During the festival, the children had the opportunity to collaborate with their buddy schools in Vietnam and Cambodia. We were all impressed with each other’s ideas and solutions and were given a creativity award from Northbridge in Cambodia and an award for curiosity from BVIS Hanoi.
The main challenge was introduced by a climate scientist in the Arctic, who told the students that their research was indicating that the current rate of Arctic ice melting would cause a rise in sea levels of 250 metres over the next 10 years. Our challenge was to either mitigate the effects of this disaster or find ways to slow the cause.
The Pari Manta class quickly got planning and came up with two ideas: to create an underwater habitat for a large population that could be replicated in coastal areas around the world; and to refreeze the Arctic! Our main challenge was interspersed with smaller challenges including researching a recent extreme weather event and presenting it as a case study, creating a water purification system for a poor community who had suffered from an extreme flood, and creating a menu from plants that could grow in the salt water of our new ‘water world’.