About Nicoleta Livia Barbu

I am a preschool teacher since 2002 and I absolutely love my profession. I strongly believe that becoming a better teacher is by having inspiration, motivation, eagerness to learn, discover and explore. I don't want to teach content. I want to teach in such ways to inspire kids to learn more, to do great things. I've been a Scientix Ambassador for 2 years now and also an eTwninning Ambassador as well and I like to develop STEM activities inside my projects.

The water bridge of tolerance

Nicoleta Livia Barbu

Key words: STEM, Tolerance, Water, Pollution, Awareness

Activity duration: 04-08.04.2022 (5 days)


The topic of marine animals and water pollution provides students with knowledge and real-life problems for them to experience, discover, explore. It also puts an accent on tolerance and its close values towards a sustainable, clean environment.

Topics: Water animals, Water pollution, Tolerance & values, Protection of natural environment


By the end of this Learning Scenario, students will be able to identify forms of marine animals, to explain water pollution. Students will be able to link tolerance and values with protection of surrounding environment.

Teaching materials necessary:

  • Communication & Literacy: “The bridge – a story about tolerance”, different images
  • Science: microscope, glass recipients, magnifying glasses, salt, pepper, oil, paint, seashells, sea star
  • Technology: laptop with microphone and camera, papers and pencils, printed Quiver sheets, tablet or smartphone
  • Social Studies: “The hedgehog story”, A2 white cardboard, paint of different colors, little cardboard stars
  • Art: “The Little Mermaid” fairy tale, printed coloring sheets with different types of fish, colored pencils, scissors, glue, blue A4 cardboard
  • Free Play: selected images, pictures, books, encyclopedias, coloured pencils, colouring sheets,microscope, recipients in different shapes and colours, magnifying glasses, seashells, sea star, pencils, papers, colouring books, different construction sets, electric fishing game, magnetic fishing game.

I used the following resources:

When eTwinning & Scientix are friends…

The activities designed and implemented in this Learning Scenario are part of the eTwinning Project S.E.C.H. Sustainable Education and Cultural Heritage.

The most important step in the implementation of the Learning Scenario was to design the activities. So I started from a set of driving questions that triggers curiosity and a sense of purpose to the students while at the same time enhance their focus in the process of learning.

I encouraged my students to take decisions, think unconventional solutions and collaborate. Instead of being afraid of making mistakes, they were motivated to take the lead, share and exchange knowledge and ideas with their peers while I was a supporter and a facilitator.

I designed and planned the Learning Scenario and together with my students. We created a schedule, selected activities, explained the working process and decided the final output and the evaluation criteria.

The activities provided within the Learning Scenario contribute to the development of students’ mind and allow students to be involved and make a difference.

The Learning Scenario’s topics allowed students to develop the 21st century skills. All students benefit from the knowledge and learning in a more attractive way.

When learning never stops…

A variety of pedagogical methods were used to engage students into learning. Observation, conversation, brainstorming were great ways to discover and explore the new topics. The activities were student-centered, were interesting and fun. Learning became more attractive, students developed imagination, creativity and raised their self-confidence. The activities offered learning support by allowing students to become scientists, researchers, artists.

The visit to the Science Museum was a great way to actually see for real what we discussed inside the classroom. They were really curious and asked the museum curator a lot of questions. Museum curator was astonished by the multitude of information the students acquired so far.

Link to Learning Scenario: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1b0cwXFT3hwmIjVwLYErfk-4mBtc7D6oy/view?usp=sharing

Link to photo presentation of the implemented activities: