SOS: Sick or Sound


Enhancing Young Europeans Competences to achieve health and prevent diseases

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About our project


Sick or Sound (SoS) is a project of four high schools in Germany, Rumania, Poland and Spain and their students (14-16 years old). It is designed to bind together disciplines, perspectives, teachers and schools of different nations of the European Union. Starting point is the students’ profound experience of being sick and the vital interest in being healthy. Departing from the distinction of feeling ill and the presence of objective diseases, the project will make an issue both of what the students undergo suffering from sickness and becoming sound and of what they learn through the media e.g. about infectious diseases like Ebola. The project´s first objective is a new approach to teaching Sciences, Mathematics and English. It will foster general and transversal skills, namely to formulate own SoS topics or to find strategies for getting information or doing research. By the use of advanced teaching environments like workshops, innovative experimental settings like chemical release principles, web based communication, teaching tools like a wiki or content management systems and interdisciplinary project oriented learning. Along with the items directly referring to performance, having a good and critical look on sickness and suffering or the comparison over cultural borders will strengthen both classes and schools, foster tolerance among students and teachers, enhance the identity of the participants as Europeans and promote a better understanding of the human condition under the threat of becoming ill. The sustainability of the project results will be guaranteed, on the one hand the documentation of our activities, enabling others to emulate what we have done, on the other hand web based presentations not only of the teaching activities but also of the results and of open projects like a wiki, that are to be used, worked on, increased and improved by others as a ongoing productive outcome of the SoS-project.

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Germany


Was founded in 1755 as a catholic school
1870 the catholic status was removed
1945 the building was destroyed
From 1946 to 1951 lessons took place in other school buildings
Since 1951 same location
In 1953 the school got the name „Schönborn-Gymnasium“

Spain


The Pons d'Icart is a State Centre which depends on the Departament d'Ensenyament, that is, the Education Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Catalan Government. It is a type B Center, that is, it has from 16 to 21 groups of a lineal structure with tree complete groups of ESO (Secondary Obligatory Education) which means 12 groups divided into the four years of ESO, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The age range is from 12 to 16 years.

Poland


Józef Tischner Junior High School and Kindergarten Complex in Domosławice is located by the main road to Tarnów. 3The school building was opened in 1999 and is being expanded all the time. At the moment there is the kindergarten, primary school, junior high school and the music school there. The public school has 202 students. Our school is well-equipped. It has a computer lab with a computer station for every student. There's a library here, the gym and the canteen as well as the common room where we play do crossword puzzles, and make drawings which we use to decorate our school. We have no time to be bored at school. We have a lot of after-class activities organized by our teachers. We learn two foreign languages - German and English, and now we can even take part in extra classes to learn Chinese. Students who love music can learn in the music school which is part of our school. Young musicians can present their musical skills at local and foreign concerts and competitions.

Romania


National College "Grigore Ghica" Dorohoi is a college theoretically committed to educating and training people responsible, competent and able to respond quickly to new requirements of Romanian society in the European context. Our mission is to develop each student to its full potential without discrimination, aimed at identifying, promoting and developing the qualities and skills of individual and group, openness to change, learning and self-improvement and development of the values promoted by the educational philosophy of the school and key skills which enable social inclusion and lifelong learning.

First day!


Presentation

On our first day we had the official opening where each of the school representative involved in the project made a small speech. Our students presented themselves, their school and the specific region of Europe from where each school is. Afterwards we had the official representatives from the City of Dorohoi that welcomed to participants.


Math Workshop

The workshop aimed at transversal skills that strengthen the students in Mathematics. 1.The first presentation made by students on the epidemic mathematical models and of disease spreading, based on the spreading of bacteria and viruses (linear, exponential and logistic models of growth and decay). 2.Students made a presentation on the coxcomb diagram and its discoverer Florence Nightingale 3.Students discussed about bacterial growth and exponential functions. Also students where instructed how to handle, display and understand the statistical data of epidemics, of characteristic elements and the correct way to interpret them. They were able to use different types of representations of statistical data occurred in epidemics, in logarithmical, log-normal or Cartesian. 4. We followed a video called “Fungal freeways- What’s a mathematician doing in a biology lab. It turns out that fungus excels at solving complex problems” 5. We used a game to transmit to students how mathematics ease the understanding to how epidemics spread and how it interacts with graphs. The game is called “Gamifying epidemic prevention ”


Teambuilding

Some think this is about playing silly games, or indulging in expensive and irrelevant out of work activities.Team building is a PROCESS that takes place over time. The start of the process is where there is a group of people, two or more, and a leader. The end of the process is where there is a high performing team, who are highly motivated to perform better and better, who have well-developed processes and systems to organise their workload, and who gain immense satisfaction from their shared achievements.The overall objectives are to achieve this high performance, to develop the group through the various stages of development, until it achieves high performance. We tried to build a great team with the students from Roumania,Poland,Germany and Spain.

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