I Dig Zambia

[IDZ/Teen] July 10th 

I would pick the job of touring people around the museum because you get to see and learn about the different things and if you don't understand it you can easily go back every time you tour someone so you learn basically every step of the way. (i think its cool)

Well first I took a look at the head of the fossil and kind of just matched it up with the picture that looked most like what my fossil looked like then I looked at the feet and the rib cage and it basically just fit like the pieces of a puzzle.

I think migration relates to science because of the environment and population has a lot to do with science so when people move you have to pay close attention and see if it was better when they were gone or here.

I think the communication between us and the NYC kids is a cool thing to do that way we can compare the different kinds of things that go on between the 2 city's so i would say that its a better way to communicate and learn about technology and things of that nature. smile.gif

[IDZ/Teen] Day 5 

I GOT TO GO BEHIND THE SCENES at the American Museum of Natural History and i got to see actual fossils. I would pick being the tour guide because it will be fun to see the expressions on people's faces when they see the artifacts.

To determine the fossils I observed their body parts for any resemblance and compared them to their surroundings so as to figure out their size.

Migration is important to know because we have to know it and know what to do if we fall into a similar situation. People and animals migrate in order to find a better resting and peaceful place.

IDZ relates to being a global citizen in a lot of way. Some of them are: we show our interest in our surroundings by exploring it, knowing it, and figuring out more ways to help keep it safe from harm.

[IDZ/Teen] July 10th 

One of my highlights from our trip through the museum, was going to the dinosaur hall. I was very fascinated with the size and effect these dinosaurs had on Earth. Another one of my highlights was going to the beetle room. I strongly disliked that room because of the smell! I also was afraid that the beetles would somehow get out of their cage and attack me! If I worked at the Field Museum, I would work as the person that puts the fossils together. In my opinion, it's like putting a puzzle together.

I never did actually determine the size of my fossil. However, determining what my fossil looked like was based upon my on knowledge as well as my imagination of how the fossil looked.

I think it is important to know why people left because we need to know these different stories. We wouldn't want to be stuck in the same situation. Migration relates to science because at one point, different animals had to migrate to get away from danger.

Being a global citizen, relates to IDZ in the way that it teaches us more about our ancestors and how they used to live.

[IDZ/Teen] Day 3 

I used problem solving as finding out the pattern of how I was digging. With each fossil there was a pattern. I start with the bigger tool first then I used water; Next I use the next smallest tool and then water. So I guess you could say that was problem solving. I also had difficulty yesterday communicating with my teammates through the computer. So Today, my goal was to communicate more and I did. :-) Problem Solving is good for these kind of activities is because without it you would be loss or even making something way harder than it needs to be.

Peer education is a great method for Grassroots to use to educate people. The reason is because people remember what they learn through the things they enjoy doing. As well has remember they actually listen to what they learn. As I was watching the kids learn HIV through soccer I even learned some things. Teaching my peers was easy because they wanted to get really active and they understood the object of the game. They're lessons for me was go because it had everyone involved and wanting to learn more.

[IDZ/Teen] The Thrid Day 

Well I did not dig, but I do know what could work for digging up fossils. You can start by starting in one area of the grid and then work your way out of the grid. You need to think about these things when going in an area to dig some thing you need a plan.

First, young people can relate to each other, and it shows how important the issue is if everyone is involved. I felt good that I was learning something important that can very well help me in the future.

I feel we can learn just any time we want to, we can just go home and get info on where to go to get help with HIV and find out how to prevent future damage. We had a lot of resources to help us out. Without that, we would be like everyone else.

[IDZ/Teen] Day Three Blog 

I had to use problem solving because by knowing what had to be done, the obstacle was made easier for me to find all the big fossils. The challenge was especially easier when at a time, when your given just plain tools, the situation was made really difficult. By thinking of certain sequences or orders one can be aware of how tools, like chisels and brushes play a role when such a fragile specimen like a fossil is preserved for evidence. By using problem solving, nothing is made hard when one puts there mind to it.

When we went through the Grassroots Soccer workshop peer facilitation was made easy because if a young participant is dictated instructions young participants can understand more of what is said. This method is very helpful because many pieces of information can be passed on by ones who need to be aware of certain problems. Being a facilitator and participant was compelling because of how I learned and how I got to introduce the obstacle of everyday life with HIV/AIDS in one's life.

[IDZ/Teen] Day Three Blog 

I use problem solving to dig up my fossils by using different tools to figure out which one works to get the fossils and which one works to dig it out. Problem solving is an important skills for this activity because it help me understand what you need to do, how you need to do it, what ways to you have to go to, what element do you need.

Yeah, I would teach each other because it help you share information to other people who didn't know. Teaching helps you learn about new stuff, it prevents you from getting sick, disease. When you learn about HIV, you already know that it can kill you, so you are now aware of it and take precaution. It was good for me to teach my peers, it helps me practice teaching.

It is different because I didn't know that HIV was a big problem in Zambia, I didn't really know much stuff about Zambia.

[IDZ/Teen] Grassroots Soccer 

We follow the rules given, use the tools that are appropriate for each stage of digging and communicate with your partners. Problem solving is an important skill for this activity because it helps us improve our critical reading/thinking abilities and communication with other.

Teaching others help us improve on our skills to teach and also helps us learn too. Teens teaching teens make it easier for us to get the message across and the lesson being taught is practical. It was fun for me to teach my peers because it was a chance for me to depict my leadership skills.

HIV/AIDS teaching in the US is different from that of Zambia. We have more tools and educated professionals that get the message across, clearly. I think its this way because Zambia is a third world country and therefore, relies on other countries to provide them the resources that will be used to teach and help their community members.

[IDZ/Teen] Blog Entry #3 

We used problem solving to recover the fossils quicker. The way we did this is instead of everybody getting a fossil by themselves we had two people per fossil that way, one person water it then the other chiseled. This way we got the job done quicker and more efficiently. Problem solving is important because, if you cant solve the problem you will always have problems and obstacles in life that you can't bypass.

Peer education will be a good method for the Grassroots Soccer team because it shows that their learning and listening to each other, and probably respond better to each other. Learning more about AIDS/HIV from my peers was both fun and difficult because their your friends you sometimes goof off more often.

It's different to how I learned it because, when I was taught at first they said abstinence was the only until marriage (it was in a church school, and sex before marriage was an abomination), then when I got into high school I learned more about condoms and how AIDS/HIV can be transmitted different ways not only through sex but by using dirty needles as well, etc.

[IDZ/Teen] Grassroots Soccer 

IDZ was fun today. Digging for the fossils was great. It was a lot of trial and error but we got the job done. Finding the right tool pattern was a little trick but in the end my team {the blue team} got the job done and finished first {again!!}. Once I got the hang of it, it was great and tons of fun. Although it did get complicated when another teammate came along and started working on the same fossil, finishing before I did and getting it, But we we're a team so it didn't really matter.

After our dig we watched a video on how HIV/AIDS was effecting Zambia and how an organization, Grassroots Soccer, was trying to fight back. They use soccer as a way to educate the Zambian youth on HIV/AIDS. Then we went out and did a little of it too. It was a ton of fun and really allowed us the think about what sex and STD's can do to your life. We taught each other and that was also really great. In groups we briefly became experts on a game and then taught it to each other. That was really cool too.

I learned about HIV/AIDS in school through teachers, books, and friends. I got the information and I guess that's the point but it would cool to have learned through games and from a people I look up to {like a coach or celebrity}. But it was cool to do it today.