What’s new in the ongoing projects? Despite acting restrictions projects are progressing well and share with us new facts, findings and results: archaeological discoveries in the castles, modern technologies in the new reality, savings from energy efficient buildings, new sports facilities.
Kids in kindergarten “Solnyshko” in Porkhov, Pskov regions (Russia) enjoy warm and cozy environment as the building of the kindergarten was renovated in the framework of ER15 “Save Smart” project: the old windows replaced with energy efficient windows, the front door replaced, underfloor heating in two nursery groups, the entire building heating system with heat regulators and a “smart” heating are installed, also the building is insulated and covered with modern bright facade panels. Thanks to the presence of regulators, heat resources are spent much more economically, depending on the temperature outside. Old electric stoves have been replaced with new more economical ones.
It was planned to achieve resource savings in the implementation of measures of at least 20%. After the reconstruction it was a surprise that compared to 2018, energy savings in year 2020 amounted to 52% by heat consumption and 44% by electricity consumption.
How to prompt kids to learn new technologies and arouse real interest in technique? This was ER85 „EnterYouth” project challenge, which both project partners aimed at. The first condition for this goal was to modernize or to create the contemporary learning area with the new equipment, furniture and youth-attractive design. Therefore, in the frame of the project partners have invested in study centers’ infrastructure improvement: the sewage system of Kingisepp STEM Center in Brigantina camp (Russia) was repaired, Jõhvi STEM Center (Estonia) rooms renovation is still ongoing. Thanks to the Programme support the main target is achieved: the new study labs have given the powerful impulse and motivation to the young people from Kingisepp and Jõhvi, who are actively engaged now in robotics and programming, who create cartoons in full (script, shooting, dubbing and cutting).
Large infrastructure project ER3 “Narva-Ivangorod Castles 2” has brought important archaeological discoveries, made during the excavations in the territory of Narva Castle (Estonia) and in the Ivangorod fortress (Russia). A historical drainage system was found from the castle moat of the historic fortress in the northern wall of the western yard of Narva Castle, 6,5 m underground, thus explaining, how the water damage to the walls was avoided centuries ago. This allows us to put modern day drainage through the opening of the medieval drain hole and solves many problems. However, we still don’t understand who, when and why closed the medieval drain.
Archaeological excavations on the territory of Ivangorod fortress revealed that the medieval citadel still keeps many secrets. Archaeologists discovered a semicircular construction that in medieval times protected the gates to the oldest part of Ivangorod fortress (the so-called “quadrangular fortress”). The finding is considered to be of high interest as the construction is unusual for the Russian architecture of the 15th century. According to the specialists the “rondelle” shows the trace of Italian architects of Ivangorod fortress. Austrian silver thaler was among other remarkable findings. Archaeologists suppose that it dates back to the 17th century.
20 children aged 12 to 14 from sports schools in Pskov (Russia) and Southern Estonia took part in a youth camp, organized in Estonia, to try their hand and jointly compete in sports: basketball, volleyball, orienteering and parkour. Their participation in the international camp was made possible thanks to the ER78 “Healthy” project. The young athletes enjoyed friendly matches, which inspired the children to hone their technique and skills in sports.
Training is getting more popular nowadays. Recently in Pskov, 10 simulators for outdoor sports were installed on the embankment of the Velikaya River, next to the existing work-out area. Each simulator has a link to a video in which an instructor will tell you how to perform a particular exercise correctly. Thus, local residents, school children of nearby educational institutions can easily use sporting facilities to be healthy and in a good physical shape.