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"VERALIA"

IES PADRE JUAN DE MARIANA, SPAIN

Veralia was based on the city of Alange in Spain. History was built into the design of the map, with signs of different periods in Spanish history, and also the presence in time of different faith groups: Jewish, Islamic, and Christian.

There were three strands to the project, following the three "domains."

1. HISTORY

Groups looked at the history of Veralia in the Middle Ages, and considered how it could be promoted now to tourists – e.g., producing a brochure; creating a menu for traditional cuisine for the Veralia Inn, etc.

2. SCIENCE

Groups looked at the impact of climate change, including recording weather patterns, and creating campaign materials to promote the idea of a sustainable city.

3.ARTS

Groups produced designs and models for a sustainable eco-city of the future.

In a drama session with Erasmus Plus partners, students took on the frame of city planners. Partners represented people who were thinking about moving to the eco-city and wanted to find out more about what it could offer them.

The project culminated in a public exhibition in the “Centro Cultural Rafael Morales,” in the centre of Talavera de la Reina. The event was featured on a national radio station.

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In this video, Nuria Ancillo Heras introduces a presentation about the project. There are also contributions by members of the Erasmus Plus project. 

THE PROJECT PLANNING

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POINT OF CHANGE: Plans for a new eco-town

HISTORY DOMAIN

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Demography: students find out the type of life that existed in the cities of the Middle Ages around the castles.

Climate change and weather: through videos, students reflect on the problems of pollution in their closest environments.

Tourism and SDGs: videos showing the emblematic places of the city of Veralia.

Economy: Creation of different businesses along with their corporate image and marketing strategies to attract customers. City currency design.

Art: churches, style of construction of houses, design of the city map, fashion of the time, etc.

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SCIENCE DOMAIN

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Science: Through a weather station, students use the data obtained to analyze, reflect and weigh the possible consequences that our behaviour has on the environment, pollution and climate change, thus serving as a turning point in which students begin to design a more sustainable city.

Mathematics: Students use data to create tests that are accessible to everyone. Creating statistics and graphs that show problems in a simpler way,

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ARTS DOMAIN

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Art: Based on the ideas produced previously about the possible consequences that our behaviour can have for the environment, students begin to design, based on graphics and ideas about the future, images of what the city could become. of the future aimed at achieving the SDGs. These drawings are then used to create models, which are then shown in an exhibition open to the entire city in a public place.

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