PHASE TWO: OUR JOURNEY TO INDIA
During the 2016-2017 school year, students will continue to investigate human impact on water resources. Whereas during the 2015-2016 school year we focused on lack of clean drinking water and accessibility, poor infrastructure and its effects on sanitation and hygiene in India; this year’s focus will be with a twist. Students are working locally in Florida to connect the idea of water resources as a hot button, but for very different reasons. In Florida, the water issues and human impact are much different. Here we face blue-green algae crises that have implications on the agriculture and tourism industries which are the top revenue producers of the state. Our students will have the opportunity to brainstorm and collaborate with local businesses and the city of West Palm Beach in an effort to drive change. By understanding that water conditions exist globally, yet for extremely different circumstances, allows the IBMYP student to inquire, problem solve, and get to the heart of the issue.
As we continue to hold fundraising events during the 2016-2017 school year, we will be connecting the Florida and India issues and facing them head on. As a culminating experiential learning piece, 20 students will be traveling to India in June 2017 to reflect on what they have learned and collaborate with a group of Indian students in Agra. The hope is that the students of today might be better equipped to address world problems of tomorrow. By witnessing firsthand the effects of blue-green algae in our local waterways and then experiencing firsthand the effects of poor infrastructure and population explosion in India, this group of student ambassadors will be empowered to make a difference.