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.