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

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!)

Sem categoria, Staff training

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 (in Spanish!)

Sem categoria, Staff training

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 (in Spanish!)

Sem categoria, Short-Term Mobilities

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 (in Spanish!)