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Finnish students getting help from Spanish students solving an assignment.

The EURIAC project has now carried out its first exchange of students. Students from Finland, Sweden, and the Netherlands carried out their training in automation together with Spanish students at the vocational school Politeknika Ikastegia Txorierri in Bilbao, Spain. Within the EURIAC project, four units of learning outcomes in automation have been developed and they are now verified in practice with students and teachers.
David Tobin, 17 years old, was one of the Swedish students and came with the following comments about his mobility experience during an interview in Bilbao:

- It’s fun being here. Better than I thought. The other students from the Netherlands and Finland are very nice. But it was difficult to know on beforehand how things would turn out.

David and his fellow classmates in the European class were thrown into work from day one. After a short introduction to a new software application their assignment was to create a program to control a manufacturing system. However, the application was all in Spanish. But no challenge is too big for the European class and in collaboration the students immediately created a translation list of all the menus and tools in the software application to be able to carry on with the assignment.

- This is so great, Kenneth Karlsson, the Swedish vocational teacher excitedly expressed. This is exactly the kind of situation these students will experience when they start working as a technician or engineer in automation. The manuals and programs will be different to what they are used to and they will need to solve many problems quickly. The technology will be the same though. We would never have been able to create this kind of learning context for the students just staying at home in the classroom in Sweden.

At the end of the mobility period no students wanted to leave and return home.
- We wanted to stay longer. Two weeks is just enough to get settled and get started. We had such a good time and got to know many new good friends, says Fredrik Schyum from Sweden.
Xabier Ugarte, the Spanish teacher responsible for the teaching during the mobility, also felt it had been a great experience:

- It was two weeks of very hard work, but it has been really amazing. It was my first time in this kind of project. To see the interest and the enthusiasm of the students, feeling them wanting to learn and work was a stimulus for me to continue working with them. They helped me a lot, says Xabier Ugarte.

In parallel to the mobility, the EURIAC project partners carried out the 3rd project meeting, this time at Politeknika Ikastegia Txorierri in Bilbao. That way the teachers involved in EURIAC, could support the students and the Spanish teacher the first days of mobility. Having everybody at the same place; project management, teachers and students, also gave plenty of possibilities to discuss the organisation of the mobilities, factors of success and things to improve for the next mobilities to be carried out in the Netherlands in November, Finland in January, and Sweden in March 2013.

EURIAC project partners at the 3rd project meeting at Politeknika Ikastegia Txorierri, Bilbao, with the six mobility students in the front.