I Dig Brazil Begins!

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This week was the beginning of "I Dig Brazil," the third installment in our successful "I Dig Science" camps that Global Kids has been running for the past two years with our friends at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. My colleague Santi and I are excited to be running "I Dig Brazil" at the High School for Global Citizenship in Brooklyn, a great public school where each student is expected to not only achieve academic excellence but also to learn about global issues and global citizenship.

Our first two sessions introduced our students to the basics of the I Dig Brazil program. The activities included:

  • Researching various topics about Brazilian culture, environment and politics

  • Thinking about what makes their own "natural habitat" distinct and interesting
  • Engaging in a skype conversation with their fellow students in Chicago
  • Meeting one of the scientists who will be travelling to Brazil soon, as well as three young people who live in Teresina, a city close to where the fossil dig will take place
  • Creating a Google Map of key sites in Brazil related to the fossil dig

    Next week, we'll go deeper into issues related to Brazil, start learning some Portuguese, and go on a very special behind-the-scenes tour of the American Museum of Natural History, led by another paleontologist. So stay tuned!