The school partners in the project (from Romania, Italy, and North Macedonia) have actively researched a set of didactic activities that will contribute to proper usage of the project app that promotes sustainable transport, along with much more fun and enriched bicycle riding, and classroom activities too. The categories and their groups are Traffic counting, Ways to school, Mobility diary, Greenhouse effect and climate change, Cycling course, and Bicycle and road safety. Everything that we research and place into these categories will help children learn more about protecting the environment, avoiding activities that negatively impact the environment and climate, getting by around and understanding traffic, practicing interesting bicycle maneuvers, learning about distances for their daily and frequent locations, recognizing dangerous areas in traffic, knowing where are the bicycle paths nearby, and more similar.
In Romania, there was an online workshop for the introduction of the found didactic activities, with the categories “Bicycle and road safety” and “Cycling course”. Some of the activities here were already in some context and familiarity to pupils, as the cycling course of the competition, and right now, the work is focused on road safety. This is crucial in Romania because the school curricula do not include teaching traffic signs or rules (at least in primary education). This way, such a gap in national education can be filled, and this type of education – improved. With the contributions of didactic activities, teachers could implement them within a week or a month-time work, per choice, and pupils will obtain better control, reflexes, alertness. The work focuses on real-life cycling, but also a virtual competition in the form of a cycling board game that is expected to take a good form by Spring. Local informational and preparational workshops for didactic activities This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This newsletter reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This newsletter reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. In North Macedonia, the categories are “Mobility Diary” and “Traffic counting”. The partner elementary school “J.H.Pestalozzi” of Skopje, with assistance by partner “Eco-Logic”, has also held a workshop with the pupils of that school that will participate in the project activities and the app usage too. All the children were curiously engaged in listening, and were impatient even, to try using the app more frequently for their daily cycling rides and walks too. In this workshop, the pupils of a few classes, and their mentors/teachers have been present to find out more regarding the project app usage. In Italy, the categories are “Ways to school” and “Greenhouse effect and climate change”. The partners (organizations and schools of the project) have conducted workshops in a playful and informative way with eager and enthusiastic children throughout all activities. In a group working method, children discussed and learned about the transport types in urban areas, and talked about the frequently used transport on daily basis. They improved their English vocabulary on these topics and carefully noted them on a wall poster and their notebooks. The pupils also practiced map-drawing and marking, focusing on their surrounding home and school areas. The project app was tried out and tested to collect distance values (by walking, cycling, or using public transport).