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Comenius Project 2012-2014


C.A.R.S. : Cars Are Really Super


                                                                                                      


                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SUMMARY

The current project aims to explore the fascinating world of the automobile, an invention that changed the world, a "tool" which stands at the centre of our daily life, on account of its effect upon our society, environment and imagination.

The students will study the history of the automobile, from its creation until nowadays; the history of a symbol seen not only as a means of transport, but also as a means through which you can trace the great events and the changes in society and culture that occurred in Europe in the XX century.

During the first year the participants will carry out researches on the following themes:

The history of the automobile

The automotive industry: a vital element in the economy

Car advertising

The cars which made the history of movies

Cars and sport (car racing)                                                                      

The areas of work during the second year will include themes like:                             

The undesirable consequences  of the mass use of motor vehicles:             

traffic congestion, car accidents, air pollution, resource depletion and possible solutions                               

The environmental friendly automobile of future

All the results of the various activities (researches, surveys, questionnaires) will be exchanged, compared and evaluated, and finally documented in a booklet, on DVDs and on a specific website created for the project.

Target students group: secondary school students, age 15-18

Countries involved in the project: Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Netherlands.


 



RATIONALE

The proposed area of work was chosen for its great importance in each of the partner countries, as the history of the automobile is the story of the progress of this century, during which the technique has deeply changed human life.                                                           

This theme will certainly arouse the interest and the appreciation of our students, because for almost all young people the car is a great pole of attraction: it represents freedom, evasion, entertainment and acquisition of confidence.

Studying the history of  the automobile will help young people to be not just interested in specific car brands or performance, but to be aware of the  revolutionary effects that the car has had on the habits and lifestyles of the industrialized countries.

The project will also focus on the role that the automotive industry has played in each country from an economical and social point of view, since the EU is one of the world’s largest producer of motor vehicles and a huge employer of skilled workforce.

Every automotive industry has shaped one’s national identity, so a research on the car brands produced in the countries involved in the project, will help our students to learn about the various national cultures. In fact the way in which cars have been seen and interpreted throughout the years, the choice of their designs and performance  mirror the behaviour and tastes of the societies by which they are produced.

The automotive industry will be analysed not only with reference to designs, materials and technologies, but also in terms of occupational safety and health for all those people who work in industries, use dangerous products and do hazardous activities. Our students  will be taught  the preventive measures and the engineering and administrative solutions useful to reduce the risks of the occupational injuries and illnesses.                                                                              
                              

Another aspect that will be examined and that will certainly stimulate the interest of our students is the starring role of cars in advertisement, in movies and in motor racing, where cars are seen as synonymous with luxury, prestige, success, comfort, speed, high performance and incomparable style.

We will also point out the negative consequences of car use.

One of the most outstanding is  represented by the dramatic rate of car crashes recorded among the young drivers.

This is a significant safety problem that requires intensive efforts for effective and sustainable prevention. So, it is extremely important to increase our students’ knowledge about the road safety education and to develop their civic sense, in order to help them becoming future responsible road users.

Moreover this project will be a great opportunity for students to learn the common European Driving rules, that are fundamental if we consider the  flexibility and the high mobility present in the contemporary Europe.

Another core theme of the project is the environmental impact of cars. The car is a major contributor to pollution; it is therefore essential to develop and improve our students’ awareness regarding environmental issues and provide them with the appropriate skills and competencies to promote sustainable development.

In particular we will focus on eco-friendly practices such as the use of alternative fuels and technologies and the end-of-life vehicle recycling, as almost all the components of cars can be processed and reused.

That will mean less pollution and a safer environment for future generations.

This interesting and fascinating journey in the world of the automobile will be carried out through a variety of activities, such as research works, surveys, interviews, student chatting sessions, outdoor activities, during which students from different countries will play an active role and have fun while working on them.

This experience will not only offer academic knowledge but also enable students to understand and accept other cultures, bring a stronger awareness of being citizens of Europe and realize that a foreign language is not a barrier but a fundamental means of communication.

 

We will also point out the negative consequences of car use.

One of the most outstanding is  represented by the dramatic rate of car crashes recorded among the young drivers.

This is a significant safety problem that requires intensive efforts for effective and sustainable prevention. So, it is extremely important to increase our students’ knowledge about the road safety education and to develop their civic sense, in order to help them becoming future responsible road users.

Moreover this project will be a great opportunity for students to learn the common European Driving rules, that are fundamental if we consider the  flexibility and the high mobility present in the contemporary Europe.

Another core theme of the project is the environmental impact of cars. The car is a major contributor to pollution; it is therefore essential to develop and improve our students’ awareness regarding environmental issues and provide them with the appropriate skills and competencies to promote sustainable development.

In particular we will focus on eco-friendly practices such as the use of alternative fuels and technologies and the end-of-life vehicle recycling, as almost all the components of cars can be processed and reused.

That will mean less pollution and a safer environment for future generations.

This interesting and fascinating journey in the world of the automobile will be carried out through a variety of activities, such as research works, surveys, interviews, student chatting sessions, outdoor activities, during which students from different countries will play an active role and have fun while working on them.

This experience will not only offer academic knowledge but also enable students to understand and accept other cultures, bring a stronger awareness of being citizens of Europe and realize that a foreign language is not a barrier but a fundamental means of communication.

 


PROJECT OBJECTIVES AND STRATEGY

 

The main objectives of the partnership are:

 

STUDENTS

 • to promote intercultural learning by providing the students with the opportunity of working together with people from different countries and socio-cultural backgrounds on a common subject: the history of the automobile.

• to stimulate their interest with an attractive topic: "Cars"; showing them that studying can be fun and that they can transmit their acquired knowledge to others through a booklet, a DVD or by visiting a web site.

• to stimulate students in analysing the consequences of heavy automotive use

• to increase their knowledge and awareness of road safety issues and civil education

• to make young people aware of the importance of safeguarding the environment, by promoting a culture of sustainability

• to  improve their linguistic competence in the foreign language, since the only common language that students will use for all the activities and the exchange of ideas, will be the English language

• to reinforce students’ competences and abilities in ITC through research work on the Internet, elaboration of Web pages, realization of CDs, acquisition and elaboration of digital photos, creation of the page layout for the final booklet

• to trigger the students’ sense of initiative and creativity through interactive techniques, such as the creation of a dynamic group work context, that will ensure both boys and girls an active participation

 

TEACHERS

• to improve their linguistic competence in the English language

• to create strong bonds among citizens of the European countries

• to achieve new educational experiences

 

SCHOOL

• to promote the transnational dissemination of good practice and innovation in the management of schools;

• to develop and disseminate methods for combating educational exclusion and school failure

 

SUBJECTS

The  current project explores the world of the automobile using an interdisciplinary approach that will allow all the participants to reflect on issues related to history, economy, environment and security.

 

APPROACH

Our methodology will be based on interactive methods and highly involving activities for students (short lectures, case studies) and cooperative learning activities (group work), use of multimedia aids and outdoor experimental learning.

A student-centred approach will allow students to have an active role and leadership chances, strengthen their motivation and achieve lifelong learning goals.

 

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