The third Core meeting in Tralee, Ireland started with the wind. The weather varied between sunshine, hails and stormy rain when the participants arrived to Tralee on Monday 10th February by train, plane and car - happily without any unexpected delays. Fireplaces in warm and charming The Meadowlands Hotel welcomed us with the Irish hospitality.
The actual project meeting started in Tuesday 11th February in The Institution of Technology Tralee (North Campus). The hosts welcomed the participants and introduced the Institution with a tour, in particularly HTC department. Then we had an upgrade retrospect of the project with its achievements and difficulties by Mika Heino. Oona Haapakorpi followed with an overview of the project evaluation.
We enjoyed lunch at the Ballygarry House with the pictoresque landscape and wonderful "pure flavored" food made of local ingredients. Afterwards we had a chance to explore the surroundings of the restaurant and the kitchen. Among other things the Ballygarry House is a popular local Wedding venue for generations.
The meeting continued with statements of learning materials implemented in the project and that focus on concepts of open badges. Among other things there was also an important task to make decisions of practical timetables of combined competition and the pop-up event. The First day of meeting brought up that we will still have a lot of issues to deal with. Fortunately, we had another day to deal with things and Mika Heino closed the first official day of the meeting.
The hosts had organized Basque fusion-style dinner at the Little Cheese Shop which worked as a pop-up restaurant, indeed according to the theme of the CORE project. Conversations of the day continued in an atmospheric space of Little Cheese Shop with interesting food combinations.
During Wednesday 12th meeting we agreed on schedules of Pop-up event that would be organized in Espoo, Finland between 5th and 7th of October and the project final meeting 8th and 10th in Vaasa. We also had a workshop on 360⁰ camera and ThingLink by Oona. Excellent lunch and dinner were served by students at ITT.
Thursday was for tourism and we had a tour of Dingle organized by hosts. We visited Dingle town, Cheese Shop, Dingle Distillery and we also enjoyed delicious lunch at Dingle Cookery school. We also had opportunity to enjoy the magic scenery of Inch Beach and The Conor Pass. Drive down The Conor pass felt in the bottom of stomach of a poor tourist accustomed to right hand traffic and wide roads.
Windy Tralee, Ireland provided a great place for third Core meeting during 11.-13.2.2020, which was important for the project`s progress. Many thanks for kindness and care to the hosts of ITT, especially for Kristin Brogan and TJ O´Connor. It was great to visit Stout´s homeland.
Janne Möhkölä, lecturer, omnia
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