Project Title: The Green Micro:bit
Project Acronym: GreMi
Project Start Date: 1st October 2018
Project Total Duration: 21 months
Project End Date: 30th June 2020
Main objective of the project: Exchange of Good Practices
Coordinator school: Vižmarje – Brod Primary school, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Partner school: Gračani Primary School, Zagreb, Croatia
Partner school: Djuro Pilar Primary School, Slavonski Brod, Croatia
|ID||Activity Type||Starting Period||Description|
|C1||Short-term joint staff training events||10-2018||Micro:bit workshop|
|C2||Short-term joint staff training events||12-2018||Green architecture workshop|
|C3||Short-term joint staff training events||11-2018||E-book workshop|
|C4||Short-term exchanges of groups of pupils||04-2019||The green wall|
|C5||Short-term exchanges of groups of pupils||10-2019||Educational path and the souvenir workshop|
|C6||Short-term exchanges of groups of pupils||11-2019||“Little entrepreneurship fair”|
|C7||Short-term exchanges of groups of pupils||05-2020||Dissemination activity|
The project Green Micro:bit is about raising awareness about the eco role of a school in education and encouraging critical thinking about environment issues among pupils, teachers and a wider community. Our project includes different activities: decorating the school interior and exterior in order to follow the modern architecture of a school and contemporary teaching concepts that go together with a holistic approach to the students’ development. This includes creating “a green wall” in the school, the educational path in the schoolyard, the e-book about the project, school eco souvenirs and much more. Pupils should feel relaxed in the school in order to fully achieve their cognitive, psychomotor and emotional capacities and to become responsible decision makers when it comes to nature and environment. Therefore, the project introduces the green architecture in the school, a ‘live’ architecture that grows and breathes together with the school and its community.
This primarily refers to creating a school hanging garden on the wall in the school hallway, which is the busiest part of the school. The project includes modern technological elements, micro:bits, because the plants in the garden will be watered by a micro:bit system. The green wall consists of different plants that are sustainable on a school wall, like basil, laurel, parsley, coriander, mint and the like. The whole garden will be made of the recycled material only. In the modern society, students tend to be more and more detached from nature, and eco awareness is very low and through the project, we want to change the current state. Besides creating the hanging wall garden and educational paths around the school, pupils will also take part in recycling activities and land art, which is making installations in the school garden out of completely recycled material.
In the outer part, that is the schoolyard, educational paths will be placed. These paths provide pupils with information about herbs and plants and also raise eco awareness among pupils and teachers.
The project is sustainable on many levels: when dried, plants are used for making different decorations, school souvenirs in order to promote entrepreneurship pupils’ skills. The project offers new skills and competences regarding the ecopedagogy, ICT and critical thinking to schools and enables a unique European cooperation between schools, which encourages multicultural teaching environment.