The planned school partnership is an initiative going back to the „European CNC-Network“ established in 2006, a cooperation of more than 30
vocational schools in Europe. The most popular and probably most successful school project of our network was the Charlemagne Youth Price
Award winning project in 2010, the „Train for EUROPE“.


Within that school partnership „Train for EUROPE”, the participating 24 partner schools produced model locomotives and individual wagons
displaying characteristic motifs by using computer-controlled CNC machinery. So, for example, the German wagon is showing a single printing
letter framed by an open book in honor of Johannes Gutenberg and the Italian wagon is representing historic inventions by Leonardo da Vinci. By
the end of the project, the project partners had exchanged the copies of their own wagons so that today every member of the project has got their
own train with at least ten different wagons. These trains are displayed for the public in showcases within the school buildings and are put into
operation at special events („open house presentations”).


The planned school partnership´s objective is to link into the success of our „Train for EUROPE” by a digital upgrade. This follow-up project is
putting its focus on the interaction of the described wagons by means of establishing a digital network linking the wagons using modern micro
controlling technology and including the current demands of „Industry 4.0” as the future-related strategy. The defined project title is based on the
widely spread „Digital Revolution 4.0” in industry, which – after the invention of the steam engine, the mass production in assembly lines and the
computer technology having found its way into production – is seen as the forth step to a comprehensive and intelligent crosslinking between
man and machine. The digitalized „Train for EUROPE“ exactly follows and meets these requirements as it offers a highly attractive training object
in a sustainable setting and provides various learning materials for further educational use.


As a first step, the motif of each wagon will receive electronic devices meant as a dynamic-upgrade based on the STE(A)M concept which may
allow the integration of servo motors, audio-visual effects or installing speakers to play music. Apart from that, the showcases shall be equipped
with modern touchscreen panels allowing interaction with interested students and visitors. By touching the panel, a radio-controlled impulse will
be sent to a selected wagon and will activate the audiovisual moving effects at the wagon itself. At the same time, a video presentation on the
screen will inform about the motif shown on the wagon and about the school that once built that specific wagon. By implementing a web-based
network to the system, controlling wagons located at different schools in Europe shall be made possible. When using these new possibilities
combined with an integrated webcam, Europe-wide remote interaction and monitoring of different animations will be made possible.


The realization of this project idea is highly complex and demanding in view to the programming of the microcontrollers used for establishing the
digital network, whereas all the needed goals and competences can be found in the national curricula for vocational IT-training. The students
aged between 15 and 20 years will be supported by at least two teachers in each institution. These upgrades by implementing interaction and
communication tools to the „Train for EUROPE” is to be seen as a pedagogical catalyzer motivating students to develop, shape and create
multiple basic skills and advanced key competences. It will provide students with the chance and challenge to work and cooperate on a
technically demanding task in an international atmosphere. In the foreground stands a solution-oriented peer-to-peer-learning approach. This will
make students internalize not only the topic much more intensely as they need to develop and deepen the topic self-reliantly but benefit from one
another by sharing and discussing results and values.


Within the two-year running time of the project, six activities are planned. The focus of the different activities is closely linked to work progress in
the project. The partner schools will take over different tasks within the project split in different work lines and separate work groups. Time
between activities will be taken to fulfil the agreed tasks. Students will then communicate and discuss their suggestions and ideas via internetbased
platforms such as eTwinning.


The common work on this technical challenge will intensify the international and the mutual intercultural dialogue. Students will have to
communicate in English as the project language and will actively develop their communicative competences. The common project work will
inspire a common „European Spirit“, meaning that commonalities as well as the uniqueness of the individual project partners will become
recognized.

 

The partners are convinced that this project is perfectly suited
to work out another successful project supported by the "European CNC-Network".

The result of our efforts symbolizes the successful cooperation
of the different European educational institutes.

We are confident that we have found with this project an excellent example
that will increase the "European spirit".