Project based learning
for a sustainable future
Project based learning (PBL) is a dynamic, student-centred pedagogy that empowers students to investigate complex topics with a high degree of independence. Practical engagement with the subject matter allows students to develop understanding and propose creative solutions to real-life problems. Through an Erasmus+ exchange program, teachers and students in Germany and Ireland are advancing solutions to the sustainability challenges facing our planet using this approach. This web-platform displays their progress and can be used as a resource for students and teachers to explore similar issues in their own classrooms.
Gymnasium Ochsenhausen in Germany and Belvedere College S.J. in Dublin are the two partner schools in this Erasmus+ program. Both schools are former winners of the prestigous Zayed Future Energy Prize which enabled them to complete ambitious sustainability projects on their school sites. In Ireland, students are operating operating an urban farm on the roof of the school in Dubin city centre. Using aquaponics, renewable energy and innovative growing systems, they are exploring themes related to resource management, carbon neutrality and the circular economy. In Germany, a "Green Energy Grid" engages students with renewable energy technologies in the form of a 5-metre water wheel and a wind turbine. Issues related to energy efficiency, environmental impact and the technical operation of these technologies are studied through a dynamic engagement with the working sytems.
On the "Project" section of the platform, you will find more detailed information about the individual systems and the sustainability rationale that inspired them. In the "Classroom" section you will find videos and exercises that focus on specific topics in the fields of Physics, Biology and the Applied Sciences. These resources have all been compiled by students in the partner schools and intended for use by educators applying a "flipped classroom" approach. In addition to deepening connections between the two partner schools, it is hoped that the platform will establish new relationships with schools exploring project based solutions to sustainability challenges in the European Union.