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Comenius project gets spade in the ground

26 February 2015

Construction students from Gloucestershire College’s Mitcheldean Campus have started building a human sundial at the main Royal Forest of Dean Campus.

The Construction and the Built Environment Level 2 group, who are in the second year of their schools programme, have been actively involved in the Comenius project, SARAH (Science ARound us Along History), which promotes sciences and exchanges between nine partner schools across Europe.

Recently two of the students, 16-year-old Jack Robins from Drybrook and Stuart Burrows from Newnham, visited Turkey, where they were involved in STEM activities with students from Sweden, France, Austria, Romania, Spain, Italy, Poland and Turkey.

Jack said: “During the trip I experienced how young Turkish people live and how their culture is different to ours. I also presented our sundial project to our European partners and was involved in science and history trips – it was great.”

The sundial, which has been designed by the Construction students, will be constructed using locally sourced stone and gravel, donated by Breedon Quarries, as well as railway sleepers and locally sourced timber.

Construction Lecturer, David Auker-Howlett, said: “This project has enabled our construction students to learn new techniques and further their maths skills, when designing and building the sundial. With the experience of visiting countries and meeting other young people from other cultures, the students are being exposed to the wider world, which is important to their personal development.”

The finished sundial will be unveiled in June, when Gloucestershire College will host all of the Comenius partner countries at all main campuses. A number of other College departments have also been involved in the Comenius project, including students from AS Mathematics, Environmental Science, Motor Vehicle and Construction.

In March, two Construction students and two Environmental Science students will travel to Nova Siri in southern Italy, where they will deliver presentations on the project work they have carried out so far.

We look forward to welcoming our EU partners to Gloucestershire College in June.

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