A Selection from Practice
On this page we present a selection of the multitude of activities schools developed and deployed in the course of the 1st phase of The OPEDUCA Project. For privacy reasons most references are kept undisclosed, are however available on request by Partners.
Students of Sintjan College explored and designing a 'Mission to Mars', addressing challenges and discovering knowledge on Water, Air, Building and Energy (presented before Live Audience April 16th 2015).
The activity was a merger a various thematic learning lines through the OPEDUCA-instrument 'Flight for Knowledge'.
Supported by a group of excellent companies, Student Teams representing 12 schools in secondary presented their cases before a live-audience and Jury at the Business Lounge of the Parkstad Limburg Stadium. An activity which is an integral part of OPEDUCA BusinessClass.
Already during the try-out phase of OPEDUCA, students of Grotius College took hold of their Teachers' lunch-room in order to expand their team-work and reach out to regional Partners in Education.
Nothing goes in schooling when we don't re-invest in and structurally change the way we educate our next generation of teachers - an open door it seems, however we found ESD is practically not present in present Teacher Education.
Thanks to the drive and experience of Prof Garth Pickard from the Institute of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Communities (University of Regina, RCE Saskatchewan) we succeeded in bringing together young talents from this Canadian stronghold in Education with peers from the Teacher Education faculty at Fontys University of Applied Science in Sittard (Netherlands). Once the virtual bridge was created we enjoyed a meeting of minds and a sharing of attitude where it comes to Education for Sustainable Development that gives hope for the next generation of Teachers on their way.
Coming from the Arab World and now since a few years living and studying in the Netherlands, a group of students from EMMA College (Heerlen location) took the initiative to share their studies with peers in Qatar.
Guided by their teacher Agnes Gregoire, the students first did a general study on the world of water, using the OPEDUCA Flight for Knowledge approach to identify relevant sub-themes and go in an inquire based learning approach to further explore. Eventually the group found themselves fascinated by the aspect Drinking Water, especially where it comes to the influence of its use on the human body. Discovering different effects and further questions arising, they from there took up the bio-medical perspective.
The inquiry based learning process started with some brainstorming and desk research on the world of water, seeking out where further questions could be brought up, step by going into more detail. Categorising the whole field of knowledge in in aspects as Source, Use, Human Influence, etc. Information and answers were found on the street, from families, on the web.
The students presented their study to each other but also to the School Management.
Specific focus was found questioning the source, quality and taste of bottled water. After a visit of the regional drinking water plant gaining more insights and knowledge, the group found that, although Dutch water is of very good quality, drinking water does have different effects on people from different origins/regions.
One remarkable aspect that was found is that the students themselves, as well as their family, seem to lose more hair consuming Dutch drinking water since they came to live here. It seems their bio-systems responds quite differently to what the Dutch people are used.
The different effects of different qualities of drinking water on the human system is now what the students want to explore further with peers in the Arab world.