“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 April 16 to April 20, 2018, a five-day Training event was held in Barcelos, Portugal.
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 problems.
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.
Nuclear physics is an exciting, cutting edge area of physics that most students really enjoy. It’s a fast moving area too so teachers’ subject knowledge can date quickly. Students under 16 cannot handle radioactive sources so it is required when processing this part of physics to bring more simulations, demonstrations to get closer to this enigma.
Dosimetry is part of nuclear physics which also arouses interest among students. When covered in this section is necessary as soon as more students to learn about the benefits and dangers of radioactive sources, therefore, it is necessary to visit the medical institutions where students are facing a real problem.
During the five-day Training event, several activities were realized:
- Visit and presentation of the AGRUPAMENTO DE ESCOLAS DE BARCELOS,
- Workshop in school: Making simulations, videos and demonstrations related to radioactivity,
- Workshops in school: Making a Cheapest nuclear radiation detector – Ion chamber,
- A workshop and visit of Science museum in Lisbon,
- Visit of Lisbon Oceanarium,
- Visit of Barcelos organized by students, visiting museums and galleries,
- Visit of Porto,
- Reception at the Town Hall by the Mayor of Barcelos.
These topics provide great opportunities for practical physics – exploring the types and range of ionizing radiation, as well as mathematical studies of probability and statistics through the random nature of radioactive decay. Examining half-lives can also lead to interesting discussions on the environmental impact of long lived radioactive waste and applications in radioactive dating.
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 and teachers from four partner schools are working together to create work materials, gain knowledge and skills in studying STEM subjects.