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Its exhibition time at Metro again. Our second year students will be presenting their interdisciplinary mastery projects on March 5 and 6. The assignment (see below for the description students were given) is to propose solutions to World Health Organization’s Millennium Development Goals. Students will use Social Science, World Literature and Trigonometry skills developed this trimester.
We need authentic professional audience members to provide feedback and constructive criticism on their presentations. 100 students will be presenting over the two days, so we need volunteers for one or two-hour sessions between the hours of 8:00 and 12:00 and then 12:30 and 2:30.
Please forward this to anyone else who might want to participate. Anyone interested in global health, social sciences, policy development, education etc. are welcome. Please respond to me at this address with a date and time preference.
As always, thank you for helping support our students learning.
Battelle Education Project Manager in Residence
Metro High School
1929 Kenny Rd.,
Columbus OH 43201
BARAKA: An Inquiry-Based Project
Baraka is a word that means blessing or water of life in many languages.
The World Health Organization has a major effect on developing nations’ health and health research. They have identified the most important developments that need to happen in the early 21st century in order for human societies in developing regions to remain sustainable: the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). http://www.who.int/mdg/goals/en/index.html
These four goals will be used for our projects:
MDGoal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger (Global Economic Equity)
MDGoal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women (Global Social, Political, and Educational Equity)
MDGoal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability (Ecological and Societal Sustainability)
MDGoal 8: Develop a global partnership for development (Collaboration Between the U.S., Global Institutions, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
You will choose one Goal that you are interested in learning more about. Your research challenge is to learn about
A) what is standing in the way of achieving the Goal,
B) what is already being done about the Goal, and
C) what still needs to be done to address the Goal, and what kind of economic investment it will require.
Ultimately, you are proposing a plan to address/help find a solution to your MDG.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
The BARAKA Project is an authentic outcome experience. That is, instead of taking a test, you are doing something real and authentic. You aren’t MIMICKING something that adults do, you are DOING what adults do. Metro’s mission is to prepare you for post-high school life. This project will push your comfort zone, and sharpen independent research skills that you will need to succeed in college.
It is quite possible that no scholar or researcher, at any level, has put the pieces together in the same way as you will be doing. Therefore, your work is authentic, valuable, and worthy of publication. It could possibly be of value to researchers in the future.
You will be presenting in front of city and education officials. Essentially, your goal is to ATTEMPT TO PERSUADE AN ELECTED OFFICIAL. The last step of the project will be to create legislation and grant requests as advocates to the Ohio and United States governments, during government/civics class. It is all real.