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[IDZ/Teen] Day 8 

I personally tend to be a very introverted person and I typically don't share my thought processes with other people. However, during these activities, I have learned that sharing ideas is very important. When we began, we were all running amuck without any particular idea of what we were supposed to be doing. We all found that the best thing to do was to pause for a moment and plan our coarse of action before we began. Every time one of us made a move or took an action, we informed the rest of the group. This strategy was very different from individual problem solving. For many of these activities we had to incorporate the ideas of all of our teammates in order to complete the mission.

My group split all five tasks up. Researching such a rare fossil was hard work. Resources were scarce. Few sites had more than a sentence about my fossil. Eventually however, after a few minutes of careful searching, I found a credible source. I didn't really have to deal with the problem of evaluating sources because wikipedia, the usual evil that our teachers warn us against, didn't have very much information.

[IDZ/Teen] Day 7 

What I would like to learn more about is how deep underground have all of the scientist had to go to find fossils? For a person eager to learn more about fossils I wanted to know if they ever had to go to central America.

I guess that certain birds influence many neighboring countries because of how some of these birds like the galapagos birds for example have a big saying towards the survival of certain life. Due to how galapagos birds eat big populations of fish countries around the galapagos islands would have problems with the amount of fish. On the coast of Sydney Crown of thorns have always been a big issue because they destroy coral habitats. The issue is how they leave many fish with out homes, its always a problem because these star fish cause death for many important organisms but towards stopping their destruction is a big hassle.

If I was asked to recommend a policy I would start the policy stopping murder on see turtles because of fishing many turtles have been caught in nets. This is an issue going also towards shopping bags in seas because many turtles swallow these bags and die and his problem is very important. My recommendation is not so much different because pollution has always affected many wild life.

[IDZ/Teen] Blog #5 (day 6) 

The first thing we used was team work, and communication. To put the fossils together we talked about it and took down lots of ideas of what should go where. Then we linked them together so it can become one whole piece.

The adapting of my avatar and fishing influenced my understanding of climate and change the environment, when I was a bird I couldn't really fly out the water when I got caught in the flood. I have adapted to my environment in NY mentally when it comes to talking to people in NY with an aggressive manner to calm the situation down that way it doesn't lead into a physical fight. I have also adapted physically that to where I need to walk places since I don't have a car I have to walk and take public transportation a lot, where I would know how to get anywhere in NY without any problem whatsoever.

Another way for us to get connected with our friends in Chicago and scientists in Zambia is by a live video chat feed where can see each other all at the same time. We can also have each other as pen pals after IDZ program is over, I think everybody would enjoy that.

[IDZ/Teen] Assembling The Fossils - Day 6 

Cooperating with my team was the most important part of assembling the fossil. We had to communicate a great deal about what bones we thought should go where. When a team member was confused about what to do, it was up to their teammate to help them out. We also encouraged each other, so during moments of frustration, the team was able to pull through. It was also important for us to be observant, because on my team one bone was almost forgotten before my teammate pointed it out.

The adaptation activity was a lot of fun because we all had to think about which features would be most helpful to our creature in its given environment. My team lived in the arctic and so we became polar bears and arctic wolves. We dressed in white, a color that would help us to camouflage with our environment and make catching prey easier. The fishing activity showed how natural disasters can change the habitats of animals. Even though the animals environment may change they must adapt in order to survive.

[IDZ/Teen] Day 6 

My strategy for putting together the fossils was to use my head to see what matches up. Such as the spine/rib cage, since they all look the same but different sizes we put them together like a puzzle. The whole strategy was to look at the photo given to us and go off of that. So put the legs where they look like they are supposed to be. The number one skill we needed was to communicate with each other. Without communicating with each other everyone would start doing their own thing. Another hard part about connecting the fossils is that you have to do a lot of zooming in and panning to make sure everything is linked right. Another skill we use was common sense. We know how an animal looks so obviously his leg wouldn't be on his head it would be under him or close to his lower side. So yeah all we needed was really two skills.

[IDZ/Teen] Bones 

Today we had to put together our fossils. It was great. It was really cool to finally see our fossils come together and form something. It did get a little crazy because everyone wanted to move pieces so I decided to be the group cheerleader!! I let them know how it was looking and that they were doing good. Putting it together wasn't really hard. Just had to separate and look at them good to see size differences. After that it was just about communication and common sense.

Adapting to your environment is key to surviving. Standing out can be good some times but not if it can put you in danger. Especiailly if you're an animal. You want to make sure that you blend in to your environment so it not an easy prey and so that you can gather food faster. Today the blue team's avatar had to adapt to life in an arctic climate. We decided the best way to survive would be to have lots of fur and to blend in with the snow and ice. Adapting to life in NYC can be better, easy. Being cautious is key because you don't want to fall prey to any thieves or scammers. Other than that life here is similar to life in other big cities. Public transportation is the best way to get around.

The best way to connect with the IDZ team is through pictures, blogs and videos. I bet we have a ton in common. Life isn't that different, give or take a few changes in climate and wealth.

[VVP] Change.org spotlights the Discovered movie 

Amanda Kloer writing for Change.org recently wrote up a spontlight on the latest VVP machinima movie release of Discovered for the "End Human Trafficking" section of their site.

You can read the post below or directly on Change.org here.

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AMNH visit - 31
I have been negligent at posting about how the "I Dig Zambia" virtual summer camp is going because we've all been so busy working on the camp all week.  Building upon the successful "I Dig Tanzania" camp last year, "I Dig Zambia" is a two-week intensive summer camp that brings together 11 teens in New York with 8 teens in Chicago to learn about evolution, biology, paleontology, and social and cultural issues in Zambia.  The camp takes place within the virtual world of Teen Second Life, with the New York teens logging in from Global Kids headquarters and the Chicago teens participating from the Field Museum of Chicago.

It's been an outstanding and challenging first week, both for our kids and the educators. Here's a recap of some of the cool activities we had our high schoolers engaged in.

[IDZ] Migration Comic: Kurdistan 

As part of I Dig Zambia, we looked at not only why animals migrate, but also why people move as well. To do this, we compared the life stories of three people who have migrated around the world. Below are the comic strips created by IDZ to share these migration stories.

Part I

[IDZ] Migration Comic: Zambia 

As part of I Dig Zambia, we looked at not only why animals migrate, but also why people move as well. To do this, we compared the life stories of three people who have migrated around the world. Below are the comic strips created by IDZ to share these migration stories.

Part 1

Part 2