The second training activity for teachers took place from September 10 to 13 in the Finnish city of Lappeenranta. Two teachers from each partner country attended, including the hosts. They prepared a program of workshops and talks based on the STEAM learning methodology (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths), which is one of the axes of our Erasmus + KA229 project “The Town I Want To Live In” – # MyTown2020.
Like the previous activity on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the classroom, the main objective of this training mobility is that teachers acquire the basic tools of the STEAM methodology to work with students. STEAM-based work is indispensable in this project, given the marked multidisciplinary nature of the central idea, which lies in the sustainable approach to the city from the various areas of knowledge. The ultimate goal is to reach solutions that integrate the results obtained with the help of the work done in each of the subjects participating by the students and their teaching staff. Therefore, the training activity is fully aligned with the core of the project.
Mobility has been a full success of organization and content. Special mention deserves the participatory and interactive nature of the workshops in which Finnish hosts are accomplished experts. The work program was taught at the LUT-Lappeenranta-Lahti University: It included 3D city modeling, with special consideration for sustainable building, and an introduction to SketchUp. Likewise, the circumstance was taken that Lappeenranta is a city located at the forefront of sustainability and advanced solutions in the field of the environment, to address the green technologies that are currently being used, for example, bioconstruction as a means to urban stormwater purification. Participants had the opportunity to visit the city’s urban wastewater analysis and purification laboratories. The Green Reality project was also presented to participants as a paradigm, which jointly develops the municipality of Lappeenranta with the LUT. This project includes urban planning, zoning of green areas and air quality monitoring.
For more info about the project go to https://erasmusplusescultor.wordpress.com/proyecto-ka229/ (in Spanish!)