Europe Direct Gozo organised the online session GLOBE STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art & maths) Challenge Q&A Online Session on 15 January 2021 (Arbor Day).

This session is part of the EDIC - GLOBE STEAM Challenge which is being organised for Earth Day in April. Seven schools who are participating in this challenge were given seeds and compost. Schools will grow their own shrubs/trees, observe and record plant growth and carry out research on the plant/tree being grown.

The challenge will be concluded on Earth Day, April 22nd 2021 where schools will present their work and share their observations. Each school will be awarded an indigenous tree to be planted in their school garden.

GLOBE students who have participated in this online session learnt lots of interesting facts about trees and shrubs growing in the Maltese Islands.

Mr Stephen Mifsud, botanist at ECO-Gozo A Better Gozo within the Ministry for Gozo, gave a detailed insight on the scientific aspect of trees. He focused on the features and specialities of trees, the types of trees according to their origin and highlighted the importance of safeguarding the local indigenous trees.

Mr Adrian Gatt, founder of the ‘Grow 10 Trees’ project, explained the methods involved in growing and nurturing local trees with an emphasis on how and when to collect and sow seeds and watering frequency for a successful growth rate.

Students had the opportunity to ask questions to the guest speakers.

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