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 LegoMindstormsev3 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 InternetofThings.
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 andEnergy Discovery Centre in
Apart from our partner school we visited
two more: Tamme Gymnasium and
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.
The 1sttransnational 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
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