Implementation of “Bites: when nutrition meets SDGs” (SOI-ES-289)

Author: Jose Viñas, Biology and Geology Teacher

School/Organization: IEs David Buján, Cambre, Spain

Teachers like to apply scenarios that combine several disciplines. The Learning Scenario “Bites:
when nutrition meets SDGs” brings science, SGDs, technology and, thanks to Europeana, art
together. Moreover, it has proven its strength and versatility when used at different educational
levels: 12 years old and 16 years old.

The implementation context

Testing the strength of the Learning Scenario
The Learning Scenario was implemented at two different levels and in two different subjects to test
the range of replication in other schools:

  • 12-year-old students in the subject Biology, Biodiversity topic. The subject is taught in English
    and Galician to 18 students. As it is an experimental activity, the language assistant from the UK
    collaborated in the class.
  • 16 year old students in the subject “Introduction to scientific and technological research” in the
    framework of the STEM baccalaureate of excellence. The class was taught in English and Galician.
    In this subject, STEM skills are promoted and a variety of research topics are offered. Thus,
    students can choose the research they will carry out with a teacher from the university over the
    next two years.
    Two very different environments will help us to test the strength of the Learning Scenario.

The narrative

Pace of work
Session 1. Theoretical explanations have been kept to a minimum since this is an eminently
practical LS and should be enjoyed. In the first section:
Activity -Find the cereal.

  • The younger children were helped by their teachers so that the difficulties in recognising
    photographs were not too great. They were also helped to get to know the Europeana website,
    each pupil having his or her own computer.
  • The 16-year-olds have been using their own smartphone and have been autonomous with the
    Europeana website.
    The fun for both of them always comes with Kahoot about what they have learned.

Activity- Fruits for everyone
Everyone has followed the origami guide to create their favorite fruit. Age had no influence on their
art skills or digital skills.

Session 2.
Art and engineering go hand in hand
Day to work as a chef or… a food engineer. The students had to enhance the same design thinking
skills, creating their spheres of different sizes and colours, time to learn, experiment, colour, frustrate
and taste.
When a LS surprises you

  • The 12 year olds have asked me for material to make more fruit at home, following the origami
    guides from Europeana.
  • Younger and older students have a BioArt group. They want to replicate pictures following the
    pointillist technique to make pictures with the spherifications. They have started with simple

Learning outcomes

Common Outcomes

  • Used the inquiry system to identify a vegetable as complex as a cereal in the activity Find a cereal
    (STEM competences).
  • Made an origami with Fruit for everyone (Cultural Awareness and Expression)
  • Used digital tools in Europeana to search, follow protocols and play games, answering questions
    (digital competences).
  • Used the design approach to create a product that they themselves could evaluate (STEM
    Different target – different outcomes
  • Group 12 years: The learning of knowledge related to grasses, fruits and algae has been
    promoted as examples that belong to groups that show the diversity of living things on our
    planet and the diversity of food (STEM Competence). Once they wanted to take their work home
    for pleasure, competences such as learn 2 learn or Sense of Initiative and Entrepreneurship have
    been promoted, without the teacher’s intention.
  • Group 16 years: Learned about searching digital resources in an open environment with
    Europeana (digital competences). Also, reflected on the importance of open science to solve
    scientific problems faster (Social and Civic Competences). And reflected on the importance of the
    war in Ukraine and its consequences on cereal production in the rest of the world Europeana
    visions of war (Social and Civic Competences)

Outcomes for the educator

As a teacher I have seen …

  • …how students have fun in class using art and science thanks to having the resources available in
    open access with Europeana.
  • …how your students can interact in the classroom with their smartphones and computers.
  • …how pupils ask to continue working at home, because they feel confident to use digital science
    and art resources autonomously.
  • …that there are pupils who want to investigate bringing research in Bio-Art, pointillism and
    impressionism with the microspheres to the STEM Club in the village, wanting to recreate
    paintings to see, smell and…eat them. They will soon be at the end of year fairs.
  • …that two 16 year old students decide to do their end of year work in High School on water and
    agriculture with a professor from the University

Did you find this story of implementation interesting? Why don’t you read about the related learning scenario? Bites: when nutrition meets SDGs (LS-ME-554) created by Patricia Barciela

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Public Domain Mark 1.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the Rijksmuseum.

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