C3: 3rd PROJECT MEETING, GRANADILLA DE ABONA, TENERIFE, SPAIN
PROGRAMME OF THE INTERNATIONAL PROJECT MEETING
SHORT TERM EXCHANGE OF GROUPS OF STUDENTS
HOW IT WAS?
The 3rd short-term exchange of groups of pupils was scheduled from 23rd to 28th October 2016 in Granadilla de Abona, Canarian Island Tenerife, Spain.
On Monday, 23rd October 2016, the partners met at school for the official welcoming by the school headmaster and students, who presented a short welcoming programme. Then all the guest took a tour of the school to get to know how the school works and some facts about the education system in Spain. They also worked together to finish off a sand carpet created by the school’s art teacher as a reward in the competition for the project logo. After that, everybody took part in a meeting with the local authorities. The head of the town extended a warm welcome to the team an presented them with small gifts. After lunch, prepared by students from the gastronomy school from Adeje, the students got to know each other better at a party organised by the Spanish team.
On Tuesday, 24th October 2016, the project team went to Sna Cristobal de la Laguna. They met scientist working at the Canary Island Institute of Astrophysiscs and learned a lot about astrophysical research, the development of astronomy related scientific instruments, the training of research personnel in astro-phisyccs and management of the Teide Observatory in Tenerife and The Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma. Then, in the Museum of Science and the Cosmos they were the first to watch a fascinating animated movie about the origins of the Universe in the state-of-the-art planetarium, named “We are stars”. They also admired and played around 100 interactive exhibits, based around the themes of human body, “how it works”, and the cosmos. Outside, using the dobsonian telescope they observed the Sun. Unfortunatelly, bad weather didn’t allow the team to see the sights of this beautifull city. After lunch, the students and teachers went to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where they could admire the Opera House (Auditorio de Tenerife) designed by architect Santiago Calatrava Valls. The buildings is an architectural symbol of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island of Tenerife and the Canary Islands. It is also regarded as the finest modern building in the Canary Islands.
On Wednesday, 25th October 2016, everybody met at school again to attend the lecture by dr. David Calvo, a volcano researcher.He gave a fascinating talk about the origins of the Canary Island and volcanic activity there. Then students took part in some interactive games prepared and run by the school’s friend – Baltazar, a local comedian. After lunch the team went to Teide National Park. The similarity between environmental and geological conditions of Teide National Park and the planet Mars make it the ideal place for testing instruments that will travel to Mars. Unfortunately, due to bad weather, the planned observations at Teide Observatory, the larges solar observatory in the world equipped with many solar and nocturnal telescopes owned by different European countries, could not be carried out.
On Tuesday, 26th October 2016, the project team went to La Palma. On the way to Roque de los Muchachos Observatory everyone could admire the beautifull landscapes of the island , especially the caldera (about 10km across) in Caldera de Taburiende National Park. At the observatory both students and teachers had an opportunity to admire the Great Canary Telescope (GranTeCan). A professional guide gave comprehensive information about the telescope and the work of scientist at the observatory.
On Friday, 27th October 2016, students and teachers met at school for workshops and the official closing of the meeting. Each team presented the results of their sky observation and showed presentations on famous European astronomers. They also had an astronomy quiz and filled in evaluation questionnaires. In the end, they were presented with certificates of attendance.