The BlueS_Med was officially launched in January 2021 and is joining together ten partners from four Mediterranean countries: France, Italy, Greece and Malta! Over fifteen schools also embarked on this journey to develop marine educational activities, referred to as “Blue Challenges”. These schools cover various age groups, from elementary, to middle and secondary levels.
Over thirty teachers from these four countries participated in training activities, alongside local institutions’ representatives, to help them develop their projects, before implementing them beginning January 2022! You can find their contact info below!
11th PRIMARY SCHOOL OF ALEXANDROUPOLI
Primary School No. 11 of Alexandroupoli is located in the coastal town of Alexandroupoli in Νorth–Εastern Greece. It has 303 students (aged 6-12) in 14 classes and 35 teachers. Our students have the opportunity to broaden their horizons through extracurricular activities held in our school and through participation in various programmes such as Comenius, E-twinning and Erasmus +. The school’s participation in the project will provide the students and teachers with the opportunity to contact people from other countries and cultural backgrounds and to share ideas and experiences related to the ocean which we consider as an integral part of our life. Moreover, it will enrich the school programme with interesting and motivating activities. By sharing our ideas and promoting good practices in developing the ocean literacy of our pupils, we will increase their interest and promote habits that are conducive to maintaining environmental awareness.
Based on observations and data provided by our school, it is estimated that the majority of the school community consider the ocean as their friend and are willing to get informed about it and try to protect it The international character of the project will increase the motivation and confidence of students and teachers in using a foreign language as a communication and self-development tool. We hope that our participation in the project will also provide an opportunity for teachers to aquire knowledge on environmental issues related to the ocean and to exchange good practices.
The ocean, that we all share and depend on, is essential to human well-being. It provides tremendous economic, social, environmental, emotional and spiritual benefits. As we live in a coastal town, nearly all aspects of our lives are deeply connected to the ocean. Working on marine environmental issues and trying to promote “marine education” at school is considered a priority for us in order to create ocean literate students with all the benefits this could have on our lives.
We know that the marine environment has a direct impact on our lives and as marine issues are also social issues, the involvement of each one of us is important for their resolution. In order to achieve this, we try to involve our students in a plethora of activities related to the ocean and water mostly though project work.
8th Junior Highschool of Korydallos
Our school is located in Korydallos, which residents are of middle economic status. Currently, the district consists of five high schools, 7 junior high schools schools and 15 elementary schools.
The 8th Junior Highschool of Korydallos is a three-year public junior high school enrolling around 200 students in grades K7–K9. Our school is a pioneer in the city of Korydallos in the incorporation of ICT in teaching practices and has hight interest in the implementation of innovated learning procedures. Innovation student groups have been operating for many years, such as the robotics group, where students use Arduino sensors in order to experiment either in the classroom or in the field and develop smart devices in order to facilitate everyday activities.
During the years many programs have been developed with the students, such as the construction of three hydrobots in cooperation with the Eugenidis Foundation, the development of an aquarium, its maintenance and the monitoring of physicochemical parameters, the construction of sensors in order to measure the saltness of water and a program about sea debris.
Primary School of Gournes
The Primary School of Gournes is located on the northern part of the island of Crete, Greece. Crete is the largest island of Greece and also the southern European border. Our school has 250 students aged from 6 – 12 years old.
It is located next to the sea and close to the Cretan Aquarium–Thalassokosmos and the facilities of the. Hellenic Centre for Marine Research. (HCMR). Our proximity to the latter has resulted to our students participating in a number of programs dedicated to the protection of the sea and the environment. At the same time, we work closely with the marine biologists’ researchers so as to understand the aquatic ecosystem of the Mediterranean Sea.
Our school has won 8 awards from the Hellenic Environmental Protection Association.It also participates in environmental networks such as HELMEPA (Hellenic Environmental Protection Association), MESOGEIOS SOS, ARCHIPELAGOS INSTITUDE and other.
ECOLE JOSEPH CALDERONI in Villefranche-sur-Mer
The elementary school Joseph Caldéroni welcomes pupils from CP (6 years old) to CM2 (11 years old). It is located in the historic part of Villefranche-sur-mer, a town situated at the French Riviera. Through the school windows, the 180 pupils thus have a panoramic view on the Mediterranean Sea and one of the most beautiful bays in the South-East of France.
This privileged situation certainly drives an ocean-related curiosity and is a good starting point to educate on ocean issues and raise awareness on the manyfold links with the ocean in our daily life.
The school team of the elementary school Joseph Caldéroni is increasingly interested in focusing on the ocean and marine sciences. With this objective in mind, it organizes for example seaside field trips or visits to the Institut de la Mer de Villefranche during the French national science festival. Participation in the adopt a float program was/is another opportunity and Blue Challenge. By adopting an underwater robot of the profiling float type, the pupils can study the world’s ocean through a scientific, cultural and civic approach.
In the framework of the EU Blue Schools, 4 classes of CP, CE1, CM1 and CM2 embark in the adopt a float adventure to discover the ocean and the Mediterranean basin. Together with their teachers, the pupils also seek to better understand the importance of studying it in order to guarantee its protection and to share their findings with partner schools.
ISTITUTO COMPRENSIVO STATALE ICS B. NODARI
The middle school ICS B. Nodari welcomes pupils from 11 years old to 13 years old.
It is located in the small towns of Fara Vicentino and Lugo di Vicenza, in the northeast of Italy, 100 km from Venice. The school is surrounded by mountains, valleys and the towns are crossed by a small river.
Even if the school is far from the sea, a lot of the activities are focused on environmental education like cleaning up the green areas, reduce pollution, recycling. Our Goal is to become a “Plastic free School”. Science education plays an important role in this school, it aims to increase student understanding of science and the construction of knowledge as well as to promote scientific literacy and responsible citizenship.
Istituto Tecnico Tecnologico Statale Guglielmo Marconi
Our school is a technical institute preparing students in 3 main areas: Chemistry, Electronics and Mechanics.
ITT MARCONI is goal-oriented, promoting in our students critical thinking and creating a supporting learning environment to allow students to reach their potential.
We develop an all-around culture that includes Literacy, the integration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) into the curriculum along all the 5 years course.
Great value is given to the workshops, where students carry out practical activities, learn specific skills, understand how to apply what they learn from theory, so throughout the entire course there is compulsory preset time completely dedicated to such activities.
CLIL methodology has been implemented since 2012 in fact, we have activated experiments with contents conveyed in the English language in several topics and, on a regular basis, it is used to teach last year students, to convey contents about technical subjects.
Five years course are divided into 2 sections:
- First two years includes aligned programs for all subjects apart from a specific teaching called “Applied technology” tailored on the specific areas: chemistry, electronics and mechanics
- Last three years take different paths according to the chosen area.
We seek to develop well-rounded students by means of discovery, exploration, innovation, and creative expression through participation in projects such as Erasmus plus, e-Twinning, design contests and internships thanks to a close connection between our school and the companies in the territory and also abroad.
In all these rich learning opportunities we keep high our school values: Be safe, Be Respectful, Be responsible and Be Mindful.
ENGIM San Paolo Giuseppini del Murialdo
ENGIM Ente Nazionale Giuseppini del Murialdo is a non-profit association, which operates on a national and international level, at the service of young people and workers for the development of their professionalism and for their personal and social promotion. Faithful to the spirituality and the educational style lived and promoted by Leonardo Murialdo, it listens to the signs of the time and to the needs of the people. Through the analysis of the training needs of the territory in which it operates, it plans and carries out training initiatives that are adequate and consistent with the desire to give the world of work people capable of working for the common good.
St Aloiysius College Primary School
St Aloysius College Primary School, Malta is a Catholic educational institution, which embraces the spiritual and pedagogical tradition of the Society of Jesus, and provides personal care for all students.
As educators, we guide and support learners to successfully develop their full potential. The skills-based curriculum promotes the physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual development of all students.
Together with parents and guardians, we aim to foster Ignatian values in our students as they grow into active participants within their community. Together we aspire to foster compassionate and responsible men and women with others and for others, committed to the poor and persons in need. We promote dialogue with people of other cultures and religious traditions in a common effort to build a more peaceful and ecologically just world.
The “Capellini-Sauro” is a school where technique and technology are at the center of the pupil’s education. The laboratories are the place where the culture of know-how develops, an element that has always distinguished technical training in Italy.
Erasmus + 2017-2020 BLUE TEmPLATE – BLUE TEch PArTnership Education K2;
School involved: “Institut de nautica de Barcelona”, del “Lycee polyvalent Rouviere” e dell’ “Universidada Politecnica de Cartagena”.