During the exchange in Recklinghausen 24 students from three different schools in Croatia, Denmark and Spain visited our school. The main topics of the project week were “sustainable sources of energy” and “integration”. The goals of the exchange were to increase the students’ interest in science and in different cultures and to gain language experience
All groups of the participating countries arrived on Sunday afternoon / evening and the students spent the first evening in their host families.
On Monday we all met in the school building and the programme started. After being welcomed by the headmaster the group went to the school department where the refugee students have lessons and are mainly taught German to prepare them for the regular classes (VK). We did some ice-breaker games to help the students to get to know each other. After that they had the opportunity to watch a lesson in the refugee classes. After the lesson the group had a warm lunch which had been prepared by the pupils of the VK classes. In the afternoon the students did a city-rallye and visited the Christmas market.
On Tuesday after the language assessment test the students worked in teams of mixed nationalities on an introduction to their topic. The topics were “wind energy”, “fuel cells” and “photovoltaics”. Each group presented their results to the other groups. After lunch break (national buffet prepared by the students) we all went bowling. The students were divided in two groups (group A and B) for Wednesday and Thursday.
On Wednesday group A went to the energy lab in Gelsenkirchen where the students ran experiments related to the topics “photovoltaics” and “wind energy”. Group B stayed at school and worked on their pitches for Friday.
On Thursday group B went to the energy lab and group A worked at school.
On Friday the groups presented their results to younger pupils. The pitches consisted of short presentations and activities like quizzes and experiments. The younger pupils voted for the best presentation. The best team won a prize and eternal fame.
After the presentations we finished the project week with an international buffet at school which was prepared by the students in their host families.