4th Erasmus+ Meeting in Granadilla de Abona, February 2017
The 4th Erasmus+ Meeting was scheduled to take place in Mustafa Gürbüz Necat Bayel Anadolu Lisesi, in Gaziantep, Turkey, but because of the political situation in Turkey it was changed to IES Magallanes partner school in Granadilla de Abona, Tenerife, Spain.
The meeting took place between 13th and 17th February, and the Erasmus+ team was welcomed by the hospitable headteacher, teachers and students of IES Magallanes.
MONDAY 13th February
The guests visited the school, learnt about Spanish education system and listened to Spanish students’ artistic performance.
During workshops in the afternoon we watched presentations and films prepared for the project and learnt about Turkey and Turkish history and culture. Our Turkish partners prepared several presentations, quizzes and films about their country, the city of Gaziantep and their school. We learned important information about historic figures from Turkish history, geography and customs and habits. Turkish students recorded films presenting the city of Gaziantep, its history and most important sights, which made a great impressions on us.
To make us remember what we had seen better, we learnt to dance a traditional Turkish dance and sang a karaoke version of a Turkish song!– it was an unforgettable experience
TUESDAY 14th February
On that day we visited the city of La Laguna, where IAC – Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias is located. We were admitted into the institute, where we listened to information about its structure and its observatories- Izaña Observatory on the mountain of Teide (Tenerife) and Roque de los Muchachos on La Palma island. After that, Jorge, an engineer working for IAC gave us a tour of the institute and its workshops. We found out a lot of interesting information- for example how the observing instruments are made. He told us that more and more parts are being made by 3D printers now instead of by hand. Engineers from all over the world are employed by IAC.
Next, we visited the Museum of Science and Cosmos. This museum presents information on the Earth, The Solar System in a very accessible way. It also presents a lot of laws of physics by doing over 100 experiments. In the planetary we saw a film entitled “We Are Made of Stars” which explains the origins of the Universe and the origins of life on the Earth.
WEDNESDAY 15th February
This was a day of workshops in IES Magallanes. The main theme is astronomy. Students took part in astronomy quizzes and solved astronomical crossword puzzles. Everybody watched and gave grades to the projects. Polish team took 1st place – the students Arek and Jacob wrote and performed a song.
In the afternoon all teams visited the town and beaches of El Medano.
THURSDAY 16th February 2017
On this day we set off to the top of Teide volcano. We were extremely lucky, because on that day the weather was perfect for visiting the mountain and the observatory.
We went up the volcano, to the height of about 2 200 m. above the sea level. There we visited the national park that protects the area of the volcano, calderas and interesting rock formations. The park was listed as UNESCO Heritage in 2007.
At about 5 p.m. we entered Izaña Observatory. We were very lucky, as very few groups are accepted to visit this observatory for night observations. Our hosts gave us a tour around the observatory. They presented us the telescopes which worh there, showed us a model of the Solar system in scale and told us about their work and successes.
The next important point of the visit was a lecture on astrophysics. In a very understandable way, we saw how various object on the sky can be observed and examined thanks to the light various elements emit. After the lecture it was time to observe the shadow of Teide cast by the mountain, the view of Gran Canaria to the east and the sea of clouds to our north. It was magnificent!
After dark we observed the night sky, the constellations on the sky and the International Space Station that circled the Earth. Finally, we entered one of the telescopes and we observed the Galaxy M33, which is located in Crab Nebula, millions of light years away from the Earth! It was an unforgettable experience.
FRIDAY 17th February
On the last day of the visit we took part in workshops at school. The main topic of the workshops is the Moon and moons of the Solar System. We learned the facts and interesting stories about our natural satellite, and learned Romanian folk myths about the Moon and constellations. The Slovenian team prepared a presentation on one of the moons of the Jupiter- Europe.
To sum up the visit, all the students did a quiz about the partner countries and as the results showed, we had already learnt a lot about one another.
The meeting finished with distribution of certificates and final photos.