Winners 2010

FIRST PRIZE

Deutschland/Germany ´´ European CNC Network - Train for Europe´´

The successful idea for the 'Train for Europe', the focus of this unusual Comenius school partnership, was created in November 2006 by Vocational School for Technology, Trades, Home Economics and Social Services in Bad Kreuznach as the coordinating school. The 'Train for Europe' is the biggest Comenius school partnership funded by the European Union to date. More than 1 500 trainees from 24 vocational schools in Europe constructed individual parts of a locomotive, following the Airbus principle, and fitted them together. There were also individual wagons characterising the countries taking part. The 'Train for Europe' has a gauge of 90 mm and a total length of around 8 metres. The engine and carriages are each 100 mm wide and around 300 mm long. The circular track on which the train runs is 12 m in diameter. It took three project meetings in Albi (France), Ivrea (Italy) and Barcelona (Spain) to discuss and decide on the phases of the project. The students and teachers involved were finally able to see the fruits of their labour in early summer 2009 when, at the joint final meeting in Bad Kreuznach (Germany) and the partner school in Geel (Belgium), they excitedly discovered whether all the parts produced actually fitted together and the 'Train for Europe' could set off. The events were covered by various press, radio and television teams (including SWR, ZDF, ZDF Infokanal and SAT.1). The well-deserved high point of the joint project, which involved years of very time-consuming work, was a successful final presentation at the European Parliament in Brussels. The 'Train for Europe' symbolises the European project in a whole range of different ways and is an impressive demonstration of the importance of European cooperation.

 

SECOND PRIZE

Éire/Ireland ´´You Are Here´´

You Are Here is a book project that saw fourteen young people work together to produce a 'panthology' (pan + anthology) exploring the work of young people who enjoy the freedom of movement in Europe and work in a country they did not grow up in. Taking its starting point as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the book includes people born in 1980 or after and who therefore grew up with the Berlin Wall as only a historical memory and manages to give an overview of how this has resulted in new practices today in the fields of: anthropology, visual art, drama, political activism, poetry and fiction. In today's Europe young artists and activists blend forms and travel in their work, living in one country while all the while subtly interrogating their home countries' traditions and expectations. A generation has come of age in a post-Wall Europe who no longer feel obligated to answer the national questions, but instead answer to their unique personal experience, one of borderless work and travel, mediated by translation and the internet. Such instances of artistic, intellectual and activist projects are given space in You Are Here, offering the chance to see whether such young practitioners really are writing from a freedom and plurality born in 1989 back into a new, wider and pan-European tradition in 2009.

 

THIRD PRIZE

България/Bulgaria ´´BEST Engineering Competition (BEC)´´

BEST Engineering Competition (BEC) is an event which has the purpose of gathering and challenging young Europeans coming from different countries that differ in culture, temperament and language. It was organized thanks to the voluntary work of the members of BEST Sofia. Nowadays, in a world of fast developing technologies it is extremely important that young specialists are open to new ideas. On the other hand, in this process they have to be able to preserve their own identity and ideology. That is the basis of diversity, which is necessary for the advancement of the today's open and interconnected world. BEC gathered 21 participants from 11 European countries. They were fully provided with accommodation, food, transport and cultural activities. All of the participants were previously selected among a total of 150 applications of students from technical universities from all over Europe. The participants were divided into 5 multinational teams The competition consisted of: - Case Study based on the problem "Design of a robot that uses environmental sources of energy in the collection and division of scrap and waste." - Team Design - the participants built a sensor robot, able to follow a twisted line automatically. The presentation day was held at the Technical university-Sofia. The audience consisted of over 100 students, official guests such as company representatives, the Rector and the deans of the faculties. The event was documented by the national media - BTV and PRO-bg. There was a special program so that the foreigners can feel Bulgarian atmosphere and culture - weekend trip to Plovdiv, Bulgarian Evening, Lesson in Bulgarian language, City Rally, International Evening. The splendid combination of different cultures brought about enormous plus points in every aspect! This engineering competition is a perfect example of how Europeans can work and cooperate together to achieve their goals and keep the European spirit up!

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