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The short term student exchange took place in Buzau from the 31st of March until the 4th of April. 15 students from Poland, Italy and Lithuania participated in all the activities prepared and carried out by our Romanian hosts.

1. Visit in School no.7 Buzau, presentation of schools, cities and partner countries and application of a kahoot questionnaire on the schools, cities and countries involved in the project. A total of 26 pupils, coordinated by Prof. Ivan Iuliana, Popescu Graţiela and Filip Mihaela, participated in this activity.

2. Welcome show where traditional dances or games from the partner countries were presented, coordinated by Prof. Ene Liliana and Cristina Bunda.

3. Puzzles about the 5 important objectives of the project: Siriu Dam and Nehoiaşu Hydro Power Plant, photovoltaic in Romania, Wind mill field , Muddy Volcanoes, as another type of energy of the earth. Twenty students, grouped in 5 mixed teams, coordinated by Prof. Matei Roxana, participated in this activity.

4. Presentation of 12 words to be introduced in the future dictionary. Students were distributed in 5 mixed teams and had to match 12 words with their definitions. Later, students watched flash cards with the 12 words on and were able to check whether they matched the word with its definition. Each group translates the 12 words into their own language. The words were the following: solar energy, hydroelectric power, geothermal energy, wind energy, biomass energy, tidal energy, energy conservation, efficiency, isolation, renewable energy, non-renewable energy, fossil fuels. 26 students worked in 5 mixed teams, coordinated by Prof. Ivan Iuliana.

5. Car - race - 8 students assembled toys from an educational set that clearly demonstrates the principle of solar energy, all being powered by a solar cell only. Students could assemble six different models: summer, airplane, boat, car, rotary jet, puppy. This activity was attended by 8 students in 4 mixed teams coordinated by Prof. Bicoiu Mariana.

6. Boardgame Power grid - Energy Network - 4 students from the four partner countries played a game about energy management, where they learned about what you should use to generate electricity, how to adopt classic methods using coal or oil, and how you can use residues as an alternative energy source in the future, how you can get energy through more environmentally friendly methods, being resource-independent. Students have had to watch all of their competitors to see what types of power plants they build, what cities they have in their networks, how they depend on resources, and what new types of power plants they attract. A strategic society game about the planning and exploitation of energy resources. The students were coordinated by Prof. Filip Mihaela.

7. This week in Energy Conservation - conceived as a television broadcast with correspondent students reporting on a variety of energy conservation topics. This activity provided students with ways to save energy both in the home and beyond. Students were divided into 4 mixed pairs and shared a story. Each pair was a team of energy reporters. They read the text and build a news story in which they presented energy conservation tips listed. Each story was limited to two or three minutes, and the groups had 20 minutes to develop and repeat their stories. The students were coordinated by Prof. Ungureanu Andreea and the groups were: Hot Water Heating, Home Heating, Cooking Energy, Lightning Energy.

8. Treasure Hunt - 20 students divided into 4 mixed groups solved riddles that guided them to the places where they found the codes for the 12 words presented during the previous lesson. Each word had a code, and students had to download a code reader application. After they scanned the code, they could access a link, read the word definition, fill in a table the term, the definition, and the place where they found the word. The students were coordinated by Prof. Ivan Iuliana.

9. Applying a satisfaction questionnaire to the 26 students involved in energy-saving activities at school and at home.

10. Excursion to the Siriu Dam - 39 students and 10 teachers participated in this trip. The purpose of the trip was to familiarize students with the purpose of building the dam of the earth, namely to supply drinking and industrial drinking water to downstream localities and to irrigate 50,000 hectares of agricultural land and, on the other hand, to produce electricity through the construction of the hydropower plant Nehoiasu. The dam also uses flood defense.

11. Excursion Muddy Volcanoes - Formations created by natural gas coming from over 3,000 meters deep, which pass through a clayey soil, combined with groundwater, as much energy as Earth's energy, gas from the oilfields that go out to the surface, driving the groundwater, generating craters and cones with the appearance of volcanoes, but which have nothing to do with the volcanism itself. The pupils could thus learn about the manifestations of synergy between tectonic, gas and water energy in relief units with inversions and salt pits.

12. Presentation of the dissemination activities carried out within each partner school. Each partner presented the dissemination plan drawn up together with the project team in the school. There has also been talk of future dissemination possibilities. We mention that the short-term exchange of groups of pupils that took place at 7 Gymnasium School Buzau was disseminated within the TV Channel Buzau

13. Creating posters on energy saving themes - pupils were divided into 4 groups of 5 pupils and created together posters using Canvas that had the message of saving energy both at home and at school. Posters were exhibited in school.

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