The 1st CiELO LTTA “Elevator Pitch Champions’ Exchange” took place in Zagreb, from 16 to 20 May 2022

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In the school year 2021-2022 the students made CiELO ‘Elevator Pitch’ videos in which they explained what sustainability and circular economy mean to them and what they and their families do to help contribute to reducing and recycling waste, saving energy and protecting the environment. A jury of experts plus student voting selected 8 best works from each school. This was followed by a period of e-learning on the CiELO platform about pollution and remediation of soil and water. Students then shared and deepened the information they gathered in the ‘flipped classroom’ activity. They participated in round table discussions and prepared presentations and  TedTalks to present questions and solutions to problems addressed by the project.

 

Finally, on 16 May, V. gimnazija welcomed in person the students and teachers from partner schools, Domeikava Gymnasium from Kaunas, Lithuania, Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale ‘Guido Donegani’ from Crotone, Italy, and Liceul Teoretic ‘Sfantu Nicolae’ Gheorgeni from Romania as well as partners from FEEM, CivicaMente and the Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering Faculty.

 

During our 5-day activities students debated on 3 important topics: Meeting sustainability implies losing nations’ cultural identity’, ‘Is water pollution the biggest threat to humankind?’, andIs waste a problem or a resource?’. After doing research and having the debates, 34 students, working in international teams, processed their findings and created videos, interviews and reports to document their work.

 

Part of the research and documentation process was visiting different institutions and sites of importance for the protection of water and soil in Zagreb, such as the laboratories of the Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering Faculty, the workshops of the Faculty of Agriculture at their Fascination with Plants’ Day, and also the Technical Museum. The students and their mentors visited Zagreb’s Wastewater Treatment Plant and actively took part in the water analysis workshop at V. gimnazija: Chemical determination of household water pollutants.

 

On the last day, our group of fifty went to the medieval Zrinski Mine and Nature Park Medvednica. We said goodbye to each other and how much we enjoyed working together at the open air concert of V. gimnazija students’ choir, until our next Learning-Teaching-Training-Activity in Lithuania in 2023.

 

Prepared by Sanja Vrhovec Vučemilović

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FEEM - Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), founded in 1989, is a non-profit international research center and a think-tank producing high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary and scientifically sound research on sustainable development.

University of Zagreb - Faculty of Mining Geology and Petroleum Engineering

Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering is a higher educational institution within the University of Zagreb. The Faculty organizes and conducts academic studies while engaging in the scientific work in the domain of engineering sciences.

Civicamente Srl

Digital education company, specialized in the development of Meet & Learn platforms and in the production of digital teaching tools, with a proprietary methodological approach inspired to CSSC learning.

Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale "Guido Donegani"

The Institute offers a complex training program consisting of three different branches of the Technical Institute in the “Technological” sector: Chemistry, Materials and Biotechnology, Electronics, and Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and Telecommunications. The school counts over 800 students.

V. Gimnazija of Zagreb

V. Gimnazija (Vth Gymnasium), established in 1938 in Zagreb, Croatia, is a comprehensive secondary (high) school with special focus on natural sciences and mathematics. Its main goal is to prepare students for further education at university. Currently attending the school are 720 students, enrolled in a 4-year curriculum consisting of 14 subjects per year.

Liceul Teoretic “Sfantu Nicolae” Gheorgheni

Liceul Teoretic “Sfantu Nicolae” Gheorgheni is a theoretical high school, founded in 1995, located in a small town in Transylvania, Romania’s heartland.

The school provides good learning conditions for its 300 students studying Maths, Science and Arts. Our high school quality of teaching and prestige in our town and region are ensured by the effective work of qualified teachers, new and innovative teaching methods, student enthusiasm, projects and extracurricular activities. Many of our graduates get into universities or continue their education.

Domeikava gymnasium

Domeikava gymnasium is situated on the outskirts of Kaunas, the second largest city of Lithuania. The school‘s history started 100 years ago, when in 1920 the first primary school in the territory of Domeikava was opened.
Our vision is a modern, learning, open for changes and challenges, cherishing traditions and values community. Our goal is to provide conditions for pupils‘successful personal development, foster and disseminate ethno-cultural values and a successful life in the community. Since 2004 gymnasium has been an active participant of EU funded projects.