BIRMINGHAM, MI – March 3, 2011 – Students at Birmingham Covington School have joined students from all over the globe in highlighting their community. The effort is part of International Schools “CyberFair,” sponsored by the Global SchoolNet Foundation. The River Rouge Watershed has become the focus of BCS fifth- and sixth-grade students as they work together to build a webpage detailing its history. The webpage will also highlight the projects the River Rouge Watershed has engaged in to make a positive impact on the local community. The students have until April 1 to complete the website, http://riverrougewatershed.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/.
“The school theme this year is GEEKed about learning, which stands for Global Educatin Engaging Kids,” said Pauline Roberts, fifth/sixth math and science teacher at BCS. “The Cyberfair project totally fits with this theme as the students are required to evaluate the webpages of at least six other schools in the category of Environmental Awarness. These schools are located in China, Romania, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Phillipines. Our students will be learning how students from all over the world are uniting and taking action to protect their environments.”
CyberFair encourages youth to connect the knowledge they learn in school to real world applications. Endorsed by the White House, the contest encourages students to become ambassadors for their communities, conducting research, working with community members and using technology tools to publish a website that displays their learning.
Touted as the largest international cyber event for schools, the annual contest involves more than two million students from 45,500 schools across 115 countries. BCS is participating in the category of Environmental Awareness.
“Because our students will be evaluated on this work, it would be very helpful if our community could visit the site and provide us with any feedback before the April 1 deadline,” Roberts said. “There is a contact page on the site and a blog for posters to comment. We hope to involve our community in this effort.”
The International Schools CyberFair is an award-winning authentic learning program used by schools and youth organizations around the world. For more information about the Global SchoolNet Foundation, visit http://www.globalschoolnet.org/.
For more information about Birmingham Covington School, visit http://bcsonline.info/.