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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:

https://www.lne.es/centro/2019/11/14/utopia-pola-habitable-disena-instituto/2557810.html

https://www.lne.es/centro/2019/11/12/alumnos-tres-paises-visitan-siero/2556865.html

https://www.elcomercio.es/asturias/siero-centro/recepcion-estudiantes-erasmus-20191112001256-ntvo.html

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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:

https://gymfrydl.cz/8-aktuality/621-projektovy-den-na-katedre-geoinformatiky-vsb


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 https://erasmusplusescultor.wordpress.com/proyecto-ka229/ (in Spanish!)

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Second joint staff training mobility in Lappeenranta (Finland) on STEAM methodology

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!)

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First joint staff training mobility in Prague (Czech Republic) on Geographic Information Systems

From 12th to 14th December, our first mobility for teacher training took place in Prague. The workshop on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) was given by staff from the Geoinformatics Department of Charles University, taking into account our needs for the project.

The GIS software is a fundamental tool for the spatial representation of data. Our intention is to use the program with our students to represent on the map of the city the data of noise sampling and other environmental measurements, to later propose on the same map urban improvements from a sustainable point of view (bike lanes, green areas, traffic exclusion, etc.). Therefore, we will use GIS during this first phase, “What is my city like”, as well as during the second, “How is the city in which I want to live”. Much of the results of these two phases are based around the use of GIS, hence the importance of the workshop.

The aim of the activity was to train two teachers from each participating school to acquire the necessary skills with the QGIS software, as well as interactive utilities for representation and visualization of data in maps (Google Earth, arcGIS online), to subsequently transmit the information to the other participating teachers and support the students in the local practical work.

The methodology of the activity was interactive, with brief explanations followed by practical work with the QGIS program on computer using real examples selected by the teachers of the course and appropriate to our project. There was also a small fieldwork with a GPS application for mobile, GAIA, with which you can mark and geolocate points in a route and then export them to a vector format compatible with QGIS and represent them on the map.

In sum, the workshop has been very fruitful with a view to the immediate development of the project’s tasks.

We can also advance that the future impact of the activity will be important, taking into account the plans of incorporation of this type of computer tool to the didactic programming of some subjects, such as ICT, Environmental Management, Geography and Mathematics.

And, of course, we also had some free time to enjoy the beautiful city of Prague, guided by our hosts Sona Macurova and Pepa Svoboda.

For more info about the project go to https://erasmusplusescultor.wordpress.com/proyecto-ka229/ (in Spanish!)

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First short-term mobility with students to the Czech Republic: “What is my city like?”

During the week of May 6 to 10, the first short-term mobility of the project “The Town I Want to Live in” took place in the Gýmnazium Frýdlant nad Ostravíci, Czech Republic, attended by each participating school with 7 students and two accompanying teachers.

The work program consisted in the presentation, comparison and sharing of the results obtained in the first phase of the project, “What is my city like?”. Thus, the students of the four schools of the association (Escola Secundária José Saramago-Mafra of Portugal, Lappeenrannan Lyseon Lukio of Finland, IES Escultor Juan de Villanueva of Spain and Gýmnazium Frýdlant nad Ostravíci of the Czech Republic) presented the management of the municipalities of the four cities participating in the project, as well as the results of the surveys of students and citizens on quality of life and sustainability in the city. Finally, they showed the noise maps resulting from the sampling carried out in the past months in Frýdlant (Czech Republic), Lappeenranta (Finland), Mafra (Portugal) and Pola de Siero (Spain).

In addition to the reception by the city mayor, during the week our hosts organized numerous activities, some recreational and others related to the project, such as a map workshop with the ArcGIS Geographic Information System online in the Department of Geoinformatics from the Technical University of Ostrava, an orientation course, and visits to the U6 Center for Science and Technology of Ostrava (U6 Science nad Technology center in Dolní Vítkovice Ostrava), to the wastewater treatment plant of Frýdek – Místek and to the reservoir of Šance Dam.

On the last day the students, organized in international groups, carried out a daily evaluation of the activities of the weekly program, as well as a balance of the results of the project.

The mobility was a success in terms of the results obtained, the organization and, of course, the full integration of students from four countries in the heart of Europe. In conclusion, it has been an enriching, intense and full of experiences for all, with a great sense of European dimension.

See you in Pola de Siero (Spain) in November 2019!

For more info about the project go to https://erasmusplusescultor.wordpress.com/proyecto-ka229/ (in Spanish!)

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The MyTown2020 Project Logo

The MyTown2020 Project Logo

At Escola Secundária José Saramago – Mafra, taking part in the Erasmus+ Project “The Town I Want to Live in: A Sustainable Approach” designs for the Project Logo were created by students of the Professional Course of Multimedia. The eight best designs were chosen by a jury of 6 teachers from the Portuguese school, responsible for coordinating the whole process. Each of the eight designs, identified with numbers 1 to 8 were online for two weeks, during which the European Online Voting Process took place. Teachers, Non-teaching Staff, Students and Parents / Student Guardians, from all four European Schools participating in the Project, were able to vote.

THE DESIGNS ON THE EUROPEAN ONLINE VOTING:

The designs were created by the following portuguese students:

  • Design 1 by Ricardo Lucas de Carvalho from class PM2
  • Design 2 by João Pedro Chéu from class PM2
  • Design 3 by Samuel Pedro Vicente from class PM2
  • Design 4 by Leonardo José Miranda from class PM2
  • Design 5 by Cláudio Jorge da Silva from class PM2
  • Design 6 by José Eduardo Lamas from class PM2
  • Design 7 by Érica Filipa Pereira from class PM2
  • Design 8 by André Bruno Graça from class PM3

ONLINE VOTING RESULTS FOR THE MYTOWN2020 PROJECT LOGO: 565 votes
Czech Republic = 102 votes (18,1%)
Finland = 111 votes (19,6%)
Portugal = 301 votes (53,3%)
Spain = 51 votes (9,0%)

Voting Results
Design 1 = 143 votes (25,3%)
Design 2 = 86 votes (15,2%)
Design 3 = 78 votes (13,8%)
Design 4 = 103 votes (18,2%)
Design 5 = 31 votes (5,5%)
Design 6 = 72 votes (12,7%)
Design 7 = 40 votes (7,1%)
Design 8 = 12 votes (2,1%)

CONCLUSION:
Design 1 was the most voted one for the MyTown2020 PROJECT LOGO.
Congratulations to Ricardo Lucas de Carvalho.

The MyTown2020 Project Logo to be used in all project documents is: