Finnish meeting

Through the method of Challenge-based learning the participants will deal with the following topic: how to reduce the use of plastic. Plastic is an excellent material for certain purposes but lessening the need to keep producing the current amount of plastic is a global challenge that needs to be addressed on different levels. On a local level, we Finns are concerned, for instance, about the growing problem of plastic waste in the Baltic Sea.

In terms of the content of the challenge, we expect our students and teachers to learn
- what problems the use of plastic (including microplastics) constitutes
- what different world views say about protecting the environment
- what effect geographical location, historical development and financial wealth have on the use of plastic
- what different types of plastic are like as chemical products
- what existing ways there are of using less plastic as well as reusing and recycling it
- what new potential ways of implementing the three R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) there could be
- what substitutes for plastic there are and might be in the future
- what consumption habits they need to be critical about
- what new habits and policies could be adopted in their own context

Through the way of working we expect the involved participants to develop

- their team work skills and communication skills (listening to others, expressing their ideas, dividing tasks etc.)
- their intercultural skills

- their ICT skills, such as their ability to search for relevant information
- their capacity to brainstorm
- their capacity to identify feasible solutions
- their dissemination skills
- their capacity to put theory into practice

Although a more extraordinary one, the activity is one way of ‘doing school’. The environmental topic in question can be approached through many
different school subjects, it is very much in line with one of the focuses of our school and town (bioeconomy), and it has gained a lot of interest among
the staff. In addition, both the topic and the way of working (international cooperation) are in keeping with the values that, according to the Finnish
National Core Curriculum for general upper secondary education, should permeate our teaching.







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