Together in Environmental Solutions Learning Activities

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In  period from May 8 to 14, 2022, Kanepi Gümnaasium in Estonia hosted the fourth mobility within the Erasmus+ KA2 school partnership project "Together in Environmental Solutions Learning Activities" (TESLA).

On the first day of mobility in Estonia in the Erasmus+ KA2 project TESLA, the participants got to know  city  Tartu, the intellectual and cultural center of Estonia. They visited the oldest and most famous Estonian university and the AHHAA Science Center, which promotes science and technology using interactive exhibits.

On the second day of mobility, the participants tried walking in the wetlands of the Meenikunno Nature Reserve. They practiced team building practical skills on a 13 km long rafting trip. Through these activities, students learned about biological energy - energy connected to our body. Practical activities showed how much energy our body needs in everyday life, which factors influence it, which physical activities require energy.

On the third day of mobility, the participants got to know the Kanepi Gymnasium. A workshop on "ABC presentation skills" was held, after which students presented their presentations on the use of wood as a source of energy in their countries. They then received feedback on the presentation. The second workshop was "Energy sources and responsible use of energy." Possibilities and needs." Students and teachers of two Erasmus projects participated in the Estonian Erasmus evening. In addition to learning Estonian dance, international teams learned songs from the countries participating in the projects.

On the fourth day of the mobility, the participants visited the Estonian Mining Museum in the north of Estonia. The Kohtla mine was located in Ida-Virumaa, in the Kohtla-Järve region, which is a well-known mining area in Estonia. It is one of the oldest and longest-lived oil shale mines in Estonia. The mine operated until April 1, 2001, when it was closed. The current Estonian Mining Museum is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the region and offers an opportunity to explore underground kilometers of oil shale exploitation, learn about older and modern technology, oil shale production and energy.

This was followed by a safari in the open mines – an off-road trip to the former open-pit mine of oil shale, which today is half covered by forest and limestone fields. The road passes through ditches, forests and difficult terrain. Mountain peaks, artificial lakes and open canyons can be seen. During the trip, the participants heard interesting facts about energy and mining and discussed environmental issues.

On the last day of mobility, the participants visited Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, located in the Gulf of Finland. The city historically consists of three parts, two of which are UNESCO World Heritage. The main attractions are the Town Hall Square, the towers of the city walls, the Church of St. Olaf from the 14th century and the Russian Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Also interesting is the space built in 1980 on the occasion of holding part of the 22nd Olympic Games (sailing competition).

On the trip to Estonia, the Croatian team also visited Latvia, its capital Riga, which is located at the confluence of the Western Dvina River with the Baltic Sea. Riga is the largest city in the Baltic states. Old Riga is on the UNESCO World Heritage List because it has the largest number of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe.