RIDE & SMILE (aims to develop) developed a web platform specifically targeted to primary school pupils. By using the platform, the European schools involved in the SMILE network will start a competition involving teachers, pupils and families. In this way, the whole school community will contribute to add points to the school team, while learning the benefits of riding a bike. In addition, by using the platform the pupils will improve their digital skills and English language level, since it will be developed in English.
The specific objectives of the RIDE&SMILE project are to:
🌱 raise awareness about environmental challenges and a better understanding of the importance of individual choices as factors of change
🚲 promote sustainable urban mobility principles among pupils and the use of the bicycle as the most effective means of transportation
📌 reinforce the development of key competences in pupils, such as communication in foreign languages, digital competences, social and civic competences, including climate action.
The main target groups addressed by the project are:
🚸 Primary school pupils and their families/tutors
🏫Teachers and primary school staff
👥 Non-formal educators involved in school education, NGO’s and associations staff
🏘️ other stakeholders including policy makers.
To achieve these objectives, the RIDE&SMILE partners (will produce) produced the following two outputs:
📌 a RIDE&SMILE Interactive Learning Platform (ILP), to boost and support the Bike to School Cycling Challenge (BTS) involving school pupils from all over Europe.
With an effective game-based approach, the BTS Challenge aims to foster the use of bicycles among the pupils, collecting points for each team (school classes) in terms of distance and the amount of CO2 saved. This will directly impact pupils’ families allowing them to discover a better and healthier lifestyle and contributing to the well-being of the community.
📌 RIDE&SMILE educational activities Transnational meetings and joint staff trainings among partner organisations
🛄 These educational activities are closely connected to active citizenship and behavioral change. Teachers will be encouraged to define the learning needs of their classes and build tailored learning paths for them.
A number of events are planned during the project.
– Five multipliers events will be organised by partners to promote and diffuse the main project outputs, including final events celebrating project in Rome and Brussels.
– A ground-breaking activity where RIDE&SMILE partners will undertake a symbolic bicycle trip from Rome to Brussels: a zero-emission 1.600 km ride on two wheels across six countries to bring the project results directly to the heart of the European Union.
– Three Joint Staff Training Events will be organised by partners as key steps in the process leading to the production of the intellectual outputs as well as for the achievement of the project objectives