In June, the Education Centre Geoss hosted a partner meeting for the Erasmus+ project OTA – Online Teaching Advancement – Science through Art.
The first day – Wednesday, 8 June: We met in Ljubljana, Slovenia, with the project partners from the National Gallery of Slovenia, Primary School lITIJA and the Education Centre Geoss, as well as the Finnish science centre Heureka, the Cypriot organisation INNOVADE and the Italian centre CESIE, to give a detailed overview of the work that has been done so far on the project. All partners are already developing activities for (online) teaching physics, mathematics and chemistry through the arts, based on the methodology developed in the project. The afternoon continued with a study visit to the National Gallery of Slovenia, where the permanent collection was presented and the work of the restoration department was explained in more detail. The day ended with a meeting on the promotion of the project.
The next day, the partners visited Litija. The meeting took place in the premises of the Education Centre Geoss and continued with a visit to the Primary School Litija. There we were present for a lesson in natural sciences. The pupils explored and tested in an innovative way how they can extract colours from different natural materials and use them to create real works of art. We continued our study visit in Nova Gorica. We visited the e-house, the house of experiments. We encountered science through an educational and at the same time fun interactive exhibition, and then combined our creative and technological thinking in a robotics workshop. We concluded two full and varied days in the beauty of the Slovenian Karst.
The meeting was extremely productive and we realised once again how valuable it is to be able to meet in person. With a lot of fresh energy, new ideas and enthusiasm, we are back to developing activities to make the lessons creative and scientific at the same time.