Four schools from Hamburg, Venice, Stockholm and Barcelona started an Erasmus+ project called The Sea Connection in 2018. This project led many students and teachers from these schools to participate in a quest in which they would find out about the past of their cities, their present and their future. They would discover how many things they had in common as European citizens of coastal cities as well as their differences. They learnt about the history and future of trade by sea and migration. They did research about the effects of harbour activity on the environment and discussed the future social challenges their cities would
Participating in this creative writing activity the students were free to use their imagination. Their texts could be about anything related to containers and their cargo, from a newspaper article to an interior monologue of goods or even people transported and shipped in a container. If they decided to write a text from the point of view of a piece of cargo, they could also think about under which conditions it was produced, its country of origin, its final destination and incidents during its journey across the sea. Click here to download all the container stories
A group of young students in Stockholm drew pictures related to topics of our project. These drawings were passed on to the school in Hamburg where the students chose a picture which inspired them to write a poem, an interior monologue, a newspaper article, a short story etc referring to what they saw in the picture. The creative texts were then passed on to the school in Barcelona where the students drew pictures again on the basis of the texts they liked. The pictures were then given to the school in Venice where the students wrote the final texts of this activity. In the end,
During our international exchange week in Stockholm during the first week of October 2019, we managed to create this video documentary. It summarizes all the research done in each of the countries and all the cooperation and exchange held in Stockholm about marine pollution and urban changes in waterfront districts.
During our exchange week in Barcelona, we organised a beach clean-up in a beach near the city. With all the items we collected, we classified the garbage into categories and measured its impact on the environment. Before recycling it, the students used those materials to create works of art with a message about the environmental problem that pollution and our lifestyles represent. Find below a sample of the best works of art and a video in which the students explain the meaning of those masterpieces.
During our international exchange week in Barcelona during the first week of May, we managed to create this video documentary. It summarizes all the research done in each of the countries and all the cooperation and exchange held in Barcelona about invasive species, migration flows and plastic pollution. We would like to thank the CRAM (Centre de Recuperació d’Animals Marins) and PROACTIVA OPENARMS for their contribution to the realization of this video.
During our international exchange week in Venice last March, we produced this video documentary that summarizes all the research done in each of the countries and all the cooperation and exchange held in Venice about the history of trade, sea level rise and the impact of big cruisers. We would like to thank the No Grandi Navi organization for their contribution to the realization of this video.
At Gymnasium Altona in Hamburg the students drew an outline and the different sections of a cruise ship on a giant piece of paper. The drawing was cut into small pieces and the “puzzle parts” were given to the other schools. Young students of all the schools did research on cruise ships and drew pictures of hidden objects/rooms/people in their respective sections of the ship. All the drawings were put together and the final product, a giant, colourful, international cruise ship, was exhibited in all four schools. Click here to see the full-size image.
As the first step of our project, we organized an international logo contest for our project. The four schools participating in the project cellebrated a local contest with all the students in the schools and chose the three best logo proposals for the project. The logo had to represent the objectives of the project, the countries involved in it and the European aspect of it. Then, the 12 pre-selected logos were voted in international groups and a winner was chosen. These are the 12 finalists:
Our project was meant to mix students from four different nationalities who speak more than 4 different languages. Even though the language of communication was going to be English, the students would be spending some time abroad as part of the project. Because of that, we decided to create a mini-dictionary with daily expressions in German, Italian, Swedish, Spanish and Catalan and voice recordings. You will find the content and words used below.