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Play with water: Introducing ecological engineering to primary schools to increase interest and understanding of natural sciences

Objective

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.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SCIENCE-AND-SOCIETY-11
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Funding Scheme

CA - Coordination action

Coordinator

ZÜRCHER HOCHSCHULE FÜR ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN (ZURICH UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES)
Address
Technikumstrasse 9
Winterthur
Switzerland

Participants (5)

BILDUNGS- UND DEMONSTRATIONSZENTRUM FÜR DEZENTRALE ABWASSERBEHANDLUNG E. V.
Germany
Address
Torgauer Strasse 76
Leipzig
LIMNOS COMPANY FOR APPLIED ECOLOGY LTD.
Slovenia
Address
Pozarnice 41
Brezovica Pri Ljubljani
MID SWEDEN UNIVERSITY
Sweden
Address
Holmgatan 10
Sundsvall
UNIVERSITETET FOR MILJØ- OG BIOVITENSKAP
Norway
Address
Drobakveien 31
Aas
UNIVERSITY OF AARHUS
Denmark
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
Aarhus C