Science students from Harrow College have visited Barcelona - one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe - to conduct field work and to explore the beautiful Spanish city.
Their field work commenced at the River Tordera. Here, the students focussed on five river beds where they calculated velocity and discharge levels. They also used this river study opportunity to assess flood risk, thus combining their efforts with hazard management fieldwork – another key component of their course curriculum.
Field work activity continued at the popular La Garrotxa Natural Park where students explored ecosystems and tectonic processes. The mountain landscape (a volcanic zone), the sun and climate at the park provide a variety of vegetation and exceptional value to the local landscape.
A trip to Barcelona would not be complete without some exploration of the city and its famous architecture. The students found time each day to visit a few of the many famous landmarks including the church of Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell public park, Casa Museu-Gaudí Gaudi museum, the Font Màgica fountain and a walk along La Rambla, Barcelona’s famous tree-lined avenue with its souvenirs stands, bird and flower sellers, mime artists and street entertainers.
Michael Worgs, Senior Curriculum Manager for Science & Sport at Harrow College said “this trip has really helped to broaden the students’ knowledge both academically and socially. Being able to apply knowledge from the classroom in a live environment is invaluable. Being able to do this is a fantastic city like Barcelona has provided the young learners with a fantastic life experience to remember”.
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