Kindergarten No. 3 Bistrita (Gradinita cu Program Prelungit Nr. 3 Bistrita) had the honor to host from 17th to 23rd March a group of 25 teachers from Estonia, France, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania (Scornicesti) and Turkey that arrived in the small Transylvanian city to participate in the Fourth learning, teaching and training activity of the Erasmus + KA2 project "Small Scientists Across Europe" (2017-1-FR01-KA219-037465). The European project is in the second year of implementation and in this mobility meet once again the teachers from pre-school partner institutions: Ecole Maternelle Tordo, France - project coordinator, Lasteaed Põngerjas from Narva – Estonia; Kauno lopselis-darzelis "Giliukas" from Kaunas – Lithuania; Agrupamento de Escolas Rainha Santa Isabel from Coimbra – Portugal; Grădinița cu Program Prelungit Scornicești – România and Huma Hatun Ozel Egitim Anaokulu from Yildirim - Turkey.
After visiting the Kindergarten No. 3 (long program) and Kindergarten No. 7 (short program), the guests participated in the opening ceremony of the training event, being welcomed by preschoolers with traditional and modern dances. Mrs. Clapou Crina and Hudrea Daniela, along with Mrs. Muscari- Salvan Carmen, gave details about the Romanian education system, focusing on early education, European programs in the county, and the history and structure of the host institution. In the second part of the day, the partners participated in a workshop at the Bistrita-Nasaud Museum Complex at the Contemporary Art section where they each printed a T-shirt with the project Erasmus+ KA2 project „Small Scientists Across Europe” logo or traditional Romanian motifs. By visiting the other sections within the Museum (Natural Sciences, History - Archeology and Ethnography - Popular Art), the Liviu Rebreanu Promenade area, the Bistrita-Nasaud National Tourist Information Center and the Tower of the Evangelical Church in Bistrita, the travelers had the opportunity to learn more about the beauty and history of the host city.
The next day of the mobility offered the opportunity to partners to participate in specific workshops for the four themes of the project Earth, Water, Air and Fire where, along with preschoolers, they carried out experiments specific to these themes. During this time the project coordinators established organizational details regarding the implementation of the project for the next period, and setting out details regarding the next mobility of the project, the transnational meeting to be held in May in Scornicesti, Romania. The partners' work schedule included visiting the School of Inclusive Education School Nr. 1 Bistrita, where the teachers coordinated by Ms. Vass Imola Doris shared with them more information about educational programs for integration of children with special needs in Romanian education and visiting the "George Coşbuc" County Library Bistriţa Năsăud. After lunch, the partners visited Lake Colibiţa, Piatra Fantanele Monastery and Dracula Castle.
On Wednesday, on the third day, the partners participated in a meeting with representatives of the local community at the Bistrita-Nasaud County Council and learned more about our county and country. During the visit to Kindergarten „Casuta cu Povesti” Bistrita, coordinated by headmaster Brănişteanu Rodica, the partners were warmly welcomed and took part in the activities carried out within this pre-school institution in Bistrita city.
During the afternoon, the teachers from Kindergarten No. 3, together with the partners in the Erasmus+ KA2 project „Small Scientists Across Europe” project and from Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences were hosts of the International Conference ”Playing „science”. The Multidimensional Approach of Science in Kindergarten Activities”. In their plenary speches, professor Ph.D. Habil. Ion ALBULESCU and associate professor Ph.D. Habil. Horatiu CATALANO from Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca mentioned the importance of scientific investigation and also the science of play and project coordinators presented the project. The set of 4 books with science experiments applied by the preschool children during the project were also launched in this conference along with 2 books for teachers written by the university professors. at the end of the conference, the guests visited an art exhibition with work of art created by children related to science subjects and European citizenship.
Wednesday evening, during the festive dinner, all participants to the mobility received their Declaration of participation to this event in a warm and joyful setting and on Thursday, the guests carried out work on the themes of the project that took place at Turda Salt Mine and the Mineralogy Museum of Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca.
On the last day in our country, our partners had a last meeting for mobility evaluation, distribution of attendance documents and planning for the next meeting.
We hope that the time spent on the Romanian realms will always stay with our partners as pleasant memories with dear friends.