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Science is everywhere!

The main aim of this project is to help students to understand how sciences improve our lives.
We want to "discover" the chemistry, physics and the mechanisms of the life! Science is universal, science is everywhere!!! Science has enormous influence on our lives. It provides the basis of much of modern technology - the tools, materials, techniques, and sources of power that make our lives and work easier.
The discoveries of scientists also help to shape our views about ourselves and our place in the universe. Science is universal. Imagine a job that doesn't need some background in science. Law? Farming? Running a restaurant? Business? Lawyers must know about DNA testing and forensic evidence. Farmers are swamped with genetic modification choices, salinity problems, worries about the lesser spotted godwit or precious purple frog requiring protection in the lower paddock. As for chefs: try cooking gourmet meals if you've never heard of salmonella or botulism. Business people are challenged constantly by new technology.
The point is there is no job in the 21st century that can be done effectively without some feeling for science.
Participating to the project activities is a unique opportunity for students to stimulate their scientific and analytical observation. Participating in this project can be very instructive but also very fun and you can find friends all over Europe!

In this project are involved 22 schools from 10 countries: Romania-3 schools, Italy-4 schools, Poland –6 schools, Portugal –1 school, Slovakya-1 school, Latvia-2 schools, Spain-1 school, Iceland-1 school, Czech Republic- 2 schools, France- 1 school.

The project "Science is everywhere!" was based on curricular objectives having the following subject clusters: Environment, Cross-curriculum, Geography, Biology, Math, Physics, Chemistry, Informatics, Foreign Languages, Media, and Sports. The pupils have shared each other photos from their countries and documents of their activities celebrating the most important scientific days in calendar:
-the International Day of Water (March 22nd 2008)
-the International Day of Earth (April 22nd 2008)
-the World Day Against Smoking (May 31st 2008)
-the World Day of the Environment (June 5th 2008)
-the International Sun Day (June 21st 2008), as well as a lot of materials about Biodiversity and Energy.
For the 2008-2009 school year we propose to celebrate the following events:
-International Ozone-layer protection Day (September 16 th 2008)
-International Day for animals protection (October 4 th 2008)
-the World Day of Alimentation (October 16 th 2008)
-AIDS World Day (December 1 st 2008),
as well other scientific events (scientific sessions and exhibitions in the partners schools).
The Science Mathematics Dictionary is our innovative educational product. The pupils have used the photos taken by themselves, not downloaded on the Internet. They have posted them on this dictionary, adding a word for each of it in their language and in English. Then, each partner team had to complete the scientific words in the mother language. This scientific dictionary could be used by all the European friends simply, sorting the terms by column "Type". The pupils liked the idea of multilingual dictionary very much and some of them even suggested including phonetic transcription in each language section. They have added terms from Biology, Physics, Geography, Math, and Chemistry in order to be translated by their European school partners.
The web address on the project: http://my.twinspace.etwinning.net/launchercfmlangencid27016?l=en
During the 2008-2009 school year we will develop the blog too: http://scienceiseverywhere.myblog.it/

Lidia Minza - Chemistry teacher
"Vasile Alecsandri" High School
Galati, Romania