Transnational Partners Meeting III, Portugal

On November 2018 we had our 3rd TPM in Madeira, Portugal. 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. During the meeting, the partners visited the Basic and Secondary School Gonçalves Zarco (Funchal); Noble Hall of Funchal City Hall and Multipurpose Hall of Porto Moniz City Hall. The purpose of this meeting was:

  • Evaluate the quality of the first part of the 12 months long Open Practice;
  • Identify possible weakness and obstacles and to reinforce the Open Practice in the last part of the phase;
  • Plan phase 6 and 7 in detail and create the first design of the 5 days mobility;

In relation to the first objective, the students from the different countries gave small presentations of the work they have done so far and what are the prospects for the future. The conclusions of the “OSS first year of evaluation” reports were worked on and analyzed.

In relation to the second objective, the conclusions of the “OSS first year of evaluation” reports were analyzed and discussed. Each partner presented the main obstacles in the development of the project in their school and what strategies they created to circumvent and / or overcome these same obstacles. These issues were discussed in such a way that all the partners had a better knowledge of the reality of each one, contributing to the strengthening of their connections. Strategies were shared / proposed to overcome the difficulties / limitations of each partner in the implementation of the project in their reality.

The pictures below are courtesy of the Goncalves Zarco, Madeira Portugal partners.

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With regard to the third objective of the meeting, the students presented how they intend to develop / implement the rest of the project until the next mobility. Furthermore, the students presented their proposals for the next 5-day mobility, taking into account:

  • Themes / content to be worked on
  • Expectations regarding its accomplishment
  • Difficulties / obstacles that may hinder or limit your work
  • Advantages of participating in mobility as well as in the project;
  • Proposals to improve their communications;
  • How to document all activities that will develop / participate;

The participation of the students has always been central in the project development, hence their involvement in the subjects that were discussed during the meeting. Students also participated in activities directed exclusively to them. The main purpose of these activities was to encourage the participants of the various countries to create greater empathy, to establish bonds of friendship and to develop communicative capacities.

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. The video below was prepared by our partners St. Konarskiego, Poland.