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France Mobility #1 in Finland : April 3rd to 9th

                             ERASMUS MOBILITY IN FINLAND

link to the pictures


A logo that has the European Union yellow stars on a blue circle background, together with the text Waterasmus, with the flags of the countries featured on the letters

Day 1 : Arrival in Helsinki

6 French students and 2 teachers took off to Helsinki for an exceptional experience. The meeting point was at the airport in Lyon at 7.00
The departure was at 9. 30 am to Paris Charles de gaules and then to Helsinki.
Once we landed there all the families were waiting for us, as well as Janne and Fanny the Finnish teachers.
The students left with their host in Espoo and we headed to our hotel in Helsinki.

Day 2 : Day at school

We all met at school where we did the following things.

1- Janne presented the schedule of the day and of the week


2- The students played a game to get to know one another
3- presentation of each country. France prepared a video back in France where they filmed the whole school . The idea was not only to show the buildings and rooms but also talk about the schedule, subjects and specificities of our school.

4- Then a Finnish teacher came to do a lecture about bees. Here are below what she talked about.

pollinators: bees, bats, bumblebees, humming birds, a drone (a male bee)
Words: pollination, wind-pollination, insect-pollination, ecosystem service
What is an Ecosystem service:
Why do pollinators pollinate? They produce honey from nectar.
What would happen without pollinators ? Flowers would die/ crops will disappear/ biodiversity would shrink/plants would
What threatens pollinators ? Pollution, climate change, mono crop (needs to have different crops), pesticide
Which vegetables would survive without pollination: mushrooms, onions, potatoes,
Which food would still be created ? Olive oil , pop corn, flour (according to the bee keepers association)
Disease which is spreading : varroa mite coming from India.
What do you know about honeybees? Brainstorming (the queen bee, worker bees, live in a society (social insect) , they all have a role in the society in the hive, they have evolved an extraordinary form of a communication known as the waggle dance. It is highly symbolic..) the lives of bees depend on how long they travel. The more they travel the less they live. The queen been can live on the contrary up to 5,6 years
Beehive / beekeeper / a worker (a female bee but unable to reproduce) / swarming (form a new hive) a part of the bee is starting a new hive somewhere / hive inspection (what is the bee keeper is doing to check if everything is well / Varroa mite (disease)
Hive products: HONEY (differents kind depending of where the bees produce their nectar) BEESWAX: (Candle and cosmetics) POLLENS, PROPOLIS, (antibacterial virtue) LARVAE (Small worms) ROYAL JELLY
How can you help pollinators? be a messy Gardener to keep as many flowers in your garden like dandelions) Do not use pesticide, buy local from your local beekeepers.
How does pollination work? YouTube

5- Then we had the main lines of how we produced a VIDEO by Tania (home economics teacher)

The goal is to give tools to students because they will have to make a documentary about something related to Water, sustainability, plastic wastes….

Day 3 : Aalto university and workshops at school

We went to Aalto University Design factory

It is a public research university which fosters 6 majors schools (engineering, art, technology….) and has a close partnership with businesses, startups. It is meant to create a unique multidisciplinary university that was needed to launch new thoughts and innovations. New ideas which are linked to sustainability.

Then we had 2 workshops. The first was in a lab where students learnt to make plastic out of Milk using vinegar and food coloring . The French students were really excited because in France we do not do such experiments knowing that using a gaz heater is forbidden.
The second workshop was in the auditorium. The Finnish students taught the French, Italian and German a little bit of Finnish.

Day 4 : Ice swimming in Klobbens and group work at school


swimming in a frozen lake, what an experience! All the French tried it, happy, vivified and enriched by such an experience. The landscape was also breathtaking and unusual for the French.

Day 5 : Helsinki, Suomenlinna Island and Fazer chocolate factory

After meeting,ne at school, we headed to Helsinki where we walked through the city center to the most famous landmark Helsingin Kaupungintalo that is a cathedral which overhangs the city.

The second step of our day was to the the ferry to the island of Suomenlinna where we had an hour to walk around and discover the area. This island was very important during the war between Sweden and Russia.
On our way back we had lunch at a « all you can eat pizza » for the delight of the students and teachers!
Finally we visited the Fazer chocolate factory where we closed the visit with a all you can eat chocolate for half an hour.

Day 6 : School day

We spent our last day at school. The students had to work in groups to finish their assignment which was to make a video of a topic related to water. All the videos were then presented to everyone.
It was then time to say goodbye. What a wonderful and enriching week which will remain engraved in everyone mind!