Monday, January 29, 2007

Utilizing the College Students

I am working with several classes at Northern Marianas College on coral reef issues. Bree Reynold's Intro to Marine Biology course is using the Micronesia Challenge as a problem based approach to learning about coral reefs.

They are spending the semester learning how Marine Biology relates to issues pertaining to the Micronesia Challenge. She is presenting the Challenge in it's basic form, which is "to Effectively Conserve 30% of our Near Shore Resources and 20% of our Terrestrial Resources by 2020," and the students are going to go through the same exercise that the CNMI government is going through to come up with solutions to the problems threatening our coral reefs.

They've even started a blog to make a record of their class.

Click HERE to read their blog

Another class I am working with is Sam McPhertes' Current Issues class (there are two of them). I have presented the Micronesia Challenge and explained some of the basic concepts of Sustainable Development, which balances Economic, Social, and Biological Needs.

Since Bree's class is already focusing on the Biological approach to the Micronesia Challenge and protecting our coral reefs, I have asked Sam's classes to tackle the Economic and Social aspects. This will include discussions on fishing, tourism, culture, diversity, government, and other non-science aspects of coral reefs.

In a few months, I hope to have each class present their findings. It should be interesting to see what they come up with.

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