Greece

ITINERARY – MOBILITY TO GREECE (27 - 31 MARCH 2017)

 

MONDAY 27 MARCH 2017

8.30

Welcoming – Coordinator speeches

School

9.00

Chemistry experiments: The nature of light

School

10.15

Break

 

10.30

Presentation: Epikoureios Apollo Temple

School

11.15

Introduction: Mythology and Constellations

Project group work: “Constellations”

School

13.00

Visit at the Castle and Museum of Kyllini

Kyllini

14.30

Lunch

Kyllini

17.00

Return and departure of students

School

 TUESDAY 28 MARCH 2017

8.00

Departure to Epikoureios Apollo Temple

School

11.00

Visit and guided tour around the temple

Vassai

13.00

Lunch and tour around the picturesque village of Andritsaina

Andritsaina

15.30

Departure to Varda – Stop at Kourouta

 

Kourouta

18.00

Return and departure of students

School

  WEDNESDAY 29 MARCH 2017

8.30

Guest tecahing sessions

School

9.30

Presentations of projects entitled: «Constellations»

School

11.00

Break

 

11.15

Presentation of the Antikythera mechanism  - Xenophon Moussas, Professor of Space Physics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

School

13.00

Lunch after invitation by the Andravida - Kyllini Mayor

Varda

18.00

Presentation of the Antikythera mechanism  for the local community and schools of the area - Xenophon Moussas, Professor of Space Physics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

School

 THURSDAY 30 MARCH 2017

8.30

Departure to Ancient Ilida (archaeological site and museum)  and Ancient Olympia (archaeological site and museum)

School

14.00

Lunch

Ancient Olympia

17.00

Departure to Varda

 

18.30

Return and departure of students

School

 FRIDAY 31 MARCH 2017

8.30

Departure to Patras

School

9.00

Visit at the Archaeological Museum of Patras

Visit at the Old Town and Roman Conservatory

Patras

11.30

 

FREE TIME

(Suggestion: Download the app “Explore Patras” from Google Play)

 

Patras

15.00

Departure to Varda

 

16.00

Skype Conference with the si-Cluster concerning the present situation of space activities in Greece

School

17.00

Planisphere construction and operation

School

19.00

Follow-up

School

20.00

Orion Astronomy Club: Night Sky Observation with the use of telescopes

School

 

This is how a German student experienced the mobility to Greece:

After our arrival on Sunday and getting to know the host family, we were received at school on Monday morning and learned about the nature of light through various performances by the guest students and their teachers, for example there was an experiment on how light is refracted in our eyes, which I found very interesting.

After that we were introduced to the basics of Constellations before we left for Kyllini. After the return, my guest student and I were picked up by her mother and I tried to explain to them what it means to be a vegetarian. This was more difficult than I thought.

Tuesday morning, we met at the school to get on the bus and drive to the village of Andritsaina. We went to a large temple of Apollo, where a woman told us some facts about the temple and Apollo in general and why the temple was oriented north.

We got on the bus again and back to Andritsaina for lunch, after a short break we went on. We walked once across the city, after seemingly endless kilometers we arrived at a historical library in which many rare books stood.

We watched a video about the founder of the library. After a rather hot return trip (the air conditioning didn't work), we went home with our guest students.

On Wednesdays, an important visitor came to the school, namely Xenophon Moussas, Professor of Space Physics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

He explained to us, the Antikythera mechanism and how it worked in a very exciting way. Afterwards we went to lunch where the local clergymen were also guests.

This was a great event for our guest students and us and we realized how important their religion is to them and that it is very different from ours. This visit was even pictured in the local newspaper the next day. A very impressive lunch.

On Thursday, we drove to Ancient Ilida and Ancient Olympia, where we learned a lot about sculpture, architecture, life at that time and the connection with different gods. In the evening in Varda, there was already a small private graduation party for us from our guest students, which I liked very much.

On our last day, we started with a visit to the next bigger city Patras, where we were shown the very modern Archaeological Museum and the Old Town. Afterwards we went back to the school where we practiced a Planisphere construction, because in the evening we had a large official closing ceremony at the school. Many astronomers with their telescopes had also come to this celebration.

So we could try out our made Planisphere and watch the evening sky through different telescopes. Especially the constellation Orion was very easy to recognize and I learned a lot about its history and peculiarities.

It was really hard for me to say goodbye to my host student the next day because she had taken really good care of me. I had so many presents with me that I was even afraid I couldn't take everything on the plane. We have decided to stay in contact and visit each other again soon.

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