Between 26th February and 2nd March, the first international meeting with students and teachers was held in Portugal (Santarém) at Alexandre Herculano Basic School, under the Erasmus + Project “4Elements”.
A set of educational and socio-cultural activities were developed according to the Natural Element worked so far at this stage of the European project: “Water”.
The working week was named as “The Water week” and the working plan gathered different moments and activities: students had to present digital presentations of schools, cities, countries and a set of chose cultural aspects of each country; a digital presentation of the materials and activities created and developed in each school within the approach of the main teaching/learning concept worked in this project: the Flipped Classroom method; different school visits were planned to explore concepts and develop activities concerning freshwater and saltwater natural resources with sample collection by the students – visit to the “Salinas de Rio Maior”, “Nazaré”, “Olhos de Água” spring of the “Alviela” River and “Mira D’Aire” caves. Students had to develop social and personal abilities within a team, to actively suggest and accept opinions of others in order to fulfill the main issue of this teamwork: raising awareness of the importance of water as a natural resource.
These activities provided students the opportunity to improve social and communication skills, creativity, environmental awareness and boost entrepreneurship concepts.