Renewable Energy and Sustainable Tourism

This activity involved developing materials for the presentation of the two pillars of our project: Renewable Energy and Tourism. It was presented in Murcia, Spain from 18 to 22 February, 2019.

It included four different tasks:
1) construction of model solar cars to participate in a contest at the meeting;
2) listing the forms of Renewable Energy that are used in each of our country;
3) preparation of sustainable tourist guide programmes in each of our regions;
4) the collection and promotion of ideas for alternative tourism at local level;

The products include the following:
a) five model solar cars with video documentation of their construction, the race among them and their evaluation;
b) presentations of the exploitation of Renewable Energy in each of our countries

  1. c) a mindmap on Sustainable vs. UnSustainable Tourism
    d) travel plans for sustainable and alternative tourism in each of our countries

To prepare for this activity we set up two teams: one for Energy and one for Tourism.

The Energy team cooperated to decide on the criteria for the construction of their model cars, which were technical, aesthetic and, of course, environmental besides originality. Some partner teams, like the Greek one, sought expert guidance accounted for in their presentation. At the same time, each school carried out web research to find out how and how far their country harnesses the different forms of renewable energy.

The Tourism team designed and carried out an online survey (using Google Forms) among all participants in activity in order to discover their most preferred holiday activities, according to which each school team then prepared holiday plans to suit each participant’s tastes. The condition on these plans was that they were promoting sustainable rather than unssustainable tourism. To become better aware with sustainability in tourism and travelling, the German school team shared worksheets on the topic which they found online.

We attempted to promote all the different aspects of Alternative Tourism, as well as Sustainable Tourism. Specifically, the German school class 8aG started preparing a virtual tourist guide about important sites in Hessen, their region. For example, they decided to highlight the Saalburg castle as a monument of the ancient Roman history of Hessen which promotes cultural tourism by pointing to our common cultural heritage of Greek and Roman antiquity.  The Spanish team‘s plans successfully combined cultural with activity tourism in their region. The Italian school team presented us with two unique environmental project in their region, Matera which raise the interest of ecotourists, too. Both green projects, one for the storage of underground water and the other for the recycling of domestic waste, are of great cultural value as well since they date back to the 18th and 16th centuries, thus, attracting cultural tourists, just as well.  The Czech team prepared a holiday proposal addressing various aspects of alternative tourism at the same time: agrotourism and ecotourism and recreation tourism.  The Turkish and the Greek teams’ proposals included ideas for cultural, religious, art, gastro- and agrotourism.

The students who worked on each project per school are listed in the document here :

You can see photos of all teams and each school team in the files here: (all teams) (the German team) (the Greek team) (the Italian team) (the Spanish team)

The Spanish school where this activiy was hosted had prepared a timetable with well-targeted visits and workshops that enhanced the participants’ understanding and involvement in both Energy and Tourism for the sustainability of natural and cultural resources.

On the first project day, Monday 18/2/2019, the students in the Energy team made their presentations on the theoretical background of Renewable Energy and the applications in their countries.  The Italian team showed how the Cappucini monks recycled the Convent’s waste in a traditional, sustainable way. Then, the students presented their solar cars explaining the rationale, the methodology and the materials they used. There was a solar car race and the evaluation of each model car based on their speed, originality of design, originality and sustainability of materials, emissions and presentation. Here are the photos of the Energy presentaions and of the solar car models and race:

To see the evaluation grid and the final scores, click here:

In the afternoon, everyone took active part in an ESCAPE ROOM activity during which international groups of students simulated the day after the destruction of the Earth and had to cooperate in seeking sustainable solutions in order to survive and restart with the help of science. To view photos of this exciting activity, click here:

On Tuesday, we went on an all-day trip to Cartagena for cultural tourism. It was amazing to see how much we share in terms of classical culture, art and monuments! Here are some photos of Cartagena, an ancient destination for merchants and colonists from all over the Mediterannean countries:

On Wednesday morning, the TOURISM teams made their presentations on the theoretical background of Sustainable Tourism, on the different aspects of Alternative Tourism (art tourism, cultural tourism, religious tourism, sports and activity tourism, agrotourism, ecotourism, gastrotourism and medicinal and recreational tourism) and then they presented and evaluated their holiday plans by means of their holiday brochures and role – plays between holiday makers and holiday planners who had to promote Sustainable Tourism and discourage their ‘clients’ from unssustainable choices.

Later in the day, we visited the Town Hall for the dissemination of our project to the local community. We were amazed by the architecture of the building of the Murcia Town Hall:

The rest of the day was free for sightseeing and reflection on tourist activities in Murcia, which is perhaps one of the most beautiful cities we have seen:

Here are our photos from the Murcia museum:

On Thursday we went on another all-day activity trip to Sierra Espuna where we hiked in a forest rich in fossils and history.

On Friday morning we held two parallel meetings; one for the studens to draw their conclusions, to evaluate the meeting and to create their common products and one for the teachers to evaluate the meeting and plan the next meeting’s details.

All in all, we had a great time with much fruitful cooperation and amazing results. Here is our Evaluation poster!

The Italian and Turkish teams created these videos with highlights from this meeting: (by the Turkish team) (by the Italian team)