Greek Meeting – 7th March, 2018. Day 3

The third day of the programme in Greece was fascinating! Today we have visited the Chios Mastic Museum, which is located in the Mastichochoria, the only site in the Mediterranean where the mastic tree is cultivated. We had a great possibility in this museum to learn about the production history of the mastic tree’s cultivation and the processing of its resin, which it integrates into the cultural landscape of Chios. The Chios Mastic Museum is located in Pyrgi Village, known as the “painted village” because of the decoration of the houses. This mostly consists of black and white decorative motifs in different shapes. Pyrgi is one of the biggest villages on Chios, located in the south part of the island. Pyrgi still keeps the medieval style. The village stands out from the other mastic villages because its houses are painted with decorative motifs in different shapes. The decorative motifs in the facade of the houses are called “Xistà”. We were cobbling along the narrow medieval streets. In the village, there are three old churches, Agioi Apostoloi -the older church, Koimisis Theotokou and Taxiarchis. It was interesting to know that Christopher Columbus was born on Chios. We enjoyed the views and bought some souvenirs.

After the excursion, we were glad to be acquainted with the school’s computer program in Greece, which was specially developed for students- EV3 Home Edition. The LEGO EV3 Home Edition provides lots of opportunities to learn robotics in a playful way. Students could use the programming software to control and command the robot with the remote control, using the free app for own smart device. The unusual robots are able to fulfil all your programmed tasks. Students were divided into six groups with five persons in each of them. Children enjoyed the activities very much. It was amazing!

In the end of the day, we arrived at the hotel full of different unbelievable emotions and beautiful pictures. Thank you very much for the great experience! We love your fabulous island!

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