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SHORT-TERM EXCHANGES OF GROUPS OF PUPILS - PORTUGAL

5 - 9 March 2018

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The Portuguese Project Team organised the first transnational Short-term Exchange of Groups of Pupils, a Learning/Teaching/Training/Activities meeting, from 5 to 9 March 2018, in the Project “Thunderstorms and Thunderbolts in Teaching Strategies and Meteorology”, number 2017-1-RO01-KA219-037264, with the theme “The influence of the Western Winds on the weather and climate of Portugal”.

The meeting was attended by a Mathematics and Computer Science teacher (project coordinator) and two students from Romania, a Geography teacher and four students from Slovenia, an English teacher (project coordinator) and two students from Poland, and two teachers, French and Mathematics, and five students from France. Nine Portuguese teachers from various subjects of study (Geography, Natural Sciences, Arts, History, Portuguese and Mandarin), were also involved in the meeting organization and activities, as well as students from four secondary classes, from 10th and 11th grades, as a way of motivating and valuing their participation over the two years of the project.

The planning and organization of activities was done taking into account some of the limitations of the physical space of the host school, the material resources available in it and also to the impossibility of two of the teachers involved in the project, the History teacher and the English teacher that could not collaborate for personal reasons.

The thirteen students from partner schools were hosted by the Portuguese students’ families, to share their lifestyle, their culture and customs and their knowledge.

A five-day program of activities was developed and structured as it follows:

- Two days at school with activities developed in plenary to present the Portuguese education system and the main purpose of the meeting, to attend and participate in a workshop of Mandarim – Portuguese, to attend students’ homework presentations, to attended a non-formal learning/experimental activity about a Kitesurf Odyssey and to make presentations/videos of the activities carried out;

- Three days out of school to attend and participate in practical field activities such as in Gago Coutinho Aerological Station and meet some IPMA meteorology and climatology specialists, to attend and participate in thematic trips such as the visit to the Vale de Galegos wind farm, Peniche seashore, Cabo da Roca and the Navy Museum in Lisbon.

On the first day, in order to meet each other, the Portuguese coordinator presented the education system in Portugal, the educational offer of the host school and the main purpose of the meeting. In order to develop communication skills in English and allowing the development of interpersonal relationships among participants, it was organized the workshop "Nihao/Olá": Mandarin - Portuguese. This activity allowed introducing the socio-demographic and multicultural reality that characterizes the educational community where the host school is located. Also in this context, the students’ homework presentations allowed participants to know better some elements of the History and Geography of all the countries involved in the project.

In the second day, in order to study the origin and influence of the western winds in the Portuguese weather particularities as well as in the climatic characteristics of Portugal, Lisbon region in particular, we visited the Gago Coutinho Aerological Weather Station and the IPMA (Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere) in Lisbon. During these visits we attended the practical session “Weather instruments” where we were presented with both traditional and modern instruments which are used in the reading of various parameters of certain climatic elements: temperature, humidity, precipitation, atmospheric pressure, wind and solar radiation. We also witnessed the daily launch of the meteorological balloon and got information regarding the radiosonde, reading and transmitting the information to the IPMA control center. The monitoring center of the IPMA allowed us to observe all the modern technology involved in meteorology studies, the weather forecast, the maritime and aeronautic meteorology, and their ability to forecast the occurrence of weather phenomena and weather warnings. Finally, to improve our knowledge on the climatic characteristics of Portugal, we attended the session “Climate of Continental Portugal: Variability and Climate Changes” given by the meteorologist of the IPMA Vanda Pires.

On the third day we went on a thematic trip to the western region, north of Lisbon, considered one of the windiest regions of the western coast of Portugal and with high potential for wind power. We visited “Vale de Galegos Wind farm”, one of the many wind farms of this region, with 13 wind turbines. We learnt how a wind farm works, how wind energy is produced through the wind turbines and how it is launched in the public electricity grid. The importance of renewable energies in Portugal and the increase of the contribution of wind power to electricity production was still one of the topics addressed in this visit. We were even given the opportunity to visit the inside of a wind turbine. This thematic visit also allowed us to observe the great variety of the landscapes of this region and also some coastal landforms, resulting from the joint action of the sea and the rippling caused by the dominant west winds: Peniche harbour, a small fishing town located on a tombolo, and its shoreline protection, Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe and the sand beach of Guincho with its dunes. Unfortunately, due to bad weather it was not possible to visit the “Dune of Cresmina” Interpretation Center neither Cascais, the European Youth City 2018.

On the fourth day we went to Belém, in Lisbon, where the Portuguese Discoveries started, the set of achievements accomplished by the Portuguese voyages and maritime explorations over the XV and XVI centuries, which contributed to the knowledge of the winds, currents and Earth's climate, and were responsible for important advances in nautical technology and science, cartography and astronomy. To discover Portugal's seafaring heritage we paid a visit to Lisbon´s Navy Museum. On the afternoon students prepared their final presentation of LTTA in Portugal, in a Flash Activity - compilation of photos and videos of all the activities carried out during the LTTA; these results were presented to all participants at the Festive dinner in the evening. On the same day took place a meeting of coordinators and of the participating teachers where the activities carried out so far were reviewed, aspects related to the elaboration of “The atlas of the instruments of measurement and control” were discussed, in particular the division of tasks between the partner countries and some activities were planned for the next LTTA in Slovenia.

On the fifth and last day the participants were able to attend a non-formal presentation about extreme water sports, “Kitesurf” by the Portuguese kitesurfer and world record holder for the longest distance kitesurfing without stopping, Francisco Lufinha.

The final evaluation of the mobility was completed with the fulfillment of the assessment questionnaires prepared by the Portuguese team: 72% of the participants considered this LTTA extremely relevant to their knowledge, and improved their academic work very much; 100% of the participants considered extremely likely to participate again in an activity such as this one, if they can; 78% of the participants considered the organization and implementation of this LTTA as excellent, the remaining 22% were very satisfied.

The Portuguese team was very satisfied with the results obtained, it was a pleasure to organize and receive our partners in this project, the sharing and exchange of experiences enriched the knowledge and the culture of all those involved, teachers and students.

List of participants involved in the LTTA:

  1. Dragos-Mihai Dulhan, Romania
  2. Radu Deleanu, Romania
  3. Martina Kolb, Slovenia
  4. Blazka Kaja Znuderi, Slovenia
  5. Arne Filip Lozar, Slovenia
  6. Vid Persak, Slovenia
  7. Agata Cholewa, Poland
  8. Kamil Kita, Poland
  9. Pauline Hazard, France
  10. Camille Coste, France
  11. Olivia Carvalho, France
  12. Juliette Boisseau, France
  13. Thea Lachaussee, France
  14. Anja Sovič, Slovenia.
  15. Etienne Renoux, France.
  16. Marine Robini, France.
  17. Ramona Darie, Romania.
  18. Tomasz Dylkowski, Poland.
  19. Emília Costeira, Portugal.
  20. Ana Romão, Portugal.
  21. Dora Ponte, Portugal.
  22. Eveline Monteiro, Portugal.
  23. He Hongyang, Portugal.
  24. Isabel Marques, Portugal.
  25. Maria Alzira Gonçalves, Portugal.
  26. Maria Elisabete Garcia, Portugal.
    Agenda:
  1. Welcoming meeting: presenting the Portuguese education system and the educational offer of the school; presenting the agenda.
  2. Workshop “ Nihao/Olá” Mandarim – Portuguese; Students’ presentations.
  3. Visit to the IPMA (Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere) in Lisbon.
  4. Visit to the Oeste (west) Region: Vale de Galegos Wind farm, Fortress of Peniche, Cabo da Roca, Guincho beach, “Cresmina Dune” Interpretation Center and Cascais.
  5. Visit to the Navy Museum, Jerónimos Monastery and Monument to the Discoveries in Belém, Lisboa.
  6. Coordinators’ Meeting.
  7. Non-formal presentation “Kitesurf” by Francisco Lufinha School Tour.
  8. Mobility evaluation session.
    Decisions:
  1. The meeting LTTA in Poland will take place between 15 and 19 October 2018.
  2. Setting a new deadline for compilation and conclusion of activity no4, “The atlas of the instruments of measurement and control” and the layout of this document. It was decided that Portugal will work in the area of Meteorology, France will work in the area of Hydrology, Poland will work in the area of Geomorphology, Romania will work in the area of Geology and Slovenia will work in the area of Topography and Cartography.
  3. Since Portugal is responsible for two consecutive activities, no4 “The atlas of the instruments of measurement and control” and no5 “Dictionary of geographical terms, with focus on Meteorology” it was decided to rearrange the dates for activity no5. This activity will be reviewed at the meeting in Slovenia in May.