SEPTEMBER – 2015
Landing the project:

Erasmus Teams consisting of teachers and students were created. The teachers and students of our school were informed about our new project
– Advertising campaign was started to promote the project (leaflets, posters with ideas of our project, info for the local media and press),
Pre-evaluation survey was carried out to find out the expectations of the teachers and the students taking part in the project,
– Our students had a chance of first communication with the other students in the partner countries via internet.
A1 – Observation of the sky and natural processes (beginning of Autumn) was carried out,

A8 – The project website was created,
A21 – Erasmus Wall was created,
A22 – Mini Dictionaries with basic words in the languages of the each partner countries were prepared,

A23 – School logos of the project were created, and one of them was chosen as the project logo
A24 – Posters were prepared in order to present the ideas of the project,
A31 – Signposts with information about the direction and the distance from the partner schools were prepared,
A34 – A webpage on the school’s website was created (Project Diary),
A36 – Mini Dictionaries with topic vocabulary (astronomy) were created,

OCTOBER 2015
A5 – Presentations about the nature of the partner regions were made,
A8 – We kept on running the project website by adding some new materials
A25 – Presentations about partner schools, towns, and regions were made,
A34 – We kept on adding new information on our school’s website (Project Diary)
A36 – We created mini-dictionaries with topic vocabulary
M1 – 1st Erasmus+ Meeting of Teachers

From the 19th to 21th of October 2015 the 1st transnational meeting of teachers from partner schools took place in Gorlice, Poland. Our school was represented by Cemil Gülbahar, project coordinator, and Fatma Atlı. We met at Polish School for the first time and took a tour of classrooms to learn how the Polish education system works and how the lessons are carried out in order to have an idea about Polish Education system. We presented our school/city. Later, Erasmus Team meeting followed, during which we discussed:

• detailed calendar of activities in the first year of the project
• assignment of task and ways of communication
• the project meeting in Slovenia and in Turkey

On Tuesday, 20th October 2015, the partners met at school to discuss:
• website and Facebook profile of the project• project monitoring and evaluation

Later, we took part in workshops (run by polish teachers Robert Gora and Slawomir Deda) to learn how to carry out simple observations of the sky with their students. They also presented the Stellarium software, which could be used during our astronomy lessons. Mr. Jure Radisek from Slovenia presented NASA – ISS Sally Ride EarthKAM program, which will be used by both teachers and students as part of our project.
The afternoon observations of the sky planned in Radocyna were cancelled due to bad weather conditions. Instead, the partners took a short trip to the countryside to get to know the natural environment and the culture of the Gorlice area.
On Wednesday, 21st October 2015, at a meeting at school, we, the teachers, learnt the details of the project meeting in Slovenia. After that, we went to Niepolomice to visit MOA – an Astronomical Youth Observatory – where workshops took place.

NOVEMBER 2015
– We carried out surveys to find out what students taking part in the project know about other countries
– We carried out lessons to check how students communicate in English in everyday situations (before the meeting in Slovenia)
– We carried out lessons to practice topic vocabulary (before the meeting in Slovenia)
A7 – Our Erasmus team took part in Sally Ride EarthKam by taking photos of the Earth and processing them with the use of a computer program and then created a gallery consisting the best photos on the project website,
A1 – We carried out observations of the sky and natural processes
A2 – We made Presentations about the Sun and Solar System,
A8 – We kept on running the project website by adding some new materials
A9 – “What’s in the Sky Tonight” A page was started at school’s website to publish news on Astronomy and upcoming natural phenomena that will interest students,
A11 – We created gallery of the best photos on the project website of our school,
A23 – We created school logos of the project,
A25 – We made presentations about partner schools, towns, regions,
A32 – We carried out English lessons before each project meeting to develop vocabulary and communication skills,
A33 – We organized “An afternoon with the Headmaster,
A34 – We kept on adding new information on our school’s website (Project Diary)
A35 – Lesson plans for lessons were prepared before the meeting
A37 – A meeting was organized with the students who will take part in project meeting and their parents

C1 – 1st International Meeting in Šentjur, Slovenia (24th- 30th November 2015)

The first international meeting of partner schools participating in the project “Reach the Sky” (within Erasmus+ programme) was organized by Franjo Malgaj Primary in Šentjur in Slovenia. In the last week of November, students and teachers from partner schools in Turkey, Romania, Spain and Poland arrived to the small town in the Slavinia region. Our school was represented by teachers- Mr Cemil Gülbahar – project coordinator, Ms Fatma Atlı, Ms Betül Güzel, Ms Sevinç Demir Ermeç and Mr Hanifi Güz and the students- Hande Tiryakioğlu, Baran Deniz Doğan, Selahattin Ata Since, Tolgahan Boran, Mehlika Sinem Kapukaya.

We reached Šentjur on Tuesday 24th Nov 2015 in the morning. After a warm greeting, the students went to the homes of host families, and then to a short meeting at the host school. Our hosts prepared a very attractive programme for us.

25th Nov 2015 (Wednesday)– The first day began with a meeting in the gymnastic hall, where all the students and teachers came to meet us. Next, we went on a tour around the school. We were able to observe lessons, like every day, but there was a surprise for us. The youngest kindergarten students prepared special artistic performances presenting their English language skills. The teachers had the opportunity to get to know methods of work and Slovenian education system. The next point of the programme was the presentations of partner countries, prepared by the students.
After a short break, there was a ceremonial opening of the 1st Erasmus+ – the guests and the school community were welcomed by the head teacher Mr Marjan Gradišnik and the Slovenian coordinator Mr Jure Radišek. The highlight of the opening was the performance of “Ode to Joy”, European anthem by Ludwig von Beethoven, sung by the school choir.
Franjo Malgaj School students presented an artistic programme. Referring to the theme of the project, young hosts also prepared a quiz with knowledge of the the Solar System and Slovenia for their colleagues from the partner schools. The strongest teams turned out to be the groups from Turkey and Spain. The summary of the meeting was the part of the astronomical session in planetarium. A lecture concerning the selected objects of the Solar System and was given in English.
After the official part, the students could get to know one another by taking part in a disco – the party lasted till 8 p.m.

26th Nov 2015 (Thursday)- The day began with a trip to Šentjur Astronomical Observatory in Golovec District. There, employees of the Department of Mathematics and Physics of University of Ljubljana presented us the contemporary methods of conducting research and photographing objects on the celestial sphere using modern telescopes.
After intensive programme at the observatory, we went to visit the capital of Slovenia- Lubljana. The Old Town delighted us with interesting buildings, Dragon Bridge and festive decorations, among others, in the shape of the solar system. The main purpose of our walk was the medieval castle towering over the city, from which we saw a wonderful panorama of the city.
In the afternoon we went on a field trip to the mountains, but because of heavy snowfall the plans had to be modified. We were warmly received by the hosts of “House on Kurešcku” where interesting workshops were conducted by students of active Astronomical Society. In addition to interesting information about the selected objects of the Universe, we heard about the problem of light pollution. The summary of activities was the making of a Cosmic Calendar – we calculated the time events since the beginning of the universe to the present times for 1 calendar year. In the intervals between activities, students were playing a snowball fight. We returned to Šentjur after midnight, tired, but very happy.

27th Nov 2015 (Friday)– We met again in Franjo Malgaj School. On this day we had a workshop on astronomy. The students solved crosswords and astronomical quizzes prepared by the Turkish team. Next, we were working in international groups on a project logo. The choice was very hard, but finally in a voting conducted among all the participants of the meeting, the logo prepared by Turkish team was chosen to be used as project logo.
Students spent the rest of the time in the computer room working with Stellarium programme and doing exercises prepared by the Slovenian coordinator- Mr Jure Radisek.
In the afternoon the Erasmus+ team left Sentjur and went to a local school in Prevorje where astronomical observations had been planned. It was our second attempt to do the field trip. Students and teachers, with great determination, carried the telescopes to the top of the hill. While setting all the devices, we were acquainted with rules of observations. Unfortunately, the weather made the practical part of observation impossible. Because of overcast sky, we couldn’t make observation as we planned.
We took part in an astrophotography workshops, listened to the lecture related to nature of the Universe and got acquainted with applications which make identification of objects on celestial sphere easier. The most interesting part of classes was making a comet by using liquid nitrogen.
Late at night we packed our telescopes and came back to Sentjur.

28th Nov 2015 (Saturday)- At 9 a.m we started classes at school- the students of partner schools showed a presentation about Solar System. Next classes took place in the computer room where we were working on photos of Earth which had been taken before as a part of NASA educational program Sally Ride EarthKam. During November mission, by using the International Space Station devices, we took several hundred photos from which we chose the most interesting ones. The jury, representatives of all partnership schools, chose the best photographs. The winners of the competition turned out to be students from Poland- Bartłomiej Gurba (“The Himalayas”) and Natalia Gwóźdź (“Australia”).
Students spent the afternoon with their host families, getting to know each other and each other’s culture and customs.

29th Nov 2015 (Sunday)- It was the last day of our common activities, and we took part in a bus trip around the Sava river region. The first point of the program was visiting Vitanje town, more precisely the KSEVT- the Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies. It was an extraordinary building. There was an exhibition showing the contribution of Slovenian scientists to the history of the research of Universe. It refers to the first project of a geostationary space station which is described in Herman Potocnik’s (Noordung) book from 1928.
We spent the rest of our time in Celje. Beautiful weather enabled us to get to know the region and one of the prettiest towns of Slovenia. We started touring around the town by listening to the history of Celje told by the guide on Starai Grad Castle- medieval fortification which overlooks the town. We learned that this building was erected in 13th century and was repeatedly extended and changed by rulers of Celje in the following centuries. Nowadays the fully restored castle is one of the most important Slovenian symbols. Moreover, an amazing panorama over the Savinja valley can be seen from there. Strolling about the streets in Celje, we reached the county palace where Town Museum is located. Exhibition of mementos of citizens who lived there in Roman times turned out to be especially interesting for us.

30th Nov 2015 (Monday) It was the day of our departure. After summing up meeting at school in Sentjur, we thanked our hosts and said goodbye to Slovenian students and their families. During that week we made a lot of friends.

DECEMBER 2015
A1 – We carried out observation of the sky and natural processes
A8 – We kept on running the project website by adding new materials
A9 – We started “What’s in the Sky Tonight?” on our school’s website
A15 – We took part in Globe at Night (Counting Stars)
A34 – We kept on adding new information on our school’s website (Project Diary)

JANUARY 2016
A7 – We took part in Sally Ride EarthKam,
A8 – We kept on running the project website by adding new materials
A11 – We created gallery of the best photos on the project’s website

FEBRUARY 2016
A8 – We kept on running the project website by adding new materials
A9 – We started “What’s in the Sky Tonight?” on our school’s website to publish news on Astronomy and upcoming natural phenomena that will interest students,
A10 – “Reach the Sky News” – e-journalism – We set an online magazine on the project’s website
A34 – We kept on adding new information on our school’s website (Project Diary)

MARCH 2016
A1 – We carried out observations of the sky and natural processes
A8 – We kept on running the project website by adding new materials
A9 – We started “What’s in the Sky Tonight?” on our school’s website to publish news on Astronomy and upcoming natural phenomena that will interest students,
A10 – “Reach the Sky News” – e-journalism – We set an online magazine on the project’s website

A16 – Taking part in a global action of Switching off the lights “Earth Hour”
A34 – We kept on adding new information on our school’s website (Project Diary)

APRIL 2016
A1 – We carried out observations of the sky and natural processes
A3 – We prepared presentations about the Moon and stars
A4 – We prepared presentations about Great European Astronomers

A6 – We made preparations for a competition “Tracks of Astronomy”
A8 – We kept on running the project website by adding new materials
A9 – We started “What’s in the Sky Tonight?” on our school’s website to publish news on Astronomy and upcoming natural phenomena that will interest students,
A10 – “Reach the Sky News” – e-journalism – We set an online magazine on the project’s website
A26 – We made presentations about the culture of partner countries
A33 – We organized “An afternoon with students, teachers and the Headmaster participating in the project after the meeting
A34 – We kept on adding new information on our school’s website (Project Diary)
A35 – We prepared lesson plans for lessons before the meeting
A37 – We organized meetings with the students who will take part in the project meeting and their families

C2 – SECOND PROJECT MEETING IN GORLICE, POLAND (4th- 8th April 2016)

The second Erasmus+ Meeting took place in April in Gorlice, Poland. 24 students and 9 teachers from partner countries (Spain, Romania, Slovenia and Turkey) visited the Polish partner I Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. M. Kromera in Gorlice. Our school was represented by teachers- Mr Cemil Gülbahar – project coordinator, Mr Hanifi Güz and the students- Abdurrahman Kurt, Afra Tuba Dereli, Kerem Eryılmaz, Umut Özkaya, Yağmur Yiğit.

Monday 4th April 2016

We reached the school at 2 o’clock. We were welcomed by the school’s headmaster and school community in the gymnastic hall. First, three students of Kromer school performed The Anthem of European Union.
Then all of us introduced ourselves to everybody and watched a funny presentation prepared by a class of host school. We saw our Polish partner’s school and got to know the Polish educational system in theory (by questions and answers) and in practice (by taking part in English lessons). Everybody had a good time.
In the afternoon, all the guest students and Polish students were divided into mixed groups and they took part in a street game- “Orbiting Kromer”. Through participation in the game, teenagers got to know the knowledge about Kromer School, its history, patron and interesting places in Gorlice. Around school’s premises and the town there were special sites located which participants had to visit. There they had to do tasks in order to get points. To get them, knowledge had to be accompanied with imagination, cunning, attention and creativity! The 3 hours which the game took flew very fast.

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

This day was divided into two parts. In the morning Erasmus+ group visited the city of Krakow. We walked around the old city. Thanks to beautiful weather we managed to see many highlights of Krakow starting from The Wawel Hill and Castle, the Vistula River, Mariacki Cathedral and the Town Square. It was really worth seeing- we recommend the city to everyone!
In the late afternoon we went to Niepołomice, a small town near Kraków, where Astronomical Observatory is located. There we listened to the lectures given by Mr Grzegorz Sek, worker of the observatory, and carried out observations of the night sky. We learned that, in the past, Niepołomice Observatory was surrounded by primeval forest, so the conditions for night observations used to be excellent. However, because of urban sprawl, the sky is not so dark now as it used to be. Despite this, we managed to observe Jupiter and its four main moons.

Wednesday 6th April 2016

On this day we organized an important event- international conference entitled “Light Pollution”. During this event, there were 2 lectures given in English- “Astrotourism in Malopolska Region” by Mr Janusz Nicewicz and “Dark Sky Reserves and Light Pollution” by Mr Robert Bury. Thanks to the lectures, we got to know the history and present situation of astrotourism and got familiar with the fairly new concept of Dark Sky and Light Pollution. After the lectures, winners of “Switch off the Light- Save Energy” were chosen, announced and given prizes. There were about 20 works, mainly made by using computer graphics technique.

Thursday 7th April 2016

The fourth day of the visit was filled with hard work. In the morning students took part in workshops, where they got a lot of practical information about taking photos of night sky and celestial objects from Mr Paweł Barszcz. The other guest, Bogdan Wszołek, PhD told everybody how his hard work and determination made his dream come true. Thanks to these, he built his own astronomical observatory in a small village in south- east Poland. He told us about the construction and plans for the future of the observatory.
In the afternoon we set off to Radocyna- a place in Gorlice area which can be called a dark sky area. There we filled the time with practical exercises. We re-created the solar System in the scale, we determined the points of compass and observed the Sun before it set. In the meantime students played an international volleyball game and roasted sausages by the bonfire (some students tried this for the first time in their lives). After the sunset we continued observations of the sky- Jupiter’s red spot was noticeably red when we observed it in Radocyna. This day allowed students to integrate and have a great time together.

Friday 8th April 2016

On this day we said good bye to each other as it was the final day of the visit. After the certificate ceremony, we went on the last trip to Krynica. Thanks to the trip we could observe the surrounding area of Gorlice and Krynica- low hills of Beskid Niski and Beskid Sądecki. Next we visited the town of Krynica which is a famous spa with mineral waters and health resorts. Thanks to the trip, we got to know the history and culture of the region of southern Poland.
During this unforgettable time we overcame language and cultural barriers, got to know each other and started new friendship, and got rid of our stereotypes.

During the project meeting in Slovenia, the following activities were carried out:

A38 – The classes integrate teams from the partner schools – games and sports, familiar with the functioning of schools and the education system in Poland (part of geography lessons, wildlife and English), meetings with teachers, parents and local authorities.
A39 – To acquaint students of partner schools with the natural environment of the region Gorlice and cultural achievements and the everyday life of citizens – urban game.
A51 – Field workshops in Radocynie – to develop skills of observation and study of simple objects on the celestial sphere in an international environment with the use of English language – height of the Sun on the celestial sphere, guiding the world, to recognize constellations, determination of the Polar Star and on the basis of determination latitude of our location, determining the brightness of the night sky and the degree of light pollution – a comparison of the measurements made in their localities, to develop data using mathematical and statistical tools; determination of the main directions of the world altitude of the Sun above the horizon, determining the position of the Pole Star and on its basis – determination of the directions of the world and latitude of the place of observation, the observations of the night sky: the planets, stars, comets, meteors using telescopes and binoculars, observations of the phases of the moon, astronomical shows.
A52-A53 – educational trip to Krakow (A52) and Niepolomic (A53) – to familiarize with the history of astronomy in Poland (Jagiellonian University Museum, presentation pendulum Foucault`a) and classes at the Youth Astronomical Observatory (observations of solar activity using specialized filters, astronomy workshops conducted by academics).
A54 – The educational trip – to familiarize with the functioning of the Star of Heaven Park “Bieszczady” and the development of entrepreneurial attitudes among young people and activity on the local environment by taking actions to establish in their region Dark Sky (the area is not polluted with light); presenting opportunities to develop business in conjunction with the use of natural environment of their region (astroturism);
A55 – Scientific conference –“Light pollution” with participation of local authorities and representatives of the schools in the region (astroturim’s promotion, dissemination of results of the project in the local community).
A56 – Photographic Workshops “Astrophotography” – acquainted with the main principles of taking pictures of objects on the celestial sphere.
A20 – The contest for computer graphics “Turn off the lights – save the current” – an exhibition of works.
A47 – Summary of the meeting of partner schools: development by students and teachers materials on the project’s website, quiz for students on the completion of the course, evaluation meetings.

MAY 2016

A8 – We kept on running the project website by adding new materials,
A9 – “What’s in the Sky Tonight?” – We kept on displaying the photos taken by our students at school’s website,

A10 – “Reach the Sky News” – e-Journalism – We kept on publishing new issues of our online magazine,

A17 – We examined places with proper lighting and the effects of excess light on the natural environment and human life and preparing a presentation on this subject,
A34 – We kept on adding new information on our school’s website (Project Diary)

JUNE 2016

A8 – We kept on running the project website by adding new materials,
A9 – “What’s in the Sky Tonight?” – We kept on displaying the photos taken by our students at school’s website,
A10 – “Reach the Sky News” – e-Journalism – We kept on publishing new issues of our online magazine,
A13 – We built a model of the sundial
A34 – We kept on adding new information on our school’s website (Project Diary)

JULY – AUGUST 2016

A9 – “What’s in the Sky Tonight?” – We kept on displaying the photos taken by our students at school’s website,
A18 – We prepared presentations on “What can I change in my environment to save energy?”

SEPTEMBER 2016

A1 – We carried out observations of the sky and natural processes
A8 – We kept on running the project website by adding new materials,
A9 – “What’s in the Sky Tonight?” – We kept on displaying the photos taken by our students at school’s website,
A10 – “Reach the Sky News” – e-Journalism – We kept on publishing new issues of our online magazine,
A32 – We had classes related to the theme of our project in order to broaden specific vocabulary and improve communication skills in English
A33 – We met with school community and local community which will present the results of international project meetings
A34 – We kept on adding new information on our school’s website (Project Diary)

OCTOBER 2016

A7 – We took part in Sally Ride EarthKam,
A8 – We kept on running the project website by adding new materials,
A9 – “What’s in the Sky Tonight?” – We kept on displaying the photos taken by our students at school’s website,
A10 – “Reach the Sky News” – e-Journalism – We kept on publishing new issues of our online magazine,
A19 – We prepared posters, leaflets, brochures, etc and conducted campaigns to promote energy conservation, Our motto was “Turn off the lights – Save Energy”
A4 – We made presentations about Great European Astronomers
A34 – We kept on adding new information on our school’s website (Project Diary)
A37 – We organized meetings with parents of students participating in exchanges

C3 – THIRD PROJECT MEETING IN Granadilla de Abona, Tenerife, SPAIN ( 24th – 28th October 2016)

The 3rd Erasmus+ Meeting in “Reach the Sky” project took place in IES Magallanes in Granadilla de Abona, Tenerife, Spain. We stayed there between 24rd- 28th October 2016. Our school was represented by teachers- Mr Cemil Gülbahar – project coordinator, Mr Hanifi Güz and the students- Hande Tiryakioğlu, İlayda Köksel, Beyza Bağdatlı, Nida Dağdeviren, Büşra Yücel.

Monday, 24th October 2016

In the morning we were welcomed warmly by the headmistress of IES Magallanes, its teachers and students. The host school is large and multinational- 36 nationalities of students! Everybody was friendly and smiling. In the main hall we saw a very interesting thing- a sandcarpet- made from beautiful colourful sand, with the logo of our project. The inside picture was made by Juan, Art teacher and the names of partner countries were finished by the students from partner countries.
Later, Spanish students performed a traditional dance and some music for us. After that we were shown the school’s premises. Later on, we visited local authorities and we were warmly welcomed by the Mayor of Granadilla de Abona. We were given souvenirs which would remind us of this visit in the future. To top this day, the hosts took us to dinner to a gastronomical school, where we could sample delicious Spanish and Canarian cuisine.

Tuesday 25th October 2016

On that day we visited the city of La Laguna, where IAC – Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias is located. We were admitted into the institute, where we listened to information about its structure and its observatories- Izaña Observatory on the mountain of Teide (Tenerife) and Roque de los Muchachos on La Palma island. We learned about the excellent quality of Canarian sky, which is protected by special laws. We found out a lot of interesting information- for example how the observing instruments are made. He told us that more and more parts are being made by 3D printers now instead of by hand. Engineers from all over the world are employed by IAC.
Next, we visited the Museum of Science and Cosmos. This museum presents information on the Earth, The Solar System in a very accessible way. It also presents a lot of laws of physics by doing over 100 experiments. In the planetary we saw a film entitled “We Are Made of Stars” which explains the origins of the Universe and the origins of life on the Earth. Our hosts told us that we were the first group to watch this film!
After visiting the museum, it was time to observe the Sun and listen to a short lecture about the spots on the sun and turbulences. Next it was time to walk around the old town- but then it started to rain- La Laguna is the wettest town on Tenerife. It was a pity we could not see beautiful old buildings better. Fortunately, the weather was better when we got to another place- the capital city Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This modern city differs from La Laguna very much. The highlight was the building of the opera house which was designed by the same architect who designed the building of the opera house in Sydney. The building located by the shore made a great impression on us.

Wednesday 26th October 2016

On this day our hosts befriended us with a very important topic for Tenerife- the volcanoes. David Calvo, PhD researching volcanoes for Volcano Institute, told us about how the Canary Islands appeared and why they look like that. He used a very straightforward language so the topic was very well understood by all listeners. We learned that the volcano determines most spheres of the life on Tenerife, and one can never be sure when it will erupt in the future.
After the lecture, all students and teachers took part in integration games carried out by Mr Baltasar- an actor. Thanks to them everybody could relax and laugh as well as getting to know other people better!
In the afternoon we set off to visit the National Park of el Teide, the third highest volcano on the Earth (3718 meters above the sea level and about 7500 meters starting from the bottom of the sea). It is the highest peak of Spain. The park is large- 190 square kilometers and it was registered as Unesco Heritage Site in 2007. The weather was not good- it was only 6 degrees Celsius, rainy and windy. The top of el Teide was covered with snow. The landscape in the park was moon- like- lava, colourful rocks and rock formations. Luckily for us, the clouds moved away and we were able to see the top of el Teide. Unfortunately, because of bad weather conditions, we could not enter the Izana Observatory and observe the sky.

Thursday 27th October 2016

On this day we left the dry and desert-like southern Tenerife and flew to the green island of La Palma. This island is one of the most important centres of space observation. The Astronomical Observatory based on the top of the island- Roque de los Muchachos peak (2426 meters above the sea level). Clouds do not usually reach this height, and they become a natural barrier for light pollution.
But before we reached the observatory, we visited the island. It was raining and the sun was shining so when we moved around, rainbows accompanied us. We observed bananas plantations, pine woods and laurel woods and the ocean. All these looked lovely and we will always remember them. After a long drive, we came to National Park of Caldera de Taburiente. We admired the beautiful volcanic caldera, which is 9 kilometers in perimeter. In it and around it, the area is dominated by three colours- green (of the pines) black (of the tree trunks) and red (of the soil).
Finally, we went up Roque de los Muchachos, but because of fog, we could not see much of the observatory area. We barely saw the dome of Gran Telescopio Canarias, but when we entered the building we were impressed. The dome of the telescope is 33 meters and the telescope itself has mirrors of 10,4 perimeter. It is the world’s largest single-aperture optical telescope (as of 2015).
We were extremely lucky to enter this building and and had a chance to learn how it works and what it is used for. From Roque de Los Muchachos one can observe objects as far as 15 million light years!

Friday 28th October 2016

Unfortunately it was the last day of the visit. The teams did final tasks- they compared the results of their astronomical observations which they had done in their schools. Also, we watched presentations and films on great European astronomers. Students had prepared them with a lot of enthusiasm, involvement and good humour- they are real enthusiasts of astronomy!
The meeting finished with handing out certificates of attendance to the participants and final photos. We were very happy to be there and sad to leave!

During the project meeting in Tenerife, Spain, the following activities were carried out:

A38: We integrated the classes with teams from partner schools. We became familiar with the functioning of schools. We met with teachers, students and local authorities
A39: The students had an opportunity to get closely acquainted with partner school, the natural environment of the region and cultural achievements and the everyday life of residents (Cultural program, Visiting Santa Cruz and Tenerife)
A57: We attended lectures and workshops in a science museum in La Laguna
A58: We made night sky observations in Santa Cruz de La Palma – the location of celestial bodies belonging to the solar system, identifying constellations.
A59: We made astronomical observations of the Sun – We learned about safe observation of the stars, measuring the height of the Sun above the horizon and compared the results of the measurements made in the partner countries to demonstrate the relationship between the height of the sun and the climate.
A45: We had workshops – processing of images, developing communication skills in English.
A2: We made multimedia presentations about the solar system and the Sun – the construction and the rise of the Sun, its evolution and the influence of solar activity on human life, the possibility of using the sun to produce heat and power.
A47: We put the materials (abstracts, posters, etc.) prepared by our students on the project website, our profile on FB, the project magazine)

NOVEMBER 2016

A1 – We carried out observations of the sky and natural processes
A8 – We kept on running the project website by adding new materials,
A9 – “What’s in the Sky Tonight?” – We kept on displaying the photos taken by our students at school’s website,
A10 – “Reach the Sky News” – e-Journalism – We kept on publishing new issues of our online magazine,
A11 – We created gallery of the best photos on the project website of our school,
A32 – We carried out English lessons before each project meeting to develop vocabulary and communication skills,
A33 – We met with school community and local community which will present the results of international project meetings
A34 – We kept on adding new information on our school’s website (Project Diary)
A35 – We prepared English lessons related to the topic of our project,

DECEMBER 2016

A1 – We carried out observations of the sky and natural processes
A8 – We kept on running the project website by adding new materials,
A9 – “What’s in the Sky Tonight?” – We kept on displaying the photos taken by our students at school’s website,
A10 – “Reach the Sky News” – e-Journalism – We kept on publishing new issues of our online magazine,
A34 – We kept on adding new information on our school’s website (Project Diary)

JANUARY 2017

A8 – We kept on running the project website by adding new materials,
A9 – “What’s in the Sky Tonight?” – We kept on displaying the photos taken by our students at school’s website,
A10 – “Reach the Sky News” – e-Journalism – We kept on publishing new issues of our online magazine,
A33 – We met with school community and local community which will present the results of international project meetings
A34 – We kept on adding new information on our school’s website (Project Diary)
A35 – We prepared English lessons related to the topic of our project,
A37 – We organized meetings with parents of students participating in exchanges

FEBRUARY 2017

A8 – We kept on running the project website by adding new materials,
A9 – “What’s in the Sky Tonight?” – We kept on displaying the photos taken by our students at school’s website,
A10 – “Reach the Sky News” – e-Journalism – We kept on publishing new issues of our online magazine,
A3 – We made presentations about the Moon and stars,
A6 – We made preparations for a competition “Tracks of Astronomy”,
A11 – We created photo-gallery of photos of objects on the celestial sphere,
A30 – We created Astronomical Calendar using the photographs taken by the students,
A34 – We kept on adding new information on our school’s website (Project Diary)

C4 – FOURTH PROJECT MEETING IN Granadilla de Abona, Tenerife, SPAIN ( 13rd – 17th February 2017)

The 4th Erasmus+ Meeting was scheduled to take place in Mustafa Gürbüz Necat Bayel Anadolu Lisesi, in Gaziantep, Turkey, but because of the political situation in Turkey it was changed to IES Magallanes partner school in Granadilla de Abona, Tenerife, Spain. Although we told our partners that there is nothing to be worried and tried to convince them to come to Turkey since we believed it would be a great opportunity to present our culture and to show them the way of living of our people and thus overcoming their misconception about our country, they told us that they aren’t allowed by their authorities.

The meeting took place between 13th and 17th February

MONDAY 13th February

Since we couldn’t host our partners in Gaziantep, we prepared lots of videos, songs, dances, brochures, presentations, etc. in order to make them feel as if they were in Gaziantep. We prepared videos to present Gaziantep and Turkey. Our students shot many videos from all the corners of Gaziantep and gave information about the places. We also shot some videos to show them our cuisine which is famous all around the world and our traditional dance ‘Halay’. As far as we could understand from our partners’ expressions, they learned a lot about Turkey and its history and they had a lot of fun while trying to dance ‘Halay’ and sing some Turkish songs, they all told us that they are really sorry for missing the chance of visiting Turkey. We also prepared them some quizzes about Turkish history, geography, customs, habits and important sights.

TUESDAY 14th February

On that day we learned that our partners visited one more time the city of La Laguna, where IAC – Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias is located. Next, they visited the Museum of Science and Cosmos.

WEDNESDAY 15th February

This was a day of workshops in IES Magallanes. The main theme was astronomy. As Turkish team we had prepared a competition called “Tracks of Astronomy” and started it on our project’s facebook account. All the participants were supposed to prepare a song/video/writing about Astronomy, and we, as Turkish team, prepared one song, 2 videos and many writings about Astronomy. Turkish team took the 2nd place after Polish team.

THURSDAY 16th February 2017

On this day we learned that our partners set off to the top of Teide volcano which we had visited during our previous visit.

FRIDAY 17th February

On the last day of the visit our partners took part in workshops at school. The main topic of the workshops is the Moon and moons of the Solar System. We prepared and sent some presentations including the facts and interesting stories about our natural satellite. To sum up, we did our best to compensate our partners’ not being able to Gaziantep, and to perform the tasks which are very important for our project.

MARCH 2017

A8 – We kept on running the project website by adding new materials,
A9 – “What’s in the Sky Tonight?” – We kept on displaying the photos taken by our students at school’s website,
A10 – “Reach the Sky News” – e-Journalism – We kept on publishing new issues of our online magazine,
A11 – We created gallery of the best photos of objects on the celestial sphere on the project,
A16 – We participated in the global action to turn off the lights “Earth Hour”
A27 – We organized an Erasmus Day to disseminate the results of our project “Reach the Sky” and to promote Erasmus + Projects,
A29 – We prepared some Turkish legends and myths related to Astronomy to contribute to the Book of Legends and Myths “Zodiac” which was created by Romanian team
A30 – We created Astronomical Calendar by using the photographs taken by the students

APRIL 2017
A1 – We carried out observations of the sky and natural processes
A8 – We kept on running the project website by adding new materials,
A9 – “What’s in the Sky Tonight?” – We kept on displaying the photos taken by our students at school’s website,
A10 – “Reach the Sky News” – e-Journalism – We kept on publishing new issues of our online magazine,
A11 – We created gallery of the best photos of objects on the celestial sphere on the project,
A29 – We kept on searching for Turkish legends and myths related to Astronomy to contribute to Book of Legends and Myths “Zodiac”
A30 – We created Astronomical Calendar by using the photographs taken by the students
A32 – We carried out English lessons before each project meeting to develop vocabulary and communication skills in English,
A33 – We met with school community and local community which will present the results of international project meetings
A34 – We kept on adding new information on our school’s website (Project Diary)
A35 – Lesson plans for lessons were prepared before the meeting
A35 – We prepared English lessons related to the topic of our project,
A37 – We organized meetings with parents of students participating in exchanges

C5 – FOURTH PROJECT MEETING IN Pecica, ROMANIA ( 3rd – 7th February 2017)

The meeting took place between 3rd and 7th April 2017. Erasmus+ team was hosted by the community of “Liceul Teoretic Gheorghe Lazar”. This was the fifth and last meeting in the project. Our school was represented by teachers- Mr Cemil Gülbahar – project coordinator, Mr Mehmet Kara, Mr Sadık Çetin and the students- Ömer Faruk Güdül, Esra Bağcı, İrem Verda Çor Melda Gülten, Tüyan Sude Erten, Muhammet Meriç Özyurt, Mihrimah Burcu Kapukaya.

3rd April- Monday

In the morning, we were welcomed by our hosts with bread and salt- a traditional welcome in the region of Carpathia Region. The bread is the symbol of Pecica, so guests were happy to try this speciality.
After getting to know the school, we had a session of taking photos by using EarthKam- the education programme of NASA, where students could take photos of the Earth using NASA’ s satellites.
Next, we went to Pecica, where we saw this town and met its authorities. We learned about history of the town and the region and of its multinationalism- it is home to Romanians, Hungarians, Serbs, Slovaks and Romani people. Also, there are a lot of religions coexisting in Pecica. Pecica and the region connects tradition and modernity- we visited a buffalo farm (the tradition of flock tending) on which a digital museum is located. There, we made some presentations on how to teach Astronomy to the kids. We also attended to a lecture about carrying out observations and astronomical equipment, given by Mr Marc Frincu from Timisoara University and Andrei Junavle from astronomical club. Later on, we watched shepherd dogs at work and tried local specialties at dinner.

4th April- Tuesday

In the morning we set off to Arad- a big city which is not far from Pecica. We got to know the history and the attractions of this city. The monuments and buildings made a great impression on us, partly thanks to an interesting talk from a nice tourist guide who told us about Arad. After this visit, we travelled to Timişoara where we spent a great afternoon visiting Experimentarium- a place where visitors can make a great deal of experiments connected with physics, especially laws of physics in everyday life. Workers of Timisoara University Dr. Zeno Schlett and Mr. Ioan Damian explained us the laws governing the experiments that we carried out. It was a great experience. Their explanations were so understandable that we believe we will remember them for a long time.

Wednesday 5th- Thursday 6th April 2017

On this day we set off to the north of Romania, to Baia Mare, the capital city of Maramures Region. There, we visited Planterarium, where we spent a few hours getting to know about stars. We saw a film about Romanian traditions connected with constellations, which have always been present in Romanian culture. Then we had workshops under artificial sky. We learnt what the sky looked like 10000 years ago over the North Pole and also what it will look like in the distant future. Also, thanks to the beautiful weather, we could observe the real sky and the Sun through telescopes.
The other part of the day was devoted to culture and history. We visited the large open air museum with traditional housing of Maramures Region- old houses, wooden churches, and traditional carved gates made this place unforgettable. The oldest wooden house there was almost 400 years old! We also visited Cimiturul Vessel- Merry Cemetery in Săpânța. This extraordinary place is a cemetery, where graves are decorated with colourful crosses, painted in blue with many other colours. You can find information on the person buried there in writing or on a traditional picture- how they died or what they did for a living, sometimes with a funny poem. We simply loved this place.

Friday 7th April 2017

Friday was the last day of the Meeting. We took part in evaluation session and in certificate ceremony and later we used this day to deepen our friendships and get to know the area better. We did not want to leave the place and our friends, but we were happy that thanks to “Reach the Sky” project we learned a lot about our universe and had a chance to share all the richness of our personalities.

During the project meeting in Pecica, ROMANIA, the following activities were carried out:

A38: We integrated the classes with teams from partner schools. We became familiar with the functioning of schools. We met with teachers, students and local authorities
A39: The students had an opportunity to get closely acquainted with partner school, the natural environment of the region and cultural achievements and the everyday life of residents (Presentations and short films about Romania, Learning basic words in Romanian, Dance shows, music, Sightseeing Pecica – city game, Visiting Arad)
A60: We made presentations about various methods of teaching astronomy: tutorials with teachers and students of all partner schools
A61: Workshops: We had a lesson in the planetarium
A62: Workshops: We presented legends and myths associated with astronomy
A63: We had a trip to the nature reserve to debate about light pollution, energy conservation and pro-environmental attitudes
A64: Tour to Apuseni Mountains where the earth meets the sky was changed by our partner as Maramureș, where a great Planetarium is located, due to the bad weather forecast.
A65: We attended Scientific Conference ‘Reach the Sky’ and had a chance to meet with people interested in astronomical and environmental issues
A66: Teacher Workshops: We proposed lesson plans and organized workshops on astronomy
A47: We put the materials (abstracts, posters, etc.) prepared by our students on the project website, our profile on FB, the project magazine)
We finished preparing a guide containing astronomy lesson plans;
We finished preparing Astronomical calendar which contains information about the first days of the astronomical seasons, the current phenomena and events from history, related to astronomy,
We finished preparing “Zodiac” in English, – A book of legends and myths related to astronomy.
We prepared Folders and leaflets containing information about the natural and cultural heritage of the region,
We created a Sundial in the school playground.

MAY 2017
A1 – We carried out observations of the sky and natural processesA8 – We kept on running the project website by adding new materials,
A9 – “What’s in the Sky Tonight?” – We kept on displaying the photos taken by our students at school’s website,
A10 – “Reach the Sky News” – e-Journalism – We kept on publishing new issues of our online magazine,
A12 – We prepared leaflets to promote the Astro-tourism on the natural environment of the cultural background of the region
A14 – We made the model of the Solar System, “planets trail” within the school
A28 – We organized an event “in orbit” in which performances were accompanied by a presentation of our Erasmus + project “Reach the Sky”
A34 – We kept on adding new information on our school’s website (Project Diary)

JUNE 2017
A8 – We kept on running the project website by adding new materials,
A9 – “What’s in the Sky Tonight?” – We kept on displaying the photos taken by our students at school’s website,
A10 – “Reach the Sky News” – e-Journalism – We kept on publishing new issues of our online magazine,
A34 – We kept on adding new information on our school’s website (Project Diary)

*M2: Second Transnational meeting in Sentjur, Slovenia (

During our final teachers’ meeting:

We made a summary of all international project meetings,
We prepared the final evaluation and made the examination of applications,
We started dissemination of project results,
We started to prepare the final report and develop materials for inclusion in the database of Erasmus + projects
We described the ways how to continue further cooperation.

JULY 2017
A8 – We kept on running the project website by adding new materials,
A34 – We kept on adding new information on our school’s website (Project Diary)

AUGUST 2017
A8 – We kept on running the project website by adding new materials,
A34 – We kept on adding new information on our school’s website (Project Diary)

SEPTEMBER 2017
Project was finalized
Final Report was submitted to NA

During our project which lasted for two years, our organization implemented all the planned activities and produced all the materials necessary for achieving the desired results as well as leading the project profile on Facebook, and establishing the rules of competition “On the trail of Astronomy”. We can proudly say that the quality of implementation of the project activities that our organization was in charge of was really high and our contributions were in line with initial planning for project implementation. Our organization and the activities that we were in charge of contributed to the objectives of the projects as a whole in many ways. Thanks to the activities we performed during the project, we enabled our students to interact with the students in partner schools. The project profile on Facebook which was in charge of Turkish Team enabled all the students and teachers from partner countries to be able to share their knowledge and cultural values with each other, which helped us to overcome some superstitious believes. The focus groups we created on our projects Facebook profile had the opportunity to network with people from other European countries and this helped them strengthen their communication skills. They also increased tolerance and comprehension towards multiculturalism. Both the teachers and the students had a chance to share all their opinions and personal and cultural richness. Thematic competitions we prepared motivated our students to learn a lot about Astronomy and create new material to be used in Astronomy classes.

Our project had in impact on the participants by improving their communication skills, competence in using technology. It also had an impact on participating institutions by providing innovative approaches in teaching which are in line with students’ needs and expectations. Finally, it had an impact on target groups by increasing their competences in English and Astronomy related subjects as well as increasing their level of digital competence.
To ensure the dissemination of project results, we prepared reports, articles, videos, interviews, methods of teaching and shared all of them through our website, Facebook profile, and newspapers. We collaborated with local educational centres to promote our project. We prepared a guide containing lesson plans related to Astronomy, multimedia presentations, films, photos, posters, logos, electronic magazine containing students’ articles, Astronomical Calendar, A book of legends and myths related to Astronomy. Parents and local authorities were informed about the level of achievement of new skills and competencies of students in the field of natural observation. We raised awareness on issues of astronomical knowledge and cultural heritage of the partner countries. We put the videos we recorded during our project on YouTube to be viewed by everyone interested in Astronomy. We organized meetings for people who could not directly participate in mobilities to give them the results of our project. We created Erasmus walls to display our project activities. We organized exhibitions of photographs taken by our students. We organized events to encourage energy saving. We organized a musical concert in which performances of youth combined with the presentation of the Erasmus + dissemination results. We designed, mugs, T-shirts containing the logo of the project to give to the participants of the project, local authorities and interested people.

Now, we have finished our project, and we will make all our projects results available on the project’s website and on the e-Twinning platform to be used by all schools and educational institutions in Europe. Both the teachers and the students will go on sharing information on our project profile Facebook. Articles and documents we prepared during our project will be published regularly in local and regional press. We will organize direct meetings and conferences with parents, the local community, teachers and students of schools in the region in order to be an inspiration for other groups of pupils and teachers. We are going to use mass media (radio, television, press) to disseminate information about the benefit of the results of our project. We are going to share our multimedia materials, newsletters, Astronomical Calendar, Book of Legends and Myths, a guide containing lesson plans and other materials in the school library. We will work with all interested institutions in order to ensure the availability of project results and ensure sharing our experience in the implementation of the European project.