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a visit to lu hansa technik

European Industrial Technology and Robo cs, New Educa onal Approaches for Crea ve Learning

On the 6th of March, 2014, a group of 10 students and teachers from our school, visited the Lu hansa Technik facility in Malta. We were given a private tour of the facility by a representa%ve who explained

Gozo College Girls’ Secondary School, Victoria, Gozo, Malta

April 2014

our project

all the work that goes in maintaining aircra s. This is done so that aircra s are safe when people travel. All the work is carried out in huge hangers. In these hangers we saw different aircra s on which highly skilled technicians were doing the rou%ne checks and

In September 2013, our school embarked on a two year journey together with three European schools from France, Italy and Spain, to discover how robots are being used in today’s industrial world.

other maintenance. It was interes%ng to see underneath the outer shell of a plane, with all the wires and electronic components on display. The

ITIS Pininfarina (Turin) Lycée Pilote Innovant Interna onal (France)

representa%ve explained that each employee is responsible for his or her work and all the jobs done are double or triple checked, as a safety measure. Furthermore the Lu hansa Technik is at the forefront when it comes to

Ins tuto de Educación Secundaria Alpajés (Spain)

employing women in top jobs as engineers and area managers. We were also told that this company is always looking for new ways to improve the

Gozo College Girls’ Secondary School (Gozo-Malta)

produc%vity, the quality, and raise the bar for higher standards. They are also commi-ed to inves%ng in energy saving equipment like solar and photovoltaic panels to make this state of the art facility even more environmentally friendly. The visit to this facility, gave all of us who

The aim of the project is to help par%cipants to learn about the use of robo%cs and its value in industry. Learning is experimental as students have a first hand experience to using educa%onal robots such as “Lego NXT” kits and “Arduino” kits, and to learn how to write simple programs of instruc%ons for these robots.

visited, a new and completely

different

understanding of the avia%on industry and the rigorous measures which

This project also serves to expose our students to different European cultures, both through online communica%on and through different mobili%es when visi%ng our partner’s schools during these two years.

are

implemented, so that we can travel safely.

Comenius Project


project logo compe

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mobility to france

One of the first ac%vi%es organised in all the four par%cipa%ng schools was a logo compe%%on. In our school, this proved to be of great success and in fact we had over 30 submissions and it was no easy task for our judges to decide on the best logo. Finally the logo prepared jointly by Jessica Cauchi and Stacy Camenzuli was selected to be our school’s winning logo.

A group of six students from our school, had the opportunity to spend a week in a school in Poi%ers, France. This was part of our Comenius project on Robo cs and the Industrial World and it took place between the 17th and the 26th of March 2014.

During the week at the Lycée Pilote Innovant, the girls joined the French counterparts in their lessons, workshops on robo%cs, a radio show and also ac%vi%es organised by the Lycee specifically for this exchange visit. Our students also gave a presenta%on on robo%cs.

mobility to Gozo Last November our school hosted the first project mee%ng which was held between Monday 4th and Saturday 9th November 2013. We hosted 5 teachers and 24 students and had a jam-packed programme of ac%vi%es which included robo%cs workshops, a presenta%on on Robots in Art, History, Literature and Movies, and also a number of cultural ac%vi%es. We also prepared an art exhibi%on related to the topic. Upon arrival the students were engaged in a robo%cs workshop. Interna%onal teams were formed by Maltese, Spanish, French and Italian students, and they had to build and program a robot capable of moving around in a confined space, pushing objects out of this space. Our hosts even had the opportunity to visit both Gozo and Malta and enjoy our rich and historical islands.

The girls were accompanied by two teachers and during the week in Poi%ers, they were hosted by families. This unique opportunity gave them a chance to learn more about the differences in culture as well as an opportunity to prac%ce French. The experience could not have been complete without a visit to Paris and some of its landmarks such as Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Basilica of the Sacre Coeur on Montmarte and the Tour Eiffil.


European industrial technology and robotics issue 1