Within the framework of the "Elements", between 5 and 7 December 2018, lectures and educational workshops on ecological topics were conducted. Classes were held at the Książ Castle and in the center of Wałbrzych at the Pod Atlantami Library, the Orzeł Biały State Primary School and the Porcelain Museum. Classes were addressed to almost 500 students from eight Wałbrzych schools (from kindergarten classes to the high school youth).
Artistic elements of the project are the starting point for discussions about the current problems of the world regarding broad issues of ecology, recycling, management of natural resources, the question of smog and air quality which we all breathe - in a word, conscious functioning of society in the natural environment, today and in the future.
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WROCŁAW
Between 6 and 7 December, 2018, more than 20 members of faculty and doctoral students of the INSTITUTE OF GEOGRAPHY AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WROCŁAW as well as students and volunteers from the Student Scientific Circles of Geography and Spatial Development conducted educational activities under the supervision of dr hab. Agnieszka Latocha.
The faculty of INSTITUTE OF GEOGRAPHY AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT offered the following topics to children and the youth:
dr Anna Grochowska – classes of city planning and spatial development for preschoolers,
dr Bartosz Korabiewski – pedology workshops called "What the tread upon". The workshops were attended by approximately one hundred students, taking an active part in the "research" of prepared soil profiles.
dr inż. Hanna Ojrzyńska, dr Anetta Drzeniecka-Osiadacz, dr Tymoteusz Sawiński, mgr Marek Kowalczyk, mgr inż. Piotr Modzel, mgr Daria Bilińska, mgr Natalia Pilguj, mgr Piotr Pawliczek – pollution and protection of the atmosphere, air quality monitoring system, including the use of dust monitors, and drones for monitoring and air protection, renewable energy sources. Lectures and meteorological and climatological demonstrations: "Will the smog eat us?", "What poisons us?", "The meteorological situation and air quality", "How do we measure air quality?", "Geoportal and a mobile application as a source of knowledge about air quality", "Will the sun and wind drive the world?",
dr hab. prof. UWr Piotr Owczarek – the paper titled "Dendrochronology - the time saved in the rings of trees". The dendrological classes and workshops were attended by approximately 50 students.
dr hab. Agnieszka Latocha – a lecture "From dinosaurs and coal to new sources of energy",
dr hab. Alicja Krzemińska – a lecture "Green infrastructure as the future of cities" and the workshops of "City of the Future is in my head",
dr Andrzej Tkaczyk – a lecture "The missing element – what does Walbrzych owe to ice ages?".
Volunteers from the Student Scientific Circles of Geography and Spatial Development: Sylwia Latoch, Paulina Miodońska, Katarzyna Opaska, Agata Urbaniak i Aleksandra Wojtas offered their invaluable help in conducting workshops.
Ecodesign workshops – Upcycling
On December 5, 2018, at the Pod Atlantami District and Municipal Public Library, the workshop called "Ecology and Design" was held which was prepared and led by Tytus Presiński – an artist and an ecodesigner. The theme of the meeting was the creation of everyday objects from waste (re-life of products and packaging). Due to the pre-Christmas period, the students built a Christmas tree with hubcaps.
Moreover, for the needs of the "Elements" concert, the artist built so-called "Black Suns." These unique, modern-looking lamps were made entirely from waste, i.e. the washing machine drums and chairs found in the dumpster. Thanks to the skill and vision, the artist gave the objects a second life, and the audience who gathered at the concert could experience the upcycling idea in practice.
WAŁBRZYCH SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN CLASSES:
– the Orzeł Biały State Primary School No. 2
– the Komisja Edukacji Narodowej State Primary School No.26
– the Armii Krajowej State Primary School No. 30
– the Stanisław Staszic State Primary School No. 37
– the School and Pre-school Complex No. 4
– the M.T. Huber School Complex No. 5
– the Komisja Edukacji Narodowej School Complex No. 7
– the “Energetyk” School of Applied Sciences
Organization of educational activities was possible with the assistance of the President of the University of Wrocław, the Office for Promotion of the University of Wrocław, Promotion Office of the Wałbrzych City Hall, the Książ Castle and the Pod Atlantami Library.