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International Conference on Environmental Studies and English BACK TO NATURE

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    On April 27th, the international conference "Back to Nature" was held at Prienai "Žiburys" gymnasium in cooperation with Lithuanian higher education institutions-Vytautas Magnus, Klaipėda, and Kaunas Forestry Environmental Engineering Universities,   Baltic Sea Project Schools, International Waste Management organization- Green Dot and Nemunas Loops regional park. The conference was also an integral part of the international Erasmus+ project " A European Green Goal: Clean Energy and Environmental Sustainability against Climate Change," which is why Climate Change was chosen as the theme for the conference.   Rasa Kučinskienė (a Biology and Chemistry teacher) and Vilija Gustaitytė (an English language teacher), the founders and initiators of this conference, were delighted to have had the opportunity to organize this international school conference, increasing students' motivation to engage in environmental issues, improving their research skill

Water Week called to explore the importance of water

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22nd - 26th of March UNESCO ASPnet Baltic Sea Project (BSP) celebrated Water Week. UN World Water Day is an old tradition, but this year was the first one when Water Week was celebrated in BSP schools all around Baltic Sea. Joint activities were very popular, with a great number of participants from Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Estonia, Germany and Finland, from kindergartens to upper secondary schools.  During Water Week the schools and students could choose from different activities. Adding photos, videos and texts with the theme “Valuing water” on Padlet was very popular amongst the participants. Many students tried interesting water experiments and took videos of them. The importance of water to cultures was not forgotten either. Together we collected over 70 water related idioms in different languages: Latvian, Polish, Russian, Finnish and Spanish. The schools also created their own ideas and had different celebrations for Water Day.   Water Week showed that the BSP schools

Calling participants to "Digital Årø 2021" - BSP's first virtual camp!

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Welcome to this year’s international and virtual Årø Camp 4 - 7 th of May 2021 Visit our livestream from 4-7th of May:  https://app.sli.do/event/bzkqtfuf Årø camp is the Baltic Sea Project’s international event, where educators and students can participate, network and act on sustainable and global topics. We invite educators and students within the UNESCO Associated Schools network to join this great opportunity to learn and feel the team spirit with other like-minded people from all over the Baltic Sea region. This camp will give you greater knowledge and experience of global citizenship and citizen science by participating in professional workshops, cross border dialogue, fun events, hands on activities and networking possibilities. The whole camp is virtual and will take place in the afternoon to secure that as many teachers and students as possible will join the Årø Camp. The final program will follow at the end of April. We have prepared a short overview of the week

International conference 'BACK TO NATURE'

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April 27 (Tuesday) a remote conference "Back to Nature" will take place at Prienai "Žiburys" gymnasium. Beginning at 9 am Central European Summer Time.   During the conference, participants from Lithuania and other countries (Italy, France, Spain, Greece) will present their research in English: scientific observations, experiments and research. The topic of the conference is climate change. We invite students of Baltic Sea Project, grades 9–12 (I – IV gymnasiums) of general education schools and their teachers to participate. Teachers and students will receive certificates.   Those wishing to participate are invited until April 10 to register here: https://forms.gle/zw7nCD4eE8PrhnVZ7   More information: Rasa Kučinskienė, +37065643470, kucinskiene.rasa@gmail.com. 

Lichen art - Get inspired!

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    International art campaign “Green life among lichen” February was announced as Baltic sea project air quality month. Students from different schools and all age groups observed, learned and made some art about lichens! Let's see! KMSC naturalists club (Lithuania) Waiting for the spring The first name of teachers name (Vaida) What do you see here? Different stories...  Viļānu secondary school (Latvia)  Kseniya Jakushonoka Jekaterina Lebedeva Viktorija Gavrilova  Nikita Ribakovs Raseiniai Viktoras Petkus school (Lithuania) Gabija Kvietkutė says: " I created the image of the first two images myself, using grass, flowers (the name of which I have not yet found out), found broken twigs with moss and lichens on them. Meanwhile, the third photo - complete art of nature - twisted, wind-brought lichens with a landscape creates amazing beauty! It was a lot of fun to watch and admire the environment!" - she says.    Gabija Kvietkutė Gabija Kvietkutė Gabija Kvietkutė Julija Juška

Does climate change have impact on the signs of spring around the Baltic Sea? Join the phenological studies 1.03-1.06.2021!

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The BSP is inviting you to join the  "Phenological studies!"  The aim of the studies is to observe when spring appears in the different countries around the Baltic Sea -  to keep an eye on the spring signs  by learning those 23 species on the worksheet  and marking down when and where did you  first  saw that species.  The observations were started by a little group of pupils from Finland, Sweden and Estonia in 1992 within the UNESCO Associates Schools Network (ASPnet). It has grown up to a common programme of the Baltic Sea Project within the UNESCO ASPnet. Phenological studies is a fun and practical outdoor activity recommended for primary schools but can be done with the secondary school as well by adding the links with the climate change and human impacts into the lesson.  This programme does not require special equipments or preparation, and motivates students to observe nature during the spring season. The pupils can observe nature alone, with their family members or wi

Valuing water - Join BSP Water Week!

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March 22 has been known as World Water Day since 1992. This year UNESCO ASPnet Baltic Sea Project (BSP) schools will celebrate Water Week 22nd - 26th of March . The theme of UN Water Day this year is “Valuing water”. The theme challenges us to think about how water is important to our home, local environment, livelihoods, well-being and cultural practices. By thinking about all the different ways water benefits our lives we can value water and save it for everyone. More information about UN World Water Day The schools can take part in Water Week in many different ways. You can choose the activities that are suitable for you. Most of them can be done even at home in case you are doing remote learning. You can also create your own ideas and share them with us. If you want to participate in the following activities, please register here . After that you will get the links to Water Week padlets. Also, the teacher can register the whole class at once. OPTIONS FOR BSP WATER WEEK FOR SCHOOLS

Water week activities - how to take pictures of snowflakes?

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When the snow shows, it's very fun to take pictures!  Sometimes  snowflakes  can occur triangular or hexagonal, but most are hexagonal. This is because the water molecule is curved. As they freeze, due to their shape, they group into rings of six. As they continue to freeze, others join them, until a beautiful hexagonal  snowflake  grows. As it flies through different temperature zones, the  snowflake  melts or grows until it acquires it's unique shape.  It takes a lot of patience to photograph  snowflakes , but the final images are worth all the trouble!  It is best to do it in sub-zero temperatures, snow, or just falling snow, because then the  snowflakes  are most beautiful. It is also advisable to wear thick gloves, because from the heat of the hands,  snowflakes  begin to dissolve before you will be able to take a picture. For this reason, you also should allow all the items you will use to cool down too before shooting.  The easiest way to get  snowflakes  is to put down

“Global challenges and opportunities of the 21th century: responsibilities of individuals and nations” 18.02.2021

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UNESCO ASPnet in Estonia welcomes all BSP school students aged 15-19 years and their teahers to join international webinar  “Global challenges and opportunities of the 21th century: responsibilities of individuals and nations”  that will take place on  February 18  (Thursday) at  14:00-17:00  (Eastern European time). Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/337904764093367 The aim of the webinar is to raise awarenes among youth and educators about global challenges related to climate change, forced migration and human rights, and to encourage youth to look for real solutions from an individual to international perspective. We will also share information about an upcoming four-day Model United Nations that will happen on June 10-13 where youth will have an opportunity to embody delegates of UN Security Council, Conference of the Parties, UN Refugee Agency and judges in the International Court of Justice.  Agenda of the webinar: Introductory interview with the President of Estoni