Environmental Education Programs

Strom života offers environmental education programs for elementary schools. These programs cover the topics of air pollution, biodiversity, global warming, energy consumption and cultural heritage which includes the preservation of technical monuments.
Besides, Strom života creates programs focused on personal development of children and youth by nourishing their creativity, communication and presentation skills. All of these programs can be used as a complement to various school subjects. Moreover, during the school year they are complemented by competitions and accompanying activities.

Environmental Education Programs Offered:

Blue Heaven Mysterious Energy Living Water Enchanted Hill
Rainbow of Life The Land of Treasures Tales of Mother Earth

Blue Heaven

Environmental Education Program Focusing on the Topic of Air Pollution  

This program is focused on measuring the air pollution in Slovakia. In the first part of the program – called Acid Rain – children measure the rain acidity by collecting rain with the help of small self-built measurement apparatuses. During the second part of the program simply called Lichens, children observe lichens on trees in their surroundings. Lichens serve as a good indicator of air pollution, for example sulfur dioxide. During the third part or the project children plant their own tobacco plants which help them to measure the ground ozone concentration according to the color of the tobacco plant leaves.

 

Living Water

Environmental Education Program Focusing on the Topic of  Water

This program entitled Living Water, is designed for children aged 10-14 years old and comprises of 5 parts. In the first part, Water – Source of Life children get to know the basic characteristic of water as an irreplaceable element of the environment. Later, they monitor their water consumption, discuss the alternatives of household water management and in the end they learn how to get rid of an oil patch on water.
The second part entitled the Living River deals with the physical and chemical attributes of water. Children then learn how to measure these attributes like temperature, pH, level of pollution, hardness of water, etc.
In the third part of the program called the Riverbank, children learn about the various ecosystems within the vicinity of water. Birds, mammals, plants – this is only an example of the various organisms children observe and learn about.
River Basin represents the fourth part of the program. Children learn about how a river is created and what are the possible ecological risks concerning the rivers and how consumer behavior and landscape planning can influence the health of the rivers.
Lastly, the final part of the program is entitled, Still Water which is concerned with areas of still water in the ecosystem. Besides the theoretical foundations, children monitor frogs and build barriers near the roads during their migration period. 
 

Enchanted Hill

Environmental Education Program Focusing on the Topic of Waste Management

How much waste do we produce every day? What is the correct way to dispose of it? Where is it stored? These are only a few of the questions that are answered within this program divided into three parts.
The first part called Stop Making Waste clarifies what waste really is, why it is dangerous and how to prevent it from being created. Children also monitor their own household waste production and check how environmentally aware their family shopping policy is.
Waste separation and waste recycling are nowadays frequently used terms. What they really mean is clarified to children in the project Waste recycling and separation. By visiting a local shop they look for more environmentally friendly products and learn about the methods of composting.
Waste Disposal is the last part of the program where the child’s task is to monitor illegal garbage dumps in their own town. Besides the actual dump, they also monitor the animals and other organisms that are prone to damage by the existence of such illegal dumps. 

 

The Land of Treasures

Educational Program Focusing on the topic of Cultural Heritage

Each region hides its own treasures. The program, The Land of Treasures helps children to discover these treasures and addresses the issues of cultural heritage protection in a program divided into two parts.
“Monuments around us” deals with old architectonic monuments that can be found in our country. Old city houses, historic parks, castle ruins, UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  All of this and much more creates the mosaic of a heritage worth protecting. Beside the theoretical part, children create their own list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and explain why they consider the objects they have included protection worthy.
Second part of the program – “Living History” – provides basic information about architecture and arts in our country or about the development of our cities, castles, crafts and old mining industries.

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