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13-17 FEBRUARY 2017

Day 1

1.Meeting at school
– welcoming,
– schools’ presentations about their countries, regions, schools
– ice-breaking classes with Baltazar (if possible)
2. Lunch
3. An afternoon with Turkey
– videos made by Turkish students
– interactive activities
– quiz about Turkey
– recording a message for Turkish team from our students
Day 2
1. Visit to La Laguna Institute of Astrophysics
2. Visit to the Planetarium and the Museum of Cosmos
3. Lunch (Patio Canario)
4. Sightseeing the town
Day 3
1. Workshops at school:
– ‘Are you up for a challenge’ competition and the results
– astronomical observations
– EarthKAM photos workshops (if the weather is bad)
– astronomical puzzles and quizzes
2. Lunch
3. Night observations on the beach (recognising objects in the sky)
Day 4
1. Trip to Teide National Park and the observatory
Day 5
1. Meeting at school
– students’ presentations about the Moon and stars,
– quiz about the partner countries
– astronomical quiz
– certificate ceremony


The 4th short-term exchange groups of students was scheduled from 13th to 17th February 2017. The Turkish partner school wasn’t granted permission to take part in the meeting.

On Monday, 13rd February 2017 the partners met at school fro the official welcoming by the school headmaster and students, who presented a short welcoming programme. To get to know wach other better, the team watched presentations about the partner countries and regions. Then all the guest took a tour of the school to learn how the school works and some facts about the education system in Spain. After lunch, the students and teachers met again for “the afternoon with Turkey”. Although students and teachers from Turkey couldn’t take part in the meeting, they prepared interesting activities for the project team to carry out and get to know their culture better. The team watched a film about the most famous places in Turkey as well a film shot by students of Mustafa Gurbuz Necat Bayel Anadolu Lisesi which took themon a virtual tour of Gaziantep. Both students and teachers learnt a traditional Turkish dance and sang a Turkish song. Finally, a short quiz followed, allowing the team to learn even more about Turkey, its history and culture.

On Tuesday, 14th February 2017, the project team went to San Cristobal de La Laguna. They met scientists working at the Canary Island Institute of Astrophysics and learned a lot about astrophysical research, the development of astronomy-related scientific instruments and management of the Teide Observatory in Tenerife and the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma. They also listened to a lecture by Maria Antonia Varela from Starlight Initiative (a non-profit international organisation), who talked about the protection of the unpolluted sky. Ten, in the Museum of Science and the Cosmos they watched a fascinating movie about the origins of the Universe in the state-of-the-art planetarium. They also played with around 100 interactive exhibits, based around the themes of human body, “how it’s work”, and the cosmos. Outside, the team recorded a short message saying hello to the students and teachers from Turkey. After lunch, teams from partner schools walked around the historical center of La Laguna, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.

On Wednesday, 15th February 2017, everybody met at school again to attend astronomical workshops. Working in international groups, students solved astronomical puzzles and riddles. Then they chose the best works in “Are You Up For A Challange?” competition (tracks of astronomy). A lot of works haf been prepared, such as songs, videos and articles. The award for the 3rd place went to Romania for their fascinating film about tracks of astronomy in the area of Pecica. The award for the second place went to Turkey for their song. The award for the first place went to Poland for their “Erasmus song”. Due to bad weather condition, evening sky observations were cancelled.

On Thursday, 16th February 2017, the project team went to El Teide National Park, the natural icon of the Canary Island. It include an enormous volcanic crater 48 km in circumference, out which rises Mount Teide at 3718 meters, making it the highest peak in the whole Spain. The park lies at around 2000 meters above the sea Levels. Then the visit to Teide Observatory started. The team visited the Solar Laboratory and carried out solar observations. Then everybody listened to a fascinating talk about astrophysics, given by the employees of the Canary Island Institute of Astrophysics. The team also visited the Optical Ground Station and learnt about the QUIJOTE experiment. After the unforgettable sunset into the sea clouds, both students and teachers could listen to and watch scientists explaining how observation are carried out . Two distant objects were observed in the night sky using the observatories’ telescopes: Galaxy M33 and Crab Nebula. All the participants were instructed how an astro-photography of those objects could be made.

On Friday, 17th February 2017, students and teachers met at school for workshops and the official closing of the meeting. Each team presented their works about the Moon: both presentation and articles. Romania also surprised us with an amazing film about the Sun an constellation in Romanian Tradition. Then, working in international teams, students answered quizzes, questions about partner countries and filled in evaluation questionnaires. In the end, the were presented with certificates of attendance.