Hurricanes, earthquakes, wild fires… the headlines in the news during the last several months have been filled with natural disasters and… heartbreak.
In an era of a rapidly changing climate and an unprecedented frequency and intensity of climate related weather anomalies across the globe our conversations in the MPS Science lab have turned towards Global Citizenship.
We know that we can’t turn back time or reverse the damage already done to our stratosphere (yes, that ‘onion skin’ deep layer of atmosphere around our earth ‘onion’ that protects us from solar radiation) but we can change the choices we make going forward, as Global Citizens, to help mitigate future damage to our environment and our delicate stratosphere.
Global Citizenship is the idea that everyone, no matter where they live, are part of a worldwide community. Global Citizens have multi-cultural awareness, fight for sustainability, are service oriented, and understand the importance of communicating across cultures- often speaking another language, and they have a sense of civic duty.
Global Citizenship begins at home, in our community, and with our children.
Makers & Disaster Relief
As Global Citizens we can share our knowledge and resources with others to develop solutions to a better way of life, environmental sustainability, economic security, and disaster relief across the globe.
Calling all Makers… the Maker non-profit Field Ready has made a list of top-priority challenges in hopes that innovators across the globe will contribute solutions to problems faced by communities in the Caribbean affected by the 2017 Hurricane season. The Field Ready mission is time sensitive and they aim to begin implementation of proposed solutions by November 8th, 2017 in areas of need.
Are you game? This week, our 4th grade student investigators will be going over this Field Ready list that includes needs as varied as water desalination, replacement parts, and traffic control strategies. You can find the needs list here: FIELD READY- Call to Action
Symmetry in Nature
Finally, our students have been observing symmetry in nature, under the microscope, and- because we are a STEAM science lab- in art and culture. Last week, we learned about an extraordinary fish who is an expert in symmetry. Enjoy!