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NSTA - Global Efficient Cookstove Presentation

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Rich Lehrer

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Transcript of NSTA - Global Efficient Cookstove Presentation

Manchester MA
Sao Paulo
The Global Efficient Cookstove Education Project
Cristiana Mattos
Rich Lehrer
idea to project
STEM PBL example
global collaboration
biomass use
Rwanda Fellowship
"Steep Week"
Amy Smith
- FAWE School (Rwanda)
- teacher exchange
Colegio Bandeirantes - http://www.colband.com.br
Science fair
The Issues
1/2 The earth's population cooks with wood or charcoal
severe health effects
severe environmental effects
Goals For Today's
Genesis- Rich
1st partnership formed
Genesis - Cristiana
idea to project
global collaboration
biomass use
Important global health/environment issue, yet few to no educational resources
Global STEM PBL Project
Global Efficient Cookstove
Education Project
students in 4 countries
researching biomass issues
building stoves
Project Specifics
2nd Partnership Formed
The Kasiisi Project founded in 1997 as the educational wing of the Kibale Chimpanzee Project.
Currently supports 10,000 students in 14 schools
once participation was confirmed, teachers at each partner school started collaborating
each school agreed to interact with project in ways that suited them
building similar stoves and testing in similar ways were intended to "anchor" the project
Current Status of Project
2nd iteration currently taking place
project profile in Brazil raised
UN Foundation's GACC feature our video
2 new participants
project entered into MIT's IDEAS Global Challenge
presentations at NMC, NAIS, NSTA
The "arc" of the project:
What We’ve Learned -
Tips to Conceiving,
Developing, Implementing,
and Growing GPBL

1. Partners
2. Communicating
3. Challenges
4. Benefits
5. Next steps
1. Partners
connections with school not as important as a shared motivation & vision
community connections very important (Colleges, NGO's, stove projects, etc. etc.)
Cris - perspective as project participantprior
Rich - perspective as project
Communicating and
a) Teachers
b) Students
Struggled to find best platform
Primary means of communication were wiki and Skype
Excellent tool - group Skype now
free for teachers
"Face to Face" can't beat it
name tags/student images before
record every second
BE FLEXIBLE - time zones/school
calendars/bad connections
have a moderator
microphones off in group calls
sound over video
Free conversation vs prepared
"Skype Fatigue" - unexpected
Excellent companion to Skype
Public wiki documents project
2nd wiki allows students to post text,
photos, videos, links, etc. etc.
This year, also using it to make
connections between individual
students (1st names, etc.)
private, secure place to
communicate and get to
know each other
high level of student engagement
application of scientific knowledge to address a real life problem
local and global collaboration skills
21st century skills
teaching global citizenship
lack of educational resources = authentic assessment opportunity
time commitment
time zones
school calendars
internet connectivity
waiting for responses
Be Flexible!
Throw a lot at the wall...something will surely stick
Flexible approach to school day...extra curricular, clubs, etc.
Small successes open doors, lead to other successes
Support from community - colleges, etc.
In the Future...
Build a network to help spread ideas:

· More partners in regions that depend on this type of energy and face the same health issues (such as the Northeast of Brazil or India).

· Online working environment that gets the kids to input info, considering all the infrastructure limitations they have in Africa, as well as cultural differences in all countries (our students love Facebook, but in the USA that was not a good environment to work in).

· Making it a curricular activity that allows all kids to discuss these issues and try to build and test their own cook stoves.

· Developing kits to go with the curriculum that students could use in the schools.

· Shared database where students could create their science reports together and discuss globally the different data collected.

· Publish articles to share the project and results.

· Pursue different kinds of engagement and research centers – foster new collaborations with universities, community centers, libraries, museums.

· Identify and establish collaboration with other initiatives that are doing similar things.
In order to get there...
Help with the online environment and collective database (suggestions of environments, funding to pay for a space or partners that can offer space).

· Help in finding partners for the project – schools and universities, libraries, museums, community centers.

· Funding for teachers who are conducting the project in the different schools (pay the extra time they take working on the project).

· Funding to hire someone to be dedicated to the project at each site.

· Funding an event for school administrators of participating schools to give the adequate support for the project.

· Funding for summits for all participants to meet each other and share the ideas they are developing.

· Funding for the organizers to visit the different locations.

· Prizes to stimulate schools to participate.

· Funding for more resources and internet connection for the participants in Africa and possibly India (and any other region that joins and has no or low connectivity).

· Funding for participation in Conferences and Organization’s National Meetings related to this project to give opportunities for presenting this project.

· Funding for participation in Stove Camps promoted by Aprovecho Research Center.

· Funding for videoconference tools that all participants could be online simultaneously.

· Funding to purchase good monitoring equipment to test the emissions of the cook stoves students build.

· Funding to facilitate the partnerships between schools and universities (people involved to travel to the different locations).
· Finding ways of connecting the NMC with MIT Global IDEAS project so both initiatives can add value to the other.
When we get there...
Build a global collaboration network

· The creation of a contextualized, interdisciplinary, global, usable problem-based science curriculum that collects data that can be used by scientists and researchers globally for a real-world problem and can be used by schools in any country.

· The creation of a global collaborative project where students get to interact and discuss real issues from multiple perspectives.

· The integration of such a science curriculum with other projects that are happening at the schools (Geography, History, Arts, Languages, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology).

· Building partnerships between schools and universities not only for scientific research, but for the research of educational practices.

· Integrating technology into the curriculum in a meaningful way for all countries involved.

· Increasing community awareness and mobilization about sustainable practices and the issues this project covers.
The Stoves We Build:
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