The project "PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE - IT'S ALL IN THE SKY" will be implemented in the period 2020-2022 by five partner schools from the area of the European Union - Primary School no. 5 from Koszalin (Poland), Scoala Gimnaziala no.7 from Buzau (Romania), ISTITUTO COMPRENSIVO S. BAGOLINO from Alcamo (Italy), Primary School No. 12 from Drama (Greece) and Osnovna skola Josip Pupacic from Omis (Croatia). We plan activities in which all students and teachers of our schools will be direct participants (mobility and work in project clubs) and indirect participants (dissemination activities, promoting workshops in schools, lessons, etc.). We are also planning initiatives for parents and local communities to promote activities. Thanks to dissemination, promotion (website, Facebook, eTewinning) we will also reach other people related to education in the EU.
The main topic of the project is astronomy and all activities will be related to this issue. We plan to divide the two years of work into three stages - past, present and future in astronomy. Getting to know the past will bring knowledge (to all participants of the partnership) about the astronomical achievements of the ancient Greeks, Sumerians and Egyptians, Copernicus, Galileo and Hevelius, as well as read legends, stories about the origin of the cosmos, the world and the stars. All these activities aim to compare Europe's common cultural heritage and identify differences and similarities between countries and their history in the field of astronomy.
The present day will focus not only on the current observation of the sky, trips to observatories and planetariums, but also workshop work and expanding the participants' knowledge about the solar system, planets and the most interesting stars visible in the sky. Our students will improve their skills in sky photography and learn about modern technologies that allow people to travel to the moon, to space stations and build satellites. By participating in a photo competition on the Moon and building models of existing spacecraft, we would like to draw attention to modern technology, the beauty of the sky above our heads and encourage young people to acquire skills that are not usually taught in schools (photography, observation, sky maps, recognition stars in the sky, design).
The future means working on the vision of life in space presented in literature and film. We will learn about the possibilities of modern technology and man in the field of life on Mars or a space station, we will see visions of the future in science fiction films and we will create our own space station consisting of models prepared by all participants of the project. The aim of this stage is to encourage our students to take steps to develop creativity and broaden their astronomy skills in the later stages of their education. All activities will be conducted through workshop activities, joint online or real-time meetings thanks to chats and joint creation of documents and project presentations.
All activities will end with the creation of hard results, i.e. a dictionary of astronomical terms in the languages of the project, models of the solar system, spacecraft, habitats on Mars, a set of legends and stories about the origin of the cosmos, an album of photos of the Moon, presentations about partner countries, quizzes, games and competitions for topics not only for design, but also for EU countries, presentations and films about discoveries, famous astronomers and space. All these studies and works will be used in the future in science, geography, technology, physics, literature and English lessons and will be disseminated among all stakeholders.
Soft results include improving the knowledge of English as the working language of the project, increasing the integration of students thanks to common workshop work on the project, expanding knowledge about EU countries, its cultural heritage and human possibilities in terms of space exploration, expanding knowledge on astronomy among primary school students and encouraging them to acquire qualifications in this field at future stages of education, increasing self-esteem through independent trips and contacts with students from other countries and sensitizing all participants of the project to cultural diversity, the need for integration and a sense of belonging to the community of the European Union.