Cláudia Rego Faria
During the week, we participated in several STEM activities. They weren’t particularly hard, as we’re 12th grade students, but they were very fun and interesting regardless. My personal favourite was making bath salt to our preference, as I love that sort of thing and I got to find out how to make one. We also got to learn a lot about air pollution while making our presentation, both in Portugal and in other countries.
Participating in projects such as this one from Erasmus+ is always an incredible experience I would not trade for anything. Learning about STEM and problem resolution is important, but in today’s age, understanding how similar all of us are and developing european unity is even more important. I’ve had the priviledge to participate in several of these projects and I’ll never forget how close it made me feel to other cultures (and particularly, Lituania!). Just as the European Union’s motto says: United in Diversity.
I’m Mariana Machado and I was in the Erasmus+ project “Students and Teachers Experiencing the Meaning of STEM”, more specifically I was part of the mobility to Lithuania. There, I took part in several activities related to STEM, such as chemistry and physics classes and presentations on pollution; cultural activities such as visits to the 3 capitals of the country, a workshop on the culture and production of bees and their derivatives and a visit to the botanical garden; and finally, communication and socialization in two schools in jonava. Of all the activities I can say that my favorites were the ones that were based on culture, because simply experiencing and living new cultures was always something that interested me and that I know I will always keep with me. I know that this project will always be part of me and that I will learn many lessons from it for my future, not to mention the skills that I managed to improve during this event, such as the media. To conclude, I want to reinforce the weight that this project had on me due to the amount of new friendships I made, not only with students, but also with teachers from other countries, something I never expected to happen.
My name is Leonardo Monteiro Ribeiro, during the Erasmus+ project week in Lithuania I participated in several activities such as:
Three activities related to science, one in physics, one in chemistry and another more experimental, in the physics one we were seeing how much CO was released by the cars that passed by a street, in the chemistry one we saw how different liquids can affect the temperature of the water, and in the experiment we made bath salts.
In the less scientific activities we did several activities and many different ones, we made fruit salads, candles with beeswax, traditional craft work and among others
But the activity I enjoyed the most was the visit to the three capitals of Lithuania, mainly Vilnius, a very beautiful city. Why, as I said, I loved visiting the city but it was also there that we interacted more with our hosts, which was quite good.
I think my communication improved in this experience not only in English but also with other people in general.
In terms of difficulties, I don’t think there was a big difficulty, maybe the travel time between cities made us lose a little time to interact with other project participants.
This project made me understand that there is more in the world to explore as it was my first trip ever, it made me know a lot of Lithuanian culture and a little bit of the other countries that came.
And yes, this week was a week of creating many bonds of friendship and in terms of mobility I think everything went beautifully, so I have no criticism to leave.
My name is Elisa Oliveira and I’m a student at D. Sancho I, a secondary school in Vila Nova de Famalicão. I participated in this project and had the opportunity to go to Lithuania for a week, to talk about the problem the world is currently facing, air pollution. During that week I took part in countless activities, variating from classes such as Physics and Chemistry to more practical ones, like making bath salts and candles. I prefer the latest one since this area had always interested me.
I worked in many competencies, however, the one I think I trained more was communication, which was a key factor during my stay. These points I worked on will later, in the future, help me with social interactions.
We also made many friends from all the countries present and, until this day we still keep in contact.