Together in Environmental Solutions Learning Activities

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The European Union has set an ambitious goal to increase the share of renewable energy sources from 8.5% in 2005 to 20% of the total energy consumption in the EU by 2020. This increase the share of renewable energy sources is a necessary contribution to the struggle with global climate change and a major step towards greater energy independence of the Union, which is also a very important long-term goal for the EU member states.

Because of the great influence of climate change on the individual, nation, country, world community and planet Earth, we understand how much emphasis should be placed on the great importance of the theme of the project. Climate change does not know the boundaries between continents and countries, between rich and poor, EU countries and countries outside the EU. The use of renewable energy sources is a key factor in security of supply and the fight against climate change. The project will stimulate the student's awareness of sustainable development through the use of renewable energy sources and conscientious energy use. It will also explore and familiarize the energy situation in the world, Europe and Croatia, provide an overview of energy resources, their use and their constraints.

Nikola Tesla was a citizen of the world. He actually marked the beginning of global electrification of the planet. He was a great ecologist, very concerned about the fact that people were spending too much on the resources of our planet. Tesla was a firm believer in green energy. He supported hydro, geothermal and solar power more than 100 years ago. His vision for wireless power is still a major engineering challenge.Therefore, we decided to dedicate the project to him, his life, work and inventions. It will be another way of linking the content of physics, energy, electrical engineering, business studies and ecology.

The aim of the project is to acquire skills and key competences using digital technologies and tools, and is planned to be achieved through the processing of environmental and renewable energy sources.

Through teaching and project activities students develop different types of functional literacy and build personal and European identity. This goal is to bring students closer to self-learning activities collect, choose and process data, think, conclude, discuss and present the most impressive way of teaching, take care of the time that you have to be interesting and compelling. Project activities can be carried out within the teaching of physics, energy, ecology, electrical engineering, foreign language, business studies and information technology.

Education and co-operation will be realized through the search and creation of films on power plants and renewable energy sources, the development and exchange of digital content through web 2.0 tools (quizzes, presentations, online games, brochures).
Through our transnational partnership, we will also cooperate with local associations and educational institutions.

With this project we want motivate students to access more difficult subjects (eg physics, electrical engineering, foreign language, STEM). We want to design new learning patterns to facilitate the learning process and reduce the dropout rate. Through the project we will show a practical link between some theoretical themes and reality, develop skills such as teamwork, adaptability, mental agility, problem solving. We will implement communication skills starting from the basic understanding of all partner languages; promote education-oriented, student oriented and relevant to everyday life-based education. By this project, we make the teaching of physics, science, electrical engineering, energy, business studies and foreign languages in secondary schools more accessible, more interesting and more applicable. We share our best practices, strengthening cooperation between high schools and institutions important for energy and ecology and exchange of good practice at European level. We expand the potentials of social networks (Facebook, Twitter) and platforms (eTwinning, Google apps) for teaching, sharing and learning.

General project results:

  • Implemented new teaching tools
  • improved computer and language skills of teachers and students
  • ability to argue the importance of renewable energy sources in the future
  • adopted key competences in environmental protection
  • adopted the importance of applying energy efficiency and sustainable development
  • consolidated cooperation between schools and local institutions
  • the established link between academic and social skills
  • analysis of project impact on students and teachers
  • learning and teaching methodologies, pedagogical approach
  • curriculum enriched with new activities
  • better student achievement
  • learning through practical examples of real life
  • students motivated to action
  • new experiences of work and access to work
  • cooperation with local and regional authorities
  • cooperation with associations and companies in the field of energy and environmental protection.

Targeted project results:

  • project logo and templates
  • the project website
  • cards, posters and promotional brochures
  • digital badges
  • video for presenting the project outcomes
  • photo exhibition of project (schools, institutions, online).

In this project we use information technology as a tool for research, learning and creation. Through multimedia tools and contemporary methods, students will explore the importance of energy in EU countries. They will explore the development of renewable energy sources in Europe, what the state of renewable energy sources is in the Croatia and partner countries.

We will use SELFIE – tool that help schools become effective in the pedagogical use of technology, equipping both teachers and pupils with the necessary skills to achieve in the digital society. Each school will analyze its state of digital competence for students and teachers and monitor changes.