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European Innovative Teaching Award

Portable Water Power Station

School/Coordinator: Gymnázium Ľudovíta Štúra

Portable Water Power Station - Slovakia

Topic(s) addressed

  • Natural Science

  • Peer learning 

  • Creativity support 

  • Sustainability 

  • Sustainable energy sources

Target groups

  • 12 students from the local 

  • 12 partner school students aged 16-18.


  • Students were provided with primary materials and had to find solutions on how to build a portable water power station.  

  • The students took the role of teachers. 

  • During the project meetings, they discussed the laws of physics, rules and information about inventors. 

  • They set the tasks to be solved by applying the laws and theory.

  • Solving the tasks served as proof that they correctly grasped the theory.


  • Our school supports environmentally based activities, exploratory teaching methods and linking theory and practice.  

  • Students worked not only in class building the model of the water power station but also tested it outdoors on water courses and rivers. 

  • Publishing a Handbook of Physics presented at the conference for teachers and students of basic and secondary schools which is still used in teaching Physics.  


  • The teachers’ role was mentoring, coordinating and organizing project meetings.

  • The teachers of Physics from partner countries had a chance to compare teaching methodologies. 

  • Teachers of the German language - project coordinators- improved their organizational and digital skills and learned a lot about the partner country’s history, culture and educational systems.


  • The participants learned teamwork, practised time management, presented the results of their work and honed the skill of logical argument and conclusion.  

  • Increasing students' interest in natural science in theory and practice.  

  • In the laboratory, students proved the possibilities of electrical energy production from sustainable sources. 

  • In practical testing, they could observe demonstrations of particular laws of Physics. 

  • Project participants gained confidence in foreign language communication. 

Project category
Secondary education
Project year



Gymnázium Ľudovíta Štúra, Hronská 1467/3, 960 49 Zvolen


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