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Alves Martins Secondary School

Visita de estudo a Porriño (Galiza) no âmbito do projeto LivingRiver, (Erasmus+)

 

A nossa visita começou com duas longas horas de viagem. Quando chegámos a Porriño, fomos recebidos pelas professoras e pelos alunos envolvidos no Projeto. De seguida, caminhámos ao longo da Ribeira de Louro, numa visita guiada que permitiu conhecer a fauna e a flora da Ribeira e discutir alguns conceitos relacionados com a Biologia.

Começámos por visitar a escola dos nossos amigos espanhóis (o Instituto de Educación Secundaria Ribeira do Louro) onde almoçámos e ficámos a conhecer melhor o grupo de estudantes daquela escola. Depois de um rápido almoço na escola, seguimos viagem para uma ETAR, o que nos permitiu compreender bem o impacto que esta estação de tratamentos de águas residuais tem naquela região, visto que, antigamente, quando esta ETAR não existia, a maioria das águas das ribeiras encontravam-se extremamente poluídas, devido à gigantesca atividade industrial da região.

Durante a visita, tivemos a oportunidade de conhecer o pequeno laboratório onde se fazem análises à água, para testar a sua qualidade e perceber se tudo está a funcionar bem relativamente à purificação da água.

Por fim, despedimo-nos dos nossos amigos espanhóis, prometendo-nos eles uma visita a Viseu, à nossa ESAM. Seguimos, então, rumo a Viseu com novas amizades feitas, novas histórias para contar e novos conhecimentos que, sem dúvida, nos vão ser úteis no futuro!

José Pedro Tomaz (11.ºF) – ESCOLA SECUNDÁRIA ALVES MARTINS, VISEU.

No dia 16 de outubro de 2019, os alunos das turmas F e I do 11.º ano da Escola Secundária Alves Martins deslocaram-se a Seia para assistirem ao CineEco, um Festival Internacional de Cinema Ambiental da Serra da Estrela. Este festival de cinema é único em Portugal. Dedicado à temática ambiental, realiza-se anualmente em outubro, de forma ininterrupta, desde 1995. No CineEco os alunos tiveram a oportunidade de conhecer a autora de uma das curtas-metragens apresentadas, esclarecendo dúvidas sobre o seu excelente trabalho. No período da tarde, visitaram o Centro de Interpretação da Serra da Estrela (CISE) onde desenvolveram atividades de educação ambiental e de valorização do património ambiental da mesma.

Leonor Rodrigues – n.º 2, 11.ºF – ESCOLA SECUNDÁRIA ALVES MARTINS, VISEU

Saving Pavia River

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Presentation Rio Pavia

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Why do rivers matter?

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Pavia rivier

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D. Duarte Secondary School

As saídas de campo realizadas no âmbito da proteção de cursos de água, decorreram durante os meses de novembro e dezembro e foram orientadas pelos professores Aires Alexandre e Teresa Lopes, no troço do rio Dueça – afluente do rio Ceira. Participaram nesta atividade vários alunos de turmas do ensino secundário.

Mircea Cristea College

Between the 3rd and 7th of February 2020, the Technical College „Mircea Cristea” (Romania) carried out a series of activities within the LIVINGRIVER project. The activities consisted of interactive lessons about «Aquatic Ecosystems» held with the students from the 9th grade, and interactive lessons on «Impact of pollution on the environment» and «Excess humidity» with the students from the 10th grade.

Between the 2ndand 6thof March 2020, the students of the 10th class from the Technical College «Mircea Cristea» Brasov have carried out activities of information and preparation of the necessary materials for the practical part of the LIVINGRIVER project.

The students checked the condition of the leaves collected and dried for the project, and prepared the nets that will be installed on the river. The students received information about the places where the nets will be installed and details about the process of assessing the degree of river pollution.

During this period, when schools are closed and students are forced to stay in their homes, many of them have become nostalgic. They remembered the trips and vacations of the past, spent near some rivers.

Photo: Serbu Bianca 2015 – Siriu dam (Buzau River) together with the family. 
«Mircea Cristea” Technical College, 10thgrade A

Photo: Serbu Bianca 2018 – Putna Waterfall – with family

«Mircea Cristea” Technical College, 10thgrade A.

Photo: Serbu Bianca 2015 – Siriu dam (Buzau River) together with the family
«Mircea Cristea” Technical College, 10thgrade A

Photo: Timofte Mara Ioana 2015 – Timis-Darste River – with father having fun in the river

«Mircea Cristea” Technical College, 9thgrade A

 Photo: Timofte Mara Ioana 2015 – Timis-Darste River – with father having fun in the river

«Mircea Cristea” Technical College, 9thgrade A

Grigore Antipa College

On March 5th 2020, students from the “Grigore Antipa” College of Sciences, together with history professor Sorin Vlaic, paid a visit to the library for documentation on the Schei neighborhood crossed by the Graft River.

On the Graft River bank there was also an open lesson about its importance in the lives of the inhabitants of Brasov Fortress.

Photo: Timofte Mara Ioana 2015 – Timis-Darste River – with father having fun in the river

Photo: Andreea Caldare 2018 – Thames seen from London Bridge

“Grigore Antipa” College of Science

Bigar Waterfall

Bigar Waterfall is part of the protected area of national interest «Bigar Spring». The 45th parallel north passes by this waterfall, a fact marked in the field by a geographical panelThe World Geography website compiled in 2013 a list of the most impressive waterfalls in the world. In the first place is the Bigăr Waterfall from Caraş-Severin.

Photo: Chirila Melisa 2017 – Bigar Waterfall

“Grigore Antipa” College of Science.

Photo: Chirila Melisa 2017 – Bigar Waterfall

Photo: Chirilă Melisa 2019 – In the camp, on the Danube River (Sulina Town) with instructors and students

“Grigore Antipa” College of  Science

Photo: Chirilă Melisa 2019 – In the camp, on the Danube River (Sulina Town) with instructors and students

“Grigore Antipa” College of  Science

Photo: Buzdugan Sorana 2009 – Devil’s Mill Waterfall (Bucegi Mountains)

“Grigore Antipa” College of  Science

Online activity carried on by College of Science “Grigore Antipa”

 

Due to the closure of schools during the pandemic, the teachers held their classes online. As they could not carry out the field activities within the Livingriver project, the teachers dedicated a few hours to the environment, but especially to the waters.

Professor Pavelescu’s students were excited to learn and make presentations on World Environment Day, about the importance of protecting water resources and about the effects of climate change on the Earth’s water resources. At the end, the students checked their knowledge about the impact of pollution on water reserves by answering a questionnaire.

Professor Șerban spoke to the students about the influence of climatic factors and anthropogenic activities on rivers, and the students made presentations about natural hazards, namely floods and damage caused by them, and about the influence of climatic factors on rivers in various regions of the globe: the river Don in the temperate continental area and the river Ebro in the Mediterranean area.

The students also participated in lessons in which they received information about the ESRI system. They took the first steps in creating an interactive map, to visualize and explore data, using ESRI’s dynamic mapping software.

 

Professor: Lucia Pavelescu

  1. World Environment Day – 5thJune

Students: Lupu Sabrina and Stoian Andra, 11thgrade

  1. Protect the waters!

Professor Lucia Pavelescu

3. The effects of climate change on Earth’s water resources

Student: Maxim Miriam, 11thgrade

4. The impact of pollution on water reserves – knowledge questionnaire

Student: Husanu Ciprian 11thgrade

Professor: Magdalena Serban

  1. Hydrological hazards caused by anthropogenic activity

Student: Alex Iulia

Student: Iulia Nitu

Student: Iulia Andreea

2. The influence of climatic factors on rivers in different regions

Student: Simona Alexia – Ebro River

Student: Matei Roberto – Don River

The students learned to work with ESRI

IES Ribeira do Louro

Collection of asbestos leaves for drying and storing.

Later, in a second phase, these sheets will be inserted into the corresponding meshes and placed in the river for a few weeks.

 

“Gymkhana on IES Ribeira do Louro”

This activity, carried out on March 5th 2020, consisted of a gymkhana with a series of tests prepared by the group of students of IES Ribeira do Louro, in the Livingriver project. The tests were related to the different parts studied in our Louro river: general information of the river (length, source, mouth, route …); flora (indigenous and invasive); fauna (native and invasive or exotic); river recovery or restoration measures; environmental impacts and ethnography (uses of the river throughout history).

Each of these parts represented a station through which each group of students had to pass (in total the students were divided into 5 groups with 6 students each) and in which they had to solve a series of tests to get a letter and to be able to guess the words that made up the final message ( see in the photos «Livingriver Ribeira Louro Porriño Fronsac.» The tests were very varied, from riddles, tests, games, puzzles, diptychs , etc. The winning team received an award.

With this activity the students of the IES Ribeira do Louro have shown river Louro to the French students and teachers, and also the students and teachers of other training centers in O Porriño (CPI Santo Tomás, CPI Hermanos Quiroga and CEIP Santa Mariña), and presented, at the same time, the Livingriver project.

Livingriverproject

For yet another year we continue to work on the international Livingriverproject. The main objective is to value the life of rivers and streams to create public awareness for their preservation.

Institutes from Turkey, Romania, Portugal and Spain, specifically Galicia (IES de Melide, IES de Brión, IES Xelmírez de Santiago and IES Ribeira del Rubio, which is also a partner) participate in this project. Also the universities of Balikesir, Coimbra and Lisbon and centers such as ASPEA, ADEMA and Agenț ia Metropolitană Brașov.

The department of Biology and Geology is in charge of the experimental scientific part consisting, on the one hand, in the study of the biodiversity (fauna and flora) of the banks of our Louro River, paying special attention to protected species and invasive species and its effect on ecosystems. On the other hand, we carry out measurements over time to characterize the physical and chemical parameters of the water, such as pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature and turbidity; that, together with the decomposition rate of organic matter (alder leaves) deposited in the water for a time, had allowed us to determine the quality of the water in our river.

To carry out this work, the two professors from the department involved in this project, Marta and Macu, travelled to the University of Coimbra to receive the necessary training to implement this experience, along with the rest of the professors from other countries. This training course took place from October 20 to 24.

From the first moment, there was a group of very involved students, eager to learn and experiment, who did not mind staying in the afternoons to advance their work. There are 12 students from the subject of Biology and Geology of 1st Baccalaureate: Jorge, Matías, Ana R., Lucía, Verónica, Ana M., Paula, Ainhoa, Eric, Miriam, Antonio and David.

Thus, taking advantage of the visit of French students from the Bordeaux area, they prepared an activity, carried out on March 5, which consisted of a gymnasium with a series of tests based on different aspects worked on our Louro river such as: general information about it (includes length, birth, mouth, path, …); flora (native and invasive); fauna (native and invasive or exotic); river recovery or restoration measures; environmental impacts, and ethnography (uses of the river throughout history, …).

Each of these parts represented a station through which each group of students had to pass (in total the students were divided into 5 groups with 6 students each) and them they had to solve a series of tests to get a letter and guess the words that made up the final message. The tests were very varied from riddles, hobbies, quizzes, games, puzzles, diptychs …The winning team received a gift.

Our students with this activity showed, in a different way, to the French students and teachers, and also to the other O Porriño schools (CPI Santo Tomás, CPI Hermanos Quiroga and CEIP Santa Mariña) our Louro River and also the project Livingriver in which we participate.

Everything was going very well, and we began to prepare the devices to take to the river, when something unexpected surprised us. The state of alarm was declared, an unprecedented health crisis, which ended with active and public life, which confined us to our homes, and changed the way of doing things. The face-to-face school life was paralyzed, with which the project was delayed until conditions and health authorities allow it.

The visit of these students to the Alves Martin de Viseu Secondary School was scheduled for April to show them the work done and make a comparison with the river they are working on. Taking advantage of this trip, we had planned a geological route through the Arouca Xeopark and another through the Bertiandos Lagoons, but the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus prevented these exits.

Therefore, we still have a lot to work on and many exits to do; and we hope to continue having this fantastic group of students.

You can have a look at the article in the magazine OrbitaXV

 

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Gouveia Secondary School

During the period of confinement the rivers didn’t stay forgotten!

Students from Gouveia Secondary School wrote texts and took pictures of “their” rivers and streams.

LIVINGRIVER Project – Cativelos – By Mathilde Morais

LIVINGRIVER Project – Cativelos – By Mathilde Morais

A casa da Luz (The House Light) – By Antonio Correia

A Ribeira (The Stream) – By Maria Inês

The mill in Torto River – By Carlos Marmelo

What does Alva River mean to the Students of Seia Secondary School? What are the memories they have of the river? Read the texts below to find out:

A Day in the River – Ana Carolina Ferreira

During my childhood, I always liked going to river beaches, to the river and walking outdoors. This was a way to have fun on summer holidays and spend time with people I really love. Most of the time, I went with my grandparents, we tried to find a quiet place to have a picnic and we played a lot in the water. Over the years, this habit becomes rarer, because of the advancing age of my grandparents and their consequent physical limitations. (…)Read more here…

 

A family memory – Beatriz Barroca

“To begin with, I don’t really have a memory of a funny situation I went through near a river, but I will tell you one that I remember. On a summer day last year, my parents decided it would be a good day for a picnic. They called my grandparents and we all decided to spend the day at the Rossim Valley Dam. (…)” Read more here

 

Images and words around the River Alva – Francisco Alves; Jéssica Oliveira; João Cardos; João Pais; Lara Amaro

“ Some students involved in the LivingRiver project described a photo they took on one of the field trips to the River Alva section, under study in this project. With this article we intend to share some of the images and words each student wrote and, thus, raise awareness to aspects of the river and its surrounding area. (…)” Read more here

 

Memories – Ana Valente

Some time has passed since the day this episode took place, but that is not why I decided to talk about it now. Memory… What is a memory? Is it something that happened a long time ago or, on the other hand, something that marked us, somehow, more intensely? For me, the second hypothesis seems to be the most valid and that is why I remember the episode that I am going to talk about. (…)” Read more here

 

Memories in the River Alva – Francisco Laranjo

 It was a beautiful, shining morning of a typical summer here, in Portugal. I was about 10 years old, full of life and happy to be on vacation, without school, without problems. I just woke up when my mom, in a bit angry voice, told me we were going to travel because I was always on the computer and I should get some fresh air. So, we decided we should go to the river beach in Côja. (…)” Read more here

 

 

My best memory – André Cardoso

On June 24, 2017, the morning was beautiful, excellent for strolling and discovering new places. It was 9:30 and my father informed us that we were going to spend the day away from home. I had just to prepare my backpack, but I had no idea where I was going, though I assumed we were going to a beach or a pool, because my mother told me to bring my swimming shorts and a towel. (…)” Read more here

LIVINGRIVER Project – Cativelos – By Mathilde Morais

LIVINGRIVER Project – Cativelos – By Mathilde Morais

A casa da Luz (The House Light) – By Antonio Correia

A Ribeira (The Stream) – By Maria Inês

The mill in Torto River – By Carlos Marmelo