We can bee friendlier to the nature Erasmus Project

General information for the We can bee friendlier to the nature Erasmus Project

We can bee friendlier to the nature  Erasmus Project
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Project Title

We can bee friendlier to the nature

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : Strategic Partnerships for Schools Only

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2017

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses; Entrepreneurial learning – entrepreneurship education; Environment and climate change

Project Summary

We are looking back at two years with Erasmus + – this is how it went!
Four years ago the Stadtteilschule Rissen (GE) started a project in which students set up and run their own companies called “Start-Ups“. One of the start-ups deals with ecological agriculture and made experiences with beekeeping as well as the maintenance of an orchard meadow. Biotehniška šola Maribor (SLO) is a vocational school with a professional focus on agriculture. Hence the school provides knowledge in the field of vineyards, the production of pumpkin seed oil as well as the creation and maintenance of raised flower beds.
With the help of personal contacts the schools connected and started to communicate in order to create collaboration in the field of horticultural or agricultural purposes. During the first conversations both schools assessed the possibilities to collaborate regarding specific regional crop plants. It was discussed whether the climate change made a cultivation of oil pumpkins and vine could possible for the region of Hamburg. Furthermore both schools showed a high interest in beekeeping.
Hence the student research project “We can bee friendlier to the nature“ was initiated. This project enables the pupils to examine
1. if the current climatic conditions allow the cultivation of the same crop plants in both countries and
2. if there are agricultural ways which can ensure the survival of the honey bee.
Our main goal was to foster the student’s consciousness for an ecological and a climate friendly approach to nature by teaching key competences and basic, high qualified skills.
The Start-up from Rissen consisted of 18 students at the beginning. Those students participated in the first trip to Maribor in June 2018. Within this group were several students with special educational needs. Because the first trip was mandatory to the students, there were some conflicts within the week of our stay. This is amongst other reasons the cause why we opened up the project to the whole year 9 a year later. It resulted in a highly motivated, new group of 16 students of whom some also required special educational needs. The group from Maribor started with 16 students, some of whom required special educational needs as well, and remained the same except for some minor changes.
As already mentioned there some obstacles we had to face. Most difficult was the change in staff at the coordinating school, the STS Rissen. This was most visible in the topics of the project since the teacher who left took the expertise in beekeeping and ecological agriculture with him. Luckily we profited from opening the project for the whole year nine. The other start-ups from STS Rissen brought new skills and topics to the table so we enlarged the scale of our project within sensible borders. The main objects that we mentioned above were kept.
Overall we did four exchanges of which two took part in each Maribor and Hamburg, Rissen. During these stays we could benefit from each other’s competences and skills a lot. We are happy to have completed the project successfully – we grew with our tasks!
The results and products of our project are diverse. First of all, we planted the same crops in Maribor and Hamburg and monitored them closely. To ensure the health of the honey bees, we build two raised beds with flowers and herbs that bees need and like – this was a lot of work! Overall, the students acquired many agricultural skills, like cutting trees, for example. Further, we manufactured regional products like honey or marmalade for which we harvested the ingredients ourselves. Additionally we made the byproducts like candles from bee wax or other products like eatable spoons. Last but definitely not least, we kept an online blog about all our activities and results, which can be seen as a product of its own.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 59780 Eur

Project Coordinator

Stadtteilschule Rissen & Country: DE

Project Partners

  • BIOTEHNISKA SOLA MARIBOR