Fifteen teachers and trainers from Finland, Denmark, The Netherlands and Germany spend three interesting days in Lübeck during the third project meeting. Our guests arrived on Monday, 24th February 2014. The "inofficial kick-off" meeting was taking place on the evening at "Im Alten Zolln", Lübeck´s oldest pub. There we were joined by Dietmar Fröhlich, the headmaster of the Emil-Possehl-Schule.
We officially started the project work on Tuesday 25th February 2014 at 8:30h at the Emil-Possehl-Schule. After a welcoming coffee and a short overview about the days to come we had a school tour to see the workshop building, the new buildings of the car mechanics' and electricians' departments and finaly the main building with the SHVAC (Sanitary, Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning) rooms and labs.
At 11:00h we went back to the conference room to listen to some welcoming words from Dietmar Fröhlich (Headmaster), Andreas Frenz (European Coordinator) and Winfried Zabel (Head of Metal Department). Then the group heard and discussed some details about the Vocational Educational System in Germany with the main focus on the vocational course of Anlagenmechaniker SHK in Lübeck.
After a refreshing walk to a canteen for lunch we attended to the latest regulations in drinking water installation in Germany, the Drinking Water Ordinance (TrinkwV). The impact of the latest improvements are very important for the German project. We compared critical values and technical rules in Germany with the other participating countries and discussed their practical impact on every day installation of the companies and our project work. Although the European regulations (DIN EN 1717 and DIN EN 806) applie in every participating country, there are a lot of differences through official national additions and inofficial interpretations. Carving out these differences is the main focus of the whole project work. Before we ended the first project day we worked out an evaluation sheet for the students of the project stage IV in May.
In the late afternoon we met again at St. Mary's Church in the heart of historical Lübeck to have a guided tour of the vaults ... we climbed nearly 600 stairs through the towers and had fantastic views all over the darkening Lübeck. In the end everybody was hungry and thirsty, so we stopped for dinner at Brauberger brewery.
We started the second day of our project work at the workshop of the Plumbers' Guild at Geniner Straße 82. Here we had a short tour through the rooms and a little presentation of one of the students which had been doing an off-the-job training course in metal sheet working. After that the German LEONARDO team presented their ideas of the students' project in May: we discussed and adapted the agenda, the practical impact of the German Drinking Water Ordinance (TrinkwV), the didactic sequences and of course the lab walls with their specific installations and technical results.
After a soup lunch we all decided to pay a visit to a sanitary exhibition of Jensen, a wholesaler, before we had an appointment at CLL (Chemisches Laboratorium Lübeck). This is a chemical laboratory which is doing, among many other things, water analysis. We had a very interesting guided tour through the different lab rooms and learned about the many ways of dealing with water samples. CLL analyses approximately 200 water samples a month which is a direct consequence of the new German regulations for drinking water systems. The rest of the afternoon was free for alternative activities in downtown Lübeck before we all met again at "Schiffergesellschaft" for the final dinner. There we were joined by Dietmar Fröhlich (Headmaster) and Andreas Frenz (European Coordinator).
Our Finnish colleagues already had to leave on Thursday at noon, so only the Danish and Dutch colleagues could enjoy a very modern central warehouse with a huge fashionable sanitary exhibition at another wholesaler, Wesemeyer. There the participants could have a glimpse at the latest developments in sanitary furnishings, objects and techniques for example bathtubes with sound systems, steam and colour showers or touchless shower toilets. After lunch at Wesemeyer we all bid farewell.
Thanks a lot to all the participants and everybody who was involved in organizing … you all helped having a very interesting, intensive and special time in Lübeck.
text: Markus Wendt
photos: Sydney Vahldiek-Richter