Last visit for the project - Visit to Iisalmi, Finland


  The work of the teams of the 4 schools in the framework of the ERASMUS+ KA2 project on the topic: "Climate change in the digital era".  This was the 4th meeting of students from the partner schools of SAPES (GREECE), STORD (NORWAY), VILLE-LA-GRAND (FRANCE), IISALMI (FINLAND). The last meeting took place in Iisalmi, Finland, as set out in the programme approved by the respective national agencies in August 2020 and which was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

On the first day the hosts welcomed the delegations and emphasized the value of cooperation for the 4 schools in order to achieve the local communities’ common good. The Headmaster of the Sapes High School said the following in his welcome speech:
"Dear colleagues, Headmaster of the school, thank you for hosting this last meeting of our student teams in
a project that we started in difficult health conditions but we managed to carry through. I want to thank first of all all the students and their families who participated in this project from all schools, the fellow teachers who participated in the pedagogical teams, the Coordinators who took on a difficult task from coordinating to the results and deliverables of the project to our local communities and beyond, as well as the school principals for this collaboration in this educationally innovative but also timely topic of our project.
Our schools may be from different cultural
backgrounds with different languages, but we have proven that our common language is the quality education and training that comes forward for the common good of our students and our countries through our common path in the European Union. The future belongs to us and we are open to partnerships and new programmes that have been opened for the period 2023 - 2027".
During the week already underway, the students after being divided into mixed groups (seven) held a feedback on what happened in the previous 3 meetings and after the Iisalmi students presented their region, foods, customs and school, the next
phase found the groups meeting and planning concerning the future of our planet. That is, each group would have to report and create a story scenario: the bad (black, from the color of carbon) and the good (green, the color of nature) that will prevail in the future in terms of climate change.

The story-script that the groups created (it can be either one or both) about the future of the planet was a short film, collage, short theatrical performance, video, presentation, etc. All results will be posted on the schools' websites. Parallel activities carried out in addition to the production of the scripts were the following in order:
1. A visit to a factory for recycling materials and separating them by category and material.
2. Visit to a model livestock school. A school that teaches young livestock farmers who learn how, through circular and sustainable development, each livestock farmer can further develop his unit, produce quality and organic products using renewable energy sources, wind and solar energy and geothermal energy for his benefit, making the livestock unit energy self-sufficient but also productive for electricity
from other sources.
3. Visit to a private farm where the
livestock Farmer produces Biodiesel alone as fuel for his unit, but also produces electricity with photovoltaic and wind systems, covering in total the needs of his business in electricity and not only, but sells electricity to other customers accordingly.
4. Visit to the University of Eastern Finland in the city of Kuopio with high standards internationally and very high in the world ranking of Universities. In particular,
in the Department of Microparticle Physics we all attended a lecture on the role of microparticles either from human activity or natural activity in climate change.
Visit to the tower of the city at an altitude of 225 metres and finally the opportunity to visit and discover the secrets of the lakeside city of Kuopio.
Finally, the groups, having perfected their story-scenarios, presented them to the plenary session in the main auditorium of the school. Very good stories and scenarios about the future of the planet were presented, using the new technology assisted by mobile phones, tablets and laptops. The projects
included from video and drama to collage.
In conclusion, we would like to mention that this action, after reaching its end, leaves a great legacy for the Sapes
school as well as the other partner schools, a great experience for our students and teachers (since the school was the coordinator of the project) and an added value to our region, since the product produced, a free application for mobile phones, will help users to get information about climate and microparticles and some data about weather such as temperature, humidity. The final project result enhances the quality and innovative education provided in the region.


The educational product, our school's sensor, is now part of the global network known as PurpleAir. You can watch it live here:
https://map.purpleair.com/1/mTEMP_C/a30/p1800/cC0 select=38319#10.71/41.0379/25.778

Also you can download the app which has been updated and upgraded to new versions here:

Technical and other information about the Sensor can be found here:

info on the whole ERASMUS+ KA2 programme "Climate change in the digital era" about all schools, corresponding actions, publications etc. you can click here: