WE are all Connected...
Students in Omaha are creating educational projects to be hand-delivered in the summer of 2012 to thier "sister" schools in Madagascar as part of a 16 week Global Service Learning Project.
Malagasy children, teachers and community members are often surprised to know that their home is so special. Since they have always lived in remote villages like Lavavolo, they see these animals everyday and don't realize the value they hold. By learning the treasures their country possess, they are more likely to protect them.
Often times, they are excited to learn that students on the other side of the world, like Omaha, Nebraska, are studying about Madagascar. Here, a student from Marrs Magnet creates a bracelet and a note for a boy on Kianjavato.
Conservation Fusion is a non-profit, educational organization like no other. Directly connecting kids living amongst endangered wildlife with kids in the U.S. promoting an awareness of local and global conservation challenges. By learning the names and faces of each other, youth connect in ways that make it real. What happens there, effects us here. We are all connected.
We are exploring new ways to educate, empowering youth through hands on, inquiry-based education to find innovative solutions to real world problems, affecting us all. A liaison between these distant cultures, people and ideas, Conservation Fusion helps foster ways we can all conserve and live sustainably for our future.
Some examples of partnerships in the US that strengthen Team Tortoise are a collaboration with Omaha North High School's Engineering and Technology Magnet. Students are currently working on a three pronged approach to provide the Malagasy people with alternatives to habitat destructions and empower local people to engage in sustainable biofuel enterprise. Youth have adopted the name "Telo Hevitra" in Malagasy, the translation is "Three Ideas". The three prongs are Rocket Stoves, a grinder and a press to make biofuel briquettes. We have received support from MIT in Boston, as part of the Lemelson Invent Team Program, to further the project.
The students didn't stop at technical modifications, but have also put together safety manuals in both English and Malagasy for equipment use and educational information about why these tools are important. They are even working on modifying a special briquette recipe to include opuntia cactus to help Radiated Tortoises!
TEENS GOING GREEN!