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枫叶高中 | Science Fair 科学展
Students at Maple Leaf International Academy – Shenzhen recently had an amazing opportunity to meet a world leader to discuss important global issues. Here is our story about this wonderful event. Thanks to the people at Project Agora for inviting us!
枫叶高中 | Becoming a Global Leader 成为全球领导者
上周六，深圳枫叶10年级学生得到了一次与世界领袖希腊前总理乔治帕潘德里欧会面的机会，直接了解成为全球领袖意味着什么。此次在深圳举行的项目名为爱格学堂，是培养下一代全球领导者这一全球项目的一部分。10年级的学生为申请参加此项目写了一篇250字的名为 “什么是全球领袖” 的散文，然后交学校校长推荐参加。 高中校长波西斯尔陪同十位学生参加了此活动，并与帕潘德里欧先生以及爱格学堂的其他代表进行了一整天的讨论和互动。出席会议的还有来自中国各地的青年学者，他们被选中参加这一知名的领导力发展计划。他们之中还有一位是从大连枫叶国际学校远道而来。
The day started with an icebreaker where all of the students in attendance had to share two facts about themselves – one true and one not. The others had to guess which one was in fact true. The highlight of this session for our school was our scholarship student Harmony “wowing” the crowd with her wonderful singing. It is great to see confidence of our students and their talents and their desire to share this with others in whatever setting.
第一项活动名为“破冰”，所有出席的学生都必须分享两个关于自己的故事 – 一个是真的，一个不是。其他人需要猜测哪一个是真的。我校学生吐玛利兹·克尔江用她的歌声引得全场喝彩，这也成为本活动的一大亮点。很高兴看到他们所具有的自信、才能以及与其他人分享的意愿。
After that, former Prime Minister Papandreau was introduced to the students and began a 90-minute session on world issues, young leaders and how Project Agora is supporting the students that are selected to participate in the program as Junior Fellows. He explained how the project is named after an “Agora” which in ancient Greece was a space used for a marketplace, and for public assemblies where ideas were created and exchanged. He told his story about the difficult choices he had to make when he was the Greek Prime Minister about the national finance system and it’s relationship to the European Union and how events that happened in his small country could have a very large impact on much bigger countries.
Like Greece, we might think of our lives as small, he went on to say, but the impact that our lives can have is enormous if we take the proper steps to reach the Agora ideal of “Know Yourself – Become Yourself – Transcend yourself.”
他还指出，就像希腊一样，我们可能会认为我们是微不足道的个体，但如果我们采取适当的步骤达到爱格提倡的“了解自己 – 成为自己 – 超越自己”的理想状态，我们也能产生巨大的影响。
After that he responded to some very deep questions from the students about world issues. One especially good question was about recovering from mistakes and if that is really possible in our modern world. He said that making mistakes is part of the growth process and is usually a part of the history of any person who has become a success. Some cultures are better at this than others and used his own Greek culture as one that has not been good at allowing people to recover from mistakes. One way to address this problem is to bring together people from different cultures to learn from how difficult issues are handled in their countries which is the approach he used when trying to resolve Greek’s economic problems in the last decade.
After the Prime Minister was finished speaking, the students heard from several distinguished scholars from China who either attended or are currently working at prestigious universities with their views on global issues or their own personal journey with their studies.
It was a memorable day for the students, one of whom said that, “I learned a lot from Mr. Papandreou in today’s session, Mr. Papandreou is a wise leader, he can see the current situation clearly and find the key point and best solution quickly. He shared his experiences, and how he faced difficulties in his life. It is impressive that he resigned his job in order to help his country Greece. I think, a global leader need to have global thinking, and macroscopic thinking. A global leader need to think about everything when he deal with something. And, being kind and considerate of others is also important, they work for world peace and citizens’ better lives.”
Several other students said that they want to continue learning about Project Agora and how it can help them prepare to become a global leader. This kind of experience fits in exactly with how Maple Leaf seeks to provide a “World of Opportunity” and how our school is preparing students to become a part of this world. Come and be a part of our next generation of Global Leaders with Maple Leaf International Academy – Shenzhen!
Face it, everyone loves dropping things off of buildings. Students in Science 10 at Maple Leaf International Academy of Shenzhen recently had a chance to just that as part of a learning activity about gravity. Here’s a story about this memorable assignment.
Dropping in on Science10——记深圳枫叶10年级科学实验
In class, students have been learning about how energy is transformed between states. Combined with our Targeted Learning theme from November of Generating Ideas they were given the opportunity to create and test an actual solution to a problem.
For this hands-on class activity, students were given the task of protecting an uncooked egg when dropped from a height of 15 meters. To do this, they were given simple materials like cardboard boxes, packing tape, Styrofoam and paper.
At the beginning, students designed a prototype and then used that to construct the model that they determined would best protect the egg when dropped from the fourth floor of our school building. Of course, there was a real sense of competition as students worked in pairs to make sure that their creation actually protected the egg。
Once they got to the testing stage, the anticipation was high as students wanted to make sure that their design met the task of protecting the egg. One member of the pair, went on the roof (with the approval of General Affairs and close supervision by the teacher and Principal) and let their invention fall to the ground below to the other partner.
There were some very different designs produced some red flags but all of the designs protected the egg. In the discussion after the experiment was over the teachers and students wondered about increasing the amount of weight of the object they created and how that might affect the results.
This activity is typical of the “Do” step from the Know-Do-Understand model from BC curriculum that students are following in Science 10 and other subjects. Earlier in the semester for their mid-term assessment, students constructed a cell-model out of “Slime” which they had made by themselves. While this was a very different kind of test for our students, it is a good example of how teachers are not only building students “knowledge” but also their ability to apply to a real problem so that their deep understanding of the concepts can be increased. What will these students be doing next?