Erasmus + 2nd transnational learning and training meeting- Tartu, Estonia

The 2nd transnational learning and training meeting took place in Estonia from 5th to 12th May 2018. Five students from the robotics team of our school accompanied by three teachers travelled to Europe’s most digitally advanced country. It is also a country with a very fruitful educational system. Estonia holds the 3rd place in PISA ranking, which is an international programme for the evaluation of students conducted every three years. In fact Estonia is higher than Finland, which appears in the 5th place.

Our students were taught from the Estonian friends about how to use robotics in various subjects (music, geography, maths) and how to even use robotics outside the school classroom: during a trip by the lake, in nature! From our part we taught the Estonians how to programme robots in the Lego Mindstorms ev3 platform.

We visited Tartu University, dating back to 1632, and we got informed about the technological developments and achievements of students and researchers in the field of Internet of Things. Another interesting visit was the one in the Centre for Biorobotics. We saw robots inspired from animals not only in terms of appearance but also of functionality. They look like fish or turtles and they are used in the study of natural phenomena lik whirlpools, in the exploration of the sea bed as well as shipwrecks. We played and we experimented in Science Centre AHHAA located in Tartu and   Energy Discovery Centre in Tallinn.

Apart from our partner school we visited two more: Tamme Gymnasium and  Lähte Gümnaasium where we created electrical circuits and printed 3d objects. Last but not least we toured Tartu, Estonia’s cultural centre, and Tallinn, the capital, whose Old Town is one of the best preserved in Europe and therefore is protected as part of our heritage by UNESCO.

This proved a lifetime experience for our students: they came back full of knowledge on robots, knowledge on a different culture, with broader horizons and stronger bonds of friendship with their Estonian friends. What really struck them was how peaceful life in Estonia is: everything seems to work perfectly, in order, in a clean and tidy school which is fully equipped.

Erasmus + 1st transnational learning and training meeting- Las Palmas, Spain

The 1st  transnational learning and training meeting took place in Spain from 10th to 17th December 2017. Five students from the robotics team of our school travelled to Canary Islands just before Christmas carrying bathing suits and flip flops in their luggage! And this was not only because of the good weather: they were going to construct and check  ROVS (Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles). The Spanish students shared their knowledge in submarines with the Greeks and the Estonians. The project consisted of three parts: construction of ROV, construction of the remote control using arduino and finally programming arduino using C as the programming language.

We had the opportunity to visit Innovation Space  and PLOCAN ( the Canary Islands’ ocean platform, a floating laboratory aiming at developing advanced marine technology). We talked with scientists and we saw robots who work in the Atlantic, crossing it autonomously, collecting and transmitting data.We strolled in the new and the old part of Las Palmas, we visited Maspalomas, a museum of technology and also  Puerto de Mogan. A very big surprise awaited us there: we boarded a tourist submarine. For 45 minutes we travelled beneath th

Our students stayed with Spanish families which made sure they had everything they needed. They surrounded them with love and tried to satisfy all their needs.

Before going to Las Palmas, we had to stay a night in Berlin so we grabbed the chance to do some sightseeing there too. We wandered around Christmas open markets and Brandenburgh Gate

Through Robotics and Collaboration to the Successful Citizens of the 21st century

Proto Gymnasio Komotinis materializes its first Erasmus+ programme, Key Action 2 “Cooperation for the exchange of good practices” with the title «Through Robotics and Collaboration to the Successful Citizens of the 21st century”. The basic aim of the programme is the exchange of good practices in using educational robotics among the cooperating schools. Apart from Proto Gymnasio, two more schools take part in this programme: IES Schaman from Las Palmas in Spain and Kõrveküla Põhikool from Tartu County in Estonia.

School year 2017-18 was the first year of this two-year programme and involved three transnational coordinators’ meetings and two transnational learning and training meetings which enabled students to travel.