@Bcreative : proyecto #ErasmusPlus del IES Cruz Santa #CanariasPlus

La creatividad como principio rector en el proceso de aprendizaje. Ese es el motor del proyecto que el IES Cruz Santa lleva desarrollando con centros de Alemania, Irlanda, República Checa y Holanda desde el 2017, y se encuentra en su último año. El proyecto lleva por título BCreative. Durante la semana del 4 al 8 de febrero del presente año desarrollaron la penúltima movilidad. En ella acometieron el reto de diseñar un  circuito de “freerunning” de forma cooperativa entre todos los socios. El centro nos cuenta cómo fue y qué conclusiones se obtuvieron.

 

ERASMUS+ BCREATIVE

Mobility to The Netherlands

IES CRUZ SANTA

4-8 FEBRUARY 2019

“PROJECT ADVENTURE”

The mobility to The Netherlands was started by headmaster Anne Leijenaar who opened the project week with a word of welcome. After this, the students were given a small introduction about the general idea of the project. Then it was time to go to the gym. Here, students and teachers participated in games, inspired by the principles of ‘project adventure’. They include ice-breakers and get-to-know-you games, warm-ups and energisers, trust exercises and group problem-solving activities. It challenges students to work co-operatively, challenge themselves in a supportive environment, improve self-esteem and learn creative approaches to problem-solving.

At the end of the morning, the group continued its way to the city council. Alderman Wiemer Haagsma welcomed the students and told them interesting (cultural and agricultural) facts about life in the Noordoostpolder. Social worker Wytse Wierda from Carrefour explained that the local skatepark had moved to a new location. However, while still very popular amongst young people, a new freerun course has not yet been re-built. The city council is willing to seriously look into new ideas for a new freerunning course. This provides our international group of students with an assignment: ‘Design a new, challenging freerun parkour course that meets legal requirements and other criteria.’

During this whole week, students will work in mixed groups. Inevitably, this will improve and develop their collaboration skills, creative skills, English fluency and many more. Students will experience freerunning themselves, do research (e.g. checking and measuring the appointed location), make sketches and create a scale-models. All of this will result in group presentations for local aldermen, two sportsmen from Freerun Academy and other professionals in the field.

The Dutch Emelwerda College offers their students the option to choose for a course called ‘Technasium’. In this course, students work in groups and for real clients. During this project week, students will work according to the principles of Technasium. This approach is very different from traditional learning. There is much freedom within projects and teachers are there to coach and correct only if necessary. Students can use laptops, iPads, drawings materials, machinery and a 3D printer.

They also had the opportunity to try ice skating, for some their first time, and have fun together, another important aspect of socialization that helps to continue working together and develop the project in a positive way.

Technasium is a stream in the secondary educational system of the Netherlands. It can be chosen by VWO and HAVO students. Scientific subjects form the basis of this teaching method. It can be compared to grammar school, which includes the subjects Latin and Greek. Technasium, however, includes the examination subject “Research and Design” (Dutch: “Onderzoeken en Ontwerpen”). Students can start this course from the first year to the fourth year of high school. Schools are recommended to schedule about 4–6 hours of Research and Design class a week, but this may vary among different high schools. In the first three years, the course is optional and is an addition to the standard curriculum. To prevent the students from having too many study-hours, the schools are free to drop certain other subjects. After the third form, Research and Design becomes a supplementary course, which students can choose within their study program.

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