A Solar and wind energy in the Madeira Island?

In this activity the team of students had the presence and dynamism of the Engineer José Carlos Magro, Renewable Energy Specialist in insular areas. The objective of this activity was to know the perspective and knowledge that this expert had on the energy obtained through the sun and the wind, with more emphasis on the second.
Throughout this activity the students and the facilitator could debate ideas and clarify doubts. It was possible to conclude which areas of Madeira Island have a higher incidence / radiance of the sun for better use of solar energy. As well as the heights of the year in which the values are higher or lower. The participants came to these conclusions through the discussion, the analysis of data collected over the years, the analysis of graphs. All this information was provided by Eng. Carlos Magro. It was also possible to know and manipulate / experiment / test some of the instruments that are used to collect and process the data that were used.
The students also discovered the limitations of these energy sources, of the mistakes that have already been made on our island, in terms of the energy efficiency associated with these, of the importance and necessity of conducting studies / experiments to know the potentials / effectiveness / efficiency of the exploitation of a certain source of renewable energy in our Island, mainly due to our specificities.

Escola Básica e Secundária Gonçalves Zarco Field trip to IPMA

In the morning of 30/03/2019 teachers and students from Escola Básica e Secundária Gonçalves Zarco that work on this project, made a field trip to IPMA (The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere). This trip was important, in order to know learn about the work that is done in this institute, and also to see how some physical quantities are measured (like wind speed, its direction, intensity of solar radiation and the number of hours in which radiation arrives to the surface of the earth in Funchal).

At the end of the project, students will have to decide, based on scientific data available, which renewable energy devices are the most suitable to install in our school. The manager of the institute, Victor Prior, showed the building and the way the weather conditions are predicted, as well as devices used to measure data and the way they work. According to the institute predictions, this day would be rainy in the afternoon, which proved to be true later. Students asked some questions, related with their work and the climate. They found out that wind speed is low in Funchal and it doesn’t blow on a regular basis, which makes wind generators unsuitable for our island. They also took note of the software used to collect and process the collected data and concluded that they have not changed significantly in recent years. These data allowed students to discard the use of wind energy at school. The trip ended with the launch of a weather balloon and the explanation of the way it works and collects data related with temperature, humidity, pressure,… And they discussed the possible applications / uses of this data.

Open Science Schooling in Gironella

The students from IES Pere Fontdevila created some videos to demonstrate where you can find science in their region, Gironella. To get to this point, they visited several factories, and other working sites where they could record these videos.

Platon Schools visit to Gerovassiliou Winery

Our students while working on their Erasmus+ project “Open science schooling”, wanted to learn more about wine making, so we visited Gerovassiliou winery in Epanomi, Thessaloniki and learn about modern wine making techniques.

Gerovassiliou Estate aims to produce high-quality wines from grapes cultivated in the privately-owned vineyards which exhibit all the distinctive characteristics of the specific microclimate (terroir) of Epanomi. More than that the Estate houses a research department specialised on experimental vinifications from new vine varieties.

Platon Schools visits Chimar Chemics Company

On January 22 the OSS team from Platon Schools visited the premises of Chimar Hellas. CHIMAR provides state-of-the-art resin binder technology to industries all over the world.

Our students had the opportunity to by informed on safety issues before taking a tour on the company’s facilities and then they visited the Chemistry labs to see the company’s scientists work on producing special resin compounds. After the tour to the company’s facilities the students had a briefing from Chimar’s public relations spokesperson on STEM career opportunities and the company’s research unit.


While working on the main aims of our project, our Polish Partners started the investigation in Jata Reserve. The important task was to measure the local biodiversity richness and evaluate many ecological indices used in ecology e.g. body mass
index, abundance and weight. The final outcomes will be some scientific posters and papers.

link 1 (FILM):
link 2 (MEDIA): https://openscienceschooling.blogspot.com/2018/09/we-are-on-media_22.html
link 1 (PICS): https://photos.app.goo.gl/zacwH7qVT9iujxB2A

3rd Meeting

On November 2018 we had our 3rd meeting in Madeira. Students and Teachers had the opportunity to work in teams and present their first year’s experiences and then focus on challenges to address in the future. We all agreed that we need a strategic approach to making open science schooling a reality in school education.

The partnership had also to prepare status and plans until next transnational event, especially how we plan to work with the demanding phase 5 of our project. Finally we discussed project management and communication issues.


Our Polish partner participated in the ART COMPETITION entitled “Oak of Independence”, which takes place as part of the 20th Festival of Science and Arts in Siedlce 18-21.10.2018.

Students took also part in three workshops.

  1. Is it chemistry or art? Look at the crystal!
  2. Fun with chemistry!
  3. Technologies in the service of man!
    link 1: http://openscienceschooling.blogspot.com/2018/10/oak-of-independence.html
    link 2: http://openscienceschooling.blogspot.com/2018/10/festival-of-science-and-art-in-siedlce.html

Platon Schools visits Olympia Electronics

Platon Schools OSS team visited Olympia Electronics, the market leader in the Greek electronic safety and security industry. The students were informed on the development of innovative electronic safety and security systems by using state of the art technology. They were also able to discuss with the company’s engineers about technology applications in the fields of safety, security and emergency lighting manufacturing.

Science Festival In Warsaw

Our Polish partner took part in the laboratory workshops organised during the
Science Festival. Classes were held at the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Sciences, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. They covered three different issues, and each workshop lasted 90 minutes.

  1. Brain section workshops – the young people learned about the structure and functions of the brain, but also the exact structure of neurons. The most attractive part of the course was the opportunity to learn about the brain structure of a cow and a pig, both fresh and formally fixed.
  2. Heart section – the students learned about heart structure, as well as the blood circulation in the human body and the detailed structure of various muscle cells as microscopic slides.
  3. Daphnia, its biology, living environment – students were given detailed morphological structure and physiology, however, the most interesting stage of these classes was their vital observation of beating heart or even hearts, because we observed the “newborns” of the daphnia still in the breeding chamber.

link 1 (FILM & PICS):
link 2 (MEDIA): https://openscienceschooling.blogspot.com/2018/10/science-festival-on-media.html