At the beginning of this year, we started a competition for teachers, in which we asked teachers to share their favorite lesson plans related to weather and climate. The most creative, useful, and innovative lesson plan was created by Eric Schippers from Populier, a secondary school in the Hague, Netherlands. His lesson plan was about solar cookers, which students have to design, make, test, and evaluate. The TAHMO members thought this lesson plan fits TAHMO’s vision, is very innovative, and contributes to 21st-century skills.
After winning this competition, Populier got a TAHMO weather station installed on top of the school building. Additionally, the school is now part of the School2School pilot in the Netherlands. Together with another Dutch school, named Haagsche Schoolvereeniging, the school will test several lesson plans and provide feedback for optimization. Furthermore, these two pilot schools are closely involved in the creation of the entire School2School program and its activities.
The Populier is known for its very creative and active science department, in which maker education plays a major role. It is also noticeable that the students are very engaged and motivated. In June, for example, they organized a 24-hour marathon to raise money for better education in Ethiopia, in which students got 24 hours of nonstop lessons. During the day and night, students did several workshops, games, and a walking tour of the beach. One of the lessons was about TAHMO and students could make an acoustic rain gauge, which was conducted by Nadine Rodewijk. A total amount of €5000,- has been raised during this intensive event.