Five teachers from Narvik Upper-Secondary School, Maria Häger Thoresen, Jean Manirakiza, Irene Evenrud, Bodil Wang and Marit Edvardsen, came to Narva Language Lyceum for the final meeting within the project. The aim of the meeting was to present the project outcomes and materials at the final conference on the topic of “Exciting science for sustainable development” where more than 40 teachers and students from Narva schools participated. The conference consisted of two parts: the presentation of the project outcomes and materials and group work where conference participants discussed and worked out possible solutions for more successful implementation aspects of sustainable development for pupils of upper-secondary schools. All the materials of the conference were sent to the participants in order to be used in as many schools as possible. One more day of the meeting was devoted to making conclusions and a sustainability plan of the project.
From 9 to 13 November another group of project participants visited Narvik Upper-Secondary School. The visit was aimed at the workshop on exciting science with the teachers of both schools and invited experts. The people involved into the workshop finalised the materials, discussed the final version of the project website, made final corrections of the tasks according to results of the test. Consultations with experts from other schools and higher educational institutions also helped to finalise the project materials.
From 14 to 19 September the project team visited Narvik Upper-Secondary School. Throughout these days Norwegian students and teachers from both countries were testing the new set of project tasks. The team visited Polar Park to attend the lecture and complete the activities in Biology. The next day there was a geology hiking tour from Katterat to Rombak where students carried out the exercises in Geography. We observed classes in Physics and Chemistry. There was a presentation of Biology activity with local teachers and an excursion on foot around Jakla area where students of Narvik Upper-Seconday School usually do tasks in Science. Following these activities there was a presentation of a student excursion report. As a result of the meeting we summarised and evaluated the activities and developed the outcome of our visit.
Due to certain circumstances at Malakoff school they could not continue the participation in the project. Thus, there has occurred the change of Norwegian partner. We are happy to present you our new partner – Narvik Upper-Secondary School. We are really grateful for the support they have provided and we could establish a reliable partnership.
Our first meeting took place at our school from 27 April to 1 May 2015. The main objective of it was to test the materials which were prepared in advance. So, science teachers from Narvik school and from our school went to Lahemaa National Park with 10 year students who completed the tasks in Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Geography. Then, the project group investigated the area and visited Iisaku Nature Centre in order to get acquainted with local environment. Finally, we had several meetings aimed at the corrections of the tasks according to results of the testing in Lahemaa National Park, exchanging ideas about the project website and discussing tasks format and steps for the next meeting.
On December 1-5 the project group of teachers from Narva School of Humanities visited the upper-secondary school of Malakoff in Norway. We had a greeting meeting with our partners. The participants were the teachers of Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Physics from both schools. The aim of the meeting was to get acquainted with Norwegian curriculum of teaching Science at the target level. During these days we had several meetings with the coordinator from Norwegian side, analysed our own training materials visited Chemistry and Physics lessons, discussed the format and requirements, studied the learning materials at school library and explored the nature of the region where the project tasks are to be tested. Moreover, we were searching the literature and Internet resources for fresh inspiring ideas as well as prepared the first set of tasks. Here are some pictures of our cooperation work.