Then on Thursday, 11th April 2019, the Erasmus students were back at the RISS Senior Campus, working hard towards their 2pm deadline to get the exhibition up and running.
Not only did they prepare great displays, but also had two Prowise with Prezis on Eugenics on one and statistics examples on the other. There were also computers with videos on a loop about the topics covered on the displays.
We had many 11th graders visit and some host parents and teachers as well. We left the display up for a week and on Monday we had a visit from grade 6 Maths, and on Thursday, from 11 TOK.
On Wednesday, 10th April 2019, we all went to Amsterdam University College where we attended two lectures, one by well-known climate scientist Bart Verheggen, and the other by three of his distinguished colleagues from the Media Department. Dr Verheggen and the media professors spoke to the Erasmus+ students about the misuse of statistics and the fake news about climate change.
The students were thoroughly engrossed and asked and answered questions in a very sophisticated way. They were well prepared through the Erasmus+ activities, but also they were a self-selected group of bright, clued-in youngsters who chose to participate in this module through interest, and it showed.
This was followed by free time back in Rotterdam and then the whole group of students and teachers met at the restaurant La Pizza across from the school where they were treated to a lovely 3-course dinner. We were joined by Deputy Principal Lani du Plessis and teacher Paul Alberts who had done the housing for the project.
Text: Carolyn McNanie
Photos: Carolyn McNanie, Sergej Vögele
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Erasmus Coordinator Carolyn McNanie looks back upon three days during which our Erasmus students worked on an exhibition at Rotterdam International Secondary School.
Prior to meeting for the first time on Tuesday morning, the students had put themselves in 3 groups: Eugenics, How to Lie with Statistics and the Power of Data. The first order of the day was to get know each other, so they played a game where they introduced each other with the use of paper airplanes – this went quite well! After that the hosting teacher, Carolyn McNanie, used a powerpoint with examples to lead a discussion about what makes a good display.
They were also shown the display boards they would be using which could be placed in a variety of different combinations. Now armed with the requirements for their project, the students proceeded to work all day Tuesday on the research, design and content for their chosen topics. The exhibition was to include not only display boards but also a Prowise touchscreen where the Eugenics group displayed the Prezis they had prepared at home. Each group also had a computer to display videos and powerpoints about their topics.
Nach dem Besuch der Schüler aus Italien, Dänemark, Zypern, der Türkei und den Niederlanden geht das Erasmus Projekt der Europäischen Union in Rotterdam in die zweite Runde. Nach einer gemütlichen Anreise per Zug wurden wir von den Gastfamilien Montagabend abgeholt. Der Dienstag war mit vielen Programmpunkten über „Pseudo-Wissenschaften“, „Eugenik“ und „Manipulation von Statistiken“ gefüllt und wir haben in den Gruppen Vorträge und Prezis vorbereitet.
Der Ausflug zum Amsterdam University College war, vor allem aufgrund des Privatvortrags zu den Themen, sehr interessant und unterstützend für unsere Ausarbeitungen. Donnerstag werden wir die Arbeit beenden, diese in einer Präsentation vortragen und den Abend mit unseren Gastschülern gemeinsam beenden. Freitag geht es leider schon zurück nach Essen.
Wir sind wieder da! Den Haag ist für MUNies der Goetheschule inzwischen schon ein vertrautes Pflaster, das nach den Sitzungen der Model United Nations-Komitees ausgiebig zu Fuß oder mit dem Fahrrad erkundet wird. Auch in den Abendstunden ist Den Haag einfach schön!
Es grüßen aus den Niederlanden: 14 Delegates der Jgst. 10-12, Arie Boergen und Karmen Heup. Bis zum nächsten Mal…