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Střední průmyslová škola chemická Pardubice

International activities are moving forward during this crisis

Erasmus+

 

During this pandemic our school’s international activities haven’t frozen entirely. Vocational training mobilities where interrupted and students returned to Czech Republic. Strategic partnership project mobilities where postponed. Almost all running Erasmus+ projects have been extended for some period of time to implement its activities in a quality matters. However, partners are in constant communication via emails and online meetings in arranging details of development of innovation, preparing for the following period. Czech National Agency is supporting our activities along the way. Our international team is working on finding the best solutions to continue planned activities in the best way considering the situation. There is no doubt that we will have a challenging time ahead, but there is always a way.

 

PECVET Erasmus+

 

The school have already received positive results for new Erasmus+ projects: for VET training mobilities (KA116) and Staff training (KA102). It has been of hard work of our colleagues in charge of these applications who supports personal and professional development of our students and staff.

This year have been tremendous number of applicants in comparison to previous years. Record interest in Erasmus+ in Czech Republic. In the school education sector, the number of applications for strategic partnership projects increased three times compared to last year, and there was also higher interest in school partnership projects (45% increase). In vocational education and training, there was a 30% increase in applications for staff mobility and there was also higher interest in long-term student mobility, the so-called ErasmusPRO. Competition is high. Follow article from National Agency in Czech.

We believe in our school community’s solidarity and cooperation to follow our plans. All in all, challenging times accelerates creativity, flexibility and innovation.

40 000 litres of Anti-COVID and more to go

SPSCH Pardubice have been working in producing Anti-COVID disinfectant for more than a month now. It was sold already more than 40 000 litres of prepared Anti-COVID. First priority at the beginning was first responders (medical personnel, fire fighters, police) and fulfil their demand. Only after that we managed the rest: small, medium and large organisations and individuals around Pardubice region. There is constant interest and demand for disinfectant. The school has prepared system for registration of everyone’s interest. Every day there are hundreds of calls which are managed by school teachers and administration staff members. We have hundreds in our list that have been already received Anti-COVID and more in process of receiving it. To handle all this work there are number of staff members involved in it and we had to change some of the regular school facilities.

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Production from school chemistry laboratories when it was done in small scale was transferred into bigger facility to prepare big scale production line. The school’s gym for self-defence class is now turned into a storage and preparation room for Anti-COVID. All needed conditions and requirements are done to prepare safe work space.

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The production of Anti-COVID is done regularly when basic ingredients according to World Health Organisation (WHO) recipe – alcohol (ethanol) as the main component, as well as hydrogen peroxide and glycerol – are received from suppliers. We have received great support from main partners – Preol, Synthesia and Ethanol Energy. You can read more about our first received donation from Ethanol Energy in previous article. Overall, we have continued support from Pardubice Region Municipality office.

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Production process is done and monitored by our chemistry teachers, laboratory assistants, other workers and also even one of school alumni (chemistry programme). This work is done in shifts so to divide the workload and to have consistent work on Anti-COVID production and distribution. Teachers still need to teach students online, prepare learning material, etc. Administrative staff also need to manage other daily running activities for school. However, all of the staff are fully motivated and eager to support Pardubice region with needed Anti-COVID disinfectant.

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Start of transportation of the third million liter of raw materials for Anti-COVID (WHO) disinfection

In the end of March, the company Ethanol Energy a. s. delivered already 2 million liters of denatured alcohol for the needs of the Czech Republic for the production of Anti-COVID disinfection. At the same time, it has already delivered almost 100,000 liters of final Anti-COVID disinfection. In addition to the supply of Anti-COVID for the Fire and Rescue Service of the Czech Republic, we are also trying to gradually satisfy the requirements of regions, cities and municipalities. Today, with the participation of the mayor of Olomouc Miroslav Žbánek, we also handed over 1,000 liters of disinfection for the needs of this region. The mayor also thanked the staff of the Customs Administration for their dedication, who are present on the distillery premises in accordance with the law for the production of alcohol and its denaturation. „This delivery of the Anti-COVID disinfectant mixture will be taken over by our firefighters immediately upon arrival, who will immediately ensure preparation smaller packages and quick distribution,“ said Mayor Žbánek during the takeover. Another expedition of 1,000 liters will be ready for the needs of Olomouc for the next day.

 

The delivery for Pardubice Region did not come to Vrdy to the day when governer Martin Netolický and the director of the Upper Secondary School of Chemistry in Pardubice, Jan Ptáček, was at Ethanol Energy which was handing over part of the donation to support the crisis announced a few days before. SPŠCH Pardubice, as one of the authorized manufacturers of Anti-COVID disinfection, took over 4,000 liters of denatured alcohol and immediately, according to the assurance of the director, processes it into the final substance. „We appreciate this gift, which will help ensure disinfection for our region. We have already prepared the distribution channel which is set up in school premises. Therefore, we will quickly arrange deliveries of disinfection where it is needed. I am glad that the school took on this task quickly and effectively at a time when teaching was not taking place“ said governor Martin Netolický about the next steps in ensuring disinfection in the Pardubice region.

 

„We continue to count on deliveries of denatured alcohol from Ethanol Energy a. s. Today, we were offered other necessary components which are needed according to the WHO recipe. Company will continue to provide us with the supply that is needed of the Pardubice Region for Anti-COVID disinfectants, „said Jan Ptáček – school principal, after receiving the gift.

 

„In response to the high social demand and based on the request of the state administration, we quickly reoriented all our forces and capacities to ensure the necessary disinfection. We are now working on full capacity. We have sold 2 million liters of denatured alcohol for disinfection this morning and we are starting the third million. That is why we are convinced that very soon there will be enough disinfection in the Czech Republic and no one will have to be afraid of repeating the situation“ emphasized Martin Kubů, CEO of Ethanol Energy.

 

The National Council of Persons with Disabilities and especially its representative for the Pardubice Region, Lenka Skokanová, is very thankful for today’s both donations which will ensure sufficient disinfection for the needs of social services. „In times of crisis, socially disadvantaged or with disabilities fellow citizens are often forgotten and they need our help more than ever because they cannot get it themselves. I am convinced that the need for regular anti-viral disinfection will certainly be needed in our sector for several more months“ said Lenka Skokanová during the visit.

 

Part of today’s handover of disinfection or raw materials for production was an open tour of the plant. There was an opportunity to look inside the company, into production facilities or into quality control laboratories. „In our plant from Czech corn we produce up to 200,000 liters of raw materials for disinfectants per day. There should not be any shortage in the Czech market. Extremely high demand from abroad signals that the enormous consumption of disinfection is not only in our country, but across Europe. We are happy to provide at least this much-needed substance ourselves today, regardless of imports, “ said Radovan Smítka, Sales Director of Ethanol Energy.

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SPŠCH Pardubice started producing a disinfectant solution at the time of the coronavirus infection

In connection with the infection with a new type of coronavirus, the need for disinfectants is also growing dramatically in the Pardubice region. Due to the fact that the Upper Secondary School of Chemistry Pardubice owns the certification for the preparation of the disinfectant solution, it agreed together with the governor’s office on its production. The school also distribute it to key places. The Faculty of Chemical Technology of the University of Pardubice also participated in the same process. „If we have enough raw materials, we could produce up to two thousand liters of disinfectant solution per day. We will try to serve the Integrated Rescue System, the Regional Hygiene Station and the social area, but the Railway Infrastructure Administration has also spoken out. We are also counting on assistance with municipal authorities,” says school director Jan Ptáček.

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According to the World Health Organization, a disinfectant of this type contains alcohol (ethanol) as the main component, as well as hydrogen peroxide and glycerol. „The ratio of the individual components is based on the recipe: the alcohol is over eight liters, glycerol around 140 ml and peroxide, which we dilute from 30% to 3%, approximately half a liter. Alcohol is a disinfectant in itself, hydrogen peroxide has oxidizing properties and glycerol provides a layer on the hands so that the substances do not evaporate so quickly and the skin remains elastic. These solutions dry out, so it is a good idea to lubricate your hands several times a day to avoid drying it out,” explains the school principal.

 

At the moment production has started in a small scale. School laboratory technicians fill up bottles with a capacity of 250 to 300 ml. In the case of ten-liter canisters the school is able to handle such capacity even with the use of a laboratory and a vacated classroom on the ground floor. The price of the product depends on the price of the raw materials. „If we get alcohol for 70 CZK, a liter of disinfection will cost about 100 CZK. If we get alcohol cheaper, disinfection will also be cheaper, “guarantees Jan Ptáček.

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The school reacted in the same way as the factory of the French brand Louis Vuitton LVMH. Its production lines, which have so far produced perfumes and make-up for luxury brands such as Christián Dior and Givenchy, have also started producing hand disinfectants during the coronavirus epidemic.

The Upper Secondary Technical School of Chemistry Pardubice issues birth certificates for wines

Students and teachers of Upper Secondary Technical School of Chemistry regularly participate at the Wine Festival at the Pardubice Castle to analyse the presented wine samples and try to issue them a ‚birth certificate‘. “Using capillary electrophoresis, we detect the presence of four elements – sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and, in cooperation with the University of Pardubice, almost all elements of the periodic table. The presence of individual elements is significantly influenced by geological subsoil, irrigation water and other factors of growing and producing wine. Elemental composition can be unmistakably authentic and unique for specific wines. Wines with an authentic ‚birth certificate‘ can prevent their possible counterfeiting”, explains Jan Ptáček, the school headmaster.

From previous years, the school has a database of nearly three hundred wine samples which offers an interesting possibility of comparing them. After the wine producers in France and Chile, where the urgent need for chemical analyse and creating of a wine database was established in connection with wine falsities, also small and medium-sized wineries in the Czech Republic will be able to prevent such abusive practices in the future, also thanks to the activity of the Pardubice Upper Secondary Technical School of Chemistry.

Erasmus+ project mobility call

Pozor!!! – Attention to all students!

We are looking for students for 3 different Erasmus+ projects:

If you are interested in any, please send your motivation letter (in English) to pluktaite@spsch.cz until 01.10.2018.

If you have any questions – please contact Justina Pluktaite (pluktaite@spsch.cz) or visit K265.

Don’t miss your chance to be active, learn new things, meet new people and improve your English.

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PRAXIS Network

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Our school would like to proudly present that it joined PRAXIS Network – it is at the crossroad between the worlds of Education and Work. This International network opens opportunity to invite international students to do their internship at our school and to expand international partnership with other vocational schools, universities, companies and other organisations that are focused on technical education within and beyond Europe.

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