The fourth transnational partner meeting in the Erasmus+ funded project Upcycling, took place in Cori (Italy) 16 - 17 November 2023.
About the project
Climate change measures are not being implemented with the speed that the urgency of the situation demands. One of the most urgent measures to combat climate change is waste reduction. Preventing products and materials from becoming waste for as long as possible and turning waste that cannot be avoided into a resource are the most important steps toward a greener, circular economy.
It is important that children are aware of the idea of reusing waste to produce new things in creative and attractive ways. Upcycling helps develop a range of other skills and abilities such as creativity, innovation, collaboration and respect for the environment. The project aims to support teachers, principals, and other educators in their professional development and give them the tools and resources they need to understand the possibilities of upcycling for cross-curricular and project-based instruction and to provide them with practical ideas.
The project is led by Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark and aims to create educational material on how to generate less waste and create value-added products in a creative way. Arnbjörn Ólafsson and Magdalena Maria Poslednik took part in the meeting in Cori on behalf of GeoCamp Iceland.
The past year we've been fortunate to participate in an EEA funded project on implementing STEM education in Croatian schools. In November 2023 the staff of GeoCamp Iceland - along with a group of teachers from primary schools and research centers in the Reykjanes region - attended a couple of open days in our partner schools in Croatia, including a very successful event at OŠ Josipa Kozarca in the town of Lipovljani. Great recpetion and hospitality of inspiring teachers and active students. #STEM #Lipovljani
The past year GeoCamp Iceland has partnered four primary schools in Croatia as part of an EEA funded project on implementing STEM education. In November 2023 the staff of GeoCamp Iceland attended attended a successful Open Day at Vladimir Nazor Primary School in the town of Ðakovo.
The goal of the event was to introduce with the activities achieved through the project. Teachers and students, involved in the project, organised workshops as part of twelve extracurricular activities where they displayed the application and use of innovative STEM teaching methods in their school.
Great event with engaged students and inspired teachers. #STEM #Ðakovo
We are happy to partner the ACADIMIA (European Academy of Creative and Inclusive Learning) project, with ten other project partners from eight countries. They are coming together to create а European Teacher Academy - a hub dedicated to expanding the use of creative teaching methods. ACADIMIA is a dynamic catalyst for change. It is designed to equip educators with the tools and knowledge they need to effectively integrate creative methods in mainstream education.
The ACADIMIA project is a testament to collaborative innovation. Creative methods and resources from 10 successful transnational projects will be upscaled and valorised through the Academy's Joint Curriculum, which will be organised on a modular basis.
Participatory methods (such as: educational drama, forum theatre, gamification, game-based learning, strength-based learning) and educational technologies (f.i. digital storytelling, creative computing, coding) will be underpinned by Montessori philosophy and principles.
Partners include Action Synergy, University of Girona, University of Florence, Λαικού Θεάτρου Centre of Higher Education in Theater Studies, University College of Leuven, Waterpark Montessori International, University of Iceland and more. We attended the kick-off meeting in Athens in October, with Arnbjörn Ólafsson, Sigrún Svafa Ólafsdóttir and Ólafur Jón Arnbjörnsson taking part in the project on behalf of GeoCamp Iceland.
In October we attended a three day meeting and introduction to the implementation of STEM activities in Sibinj Primary School in Croatia under the EEA supported project Tesla’s Room - Working together for a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.
The meeting and activities were attended by seven representatives from GeoCamp Iceland: Arnbjörn Ólafsson, Sigrún Svafa Ólafsdóttir, Drífa Hjördís Thorstensen (Háaleitisskóli Primary School in Reykjanesbær), Hildur Sigfúsdóttir (Heiðarskóli Primary School in Reykjanesbær), Brynja Stefánsdóttir (Stapaskóli Primary School in Reykjanesbær, Sinéad McCarron (Landakotsskóli Primary School in Reykjavík and Daníel G. Hjálmtýsson (Sudurnes Science & Learning Center).
The third HEDA transnational meeting took place in Rome, Italy on 14 - 15 September 2023. The meeting included all project partners and was arranged by Galileo. Main focus for the meeting was on teacher training activities, impact assessment and e-learning course, as well as on general project management and dissemination activities. The HEDA Project proposes the introduction of art for the improvement of citizenship education in Europe, fact which will allow on the one hand to enhance the acquisition of social and civic competences, to foster knowledge, understanding and ownership of values and fundamental rights and on the other hand to enhance critical thinking among students and teachers. The HEDA project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
The final conference and teacher training activity in the EEA supported project "GEOCAMP - supporting geology teaching towards active citizenship" took place in the beautiful Ralsko Geopark in Czech Republic in July 2023. The project introduced new and innovative teaching programmes and methods in the field of the sciences and geology to prepare teachers for the challenges of the future and act in the interests of environmental protection.
The project was partnered by Ralsko Geopark and the Technical University of Liberec in the Czech Republic.
GeoCamp Iceland og Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark leitar að tveimur háskólanemum til að vinna að áhugaverðu verkefni í sumar um STEM kennslu á Suðurnesjum.
Verkefnið gengur annarsvegar út á greiningu tækifæra til útikennslu og STEM rannsókna á jarðminjastöðum innan Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark og hinsvegar gerð kennsluefnis ferla og verkefna til fræðslu og rannsóknarstarfsemi á Reykjanesinu. Markmiðið er að styðja við raungreinafræðslu á grunnskólastigi með áherslu á sérstöðu Reykjanessins fyrir skólahópa og rannsóknarstarfa með því að huga að fræðsluefni og handbóka fyrir kennara sem tengjast ákveðnum jarð- og líffræðilega áhugaverðum stöðum á Reykjanesskaganum.
A delegation from GeoCamp Iceland participated in a training course in Bialystok, Poland, as part of the EEA - EOG Project on future technologies in education. The course focused on 'Modern methods and tools for effective distance learning' and took place on 26 - 28 April 2023.
The training course aimed to familiarize participants with the latest trends, technologies and good practices in the field of distance education. The aim is not only to impart knowledge, but also to inspire the implementation of modern solutions in everyday pedagogical work. During the three-day training, participants had the opportunity to participate in workshops, lectures and discussions with experienced practitioners and experts in the field of remote education.
Five participants on behalf of GeoCamp Iceland attended the meeting: Arnbjörn Ólafsson, Sigrún Svafa Ólafsdóttir, Magdalena Maria Poslednik, Skúli Freyr Brynjólfsson (Keilir Academy) and Tryggvi Thayer (University of Iceland).
The third TPM in the Erasmus+ funded project Upcycling, took place in Rotterdam 24 - 25 April 2023.
The project is led by Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark and aims to create educational material on how to generate less waste and create value-added products in a creative way. Arnbjörn Ólafsson and Magdalena Maria Poslednik took part in the meeting on behalf of GeoCamp Iceland.