Re-defining the School Science Project

Boylan Slat serves as a wonderful example of what a thinking young man is capable of. What started out as an open-choice school assignment is now in mid-stages of feasibility studies. ISBerne commends this brilliant young man and will be watching his progress.

According to TEDxTalks video;

18-year-old Boyan Slat combines environmentalism, entrepreneurism and technology to tackle global issues of sustainability. After diving in Greece, and coming across more plastic bags than fish, he wondered; “why can’t we clean this up?”

While still being in secondary school, he decided to dedicate half a year of research to understand plastic pollution and the problems associated with cleaning it up. This ultimately led to his passive clean-up concept, which he presented at TEDxDelft 2012. Working to prove the feasibility of his concept, Boyan Slat currently gives lead to a team of approximately 50 people, and temporarily quit his Aerospace Engineering study to completely focus his efforts on The Ocean Cleanup.

The progress of The Ocean Cleanup can be followed through http://www.theoceancleanup.com, http://www.facebook.com/TheOceanCleanup, as well as http://www.twitter.com/TheOceanCleanup.

 


Students Teaching Students

2013-11-14 10.49.02-2As part of their IB Diploma Geography course, grade 12 students have been examining the changing importance of energy sources other than fossil fuels. Grade 5’s current unit of inquiry is built around the central idea that “Energy as a resource needs to be used and managed efficiently,” with students investigating different types of energy resources, their advantages and disadvantages, as well as how countries will be addressing their energy needs in the future. We thought this would be a great opportunity for some collaboration.
 
Therefore, this morning, grade 12 students presented their research on different energy resources to the grade 5 students in a carousel format, so that each group of grade 5s had a chance to hear about each resource. The grade 5s then had the opportunity to ask the “experts” questions of clarification or for ideas to help them with their projects.  
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