Assay Analysis - Proscopes
3C have been enjoying using our latest technology 'toy' - the 'Proscope' to zoom in on our largest assay sample and to look for clues as to what minerals can be found within the soil. The children were able to analyse, make predictions and use the new data to make informed choices as to the contents of the sample. We should be getting the actual results back from our sample at some point next week!
The children have also enjoyed using the proscope to explore in depth many other classroom objects and to take a closer peek at what items look like when magnified by 100 times!
Technology from Geology
Our second line of inquiry allowed us to explore the role that minerals & metals play inside modern technology. We used our toolkit to open up many different technological devices such as a kindle, a digital camera, a computer screen and a phone. We have learnt that there are many vital minerals and metals in the technology we took apart, such as cobalt, copper, lithium and aluminium.
This was very exciting to learn and to make the connection between what is under the ground to what we use each day to send messages, read and to explore the world with.
UN Conference - Ethics
After discovering about all the minerals and metals within our technology, the next challenge was to find out about how the metals were mined and about the lives of the people mining for minerals and metals that go into our technology!
We watched lots of videos on child labour from many parts of the world where children are mining for key minerals and metals that go into technology. We considered our own feelings on this matter and tried to emapthise with the children who have no choice but to mine each day.
We then identified the different groups in the mining process and created a (mock) UN Conference to see what changes all groups could agree upon. The conference was fascinating and really helped the children develop their knowledge of dialetical thinking (seeing a problem through many different eyes). The children discussed, debated and looked to find if there was a consensus to help the problem of child labour!
Who is responsible and which people have the power to improve the lives of millions of child labourers?
Ethical Logos and ACTION
After our UN Conference, 3C decided that it is the manufacturers and consumers that are most able to make the biggest difference to stopping child labour. So, we have been inquiring into what ways we can reach them and try to push them to make a bigger impact in improving the lives of child labourers.
We have researched which technology companies are classified as the most unethical and why. Our research found some big surprises, most children (and teachers) recognised many of the unethical brand names from their own homes!
3C decided that we should create an ethical logo that manufacturers could put on products that had been ethically produced. It is our hope that consumers would pay more for products with this logo, and the extra money achieved can be used to better support child labourers. We decided that there must be four criteria that are met at each mine for the logo to be granted to the manufacturers:
1) A safe working environment in the mine.
2) Health insurance.
3) A payment linked to the stock market cost of the mineral / metal.
4) A system where children miners get some schooling.
We have put our favourite logo designs onto a twitter poll and we are waiting to see which logo our followers choose before proceeding with this action. Hopefully, this could be an area that we can pursue in the coming weeks. There are many fair trade products now, for example fair trade coffee that is awarded to plantations that act ethically towards their workers. Why can't we start the same thing for technology that uses minerals and metals in their products?
This week G3 have been taking their MAP tests in the computer labs. The MAPs (Measure of Academic Progress) occur two times a year and give excellent indications of the areas that the students have progressed in, as well as valuable information about what areas they need further help and assistance with. Please note, this is just one of the many ways that we assess each child's progress at TIS. Information about your child's MAP will be sent to parents in May.
Arts in the Park
Congratulations to all the brave risk-takers in G3 who took part in the amazing 'Arts in the Park' celebrations at school. The students acted with confidence, sang with passion and contributed to a wonderful afternoon in the Tashkent sun!
Parent Feedback Form
Below is the annual feedback form that parents are asked to fill out. Your child will be bringing this home today. Please fill it in as accurately as possible and return to school by the 5th May (next Friday).
Global Code-thon 6th May
Growth Mindset of the Week
Next week we start our final unit of the year - 'Sharing the Planet' (STP). I cannot believe there are only 6 more teaching weeks to go! Where does the time go?
Have a great weekend.
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