA229 The Town I Want To Live In project. There the students are housed in families of school students and they attend classes normally.

Apart from attending the classes, the three students participated in all the project activities planned by the Czech partners, especially those aimed at preparing short-term mobility that took place at the IES Escultor Juan de Villanueva (Pola de Siero, Spain) in November.
All three students have been fully integrated and have the great hospitality and excellent organization of the Czech partners. They have fully enjoyed this unique experience in the heart of Europe.

Below you can see the follow-up by the Gymnázium Frýdlant nad Ostravicí school for a project activity on the management of GIS programs taught by the Department of Geoinformatics of the University of Ostrava in which the students participated:

On the other hand, two Czech students have also concluded their long-term mobility stay of two months in the IES Escultor Juan de Villanueva (Pola de Siero, Spain), from September 10 to November 16. The students have also stayed in two families of school students and have attended the classes normally, integrating fully into the life of Pola de Siero. Apart from the academic activity, they have participated in all the planned project activities, aimed at preparing the short-term mobility that took place a at the IES Escultor Juan de Villanueva in November.

For more info about the project go to (in Spanish!)