Water is the main source of life

chldren with drawingsAims

The purposes of this REC are: to introduce school children to international organizations interested in the subject of water, to strengthen tolerance to other cultures, to interest children in technological, natural, environmental, and biological sciences; to teach children to find the proper examples in nature for water analysis, to gather them and to make chemical analysis; to prepare school children for  successful further studies.

Argument for inclusion

The geography of this Project is very broad. Holland, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Polish, and Lithuanian school children were analyzing water suitability for meals. It was possible to compare results between different countries

Relevant information in short

Main Research Partners

Kaunas University of Technology, Secondary schools of Lithuania, Holland, Belgium and Great Britain, college in France

Educational partners

Ministry of Science and Education, Ministry of Environment Lithuania

Other partners

Druskininkai municipality, Grutas park

Age classes

From 14 to 18

Thematic orientation

Biology, nature, environment, science & technologies

Main Focus

To teach school children to analyze water importance in everyday life, health strengthening, and cultural heritage.

Rersources

Sponsorship of Kaunas University of Technology, Educational Ministry, municipality of Druskininkai, teachers offer their voluntary work

Years of activity

Since 2002

Website

http://atgimimas.w3.lt

Contact person

Loreta  Silanskiene

Context and conditions

The project “Water is the main source of life” started when Environment Ministry gave the money for the research of water quality in the ponds, lakes, rivers, and wells of Druskininkai region. The principal of Druskininkai “Atgimimas” Secondary school Danute Casiene was the initiator of the project. Kaunas Technological University as the partner of this REC gave the bus – chemical laboratory. The other partners thought about the possibility to strengthen the research and collaboration using less popular languages, such as: Dutch, Polish, and French and to educate multicultural competence.

Activities and contents

Rubbish Dump

The rubbish dump in Druskininkai region

REC consists of several research stages. At the first stage, drinking water wells are registered during the expedition and described from the position of cultural heritage. At the second stage school children with  laboratory equipment go to the expeditions and perform chemical research of drinking water in the wells and prepare the reports. The comparison of water in drinking water wells is made at the third stage and the children leading their teachers make conclusions about the influence of natural pollution on water.

concertMethodologies

The exact sciences (chemistry, mathematics, and physics) are combined together with cultural heritage not only of Lithuania, but also of the other countries. Professors of KTU teach school children how to perform the research and to analyze their results taking into account the influence of the pollution to the environment. 

Concert 2Curriculum relevance and Mutual benefits

The REC raises the status of chemical science among school children and enables them to study chemistry and environment sciences more thoroughly. The quality of chemistry and nature sciences knowledge improves distinctly. Motivation for studying technological sciences increases. Children learn how to forecast the influence of pollution to nature. School children learn to collaborate and to express their scientific ideas during the conferences and in the debates during videoconferences.

Limits and possibilities

The project was based on money from the Education Ministry, as they were the only source of financing. After one year of financing the money was cut and the project was not finished. The idea was brilliant, but because of short term vision of municipality, good ideas for further experiments and acquaintance with research for clean drinking water were not fulfilled.

Pictures from the project webpages