Aquaponics New Novelty in Education ERASMUS+ KA2 project is over.
Almost 80 participants coming from the partner countries: Greece, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom and The Netherlands have held the last meeting in Molina de Segura – Spain from 29th November to 2nd December.
This meeting had as main goal to disseminate and show the products reached with the project.
A very interesting program was developed during two intense days full of motivating activities as:
Good practices Market
Every partner had a stand with examples of which he/she is proud of to show the other participants.
On every table there were challenge to be done by all. E.g. a question, a calculation or a proposition related to good practises to be answered or discussed.
Three workshops were developed
- Arduino by Panos Karnoutsos – Greece
- Promotion movie made by Coert van Opstal and and the results of organised masterclasses by students of InHolland
- About a company in the Netherlands which works on a commercial base with trout and lettuces by mr. Jos Hakkennes Duurzame Kost – Eindhoven.
- Fish processing company
- Vegetables production company
Interactive closing session prepared by all participants present at the previous meeting in Oradea, Romania.
The pictures displayed on this post show some moments of this fantastic meeting.
The members of LOASA, Learning Outcomes in Accordance with the Skills Agenda (ERASMUS+ KA2 project), has held the third partner meeting from 5 to 9 of November.
The Educational Centre For Agriculture in Aarhus has been de venue of this meeting for 17 participants representing 5 EUROPEA educational institutions and 5 companies.
- Green Academy Aarhus – DK
- Integrated Centre for Agricultural Education and Training (CIFEA) – ES
- Sastamala Municipal Education and Training Consortium (SASKY) – FI
- YA Vocational College of Ostrobothnia – FI
- Wellantcollege – NL
- AB Kirketoft landscaping and gardening company – DK
- National Technological Center for Food and Preservation (CTC) – ES
- ProAgria, association of agriculture and horticulture – FI
- Kauppi Dairy Farm – FI
- Van Senten Groenprojecten gardening company – NL
The hostesses Ms Karolina Sikala (International Coordinator) and Ms Mette Christensen (professor) have made a fantastic job preparing everything in order that the attendants feel at home right away so all could concentrate on discussing all the important topics programmed for this meeting.
Guided and tutored by Mr Adré Huigens, ECVET expert from Netherlands, the participants have work intensively during three whole days on the topics listed below in order to achieve the main goals pursued with this project.
- Recognition, Validation and Certification of learning outcomes
- Learning AT de company vs Learning IN the company
- Working with EQF levels
- ECVET principles
- Units of Learning Outcomes
- Assessment Methodology
- Assessors Training
- Recommendations for adjustments and optimization based on the results of the first pilot tests.
In order to experiment the framework and the units of learning outcomes in real life, the partners started pilots with students before the meeting. More pilots (some of them already in process) are scheduled for the coming months in the partners’ countries.
The participants also discussed about the expected impacts and disseminations activities that should be organised and carried out by every partner.
From 27th to 30th of last September, representatives of EUROPEA schools from five different countries: ES(3), HE(1 company), NL(2), RO(3), PT(1), SL(1) and UK(1) have held the 3rd meeting with two main goals: firstly sharing the activities that each partner have done in order to disseminate Aquaponics system as an innovative method to produce plants and fish in a combined way saving space, water and agricultural inputs, so assuring food production and environmental sustainability. On the other hand, prepare the Final Meeting which will be held in Molina de Segura – Spain from 29th of November to 2nd of December 2017.
Listed below we can see some of the most remarkable disseminations activities carried out by each partner, which were presented in Oradea:
- Presentations in congresses, fairs and big exhibitions like in Rotterdam, Yorkshire, Oporto and also in countries out of Europe like Paraguay, Guinea Bissau, Brazil, etc.
- Participation in fairs and exhibition with foreigners coming even from India and China,
- Some ANNIE partners have built aquaponics systems for learning purposes addressed not only to students but also to farmers.
- Publishing in agricultural scientific magazines.
- Introduction of aquaponics production systems in the learning curricula of some schools.
- In some partner schools, students are carrying out projects or even masters in aquaponics production.
- Dissemination in mass media, social media and web.
Next step in ANNIE is prepare the Final Meeting in which partners will show the product got and the attained goals with this project. Around 70 participants coming from abroad are expected, what together with the Spanish participants will make that almost one hundred people can be gathered in Molina de Segura from 29th Nov to 2nd Dec to hold the big Aquaponics Show.
The astonishing municipality of Maienfeld in the Landquart Region in the Swiss canton of Graubünden has been the seat of the 16th European Forestry Skill Championship held from 25 to 28 May.
Mainfield is a tourist destination in the Alps, both because of the local wine and because it was the setting of the Heidi story (a cartoon TV serie).
Below, a photo of the three first classified teams and the competition results summary.
The “Colegiul Silvic Transilvania” in Nasaud was the seat of The Romania National Forestry Skills Championship held from 8 to 12 of May 2017.
Six forestry schools coming from different parts of Romania took part in this event.
The competition resulted very interesting and the teams were very eager to win.
The context consisted in two sections:
- Forestry course with 16 tasks as:
- the age of the tree,
- the height of the tree above the ground,
- basal area,
- m²/ hectare,
- slope of terrain in %,
- mean diameter,
- size of the area,
- volume of the standing tree,
- volume of the saw log,
- total growing stock,
- determining tree species,
- determining kinds of wood with bark,
- determining animals,
- diseases and pests,
- first aid in the forest and adventure.
The forestry track had 3 km length in the Oriental Carpathians Mountains at 1200 m above sea level.
- Next days was dedicated to performing the technical disciplines with chainsaw as:
- tree felling,
- fitting another chain,
- bucking by combined cuts,
- precision bucking
- and the last and most spectacular was limbing.
The quality of competitors is increasing year by year but with a lot of training behind.
The winner was “Colegiul Silvic Transilvania”, also winning the right to participate in the EUROPEA Forestry Championship held in Maienfeld, Switzerland two weeks later, from 25 to 28 May.
Below, you have links to EUROPEA – Romania website where you’ll find pictures about several moments of competition.