Education must remain innovative

Tips from a teacher (who is also a learner)

Juan Pablo Jaquez Gonzalez, North Campus Student

We are facing a new era that faces pollution, having a systematic education that recycles is a point in favor of the environment. We know the three Rs: Recycle, Reduce and Reuse, but to this we add another R: collect (“recoger” in Spanish).

My duty as a teacher is to get students to awaken knowledge by applying abstract theories to real elements. I have seen bridge constructions with popsicle sticks that support more than 300 pounds; rockets reaching more than half a soccer field built with plastic and hot glue, applying Newton’s third law on action-reaction; earthquake resistant towers built with paper clicks and straws, which are subjected to heavy movements with heavy materials at the top; towers made with newspaper that withstand high winds and weight that reach more than 500 pounds; catapults created from recycled materials, taking into account distance and strength.

While thinking about an education with few resources, nature and societies gives us everything we need to develop critical thinking, but above all, it is real.

The whole class is involved in a cycle: Ask-Investigate-Design-Create-Try-Improve. This applied to projects motivates creativity, leaving room for free thinking. But also, the cycle is the engine of daily life.

We are looking to develop a platform where investment is the material, we see every day. Stuffs like water bottles from a liter up to 2.5; recycled newspapers allow the teaching to be integral applying physics, chemistry, mathematics and design. What may be insignificant for adults can be turned into science projects for children.