Erasmus+ (in English)
Örkelljunga Upper Secondary School has received Erasmus + Strategic Partnerships scholarship for working with science methodology during the academic year 2018/2019.
In this project, an exchange will take place with students from a school on the island of Sao Miguel, the Azores. The upper secondary school's name is Escola Secundária de Lagoa. The overall goal of the international project is to share knowledge and educational experiences in biomolecular science with each other. The work will be about eDNA and DNA barcoding. T
he basic principle is to map DNA segments of cells and organisms in the vicinity. One of the aims is to try to identify if other intermediate host animals contain a parasite called Fasciola hepatica - liver flundra. The parasite causes Fascioliasis, a disease that causes a lot of suffering among cattle and in some parts of the world also in humans.
Another goal is to highlight the importance of DNA barcoding as a tool to map the presence of red listed species in nature and ensure that such species and environments are protected for the future. The work is done in collaboration with the company Aquabiota and the University of Sao Miguel and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Furthermore is the aim to promote interest in natural science in this way and hopefully recruit new natural science students!
Pupils from Escola Secundária de Lagoa visit Örkelljunga Upper Secondary School on February the 6th. Then the students come together to exchange experiences and in a seminar discuss the results and experiences from the project. The Swedish students visit Escola Secundária de Lagoa as well during week 19.
Students use eTwinning and the TwinSpace platform to spread information about the project.