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Erasmus+ (English)

MEASURING AND MONITORING THE WATER QUALITY OF THE DRAVINJA RIVER AND THE BREŽNICA STREAM

Map of the water sampling sites.

 

You can watch video about the experiment here.

You can download PDF about the experiment here.

You can watch presentation here.

ZALA:

Hello everyone, we are Zala, Žiga and Sara, students of the Elementary School Kajetan Kovič Poljčane.

ŽIGA:

In this project, we will explain an experiment in the chemical analysis of water. The most common contaminants are nitrate (V) ions, nitrite (III) ions, phosphate, and ammonium ions.

ZALA: 

The main purpose of the experiment is to determine the quality of water in the river Dravinja, and in the nearby stream Brežnica. We want to compare the results with the standards of the permitted presence of individual pollutants.

WATER TESTING EQUIPMENT

Sara, Zala and Žiga
STEPS OF THE EXPERIMENT

 

ŽIGA:

  • If ammonium is found in water, it can be concluded that water was in a contact with decomposing organic matter (such as sewage, slurry…).

 

  • If nitrates are found in water it is usually due to excessive fertilization and decomposition of organisms.

ZALA:

  • Nitrites are very harmful/toxic to all living creatures. The presence of nitrites in water is due to water contamination with feces. They are also found as additives in meat, sausages, fast food, and artificially fertilized vegetables.
  • Phosphates are present in water if fertilizers and domestic sewage are used nearby. Phosphates are no longer used in washing powders.

ŽIGA:

Reagents will be added to the water samples. A chemical reaction will take place with the substance we want to determine.

ZALA:

Because of the chemical reaction the color of the solution changes. We will compare the color of the solution with the color on the scale and read the concentration of the substance which should be determined.

Ammonium 

ŽIGA:

  1. Fill a 5 ml water sample into the measuring glasses A and B, and put them in the comparator.
  2. Add 10 drops of NH4-1 to the glass B and seal it.
  3. Add 1 measuring spoonful NH4-2.
  4. Wait for 5 min.
  5. Open the glass B, add 4 drops of NH3-3.
  6. Wait for 7 min.
  7. Open both glasses and compare the color with the color scale.
Žiga is adding NH4-1 to the glass B.

Nitrate

ŽIGA:

  1. Fill a 5 ml water sample into the measuring glasses A and B and put them in the comparator.
  2. Add 5 drops of.
  3. Seal the glass and shake it.
  4. Add 1 measuring spoonful of NO3-2.
  5. Seal the glass and shake the mixture for 1 min.
  6. Wait for 5 min.
  7. Open the glasses and compare the color with the color scale.

Nitrite

ZALA:

  1. Fill a 5 ml water sample into the measuring glasses A and B and put them in the comparator.
  2. Add 5 drops of NO2-1 to the B glass.
  3. Seal the glass and shake it.
  4. Add 1 measuring spoonful of NO2-2.
  5. Seal the glass B and shake the mixture for 1 min.
  6. Wait for 10 min.
  7. Open both glasses and compare the color with the color scale

 

Zala and Žiga are waiting to compare the mixture with the scale.

Phosphates  

ZALA:

  1. Fill a 5 ml water sample into the measuring glasses A and B and put them in the comparator.
  2. Add 5 drops of PO4-1 to the B glass.
  3. Seal the glass and shake it.
  4. Add 1 measuring spoonful of PO4-2.
  5. Seal the glass B and shake the mixture for 1 min.
  6. Wait for 10 min.
  7. Open both glasses and compare the color with the color scale.
Zala is adding PO4-1 to the B glass.

ZALA:

By the experiment I concluded that the water in the Dravinja River is contaminated with phosphates,

which is due to the use of artificial fertilizers and household sewage.

Zala is comparing the color of the sample with the color scale.

ŽIGA:

By the experiment I concluded that the water in the Brežnica Stream is very polluted with phosphates,

which is a result of the use of artificial fertilizers and household sewage. The ammonium content

is also increased, due to sewage effluent.

WATER POLLUTION

SARA:

The main source of water pollution is municipal wastewater from households, restaurants and similar facilities, as well as industrial wastewater from factories and other industrial plants.

Water flowing on the Earth’s surface and groundwater is also polluted by rain which contains dirt from roads, roofs, and other surfaces. Modern farming causes pollution by nitrates in fertilizers.

SARA:

Water pollution is a global problem because water is almost everywhere on the planet and also easily accessible. Human settlements, industries, and agriculture are the major sources of water pollution. Water is essential for life, we use it for drinking. Due to its properties, it is also used for washing, cooking, dissolving, cooling.

Many substances enter the water, including toxic ones, and endanger life in the environment.

Households pollute water with washing and feces.

Industry pollutes water mainly with heavy metals and other inorganic and organic substances.

Agriculture pollutes water with fertilizers and pesticides.

WATER POLLUTION BY HOUSEHOLDS

INTENSIVE FARMING – MINERAL FERTILIZERS AND CROP SPRAYING

 

ZALA:

Clean water is essential for life on the planet Earth. In this Erasmus+ activity we realized that the Dravinja River in our region is less polluted than it used to be in the last few years. But the Brežnica Stream is much more polluted by phosphates due to municipal wastewater. In the future we suggest a wastewater treatment plant to be built in Poljčane so the problem of pollution can be controlled and hopefully solved soon.

SARA:

But we all need to take care of less water pollution. Water is a part of nature that

we must respect. Animals and plants are dying out due to pollution,

as we change their natural environment. All pollutants created by human activities

damage the quality of air, land, and water. So slowly, but surely, people destroy the

planet Earth.

HOW CAN WE KEEP RIVERS AND STREAMS CLEAN?

  • We can stop using substances that can pollute water, i. e. streams, and rivers.
  • Dispose engine oil at petrol stations or at special waste points.
  • Follow the instructions for handling the substances or agents we use.
  • Avoid excessive use of fertilizers.
  • Stop disposing of waste, plastic, and other non-degradable materials in the environment.
  • Recycle and separate waste.
  • Save water.
  • Use things more than once.

SARA:

Dear students and teachers from my and all three partner schools. EARTH is our only place to live, so it must be saved at all costs.

EARTH provides us air, water, food, shelter, protection, and all necessary resources. EARTH is a privilege given to us and it is our responsibility to protect it. If there is no clean water there is no life. Ans there is no planet B.

So we hope the results of our research and hard work will alert people of Poljčane to improve the situation and help all living beings.

ŽIGA:

Thank you for you time, thank you for reading.

ZALA:

Sustainability is for everyone and takes forever.

SARA:

We shouldn’t believe our planet will be saved by anyone other than us. Sustainability is about doing more good and less harm to the planet Earth.

Stay safe, stay healthy students and teachers from Užice, Vilnius, Makole, and Poljčane. Love the planet Earth!

Mentors: Tatjana Zgubič, Polona Kobale

GOOGLE MEET, TUESDAY, APRIL 20th

School coordinators and team members of four schools agreed on some facts about the Kahoot quiz in May and on many other activities to the end of this school year.

 

  1. A) Kahoot for younger students:

– 25 students from each school

– 24 questions about Lithuania, Serbia and Slovenia (8 questions for each country)

–  May 19th, at 10 am (at 11 in Lithuania)

– 40 minutes (10 to register + 30 for the quiz)

Irma Žukauskaitė will start a Meeting Room for her students and some teachers, as we agreed, send her email addresses.

Diplomas for younger students are ready.

  1. B) Kahoot for older students:

– 25 students from each school

– 60 questions about Lithuania, Serbia and Slovenia (20 questions for each country)  

– May 19th, at 12 o’clock (at 1 pm in Lithuania)

– 70 minutes (10 to register + 60 for the quiz)

Diplomas for older students are ready.

Oksana Marenkova will start a Meeting Room for her students and for some teachers as well.

Nataša Kosajnč and I suggest that the best 5 students (younger and older) from each school should get a diploma. Nataša and Irma will send each school a list of students with the results. We can print diplomas or send them to students as virtual diplomas.

  1. C) Planting Miyawaki mini-forest

Let’s repeat the steps:

– Find a good spot for the mini forest.

– Talk to an arborist and make some plans.

– Determine the soil texture.

– Design the forest.

– Select ONLY native tree and bush species for plantation.

– Prepare the area.

– Plant the trees!

– A fence is mandatory.

– Add an inscription board (Love Sustainable Society, May 2021 + Scientific names of plants and Serbian/Slovenian/Lithuanian).

– Look after the forest for the next three years. 

– A Miyawaki forest becomes one way of doing our bit to help the environment. And spending time near trees improves physical and mental health! 

 

  1. D) All four Erasmus+ schools will do three days of activities, which can be different, on different days, the main topic is sustainability. In Poljčane my coworkers plan to do two activities, Measuring and monitoring the water quality of the Dravinja Riverand Measuring the size of the planet Earth.

Don’t forget to document all activities!

  1. E) April 22nd: presentations, PPTs online or in classrooms, in the school hall in all 4 schools
  2. F) Promote the project: the three Ps (posters, presentations, and papers) of dissemination (articles to local newspapers, radio, TV).
  3. G) eTwinning: add texts, videos, photos. Like content, disseminate to your coworkers, students, their parents…
  4. H) School home pages: add texts, videos, photos. Elementary school Poljčane home page: http://ospoljcane.si/nova/You can find Love Sustainable Society in Projekti or at the bottom of the page in Erasmus+

Project coordinator Marina Koražija

 

 

Promoting the development of personal knowledge and creating a sustainable lifestyle

People who live on the planet Earth can choose between two options for the future: we can choose to handle our environment with care and accept sustainability, build a society that respects sustainability or follow the idea that someday in the future, humanity may lose a healthy life in a healthy environment. In the past, many civilizations self-destructed themselves and got lost on the
timeline of history. But today, the world is globalized, and harming our environment can have global consequences. Parents’ surveys show the need for interesting and actively carried out natural science activities and international cooperation of the school. Through the project Promoting the development of personal knowledge and creating a sustainable lifestyle, the team leaders and teachers of the partner schools will create opportunities for future cooperation, strategies, orientations, and needs of this project:

  • how to develop and strengthen applied science knowledge and find connections with other areas,
  • how to extend the new school practices to the participating schools in the project,
  • how to transfer problem-based learning and formative learning to the participating schools,
  • how student’s startup ideas can be used in the partner schools,
  • how to find ways affecting the professional choices of pupils to find green/environmental jobs,
  • how to transfer the achievements of the project to the families of pupils and follow lifelong learning,
  • how to convey the idea of an outdoor classroom to participating schools and to strengthen the development of the partnership,
  • how to present the results of the project with video production or journalism (interviews, short reports, news)
  • how to follow the example of a school that is successful and rewarded in the ecological field,
  • how to promote the field participation towards social roles,
  • how to promote an entrepreneurial mindset, creativity, critical thinking.
  • how to spread less known European languages and to improve the knowledge of English,
  • how to integrate activities into classes.

The project has two main target groups: pupils and teachers. This project aims is to develop a stimulating learning environment that will enable us to combine natural sciences with an awareness of the importance of keeping the planet Earth for future generations. We also combine the field of social and economic development. We will incorporate problem learning and experiential learning, we follow the elements of formative assessment. 4 principals and 18 teachers will participate in the project, they are mostly English teachers,  science and class teachers. In this project, the number of teachers and other school staff, and other associates will help with the project. The age of the participating pupils will be 12 to 15 years.

Activities and workshops of the elementary school from Poljčane are in cooperation with the Learning Polygon Dole, the classroom of sustainable development in nature, where gifted pupils will work in groups with pupils with fewer opportunities, we will upgrade the research task on the topic of Creating tools for measuring the size of the Planet Earth and the implementation of measurements, problem-based learning about the positive impact of the school geothermal heating on the environment, the idea to implement a similar solution to the issue of heating and hot water supply to the participating schools, how to clean and revive the river Dravinje and how the results can affect water quality, a poetry workshop in the languages of the participating schools and the poetry evening of the best poems at the Bird Watching Observatory near the Dravinja River. The process of producing video content will be part of the project, too.

(KA229-8A7EA7F5 Application Form, September 2019)

Snapshots from school life 

In the Elementary School Kajetan Kovič Poljčane, there are not just walls, classrooms, playgrounds, gym, hallways, school kitchen, dining room, but the heart of our school are students, from the youngest to the ninth graders, teachers, and all the employees.

And students at our school learn, discuss, cooperate, build, play, talk, prepare project presentations, sing, paint, do experiments, play sports, participate in different activities, compete in the national TV trivia… We are part of the Slovenian cultural school project, we have many extracurricular activities, we sing and write stories, we speak two foreign languages, we participate in many different projects, in many competitions. One of the most important decisions is to follow a sustainable way of life in school and our families.

Cooperation with parents, grandparents, and other family members is strong, we participate with local government and organizations, we make connections internationally. We get awards, we present our work publicly in the local media, we are noticeable at the national level, we cooperate internationally.

Our school exists for over 210 years. In all these years past is our lesson, we live and create in the present to grow the wings for the future which is our motivation.

Erasmu+ coordinator Marina Koražija

 Watch the video here.

 

eTwinning

eTwinning is the community for schools in Europe. It offers a platform for staff (teachers, headteachers, librarians), working in a school in one of the European countries involved, to communicate, collaborate, develop projects, share, and be part of the most exciting learning community in Europe.

You can find Love Sustainable Society project here.

 

Sustainable sports activities at the Elementary School Kajetan Kovič Poljčane

With many sports activities, we make a strong connection with nature around us. We love to be active outside, on the school playground, on green grass, on winter snow. We try to maintain a sustainable lifestyle and do not endanger our environment with our activities.

We run, play tee-ball, volleyball, basketball, football, we rollerblade and do gymnastics, jump with skis, learn how to ski alpine style, we love to bike, skate, compete in orienteering, dance, play games on grass or snow, we can ride unicycles, we practice aerobics… This is how we develop our physical abilities, socialize, strengthen our health, stay active.

Watch the video here.

 

Video greetings to partner schools from Vilnius, Užice, and Makole

Students of the class 7 b and their English teacher prepared a short video before the Christmas and New Year holidays. They talk about their life during distance learning, they added some holiday greetings and invitations to Erasmus+ students and teachers.

Watch the video here.

 

Sport activity planner

In these corona times, students at the Elementary School Kajetan Kovič Poljčane love sports activities even more. We mostly stay at home on our computers, but we also spend a lot of time in nature because we have many sports activities carefully planned by our sports teachers. They have prepared a month sport activity planner. Each student enters actual results for different activities, and parents confirm each result by a signature. There are different levels of tasks, indoors or outdoors, individually or in groups, practical and theoretical. Students also need to send short videos and photos of different sports activities to their sports teachers as proof.

Watch the video here.

 

Many  ways to describe this wacky year

The year 2020 was the 20th year of the 3rd millennium. It sounds interesting but 2020 was also a year of pandemic, lockdowns, economic and social problems, postponed events, a year of no traveling, and according to well-known facts also the worst year in terms of climate change. The main reasons lie in natural catastrophes, such as huge bushfires, and in the fact that NONE of the international Sustainable Development Goals for the year 2020 were achieved.

Love Sustainable Society is a project, which aims to promote the development of personal knowledge and a sustainable lifestyle for each of us. We have to try as much as we can to avoid exploiting nature in unsustainable ways of life.

Contents of sustainability need to focus on personal, family, community, state, regional, and international perspectives, such as the project Love Sustainable Society is. We have to show the students that they can have a positive effect on their lives and the lives of others, they have the power to act, to take an active role in communities, both local and international. The concept of sustainable living can be well transmitted to all students, future citizens, and their families.

Let’s be proud of all the activities we have already finished and about the activities, we have planned together and are waiting to be completed in this school year or to the end of August 2022.

And let’s remember which good things happened in 2020: scientists discovered and manufactured vaccines that will prevent the disease, thousands of people volunteered to help those in need, health workers and many others risk their lives to save ours, many people found new meaning in their lives, we became accustomed to video calls and work from home is possible, carbon dioxide emissions declined, here are new agreements for carbon neutrality by 2060 and electric cars are sold more and more, many pets were adopted, puzzles and board games became cool again, even chess boards returned, we rewatched old favorites, we kept optimism thriving and cute puppy and kitten cards are still the most popular…

My personal wish for all of you at the end of 2020 is to practice gratitude, hug your friends and family (yes, we can still hug a lot), and don’t wait to live your best life. Because as we know, we have it now and here.

Slovenian Team from the Elementary School Kajetan Kovič Poljčane and project coordinator Marina Koražija

 

We visited the National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food 

The National Laboratory of Health, Environment, and Food is the central and the largest laboratory for public health, dealing with hygienic and health-related ecological activities, environment protection problems, microbiological diagnostics, and chemical analyses of samples of different kinds and research activities. In the laboratory, the services for governmental needs are executed, first of all for monitoring and official inspection and supervision from the competencies of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food and Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, free capacities are offered to customers on the open market. In cooperation with other institutions in Slovenia and abroad, the NLZOH cooperates in national and international research, applicative and advisory projects.

The Reading Project of Lithuanian and Serbian Literature

The Reading Project of the three countries is related to comprehension and developing dispositions to enjoy reading short stories and fairy tales of the three countries.

Students aged 6 to 15 were reading or listening to Lithuanian and Serbian literature which is translated to the Slovenian language. Literature gives students the chance to see things from someone else’s point of view, and being in different shoes is the best way to develop empathy for others. Stories help us to reflect on who we are.

Presentation of the School Research Paper on Sustainable Food System at the school hall

 

The Schooll Hall of Elementary School Kajetan Kovič Poljčane is in the Spirit of SUSTAINABILITY and the E+ Project Love Sustainable Society

      

The short-term joint staff training  event

Vilniaus Antakalnio progimnazija, Vilnius, Lietuva

Osnovna škola Stari Grad, Užice, Srbija

Osnovna šola Anice Černejeve, Makole, Slovenija

Osnovna šola Kajetana Koviča, Poljčane, Slovenija

Monday, Nov 18

08:00 Welcome to school

08:20 Welcome program 1

08:45 Snack break

09:10 Welcome program 2

09:45 Coffee break

10:25 Class 3 a, Formative Assessment

11.10  Measuring the Size of Earth

12.05 Open Doors Hour

13.00 A visit to the Kindergarten

14.00 Lunch at school

14:00-16:00 Break

16:00 Ecoremediation Center

17:30 Dinner

 

Tuesday, Nov 19

09:00 Welcome to school

09:30 Welcome program

10:15 About the project

11:00 Coffee break

11:30 Open Doors Hour

12:00 Lunch at school

13:00 School Tour

14:00 Project work

15:00-16:00 Break

16:00 Afternoon activities

18:30 Dinner

Wednesday, Nov 20

08:45 Transfer to Rogla

09:45 Field trip

11:45 Treetop Walk Rogla

12:30 Transfer to Skomarje

13:00 Lunch

16:00 Transfer to Poljčane

17:00 Transfer to Ljubljana (Lithuanian team)

 

Promoting the development of personal knowledge and creating a sustainable lifestyle

People who live on the planet Earth can choose between two options for the future: we can choose to handle our environment with care and accept sustainability, build a society that respects sustainability or follow the idea that someday in the future, humanity may lose a healthy life in a healthy environment. In the past, many civilizations self-destructed themselves and got lost on the
timeline of history. But today, the world is globalized, and harming our environment can have global consequences. Parents’ surveys show the need for interesting and actively carried out natural science activities and international cooperation of the school. Through the project Promoting the development of personal knowledge and creating a sustainable lifestyle, the team leaders and teachers of the partner schools will create opportunities for future cooperation, strategies, orientations, and needs of this project:

  • how to develop and strengthen applied science knowledge and find connections with other areas,
  • how to extend the new school practices to the participating schools in the project,
  • how to transfer problem-based learning and formative learning to the participating schools,
  • how student’s startup ideas can be used in the partner schools,
  • how to find ways affecting the professional choices of pupils to find green/environmental jobs,
  • how to transfer the achievements of the project to the families of pupils and follow lifelong learning,
  • how to convey the idea of an outdoor classroom to participating schools and to strengthen the development of the partnership,
  • how to present the results of the project with video production or journalism (interviews, short reports, news)
  • how to follow the example of a school that is successful and rewarded in the ecological field,
  • how to promote the field participation towards social roles,
  • how to promote an entrepreneurial mindset, creativity, critical thinking.
  • how to spread less known European languages and to improve the knowledge of English,
  • how to integrate activities into classes.

The project has two main target groups: pupils and teachers. This project aims is to develop a stimulating learning environment that will enable us to combine natural sciences with an awareness of the importance of keeping the planet Earth for future generations. We also combine the field of social and economic development. We will incorporate problem learning and experiential learning, we follow the elements of formative assessment. 4 principals and 18 teachers will participate in the project, they are mostly English teachers,  science and class teachers. In this project, the number of teachers and other school staff, and other associates will help with the project. The age of the participating pupils will be 12 to 15 years.

Activities and workshops of the elementary school from Poljčane are cooperation with the Learning Polygon Dole, the classroom of sustainable development in nature, where gifted pupils will work in groups with pupils with fewer opportunities, we will upgrade the research task on the topic of Creating tools for measuring the size of the Planet Earth and the implementation of measurements, problem-based learning about the positive impact of the school geothermal heating on the environment, the idea to implement a similar solution to the issue of heating and hot water supply to the participating schools, how to clean and revive the river Dravinje and how the results can affect water quality, a poetry workshop in the languages of the participating schools and the poetry evening of the best poems at the Bird Watching Observatory near the Dravinja River. The process of producing video content will be part of the project, too.

 

 

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