“New WERD – New Way of Educational Research and Development” is a project in the program Erasmus+ coordinated by SOU Gimnazija Koco Racin from Veles. The project is a strategic partnership for exchange of good practices between the four schools: Liceul Teoretic „Tudor Arghez“, school from Craiova – Romania, I.I.S.S. ERASMO DA ROTTERDAM from Torino – Italy, AGRUPAMENTO DE ESCOLAS DE BARCELOS – Portugal and High School “Gimnazija Koco Racin” from Veles – Macedonia as an applicant organization.
According to the project activities for implementation of the project in the period from September 12 to September 16, 2018, a five-day Short-term joint staff training event was held in Veles, Macedonia.
The Training event was attended by teachers from the four partner schools. The purpose of the Training event was to strengthen the profile of teacher profession and to adopt new methods and tools from STEM methodology, as well as to train students to be creative and motivated to apply science, mathematics and technology in solving real-life problems associated with Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Climate Change.
In this training our goal was to prepare the youth for the modern-future world and how to bring knowledge and skills to solve problems, make sense of information, and know how to gather and evaluate evidence to make decisions. These are the kinds of skills that students develop in science, technology, engineering and math. If we want a nation where our future leaders, neighbors, and workers have the ability to understand and solve some of the complex challenges of today and tomorrow, and to meet the demands of the dynamic and evolving workforce, then, content knowledge and fluency in science is essential.
The choices we make about how we use energy have environmental and economic impacts. There are many things we can do to use less energy and use it more wisely. These actions include both energy conservation and energy efficiency. The students from Gymnasium Kocho Racin were researching about Energy Efficiency and prepared catalog “15 Actions to save Energy at School” and presentation about Alternative Energy and Climate change.
Teachers and students were using science, technology and mathematics to investigate issues in Alternative Energy. Renewable energy can be a cost effective and environmentally friendly way to generate energy. Increasingly, individual buildings are looking at ways to generate their own power. During the Training event there were several workshops of making a solar oven, wind Turbine and solar charger for Mobile phone. There were discussion about the innovations related to renewable energy, how renewable energy affects climate change.
Climate change is one of the most complex issues facing us today. It involves many dimensions – science, economics, society, politics and moral and ethical questions – and is a global problem, felt on local scales, that will be around for decades and centuries to come. Students through art expressed their views, their vision of Energy around us and Climate change.
During the five-day Training event, several activities were realized:
- Visit and presentation of the school SOU Gimnazija Koco Racin – Veles,
- Presentation by the students „Alternative Energy and climate change“
- Workshops in school:
Making a Solar Oven, Making a wind Turbine, Making a solar charger for Mobile device;
- Preparing catalog “15 Actions to save Energy at School”
- Making flyers, brochures and posters for saving energy and the benefit of alternative sources in the future;
- Visit of the Hydroelectric Power Stations,
- Discussion about the innovations related to renewable energy, how renewable energy affects climate change.
- Visit of Veles and House of Koco Racin organized by students,
- Cultural and social meetings in Ohrid, visit of churches, museums and galleries,
- Visit of Skopje (Memorial House of Mother Teresa, Macedonia Square, Archeological Museum of Macedonia, Old Bazaar, Museum of Illusion
- Reception at the Town Hall by the Mayor of Veles.
The value of these training events is based on the diversity of the working environment, the different experience of the partner organizations and the most important learning through the activities in a real context. A visit to the real laboratories and institutions allows students and teachers to achieve a new deep view into the scientific world. Students researched and studied about energy, renewable energy, climate change throught science. They used technology and engineering to design products like solar oven and wind turbine for efficient use of renewable energy. Students used mathematics to calculate the savings in Schools and homes that are Energy Efficient. Teachers were their mentors of creativity. Teachers adopt new methods of learning science, technology and mathematics in classroom through solving real- life problems.
Students and teachers from four partner schools are working together to create work materials, gain knowledge and skills in studying STEM subjects.