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Nature trip to Harakka Island in Helsinki

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Students from Finnish UNESCO ASPnet Baltic Sea Project´s schools took part in the nature trip of the Our Baltic Sea -course on April 26 in Helsinki. The day started with acquaintances and speeches at Cafe Ursula in Kaivopuisto. After lunch, the connecting boat took people to Harakka Island where we started to explore the island on a guided tour oby Harakka’s environmental educators. The tour covered the history and cultural heritage of the island and its current use as a learning environment for the Finnsh Environment Center. At the same time, photos of plants and animals were taken during the tour and observational entries were made in the iNaturalist application . Water research in pactice In the first workshop water surveys were carried out in two smaller groups. The first group studied different water values from a given depth and the second the temperature in different layers of water as well as turbidity. In this workshop, in particular, you learned to know the basics and how v

UNESCO ASPnet Baltic Sea Project schools celebrated UN World Water Day and Week and did deeds of a global citizen

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UNESCO ASPnet Baltic Sea Project schools celebrated UN World Water Day and Week and did the deeds of a global citizen This week, the Finnish UNESCO ASPnet Baltic Sea Project schools celebrated the UN World Water Day and Week (21-25 March 2022). The aim of this international day and week is to draw attention to the UN's Sustainable Development Agenda2030 target 6, which aims to ensure water and sanitation for all people in the world by 2030. The theme of this year's World Water Day was to make the invisible groundwater visible. In the UN World Water Week workshops for the UNESCO ASPnet Baltic Sea Project schools, groundwater and its adequacy were also addressed during World Water Week from the perspectives of corporate and consumer responsibility. In addition to groundwater, the Water Week workshops addressed the microplastics problem in the Baltic Sea and biosphere life below and above the surface. The workshops involved teachers and students from UNESCO ASPnet schools and

Citizen science activities 25.02-25.04.2022

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  UNESCO ASPnet Baltic Sea Project invites teachers and students to engage with UN sustainable development goals by completing one or more citizen science activities during the given two-month period. Citizen science is a possibility for citizens to contribute to science and learn about their living environment. To finish off the event all participants will be invited to a mini web-conference taking place on April 25th, where they will be able to share experiences and results with their peers and hear a talk on the topic. Everyone signed up for one of the activities will receive an invitation in the weeks to come! How to get involved? Choose one or more activities and sign up for it by March 4th! This way we can have an overview of the participants and keep in touch. Activities can be either done in group or individually. 1. Air quality inside/outside Make measurements of CO2 inside or outside of your school or explore air quality measuring points in your area. Activity sign-

Finland: Yhteinen Itämeri (Our Baltic Sea) project boosts the activities of the UNESCO ASPnet Baltic Sea Project school network

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Finland has sought a boost to the activities of the UNESCO ASPnet schools’ Baltic Sea Project from the national  Yhteinen Itämeri (Our Baltic Sea)  project.  Yhteinen Itämeri  project received funding from the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) from government grants allocated to the internationalisation of education. The project started in August 2021, and will end at the end of December 2022. The aim of Yhteinen Itämeri is to activate, strengthen and expand Finland's national Baltic Sea Project school network of UNESCO ASPnet schools, but also to cooperate at international level with schools in the Baltic Sea region. The aim is to raise awareness of the environmental problems in the Baltic Sea region, and to help understand the different scientific, social, cultural, political and economic aspects of human-to-nature dependence. In addition, the aim of the project is to strengthen the sustainable lifestyle of pupils and students and to encourage climate action to saf

The Baltic Sea WebQuiz 2021 results are out!

  The UNESCO Baltic Sea Project's WebQuiz 2021 has ended and the results are out!  A total of 3,790 students (wihich is 42 students more than last year) from 8 countries around the Baltic Sea participated in the quiz, in addition also 23 sea enthusiasts and teachers tested their knowledge. The largest number of participants was from Estonian schools - 3213 students and teachers. The second largest participant was Lithuania (230 participants), followed by Latvia (220 participants), Finland (66), Poland(55), Germany (16), Denmark (7) and Russia (6). Only one Baltic Sea Project country was left out this time - Sweden.  The WebQuiz was held in three age groups and was the most popular among 14-16 year olds (1650 students), then the 17-19 year old age group (1118 students) and finally among 10-13 year olds (964 students). Due to GDPR restrictions we are not announcing the students names, which will be sent to national coordinators. Excel table with all anonymous results is available her

Annual GLOBE and Baltic Sea Project students scientific conference took place!

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November 26 the remote Baltic Sea Project and GLOBE annual students scientific conference took place! This year conference was held remotely The conference was opened by specially invited guests -  Almantas Kulbis, Head of the Nature and Ecological Education Department of the LMNŠC, Andrea K.S. Lindgren, Representative of the US Embassy in Vilnius. Eglė Butkevičienė, one of the founders of the Citizen Science Association in Lithuania. And Justina Kazlauskienė, a specialist of the Meteorological and Aviation Observations Division of the Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service under the Ministry of Environment. And the last guest Justina Kazlauskienė was not invited by accident - as we began working with the Hydrometeorological Service this spring, we are increasingly approaching the common goal of expanding the network of phenological observers as well as making greater use of the data collected by students. This acquaintance with the participants is one of the first fruits of our collab

The UNESCO Baltic Sea Project's WebQuiz 2021

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This year's Baltic Sea Project's WebQuiz 2021 is open for participation! The UNESCO Baltic Sea Project's WebQuiz 2021 is ready for students all over Baltic Sea region to participate! This year’s theme is “Climate change and migration” By participating in the Quiz the students can improve their knowledge about the Baltic Sea ecosystems, environmental awareness and understanding of sustainable development. Also build critical thinking skills, test online information searching skills and learn English. The WebQuiz can be done as part of a Natural Science class or English class at school, also as a part of home schooling or distance learning program. Download the A3 poster for dissemination from here . This year the questions are in three age groups: 10-13 years: 30 minutes, 5 questions 13-16 years: 45 minutes, 8 questions 17-19 years: 60 minutes, 10 questions The Baltic Sea WebQuiz in open until the 6th of December. The Baltic Sea WebQuiz 2021 can be found HERE Additional info

Participation summary of the Estonian BSP citizen science programs in the 2020/2021 academic year

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Despite a difficult last year and long periods of distance learning in Estonia, there were still some participants in the BSP citizen science programs. Observations were conducted all over Estonia throughout the year and we thank all the students and teachers who participated in them for their enthusiasm! There were a total of 954 participants in the  bird ecology programs last academic year. Good cooperation continued with BSP schools in the capital Tallinn and Lahemaa National Park area. There were 173 observing students during the year (autumn observation, mid-winter waterfowl census and survey during Easter). In addition 781 people, including many students, took part in various bird themed learning activities such as nature days, excursions and quizzes all over Estonia. 51 students from 5 BSP schools took part in the phenological studies program from the end of Febuary to the beginning of June. The observers were 2nd - 7th grade students and there were 5 local observation sites ar

All-Russian science-practical conference with international participation "High school students' club: Hygiene and human ecology"

We kindly invite students from classes of 8-11 and their supervisors to participate in All-Russian science-practical conference with international participation within the framework of the Year of Science and Technology in Russian Federation. The conference will be held by "North-West Scientific Center of Hygiene and Public Health" and State Budgetary Educational Institution Lyceum 179 in St. Petersburg on October 29, 2021     The conference purposes are:     to develop creative, research and project activities of students; to form an ecological outlook, the ability to manage their actions, behavior in the interests of their own development, health, ecologically safe environment and sustainable development; to create conditions for professional self-determination of students; to promote the students’ best achievements; to develop networking with countries participating in the UNESCO Baltic Sea Project. The conference accepts projects and research work on the topic: ph