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SHORT-TERM EXCHANGES OF GROUPS OF PUPILS - FRANCE

4 - 8 February 2019

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Between 3-9 February, 2019 “Lycée Général et Technologique Jacques Prévert – Taverny”, France was the host for the last LTTA from “Thunderstorms and Thunderbolts in Teaching Strategies and Meteorology”, nr. 2017-1-RO01-KA219-037264.

The topic of the meeting was - “Understanding meteorology's different components: the structure of the atmosphere; the atmospheric disturbance; electromagnetic radiations; satellites and their applications”.

The programme was structured on five days and was coordinated by the French Team: Esma Can – English Teacher and the coordinator of the French team, Carine Gopaulen- Biology Teacher and Etienne Renoux – Maths Teacher.

Three days in the school, where debates, presentations and workshops took place.

Two days out of school – with thematic visits and field activities.

Day I: we made a presentation of the school, which included visits to the labs and classrooms. Later on we took part in a presentation on the French education system followed by a debate on this topic. A workshop followed in which pupils presented the experiments prepared beforehand, related to phenomena and processes which take place in nature (cloud formation, variation of air temperature and freezing point, variation of air pressure and formation of tornadoes). In the afternoon there was a presentation in the Taverny’s Mediatheque Auditorium, where, after the show presented by the French pupils each partner presented their school in front of the audience.

Day II: it debuted with a meeting with the town’s authorities; Ms. Mayor presented in the press conference the sustainable development strategy and their concerns regarding the reduction of the greenhouse gases, in order to reduce global warming and extreme weather phenomena. The day continued with a meeting with the school management where the area of Taverny was presented as an integral part of Greater Paris. In the afternoon we participated in a workshop on the topic of the vertical structure of the atmosphere and atmospheric disturbances.

Day III: included a trip to Paris on a well-established itinerary; the pupils had the following task: that during the day and in different places, on a meteorological observation sheet, together with the corresponding instructions/instruments, they should observe certain meteorological elements: the degree of cloudiness, wind direction, air temperature; based on the observations made, each team prepared an observation bulletin for the day. The visit to Paris included visits to famous sights: The Louvre Museum – where a treasure hunt was organised, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower.

Day IV: we went to Paris, to the Discovery Palace, to take part in the “Conference on Climate Change” where research was presented on climate variation ever since Precambrian to this day and also forecasts for the next 100 years were made (an optimistic and a pessimistic version); a debate and a workshop followed.

Day V: took part in the school. In the first part of the day we took part in the presentation/debate on the electromagnetic radiations and the use of satellites in meteorology, and in the second the teachers took part in a project meeting where certain aspects regarding the products and deadlines were established, problems and solutions were identified and during this time the pupils prepared PowerPoint presentations in mixed teams where they included all the activities they performed during the week.

The final assessment of these activities was aimed at the way in which they acquired the competences, skills and values intended. Thus, after answering the questionnaire, 75% of the pupils considered that the activities they took part in brought them very useful knowledge, whereas all pupils were delighted to have taken part in them. 75% of the respondents said the way the activities took place and were implemented as excellent.

The French team was happy to host this meeting in the project, to organise and coordinate these activities and to have experience exchanges which were extremely beneficial to all.

List of participants involved in the LTTA:

  1. Tomasz Dylkowski, Poland
  2. Julia Kałużny, Poland
  3. Malwina Szwej, Poland
  4. Julia Nowak, Poland
  5. Emília Costeira, Portugal
  6. Leonor Viana, Portugal
  7. Kaique Littig, Portugal
  8. Ângela Garcia, Portugal
  9. Duarte Bilro, Portugal
  10. Ramona Darie, Romania
  11. Ioan-Cristian Sandu, Romania
  12. Mircea-Constantin Bulgagiu, Romania
  13. Mary Ellen Ramasimanana, Slovenia
  14. Filip Arne Lozar, Slovenia
  15. Kaja Blažka Žnuderl, Slovenia
  16. Martina Kolbl, Slovenia
  17. Esma Can, France
  18. Carine Gopaulen, France
  19. Etienne Renoux, France
    Agenda:
  1. Welcoming meeting: presenting the French education system and the educational offer of the school; presenting the agenda.
  2. Debate about the educational sistems.
  3. Workshop followed in which pupils presented the experiments prepared beforehand, related to phenomena and processes which take place in nature
  4. Press conference the sustainable development strategy and their concerns regarding the reduction of the greenhouse gases, in order to reduce global warming and extreme weather phenomena
  5. “Conference on Climate Change” where research will be presented on climate variation ever since Precambrian to this day and also forecasts for the next 100 years.
  6. Evaluation of LTTA in France.
    Decisions:
  1. The transnational project meeting (the last one) will take place in Portugal between 13 and 15 May 2019.
  2. Setting the deadline for the rest of results that we have to finish.
  3. The LTTA assessed the aims for this meeting, 75% apreciated as an excellent experience that they would be happy to repeat again.