Together in Environmental Solutions Learning Activities

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Marina Mirković, coordinator of TESLA project, participated in the 44th International Hybrid scientific-professional and technological conference on Information, communication and electronic technology MIPRO 2021, which was held from September 27 to October 1, 2021 in Opatija (Croatia). She presented the work "Treasury of creative international cooperation in Erasmus projects of school partnership" at the conference "Computers in Education" held on 28 September as part of the MIPRO 2021 conference.

The work of the conference held through fifteen scientific and professional conferences, through educational seminars, workshops, round tables with current technological topics, invited lectures and presentations, an exhibition of ICT products, technologies and services, and through meetings project teams and clusters. Thanks to thousand participants from about thirty countries from all continents with more than 350 accepted papers, its rich contents and their topicality, the MIPRO gathering is a central gathering place for experts from the economy, industry, science, education, management, state administration and local self-government. Its synergistic role significantly contributes to its great technological and social influence, which is recognized not only in Croatia, but also in the world. MIPRO is recognized as a unique gathering in terms of concept and quality, which belongs to a small group of the most important and influential international gatherings in Southeast Europe and the Mediterranean. The Technical School in Požega participates in two Erasmus + KA2 school partnership projects: "Together in Environmental Solutions Learning Activities" (TESLA) and "With the Skills of the Future for a Successful Job and Life" (SKILLS). The paper presents the objectives of the project and describes a number of activities. The TESLA project raises students' awareness of sustainable development through the use of renewable energy sources and the conscientious use of energy. It strengthens the cooperation of secondary schools and institutions important for energy and ecology, as well as the exchange of good practice at the European level. The SKILLS project enables students to develop original solutions and ideas. The qualities that students will acquire overlap with the abilities required by the business world.

The projects enable the school to collaborate with partner schools from six European countries (Austria, Estonia, Romania, Italy, Turkey, Slovenia) through student and teacher mobility and online activities through eTwinning projects. The partners design workshops with the application of creative methods and techniques of teaching and learning with interesting activities for students but also education for teachers. Digital technologies and tools help to acquire skills and key competencies. International collaboration helps schools improve the experience of teaching students skills that will help them in education, work, and society. Project activities stimulate students' imagination, creativity, finding new solutions while learning about themselves, others and the environment. Working on an international project is a challenge and an opportunity for selfrealization of personal competencies of students and teachers. Motivation is at a high level and a new dimension of connection between participants, teams of students and teachers has been created. Through relaxed, well-developed activities, professors and their students met new colleagues and gained new knowledge and friendships. Today's students are the leaders of the future. Occupations in the STEM field are developing the fastest, and often have the greatest potential for job growth in the 21st century. Building a solid STEM foundation through a well-designed curriculum is the best way for students to study math, science, and technology with interest throughout their education. Project activities encourage students to develop and improve every aspect of their communication skills in personal and professional life. Students must possess the ability to collaborate seamlessly in physical and virtual space, with real and virtual partners globally. Connection and cooperation with others is important not only for their learning but also for mental and emotional health.