The aim of this Coordination-Action is to assemble and assess comprehensive teaching and demonstration material, which should enable all primary school children (ISCED 1 Level of Education according to UNESCO) to discover basic concepts of ecology and obtain hands-on experience in cycling of elements in nature, and thus the potential of wastewater as a resource. Due to the universal appeal of nature to children these systems have a great potential to integrate both sexes as well as "disadvantaged and under performing" groups such as immigrant children. These classroom systems will result from ongoing research in nature-oriented systems, and will reflect today's best available technology. The contributions of the network partners will help to disseminate best available technology from different regions of Europe.
The systems developed by the partners represent not only a way to handle waste and wastewater or to reuse nutrients; they are also highly suitable to demonstrate the paths of waste in nature and their influence on the ecosystem. The classroom systems will be designed to be low cost and easy to assemble and maintain by the children. They will serve as motivation tools to ask questions about nature, to experiment with ecosystems, measure and interpret data and thus explore the natural processes and even, in a first moderate step, to experience hypothesis driven research.
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