We may read in OLDaily a reference to the "Two Cultures":
"At some point scientists had ceased to be considered intellectuals... and though any educated person was required to know Shakespeare, almost none knew the second law of thermodynamics."
Also...: "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects!"
I am happy that the Check and Slovak children participating in the Science workshop are indeed children of two cultures: they enjoyed the science activities
and they were also excellent performers
of dance and music!
Science cannot be done without a language.
In fact, Science is done via MANY languages: the language of graphics, iconic graphic, tabular language, formal language, the informal language we use when we speak about science in our mother tongue, etc.
We express it in writing in symbols, graphs, mathematical equations...
We express it in words in informal and formal sentences...
Of course, the Greek language permeates both the formal and informal languages of science, and the Greek atomosphere was present all the time during the workshop.
In Thessaloniki we had those many languages in the science workshop (either present or latent, behind each experiment and each explanation for an experiment), but we also had three mother tongues in which each of us thought: Slovensko, Czech and Catalan.
And we communicated in English (and with our handwaving).
The key figure in this ocean of languages was Martin Safarik, the English interpreter that came with the Slovakian delegation.
He was deeply involved in all the experiments!
My warmest thanks to him, both for having made an exceptional effort to run smoothly the face to face workshop, and also for having been of essential help before and after the wonderful Thessaloniki experience, in translating material like this,
and in serving as a liason with the Czech and Slovak teachers.
Thanks to all these teachers and specially to Martin, for their collaboration in this workshop, the outcome of which can be also seen in the Xperimania webpage:
and in the FuturEnergia webpage: http://www.futurenergia.org/ww/en/pub/futurenergia2007/competitions/scouts_gallery.cfm
On the 25th the Spanish team has been in Thessaloniki. We have been in Capsis hotel where Mr. Costas was waiting for us.
We would like to thanks to the Greek National Service for all the camp, specially MR. Costas for being so kind with us.
After visiting the city we have had a reflection meeting with the students in which they expressed their opinions about the camp. They have realised how important is to have a good English level to be in contact.
Everybody has had a really good time and the camp has been an unforgotten experience.
JoséLuis, Ángeles, Lole and Pilar
The pictures were taken just at the beginning, so the tables are clean and tidy... wait till the workshop is over!
And they did an excellent job, as we are seeing in different entries!
Hi from Coimbra!
We're back to real life and work (etwinning camp was a dream in heaven).
Some colleagues suggested we all post our photos and videos at our http://etwinners2009.ning.com because they feel at ease with it.
So, see you there.
Before we started our fun-experiments, we checked that we had the necessary energy: first a few students and then all the group (the 25-odd people in the room) checked that we were connected!
Here is a picture showing one of the 9 teams: the 3 pupils held hands and closed a circuit with the white ball.
In this way, they shared a current that lit the ebergy ball (see the red color in the ball)?
We all need a good night's sleep but the etwinning spirit has kept us alive all day long !
Thanks again for this wonderful stay which has been enlightening and relaxing.
We hope that we'll meet again somewhere in Europe
Love from the French team
eTwinning connects countries, cultures and people and and music transports their emotions about it. In simple words, the eTwinning groups from Ireland and Sweden („Make a film" group) and from France and Spain („No frontiers“ group) created their own eTwinning hiphop songs.
The room was buzzing and very silent at a time and you could feel either the concentration or exitement and fun. I suppose some of them got really into a flow like I did as a teacher.
Within less than one hour they wrote their own texts, sang or spoke them and taped them. The message: Creativity is not about being perfect but about just doing it, allow trial and error. Using media the world is open to us to express ourselves in any way we want. We think: eTwinning is cool!
Thanks to all for your cooperation and again to Sebastian and to Julian and the staff for helping us with the technology! :))) Bettina
Some of the groups have already left, and the rest of us will soon be taking off as well. The eTwinning team will be leaving shortly, so although I don't have time to write more about last night's AMAZING talent show as the final evening programme, I will do so when I get back to Belgium.
Checking out, exchanging email addresses and hugs with new friends... the eTwinning Camp 2009 has truly been a pleasure from our side and we are grateful for all the good spirit throught the five days.
See you soon! Safe travels!
Tina, Anne, Silvia and Sylvia
One of the activities in the Science Workshop was to investigate the response of bracelets made of white beads to different sources of light: lamps of various sorts, darkness, sunshine, etc.
Only I knew beforehand that the beads respond (and change to different colors) to the UV component of white light.
The problem was that the Sun was not shining!!! And most of the lamps in the nice hotel we stayed in apparently had very little UV-light component (which is a good thing!).
Another difficulty, which turned out to be a minor one because of the creativy of the 25 students, is that we could not open a window and try to explore the behavior of the bracelets outside the window, because we were in the second floor of the hotel, precisely where the little children playground place: the students rapidly realized that the windows were blocked for security reasons.
A few minutes later I found out that a group of students were experimenting with the bracelets: they just went to a different floor and located a door that opened into a terrace! Here is the proof that "some" Sun was doing its work:
Although it wasn't easy to wake up earlier than usual this morning - especially after a night of dancing! - everyone was ready to go at 8.15 to head to Thessaloniki.
In the morning, we did a bus tour of the city, stopping from time to time to see the view and visit the sites. The tour included a marvelous view of Thessaloniki from the top of the Byzantine city walls, a tour of St. Dimitros Byzantine church and its catacombs, the White Tower (which is the symbol of Thessaloniki), the Rotonda, the Citadel and the waterfront, where we also posed in front of the large statue of Alexander the Great.
We had lunch is a very nice restaurant in the Ladadika quarter. The building was converted into a restaurant some years ago, but was originally used for trade. The food was really yummy!
The afternoon was then dedicated to free time so that the group could split up and do what they wanted - whether it was to sit and have a refreshing drink in the sun, a stroll on the boardwalk or a wander in the many cute little shops.
We then met up at 4pm at the White Tower for a group photo and then headed back to the hotel. The group are now resting and/or preparing for the final show tonight: the Talent Show!
Group shot in front of the White Tower - the symbol of Thessaloniki
Checking out the statue of Alexander the Great
Visiting the Catacombs in St. Dimitrios Church