Friday, April 25, 2014

Aristea and Trent: Earthworks Urban Farm Exhibition

Maya and Lily took some notes on Aristea and Trent's Exhibition, which occurred at Earthworks Urban Farm on the east side of Detroit.

We started off with taking a look through one of the greenhouses. Aristea and Trent told us all about Earthworks. It was very interesting and we learned a lot about how Earthworks helps the city. The farm has been around since 1997. There have been other farms in this area of the city since the 1880s. Earthworks was founded on the principles of a Detroit activist named Grace Lee Boggs. They then introduced us to Denis Rochac and Roxanne Moore, who are the Education Coordinator and the Farm Manager. 

They added some thoughts to the Exhibition about the term 'food desert', which has been used to describe neighborhoods where people can't get to grocery stores easily. Denis and Roxanne heard a speaker observe that 'food desert' makes it sound like those people are living in a total wasteland, which isn't really the case. 

After Aristea and Trent had conducted their Exhibition, we got to do some gardening. We were moving tomato seedlings from small trays to big trays. We all got our hands dirty and had a good experience. We were pleased to hear that Aristea and Trent were going to help us to continue connecting with Earthworks. Overall the exhibition was fabulous.

Mythology Circles

We're doing some work with the sixth graders over the course of the next five weeks. Twice a week, we meet in groups of three. Each group comprises one student each from sixth, seventh and eighth graders (except one, which has one six and two sevens). The six groups are reading mythology from Australia, Brazil, Britain, China, Ghana, and Mesoamerica (modern-day Mexico, Guatemala and Belize).

Between now and May 23, the groups will read aloud together, compose and respond to three writing prompts, and plan a final project which will be on display at a public gathering on the afternoon of Friday, May 23. The seventh graders, who are facilitating each trio's work, will take a few minutes to present those projects and to take questions.

Below is the table of contents from the Mythology coursepack. The Brazilian readings are on pages 6-32; Mesoamerica, pp 33-45; Ghana, pp 46-74; Australia, pp 75-97; China, pp 98-129; Britain, pp 131-180. 

Map of the WorldPublic Domain1
What Is a Myth?Marcia Worth-Baker2
The Angel with Bent LegsAlex Bellos6
Pele the MalandroSimon Kuper20
Tales of the AmazonDaniel Munduruku25
America's First PeopleLarry Gonick33
Mayan HieroglyphsDuiker & Spielvogel36
Popul VuhGoetz & Morley37
Ball GameLarry Gonick42
A Deadly SportDavid Rodriguez43
ZeroCharles Siefe44
How Spider Became . . . . .Peter Eric Adotey Addo46
"We Oppose President Stomach!"Dorliae & Wangboje61
The Ghana EmpireLisa Klobuchar72
Ghana RisesLarry Gonick73
DreamtimeJohn Haywood75
UluruRoff Martin Smith77
Art, Magic & SorceryJohn Haywood80
The Ch'i-lin PurseFang & Lee98
Following the DaoJennifer Oldstone-Moore117
Seven Meditations Lao-Tzu121
The Dragon's TaleDemi129
St George and the DragonJames Muirden130
King ArthurRoger Lancelyn Green131

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Nico and Jianmarco: Kidpreneur Exhibition

Jonathan and Denali made some observations about Jianmarco and Nico's Exhibition. Though the subject of the session was an organization called Kidpreneur, the Exhibition took place at the D-Hive on Woodward Avenue.

The Kidpreneur lesson was inspiring. I know that, for us, it would probably be more interesting if we could participate in the program; but we're too old, since the organization has activities for kids ages 9-13. 

Nico and Jianmarco started out the lesson by telling us about Kidpreneur and how it was founded. It's a new group founded by an entrepreneur named Thanh Tran, who teaches kids coding, the laguage of the future, and how to set up a business. Unfortunately, Thanh just moved the office out to Wixom, so we set up in the D-Hive next door. 

Then we were engaged in an activity through a website called Hour of Code. Hour of Code is basically exactly what it sounds like, a place you code for around an hour doing small puzzles with the code. The Hour of Code is designed for kids to make it easier for them to write code but anyone can use it for practicing code all around the world.

I think we could both tell Jianmarco and Nico spent time on preparing their Exhibition, since I got a lot out of it, even with me not really being not able to participate in Kidpreneur. Thanh founded the group partly because he believed that his two kids were not getting enough information about technology.

We hope that Jianmarco and Nico can continue their relationship with Kidpreneur to teach code to the kids of Summers-Knoll.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Lily and Maya: Detroit City FC Exhibition

Here are some notes from Aristea and Trent on Maya and Lily's Exhibition, which took place in the front office of the Detroit City Football Club.

First, they introduced themselves and Donovan Powell, who is the general manager of the team. They told us what he is in charge of to clear up any confusion between names and people. They also mentioned that last year Detroit City FC averaged about 1,800 fans per game. 

The history: there are 5 Detroit residents who wanted to expand the soccer community in the city, so, in December 2011, Detroit City FC was started. The first coach was coach Kylie Stannard and the assistant coach was Cale Wasserman. Although due to other obligations they could not stay, the present coach, Ben Pirmann, has had a lot of success. They play at a football field at Cass Tech, which seats 2,500 people, although the most who have ever been at a game was 2,634 (some must have been standing). Last year the team didn't lose a game until the playoffs.

They have a long list of sponsors, including the Detroit Creative Corridor, Nike, and El Guapos. Lily and Maya hope we can collaborate by going to a game, maybe volunteering at a game, meeting some of the players, and other soccer-related activities.

Over all I loved the Exhibition. We played a fun medics-and-doctors soccer game that Lily and Maya made up at County Farm Park after we got back from Detroit.  I look forward to helping Detroit City FC.