From raw material to final product: A contribution to the curriculum development

Description

The theme is called “From raw material to final product”. Coordinating school is “Theodor-Frank-Realschule Teningen”. Our partners are from Finland, Iceland, Greece, Spain and Italy.
The integrated sustainable designs of processes are becoming more and more important for our economy. Every object in our world has a story of how it is made. This project tells that story by showing you the ways in which familiar objects are manufactured, and the people, ideas and technology used to transform raw materials into finished products. Raw material is the unprocessed items that are broken down, processed or combined with other materials to create an end product. The processing of raw materials involves taking substances or resources from the earth and converting them into products that are useful to humankind. Throughout history, humans have been able to take raw materials from the earth and make useful items. The project asks students to research and design a product, identifying the type of raw materials used, considering sustainable design and investigating production processes as well as showing their understanding of environmental issues. This project brings the manufacturing experience to life through Hands-on activities, Role-playing opportunities, Live demonstrations. These issues concern core subjects like Biology, Chemistry, Food Processing and IT, and many lessons will be done in English by using CLIL methodology.
Education focuses increasingly on issues like sustainable development, consumer education, media education and vocational awareness.
This project theme can be considered as a fundament for strategic aim in vocational achievement of competence for teachers and students. Which means we are entirely in line with the EU Strategy Guide Lines 2020. Especially concerning the creation of a certain kind of growth: more intelligent, more sustainable and even more integrated.
The main focus of the project is developing vocational skills, designing bilingual lessons (CLIL) that can be taught in all participating schools.
Students gain skills for their vocational life and indeed for their orientation in life itself. The main prospect for the Creative Process is to gain "Skills for life”.
Within this project raw materials are being worked with, processed and developed into a final product. The students hereby learn how to act responsibly within the merits of the course Program. Our orientation is the strategy 2020 of the EU.
Educational Objectives
  • Stimulate and deepen curiosity in pupils about the manufacturing origins of everyday objects
  • Develop safe, hands-on exhibiitions introducing the real tools, materials, machines and processes of manufacturing.
  • Increase the students proficiency in English as it is the vehicular language of the project.
  • Communicate the essential concepts and processes of science, technology, engineering and maths (S.T.E.M.) used in manufacturing to pupils in engaging and developmentally appropriate ways.
  • Allow students to create “products” that stimulate extended informal learning experiences and conversations beyond the project activities.
  • Enhance students' problem solving and creative skills using everyday objects and developing entrepreneurial skills especially through learning/training activities during mobilities.
  • Allow students to explore community and teamwork, while building self-esteem.
  • Challenge their abilities to understand the world we live in.
We also want to:
  • Εnable students to explore the concept of Europe as a geographic unit; how it works in today’s world and how it might evolve in the future;
  • Support students to actively act as ‘citizens of Europe’ by promoting awareness about various European issues of concern or interest;
  • Promote interaction with other European students and offer guidelines for the development of links with other schools by using e-twinning;
  • Create an environment in which learning is joyful and fosters students' self-esteem and pride in belonging to both their community and to Europe.
We also aim to share documents and materials both among students and among teachers, stimulating an educational dialogue by using a common website and a handbook containing a collection of CLIL lessons and a selection of best practices of project activities available as Open Educational Resource. The handbook will be supervised by an assistant professor of the Department of Education at the University of Freiburg. For this reason there will be a close cooperation with professors, lecturers and students of this University.

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