Erasmus+ Laserdome

One evening out together

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LASERDOME

Laserdome is a tough and demanding activity that fits everyone, old as young. Strength is not the most important here but instead speed, accuracy in firing and your ability to cooperate with your team-mates.

BEFORE THE GAME

Before the game everyone gets to watch a film that explains the rules of the game. When inside the weapons-room you put on your equipment, wearing the gun on your front. Secure the equipment on both sides of your body and check so that the name on the vest and the gun corresponds. You are now ready to play. When the judge activates the game you have 20 seconds to hide inside the arena. After 20 seconds your equipment is activated and the inferno begins.

WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

Your task is to score as many points as possible by hitting the flashing areas on enemy equipment.

Each player has 5 flashing areas. One chest hit is 200 points, back 100 points, shoulders and weapon hits 50 points. Each hit is registered automatically in your equipment and you receive the points. When the game ends the scores are counted and everyone sees the results on screens both in the weapon-room and at the reception desk.

You always have unlimited amount of shots and lives, but when you get hit your weapon and your equipment cease to work for about 7 seconds and you lose some points. After 7 seconds the equipment is activated again and you are ready for revenge…

If you play a team-match the challenge is to only shoot your enemies but not your team-mates. You can separate the teams by the colors of their equipment. If you play a solo-match all the other players are your enemy.

Rules. Playing is at own risk! Follow these rules for your own safety:

  • Do not run
  • Keep a distance and do not touch any team-players or enemy-players
  • Do not climb
  • Do not crawl
  • Good luck and may the best player win!

Aaaand the winner this time iiis – drumroll drumroll drumroll – Molly!

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Erasmus+ Frölunda Indians

Icehockey game at Scandinavium

 

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Frölunda is one of Sweden’s best ice hockey teams and they are from Goteborg. They won the Swedish Championships in 2016. One of the participants, Frida, was able to get free tickets for everyone within our project so we got the opportunity to watch a game at their home arena, Scandinavium, located at the center of Goteborg quite near to our school – it is on the same street.

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It was a great game and everyone got a bit excited when the players scored goals. We had a great time and it felt as if we got a bit closer together since we all gathered together towards something everyone found interesting.

Thank you Frida for those free tickets – your initiative made that evening special to all of us.

Day 5 at Bernadottegymnasiet

Final day, presentation and a special guest

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Going into this project we got a certain picture painted for us, with certain expectations. The first and last day were very different in the ways we communicated and and overall hung out together. There are things to keep in mind before going into a project of this kind and during it.

Meeting and working with new people can always be challenging. What you give is what you are going to get. Be open minded and give a bit of yourself and that is what you will get back.

The first day we were all a bit awkward and not sure how to really approach each other, all of us spoke in our native language and it felt more like we were two sides. Once we got over the language barrier things started working really well. All of us tried to be open and talk to each other. We did activities together such as city exploring and lasertag.

To make the most out of this encounter and to have a good experience –  have an interest for other cultures and new people and share your own and this is a great project to be apart of. Come into the project with an open mind and no prejudices and you will find this to be a great expericence.

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One of the invited guests was The Director of Education Administration also The Director of Education in Goteborg, Tomas Berndtsson.

Tomas Berndtsson

The pupils were very proud to be acknowledged and appreciated by their audience and this special guest.

Day 4 at Bernadottegymnasiet

Today we’re going to talk about politics.

Estonia is ruled by a president. The person can sit at the position for 4 years, then people vote again. You may choose the same person as president the next election also, but only two times. The president does not really control the country. He or she just speaks for the country. Beneath him or her there are different parties. They come up with an opinion or proposal and then the president will have to accept or decline the proposal. You can vote for both the president and the parties.

In Sweden the people vote. We chose representatives that will sit in the parliament. Then the parliament choses who will be the prime minister. The prime minister creates the government.

Russia controlled Estonia in the 1920s. Sweden ruled at least half of Estonia for a time before Russia. Estonian people think it was pretty good when Sweden ruled. At least better than when Russia did.

Occupied by Russia Estonia became a rather poor country. The Russian people took a lot of things from the Estonian people. They did not have jobs, food and some of them even lost their homes. But the problems have not lingered, the conditions are good in Estonia today.

It is easy to get a job if you have some education, which is free. It is probably easier for men to get a job than it is for women. Women also get less paid than men for the same job. There are still some gender discriminations. The strange thing is that people do not regard women as worse than men, so the reason why women get less paid is uncertain.

You usually work 8 hours a day and you work Monday to Friday, of course depending on your work. In average you get around 900 €.
Sweden does not have many economic problems hanging around from the old days. Though we still have some gender differences and gender discrimination. We try hard to solve these problems and we do that by trying to make more women work in jobs dominated by men and vice versa. Women get a little less paid than men in Sweden as well. Otherwise the conditions are good in Sweden.

We hope that the countries within the EU work together towards better conditions in order to make it easy for people to move between countries and to get a job in any of the countries within the EU.

Day 3 at Bernadottegymnasiet

Änggårdenfirninghöst

Outdoor activity day in Ängårdsbergen – This was our assignment

Group Preparation:

  • Learn the names of the members in the group!
  • Introduce yourself to each other!
  • How will you keep in touch with each other from now on until the equipment is returned?
  • How do you convey information and agreements to those members who do not participate on those occasions?
  • What expectations do each of you have on this day?
  • Try to agree on a common goal for the day.
  • What will you do to make the day as good as possible for everyone in the group? To create joy, security and motivation?
  • How do you deal with joint responsibility for equipment you borrowed from school?
  • Review what you should bring with you individually and together:
    o clothes?
    o medical equipment?
    o food?
    o water?

 

Outdoor activity day – Änggårdsbergen October 18, 2017
Assembly at the tram stop Botanical Garden at 08:10

 You will be responsible for transporting between different stations using a map and a compass after a time schedule. Everyone in the group must cooperate and read the map and always know where the group is.

The purpose of the day is to develop your ability to:

  • Cooperate
  • Communicate
  • Correct acute damage to physical activities
  • Reason about and prevent security risks when executing physical activity in a natural environment
  • Handle equipment and tools for activities in a natural environment
  • Reason about the effect on physical, mental and social health when out in nature and countryside
  • Managing mental challenges
  • Understand and apply the working methods used in occupations in uniform
  • Reason about the requirements for ability and theoretical knowledge within the occupations in uniform

 

Common equipment (collected on Friday 17/10 at the lesson)

  • Personal equipment (required)
  • One backpack
  • Tarpaulin
  • Rope
  • Knife
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Two logs of wood

 

Personal equipment (required)

  • Clothes suited for the weather
  • Rain Wear
  • Dry packed outfits
  • Extra clothes
  • Shoes / boots tailored for forestry
  • Water
  • Snacks

Food packages in the form of baguettes and fruit are available at the meeting point so make sure you have space for it!

 

 

 

 

Stations

Station A – Health Care – David

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Änggårdensjukvårdlinda

Action in case of acute injury.

  • Sprained foot
  • Apply a bandage
  • Apply pressure bandage
  • Gunshot injuries

Station B – Lowering down / Climbing – Maurits

Änggårdenfirning

In a harness be lowered down a 10 m high cut. Lowering is not difficult, but for many people it is a mental challenge where you exercise your mental ability. As always, when it comes to high heights, there are risks involved, which means that security and equipment are in focus at this station.

Station C – Making a fire and steel – Kalle

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Instructions and practice on making a fire with steel and keeping it burning.

Station D – Missing person – Annelie

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The task is to search a defined and delineated area on a map. With the help of map, compass and cooperation, you must as quickly as possible find the person who is feared to be at life threatening risk.

 

 

Station E – Communication – Anna

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Communication exercises focusing on different roles and interactions in groups.

 

Station F – Airgun shooting – Robin

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Basic review of safety and the handling of firearms together with a shooting instructor. Practical test of shooting with a rifle at a shooting range.

 

Day 2 at Bernadottegymnasiet

Aspects of cultural differences and cultural norms

How do people really greet each other? Is it the same in Sweden as it is in Estonia?

In Estonia people greet each other with words. They do not usually hug. People would be a bit sceptical if you hug them – depending on the situation of course. However, they always say ‘hello’ and that is ‘there’ in Estonian. Two best friends may hug and that happens more often between girls than between boys. If boys hug it is more with a little pat on the back.

Compared to Sweden there are some differences: We hug more, it is very normal.

Girls hug a little bit more than boys. Boys hug with a little pat and girls just hug. Boys shake hands more often than girls in both Estonia and Sweden. If you see each other from a distance in both Estonia and Sweden boys more often nod to each other and girls more often wave.

Another difference is that in Estonia there is also a formal way of turning to someone, the form is “teie”. You have to call everyone who has a higher status than you “teie”, for friends we use “sina”. You can also start calling people of higher statuses “sina” if they have given you permission to do so. If people violate these standards, it only makes other people see them as impolite and the person’s image deteriorates. People tend to start thinking about that person differently. This is a big difference compared to Sweden; we do not have any formal way of greeting other people. For example, we never call someone with a higher status by their last name. We never use Mr. or Mrs. or anything like that, we always call someone else by their first name, even our boss.

 

So what happens if you don’t greet as you are expected to do?

You simply say hello, it’s common sense. People might be a little bit upset in both countries if you avoid the standards.

Girls might assume that something is wrong if another girl does not say hello. You start to wonder if you have done something wrong. Boys on the other hand act more cool about not saying hello. At least if it happens just once or twice.

Will your tolerance and acceptance for different cultures increase if you understand how other people act and greet?

Yes, we think so. We think it is easy to think that someone is weird if they do not act the same way as you do. But if you are familiar with how they act you will not judge them or give them a weird look. It is not bad manners it is just a different culture.

We conclude that the extended knowledge of other cultural norms can lead to increased tolerance and acceptance of differences by making sure that when people travel to different countries, they do not make mistakes in greeting and communicating with people and accidentally insult the other person with their actions. So in short, it prepares people for communicating with individuals from other countries. Learning about the norms and standards also makes you understand them, which in turn makes it easier to accept them. Understanding is the first step towards tolerance and acceptance of differences.

Day 1 at Bernadottegymnasiet

Getting to know each other, planning for Wednesday’s outdoor activities and talking about sports.

On October 16 the Estonian pupils arrived together with their teachers to Landvetter airport. We picked them up and they came to Bernadottegymnasiet in Goteborg and were greeted by the Swedish pupils.

This first day we started with introducing ourselves and learn each other’s names. We also talked about how we will talk to each other and keep in contact after school. We decided that we are going to communicate through Facebook. By creating a group chat everyone can share and take part of information and what is being said and decided. Facebook is a good way to communicate. If someone is missing or is at another place they can easily get updated through our group chat.

On Wednesday we are going to be outside in Änggårdsbergen (more about that later). We wanted to know what different thoughts each of us had about this day. For a start Siim and Rando didn’t have any expectations, but later on when Siim and Rando saw what the plan is to do on Wednesday they actually looked forward to it a little bit more. They were especially interested in the lowering down/climbing part as well as the airgun shooting. Me and Linus on the other hand are looking forward to each and every one of the parts and we think it is going to be an interesting day. Of course we have favourites as well and the stations we had in common were lowering down, missing person and airgun shooting. Though everyone of us think it will be very fun to learn new things.

Since we want this day to be as good as possible we wanted to set up a common goal for the day that everyone is set to aim for. To us the most obvious goal was to work towards cooperation and getting to know each other as well as possible and of course, to take care of each other and also to have fun.

To create joy and motivation during the day we think it is important to spend time with each other and support everyone. All of us must try to do their best in every situation and the people around should support them without judging, no matter the outcome.

Since we are going to be given equipment from the school it is important that this equipment gets back where it belongs afterwards. We think it is best to divide the things we are given between us so that everyone has one or two things to have the responsibility for, during the whole day.

This day everyone is going to bring their own clothes, adapted to the weather. Extra clothes is important if your clothes get wet or something else happens with them. To be able to walk without issues one should wear shoes that work well in the forest. We are also going to bring snacks to eat and water to drink during the day if we get hungry or thirsty. The equipment that we will be given tomorrow (17/10) must be brought on Wednesday. This includes one backpack, a tarpaulin, a rope, a knife, a map, a compass and two logs of wood.

Later this day we discussed outdoor activities and the opportunities to execute them in Estonia compared to Sweden.

In Sweden we exercise a lot, it is common and a lot of people do it. We have good opportunities to train outside. You have many opportunities to work out and you can join teams in many different sports. It is more common around young people to be outdoors working out. It is not unusual that people do it to improve their status.

It is pretty much the same in Estonia. Many people work out there as well and they do it because it’s popular. One thing that is different in Sweden versus Estonia is the way of looking at well trained people compared to people that do not work out. In Estonia no one gets bullied for being fat or spending their time doing other things than working out. In Sweden that’s unfortunately a thing that people get bullied for.

We talked about having complex about the way you look and body ideals and how they can be created depending on the culture around working out and practice sports. In Estonia it’s popular to work out and we think it is easy to feel bad about yourself if you’re not working out. We made the conclusion that it is pretty much like that here in Sweden too.

Though the reason why you train in Estonia is a little different from Sweden. In Estonia people go out and train by themselves because there is nothing else to do. Examples of things you can do there is gym, run, play soccer or basketball. It is more common in Sweden to join teams and train with them but the opportunity is there in Estonia as well.

Teams in Estonia and Sweden compete just as much. Both in Sweden and Estonia it is actually quite hard to find a team that does not compete.

In the afternoon we went to see the skatepark next to Bernadotte and compared it to the one in Estonia near the school. The one in Sweden is definitely bigger (because it is outdoors) and made of concrete, whereas in Estonia it is indoors, a bit smaller and made of wood.

 

Both Estonia and Sweden have football as the biggest and most popular sport. Next comes hockey for Sweden and basketball for Estonia. In the third place in Estonia is wrestling.

 

A good free time activity in Estonia, Järva- Jaani is disc golf. It is basically like golf, but with a frisbee and a “basket”  you have to throw the disk into. In Sweden though, a good free time activity is E-sports, where you play video games competitively.

A lot of Estonians play discgolf, but we do not think that is so popular in Sweden. In Järva-Jaani there are lots of different places to spend time outdoors, for example at the lake, in the many forests and at museums. In Goteborg there are not any big forests near the city, but there are plenty of other places to spend your time. In Järva-Jaani there are not as many opportunities as there are in Goteborg. The variety in the selection of opportunities might affect the population by shaping the interests of the children. If the hobby does not exist in the place you live, you do not develop an interest towards that hobby.

We conclude that Sweden and Estonia view physical activities almost in the same way and the values are quite similar as well. In both countries your status and your values depend highly on your activity level.